Wonder Women: Shawntan Howell

In this month’s installment of our “Wonder Women” series, Elizabeth meets up with the founder of an organization called “Girls Are Powerful,” dedicated to building confidence and self-esteem in all girls. But Shawntan Howell found herself in her own confidence crisis after being laid off from the corporate job she held for a decade last fall. She found herself struggling to get out of bed and says she lost her own power. Shawntan says an invitation to talk to a group about empowering girls and women came at her lowest point and saying yes helped her get her power back.

It’s Never Too Late to Celebrate Contest Winners  

A lucky couple is headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands! It’s part of our “It’s Never Too Late to Celebrate Contest”.

"Heart of a Ranger" by Bill Lunn from 5 Eyewitness News  

The story of Cpl. Ben Kopp stayed with Bill Lunn from 5 Eyewitness News long after the reporting was over. The Rosemount soldier died from wounds received in Afghanistan. His organ donations saved the lives of four Americans and benefited over sixty more people. Bill decided to write his first book about Ben and the impact of his life both before and after his death.

Saint Paul Saints Opening Day  

The Saint Paul Saints are back!  Their first home official game of the season is Thursday, May 18, 2017. They play against the Gary Southshore Railcats from Gary, Indiana.

"Downward Dog" Star  

Steve chatted with Allison Tolman about her new TV show "Downward Dog", airing Tuesdays on 5 Eyewitness News. 

Rapid Psychic Reading for Mom  

As a psychic and medium, our Happy Medium Jodi Livon is on guest we get asked about a lot. But what many people don't know about her, is her first job is being a mom. She stopped by our studio to help us celebrate moms this Mother’s Day weekend, but giving special rapid readings to a few from our audience. 

Prince's First Wife Mayte Garcia Talks About Her New Book  

Mayte Garcia is Prince's first wife and she's written a new book called "The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince" about her time with him. She's in town for a book signing at Mall of America, but before that she stopped by our studio to talk about living with and loving this Minnesota legend.

Meet Nurse Carrie   Back To Top

We’ve been saying a huge thank you for all nurses.  It’s the exceptional nurses that go above and beyond the basics and we want to recognize some of these nurses.  Carrie is a nurse at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation.  We surprised her with some flowers and a bracelet from Pandora.  

“Wild Morning”   Back To Top

“Wild Morning” is a book about women. These women are in their own truths. They are honest, open and forthright about fear, hopes and joy. Dave Puente is the photographer behind “Wild Morning”. He was intrigued by the idea of shooting women in their early morning routine, just as they woke up and started their day. Brittany Chaffee is the writer. She took words from each woman and then put them into poetry. Together, they speak volumes.

52 Reasons to Love the Twin Cities   Back To Top

People around the country are hearing about all Minnesota has to offer. In the next two years, Minnesota will host the X Games, Super Bowl LII and the Final Four. The team at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine has compiled a list of 52 reasons to love the Twin Cities right now. Their editor, Jayne Haugen Olson, shares some picks.

Meet Nurse Sara   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live and PANDORA want to recognize nurses who make a difference in the community.

Sartell Boy Gets Wish Granted   Back To Top

Make A Wish grants wishes for seriously ill children across the country. These wishes bring joy and hope when things can be scary or sad. Kretschmar Meats and Cheeses has been helping grant wishes alongside Make A Wish since 2012. Since then, Kretschmar’s Legendary Wishes campaign has raised $600,000 dollars to help grant wishes nationally.

Farrah in Africa   Back To Top

Five Eyewitness News investigative reporter, Farrah Fazal, spent 18 days traveling to Kenya and Somalia for a new series called Hell to Heartland.  We get a first look.

Listen To Your Mother, Twin Cities   Back To Top

It's no secret that when moms get together, they talk. They may chat about everything from what their child did at the breakfast table to the latest deal they found at Target. But topics that include love and loss aren't really discussed on the playground bench.

Meet Nurse Kelly   Back To Top

Mary Logan who goes by Nurse Kelly has been a nurse for over 60 years. She is 82 years-old and was the head nurse at St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital and Medical Center. She now works at the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center.

TCL’s Happy Medium Looks Back   Back To Top

TCL’s Happy Medium, Jodi Livon, first appeared on our show back in August of 2009. Since then she’s become a regular guest, giving audience members rapid readings and taking us along as she communicated with spirits. Jodi stopped by the studio to help us celebrate our 9th birthday and to share a few of her favorite moments on the show.


Prince Day   Back To Top

It was one year ago on April 21st, 2016 when Prince died. To honor is life several events are planned throughout the cities, including the artist’s home at Paisley Park in Chanhassen.

