Elizabeth Baier

Elizabeth Baier

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
ebaier@mpr.org
(507) 282-0910


Elizabeth Baier, based in Rochester, covers news in southeastern Minnesota for MPR News. She joined Minnesota Public Radio in June 2008 after six years of writing for newspapers, including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald. She holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism and international relations from the University of Miami, and a certificate in contemporary Latin American studies from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.

Elizabeth Baier Feature Archive

Kindergarteners Paw Soe, left, and Mi Meh
A wave of Karen and Karenni immigrants has school administrators and teachers adjusting to new young refugees. (09/15/2014)
SweeTango apples
Hail storms wiped out apple crops in parts of central Minnesota, but the crop looks good in some areas of the state. (09/06/2014)
Winona fire
No one was inside the building at the time. The historic structure is home to a popular gymnastics training center. (09/04/2014)
Emotions will run high as former Minnesota State University, Mankato linebacker Isaac Kolstad, severely injured in an assault in May, leads the team onto the field for tonight's season opener. (09/04/2014)
The launch of the new service coincides with the airport's traffic patterns, which tend to spike in early fall. (09/01/2014)
Scientists are tracking snakes in southeastern Minnesota to monitor their health, but also the health of the larger ecosystem. (08/29/2014)
The new screening test will be available to Mayo Clinic patients in Rochester by early October. (08/25/2014)
Minnesota is home to more than one billion ash trees -- more than any other state in the country. (08/20/2014)
For doctors, dentists and other health professionals there are ethical issues to consider before sending out a tweet or accepting a friend request. For some, navigating the virtual and real worlds can be a challenge, as well as a risk. (08/20/2014)
Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack says police are concerned about public safety as well as respecting the flag. He says flags have been burnt while attached to houses with people inside. (08/15/2014)
Three influential Republicans are trying to push aside the GOP pick for the right to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. (08/12/2014)
Residents are concerned about access, land rights and safety issues, said MnDOT Spokeswoman Mary McFarland Brooks. (08/09/2014)
Senior housing construction is growing quickly in Rochester. Instead of focusing on sprawling housing developments in the Sun Belt, some builders are trying to lure older people who want to live in smaller communities -- and be close to their doctors. (08/05/2014)
District Judge Gerald Wolf on Monday threw out four charges of attempted first-degree murder against LaDue, concluding that prosecutors failed to show the teen made a "substantial step, beyond mere preparation" toward committing the crimes. (07/30/2014)
John LaDue, 17, was once charged with planning to kill his family and bomb his school, but a judge has dismissed the most serious of those charges. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Elizabeth Baier about the community's reaction after the judge's order. (07/30/2014)