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Judge says city doesn’t need to allow five-story project on Lake Street.
Former Orono Mayor Gabriel Jabbour speaks out in effort to keep waters healthy.
The April incident injured 18-year-old Tania Harris.
The spill alarmed some residents on Lower Twin Lake this week.
Somali youth group, wilderness program partner to give Twin Cities girls a special trip to Yellowstone
The trip is a joint effort between the Somali youth program Ka Joog and the outdoor adventure group Wilderness Inquiry.
West metro police departments caught two suspects last month who they say stole 200 catalytic converters across the metro.
It’s part of the city’s 10-year lakefront improvement plan.
Maple Grove police’s fresh look at the Amy Sue Pagnac case yielded no breakthroughs.
“A lot of people don’t want to see those beautiful, old houses come down,” Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox said.
Father of man fatally shot by officer at Arby’s says he doesn’t know why incident escalated.
Coveted prairie grasslands, dense woods and quiet lakeshore in northeast Orono — owned by the Dayton family for 50 years — are now slated to be subdivided into high-end homes.
First come the parties on Lake Minnetonka, then the trash. “It’s disgusting out there,” said Melissa Waskiewicz, who heads the Lake Minnetonka Association, a group of lake homeowners and businesses.
The Maple Grove bar that was busted for illegally selling a popular Wisconsin beer will start serving alcohol again after a short suspension of liquor…
A franchise fee, charged to residents in gas and electric bills, would pay for future projects.
The former executive director of A Better Day Foundation also agrees to pay back $120,000.
After overseeing the city’s unprecedented explosion in development, first as the city’s economic development director and then in the top spot as city administrator, Al Madsen is retiring this fall.
Minnetonka is the latest city to debate rules on its number of off-sale stores.
The west metro yacht club, which is marking its 50th anniversary this year, has come a long way since it started in 1965 with 60 boat slips and 15 members.
Parts of the new “urban park” will open at the end of August.
In the wake of a rowdy July 4 holiday weekend on Lake Minnetonka, some local leaders are worried that the big lake’s party scene is out of control.
Speculation that the Vikings could move their headquarters has unsettled some of Eden Prairie’s leaders and created buzz about the future of 100-plus acres of farmland in Chanhassen.
Investigations into such shootings, which were both nonfatal, could take several months.
Most west metro cities that made funding requests this year for state aid were excluded again in the Legislature’s bonding bill, which state lawmakers passed…
For those who value luxury and privacy — and can afford it — the communities are home, sweet home. But others say their exclusive nature doesn’t fit well with Minnesota’s culture.
Eden Prairie police Wednesday identified the officer who said his gun accidentally fired, wounding a motorcyclist who had led officers on a chase. Sgt. Lonnie…
Hennepin County charges Bloomington man with fleeing Eden Prairie police before he was shot in 'accidental discharge'
The Hennepin County attorney’s office charged a 21-year-old Bloomington man with fleeing police officers after a chase in Eden Prairie last weekend resulted in the…
The city fears a closed aquifer, high demand could cause a shortage.
Eden Prairie, YMCA team up to bring summer programs to a low-income apartment complex.
The move comes after last winter’s deadly shooting at a police ceremony in New Hope.
The boat was deemed “obsolete” and sunk in 1926, resurrected in 1980 and restored in 1996.
Community leaders weigh how to pare down the $2 billion cost of the Southwest light-rail line.
Husband-wife diver team seeks donations to keep probing Lake Minnetonka.
Like popular ride-hailing apps, SouthWest Transit is now making it as easy to request a ride within Eden Prairie as the tap of a phone app.
Thanks to $10 million from the state, counties are ramping up work to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels.
The battle continues to keep a west-metro lake free of zebra mussels. After costly and groundbreaking efforts to kill off zebra mussels on Christmas Lake…
Projects on Lake Minnetonka expected to be approved soon in Wayzata and Excelsior.