4/20 Host Chat   Back To Top

Elizabeth and Steve share their thoughts on a USA Today article about Facebook researching ways to let you type with your mind. Then Steve took a typing test from

Lady Bugs Help Plants at Mall of America   Back To Top

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd and to celebrate Mall of America is release thousands of lady bugs. And we do mean thousands! Try 75,000 lady bugs. Children from Fraser Minnesota and Children’s Minnesota are doing the honor.

Wonder Women: Founder of Blooma   Back To Top

Elizabeth chats with Blooma founder Sarah Longacre for her new series called “Wonder Women.”  She’s sitting down with women in our community who have overcome a personal struggle, found their passion and are willing to talk openly and honestly about what’s working for them…and what isn’t. Sarah says this has been the hardest year of her life after losing her baby Sophia halfway through her pregnancy. But through her grief, Sarah says she’s becoming more determined than ever to continue her mission of providing support and resources to expecting and new moms in our community.

Em’s Adventures: Saint Thomas Academy Crack Drill Squad   Back To Top

Saint Thomas Academy Crack Drill Squad is celebrating eighty years. The squad is the longest running high school precision drill team in the state. The squad performs all over the area in parades, at military events and at schools.

Minnesota Wild Playoff Party   Back To Top

The Minnesota Wild is in playoff mode and now fans can get ready for the big game. Fans are encouraged to wear Wild colors and cheer on the team whether their headed to the game or not.

Kid Connection: Seth   Back To Top

The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining audiences since 1926 and they're back in Minneapolis. Just a few days ago one of their star players, Zeus McClurkin made some pretty incredible trick shots at U.S. Bank Stadium.

As Seen On TV Easter Edition   Back To Top

There are tons of products that claim to offer something unique. That includes some items that would make a good gift for an Easter basket or even for some spring cleaning. TCL Reporter Emily Engberg gives us five of them and they all get rave reviews.

The Minnesota “Miracle on Ice” Reunion   Back To Top

Olympics Gold Medalists and former NHL players, Rob McClanahan and Neal Broten stopped by to talk about an upcoming event.

Slime Break at Mall of America: Em Gets Slimed   Back To Top

Spring break has turned into Slime Break at Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe. Getting slimed is an honor! Now guests can experience it for themselves. After going through a series of challenges, the “winner” gets slimed! Even those contestants who don’t get first place get an honor. How about getting a pie in the face?!  It’s all in good fun and it’s a hoot to watch.

Kid Connection: Jazzmine   Back To Top

Fourteen-year-old Jazzmine loves to read and she loves animals. She’s been in Minnesota’s adoption system for several years and would one day love to live on a farm. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson knew exactly where to take her, the Farm Babies Exhibit at The Minnesota Zoo.

"To Wendy’s With Love” Author   Back To Top

Diane Keyes and her mom, Lorraine Andersen  began eating lunch at the Roseville Wendy’s 22 years ago and 5,000 lunches later... Diane wrote a book called, "To Wendy's With Love. In the book, Diane writes about suffering from a brain hemorrhage during her childhood...and how she dealt with depression but says she went from heartache to wholeness because of this tradition.  She’s says that quality time spent with loved ones has the power to change your life. 

Unique Kid Birthday Parties   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live is celebrating 9 years on air this month! Our show premiered on April 21st, 2008 and we didn’t want to limit the party to just one day, so we’re celebrating all month long!

Como Zoo and Conservatory   Back To Top

For the 13th year, KSTP is teaming up with Como Zoo to help raise money to help the animals and plants at Como. When you sponsor an animal or garden, you’re helping with animal care and habitat enhancements.

Best Birthday Freebies in the Twin Cities   Back To Top

TCL's Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte, hunted for the best birthday freebies you can get in the Twin Cities!

Nice Ride Back for 8th Season   Back To Top

If our taste of Spring this weekend has you itching to pick up a new outdoor hobby, why not try biking? If you don’t have a bike, no problem, the Nice Ride bike sharing program is back for its 8th season. You can rent a bike from one of the 200+ bike stations around the Twin Cities for only $3 per half hour. Need it longer? Their 24-hour ride is just $6.

Twins Opening Day at Target Field   Back To Top

Baseball is back!  The Twins kick off their opening day against the Kansas City Royals. Fans flock to the stadium early to get ready for all of the festivities on Target Plaza and in Target Field.

3/31 Host Chat   Back To Top

Steve and Elizabeth told Emily if she brought back crickets that she found to eat at the Beef Jerky Outlet in Eagan, they would eat them.  Well…if you ask Emily to do something then she will!

