Kelly Smith

Reporter | West Metro
Phone: 612-673-4141
Kelly Smith covers west metro suburban cities including Plymouth, Eden Prairie, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Excelsior, Osseo and Robbinsdale.

Recent content from Kelly Smith

Wayzata Big Woods celebrates 10 years of preservation

Wayzata has one of the last surviving pieces of thousands of acres of dense woods that once blanketed Minnesota.

Updated: September 16, 2014, - 03:00 PM

Construction starts on Kowalski's in Excelsior

Scheduled to open in March, the store will be at the site of the former Mason Motors dealership.

Updated: September 16, 2014, - 02:59 PM

Wayzata lakefront starts to transform six months after plan approved

From more docks to bike trails and even a brewery, downtown will soon see changes.

Updated: September 11, 2014, - 10:43 AM

Wayzata residents present petition signed by 500 opponents to cell tower equipment

Wayzata residents presented a petition to the City Council last week signed by 500 people opposing cellphone companies putting equipment...

Updated: September 11, 2014, - 10:40 AM

Zebra mussels spread to another west metro lake near Lake Minnetonka

The invasive species has now infested Lake Virginia, a small 104-acre lake in Carver County just southwest of Lake Minnetonka. The state Department of Natural Resources and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District confirmed the news Wednesday.

Updated: September 10, 2014, - 10:51 PM

Change is in the air for lakeside Wayzata

Read more about communities in the metro area at, bikers and beer drinkers will start to see some new...

Updated: September 10, 2014, - 05:41 PM

July 27: Arrest of Minneapolis community activist Al Flowers stirs anger

Family and friends say he was injured during arrest.

Updated: September 09, 2014, - 05:04 PM

Minnesota lake first to use new product to kill zebra mussels

Zequanox, a nonchemical product, could alter the nation’s fight against the invasive aquatic species if the test in Shorewood's Christmas Lake goes well.

Updated: September 09, 2014, - 10:59 AM

Aug. 10: Proposed homeless youth building in Edina draws hundreds of supporters, few critics

The $9 million project for at-risk youths has generated hundreds of e-mails, letters.

Updated: September 02, 2014, - 11:52 PM

Shorewood engineer builds castle with 3-D concrete printer

Andrey Rudenko built the castle layer by layer with one of the first 3-D concrete printers in the world, an ambitious task given that most things produced by 3-D printers are much smaller, like plastic models or parts.

Updated: September 02, 2014, - 11:02 PM

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