Treatment to rid the waterway of zebra mussels is forcing the shutdown until June 8.
From a first distillery to a face-lift at City Hall, Excelsior is gearing up for possible changes this year.
The discovery of ancient remains recently halted work on County Road 101 in Minnetonka.
Glass, metal panels now giving shape to giant metal skeleton.
As the center enters its third year, it’s expanding with new hires and new projects slated to start this summer. But some critics say it’s not doing enough to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Despite record flooding last year, more than half of west metro area lakes, bays and ponds got a passing grade in an annual report. The…
After Plymouth put a citizens advisory group on indefinite hold, some residents are criticizing the city for a lack of public input and transparency.The City…
Developer says house will need to be moved or razed by mid-summer.
Watershed District’s project also repairs, restores meandering Long Lake Creek near Orono.
Community members agreed that the delay would create an opportunity for Barway’s birth mother to attend.
LeAnn Sargent cited health, but she faced possible felony conviction.
A family feud over Shorewood’s largest parcel of land, home to the former Minnetonka Country Club, is now spurring dueling development plans from the children of its deceased owner. The siblings, both doctors, are entangled in a lawsuit over the land.
Undercover officers found that New Glarus Spotted Cow was being sold at the Maple Tavern.
Undercover officers found that New Glarus Spotted Cow was being sold at the Maple Tavern.
Sgt. Thomas Rothfork has been with the department since 1995.
A small west metro lake has successfully gotten rid of zebra mussels in a small area of the lake — a feat few lakes have been able to accomplish in the fight against aquatic invasive species. The success story could also provide lessons for other infested Minnesota lakes and rivers.
Thieves are targeting boats in storage near Lake Minnetonka, stealing stereo equipment and other items as well as air bags out of cars, prompting Orono…
Wayzata and Excelsior are facing the same trouble from the droves of lake tourists, especially as it warms up.
Tania Harris, 18, is at North Memorial Medical Center, and protesters marched there so her family would be allowed to see her.
Hennepin County commissioners reappointed one incumbent and ousted another Tuesday when filling two spots on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s board. The commissioners appointed incumbent…
Orono police are investigating a spree of thefts from cars parked outside day-care centers in the Lake Minnetonka town, with the latest one happening Friday…
A judicial panel cleared him to be moved to a West St. Paul facility as soon as next week.
The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office finished its investigation Thursday into the death of a 3-year-old boy after a parked ATV tipped over on top of…
The 1-mile portion of the Northwest Greenway is expected to open this fall.
Minnetonka residents filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Metropolitan Council, arguing the agency didn’t take adequate steps to review the environmental impact of the proposed 16-mile Southwest Light Rail line in the west metro suburb.
Family suffers second accidental death since late December.
Ice is retreating from lakes, which are low, and most of the state is bone dry.
Several west metro cities are at the Minnesota State Capitol this year asking for state aid for several projects — everything from a Lake Minnetonka pier to ice arena renovations in Plymouth.
Condos will replace offices in final development, which includes hotel.
Saturday's effort comes after authorities again focused by the Mississippi River, east of Crystal from Interstate 694 south to Minneapolis.
Three weeks ago, Samantha Richardson saw her brother drown in a swimming pool at a Plymouth apartment building. On Saturday, the 8-year-old was back at…
Conservation district grant will allow Sheriff’s Office to have deputy patrolling at peak times.
More police officers are getting special training to approach mental health crises with calm, not force.
To cope with stressful and often sedentary jobs, more police departments are emphasizing physical fitness for their officers.
Suit accused Minnetonka condo association of discriminating against families with children.
After a line broke twice in Robbinsdale, affected communities want to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Eden Prairie works to stabilize the banks of Purgatory Creek after storm-drain woes and erosion threatened homes.
In a sign of spring for Twin Cities bicyclists, Nice Ride Minnesota announced Friday that it will launch April 1 — and with more bikes…
Starting Saturday, the suburb will step up education on pet-waste law.