Crayons for Cancer   Back To Top

On March 31st, we celebrate crayons because it’s National Crayon Day!

Kid Connection: Talondre   Back To Top

Thursdays on Twin Cities Live, we feature a child here in Minnesota that is in the adoption system - living in either a foster or a group home.

WNBA Player Rachel Banham   Back To Top

Rachel Banham is a shining star in the WNBA. She graduated from Lakeville North High School and had a huge career with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. She’s currently one of only 11 basketball players in NCAA history to rack up over 3,000 points in her collegiate career.

PAB's Packs   Back To Top

Pia Phillips and Abbie Nelson are teenagers who are making a big impact. The best friends started PAB's Packs, a non-profit that gives back to teens who are ill in the hospital. The backpacks are stylish, but it’s what’s inside that really helps.

3/24 Host Chat   Back To Top

Julia from myTalk 107.1’s Lori & Julia Show fills in in the co-host chair today.

"Pac-Man" Champ Billy Mitchell   Back To Top

Billy Mitchell was the first person to ever play a PERFECT game of Pac-Man - that's every dot, every power pellet, every ghost and all without dying. He's in town to help the Minnesota Lottery promote their new Pac-Man scratch game and stopped by the TCL studio to show Steve and Julia from the Lori and Julia show on myTalk 107.1 his skills.

Kid Connection: Lizzy   Back To Top

If you've picked up a coloring crayon lately, you know it can feel pretty nostalgic. Kids love coloring and crafting. Kid Connection child Lizzy fits that mold. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson took the 10-year-old to the Textile Center in Minneapolis where she found out why finding a mom now is so important.

Minnesota Monthly: Spring Fashion   Back To Top

Minnesota Monthly is celebrating 50 years. For its April issue, it’s all about spring fashion over the decades. We’re talking wardrobe, makeup and hair. The looks that are featured were inspired by each decade the magazine has been around - 1967, 1977, 1987, 2007 and today.

Little One Behind the Badge   Back To Top

The "Little One Behind the Badge" gives readers a closer look to what a child of a police officer sees.

Wonder Women: Carissa Carroll   Back To Top

Elizabeth is launching a brand new series called “Wonder Women.”  She’s sitting down with women in our community who have overcome a personal struggle, found their passion and are willing to talk openly and honestly about what’s working in their life…and what isn’t. Elizabeth introduces us to Carissa Carroll, a woman who was shocked and disappointed by how she and her family were treated when their son was born with Down syndrome.  She's made it her mission to make the diagnosis and birthing experience of babies with Down syndrome different for other families. She created the non-profit organization “Jack’s Basket,” named after her son. The goal is to improve the way health care providers deliver the news of a Down Syndrome diagnosis and provide baskets filled with fun treats and important resources.

Secrets Around the Twin Cities   Back To Top

From free concert tickets to a restaurant that's like the State Fair year-round, TCL's Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte, rounds up some hidden gems worth knowing about!

3/20 Host Chat   Back To Top

Steve is back from a couple days off and has many questions for Elizabeth about a viral video featuring a huge chicken!

"Dancing with the Stars" Charo and Erika Jayne   Back To Top

Elizabeth chats with Charo and Erika Jayne before their debut on March 20th, 2017 for the new season of "Dancing with the Stars"!

Kid Connection: Thelma   Back To Top

15-year-old Thelma loves to cook and bake and has even been known to make dinner for a crowd. But this young girl, whose friends call her "Telma" wants that kitchen to be in a permanent home, with a mom and a dad. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson introduces us to Thelma in this Kid Connection. 

Good Company: Clingks   Back To Top

Ever poured a glass of wine and you set it down only to realize that you can’t figure out which glass is yours? A Golden Valley woman has solved that problem in a fun and creative way.
Stephanie Wiestling used to break stemware on wine glasses every time she’d wash them. So, she switched to wine glasses that didn’t have any. Only problem was, you can’t put charms on a glass that doesn’t have a stem. She solved the problem with address stickers. Those stickers would get stuck. Determined, Stephanie found a solution and started making her own. Before she knew it, people were buying them. Fast forward four years later and she’s in shows all over the cities and in stores across the country.

Sherlock Holmes Book Set in Minnesota   Back To Top

Former St. Paul Pioneer Press writer Larry Millett has penned eight books to date about Sherlock Holmes, including one based in Minnesota. "Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma" is his latest, and is a Twin Cities Live Book Club selection. Elizabeth chats with Larry about the controversy surrounding Sherlock Holmes authors.