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Two cases, including Billy Glaze's, are still being checked.
Scores of decades-old trees are being cut down this week in Minnetonka, after residents lost efforts to fight the city’s plan to remove trees for…
Some Wayzata residents are calling for a public referendum on the city's plans to revamp its lakefront on Lake Minnetonka.
A group of residents are upset water main and sewer work will cost neighborhood's mature trees.
Minnesota will boost the number of mental health professionals who can respond to someone in crisis, enabling for the first time all 87 counties to offer crisis services for children and adults.
Family is urging training after fatal police shooting.
A motorcyclist accidentally shot by an Eden Prairie police officer is pursuing a lawsuit against the department. Matthew Hovland-Knase, 22, of Bloomington, led police on…
The Eden Prairie police officer who shot and wounded a fleeing motorcyclist last year is back at work, following a seven-month Hennepin County investigation. Sgt.…
Ramsey, Hennepin move toward plan to share a facility.
The Schmid Farmhouse Ruins in Lake Minnetonka Regional Park were officially listed in the National Register last month.
Residents living near historic theater raised objections with the Greenwood City Council, which voted 3-2 to reject the plan.
Warm weather through the spring, summer and fall, along with cheap fuel prices, drew boaters out in droves.
It's considered part of a trend of more extreme weather events that are increasing across the country.
Lake Minnetonka father shot wife, three children.
After a Lake Minnetonka rescue, authorities are urging people to stay off Twin Cities lakes and rivers due to thin ice.
After filling the mall rotunda and getting warned about arrests, demonstrators moved the protest to nearby light-rail trains, taking the Blue Line to the Humphrey Terminal.
Hennepin County approved the west-metro youth projects, thanks to money from the Target Field tax levy.
Wayzata officials work to resolve long-running issues.
For years after the Tonka Toys plant shut down in Mound, Lloyd Laumann worked to keep the memory and history of the famous company alive.…
It seems odd to some, but police say the practice ensures safety. Those incapacitated or killed by use of force may lie that way for hours, unless the handcuffs are removed for medical treatment.
Incidents have marred an annual holiday tradition.
In the past year, Excelsior has had nearly 200 alcohol-related incidents, prompting City Council members to discuss a crackdown on overserving.
The developer withdrew his application this week for the 58-room boutique hotel in Excelsior — initially pegged as the first hotel on the Twin Cities' busiest lake in 50 years.
A Minneapolis man who shot and wounded a mother and child near a city park over the summer has pleaded guilty. Dontae Denae Peterson, 28,…
It helps police see patterns of where over-serving might be happening.
Without hard evidence or a confession, justice is tormentingly out of reach.
Neighbors win temporary reprieve after injunction halts construction on former Dayton property.
Jacob Wetterling was 11 when he was abducted while riding on his bike near St. Joseph, Minn., 26 years ago. Danny James Heinrich, who was charged with possessing child pornography, is a person of interest in the case.
A groundbreaking event Saturday will honor the Hindu community's forgiveness after vandalism.
Animals probably chewed the hole, investigators say.
The death of a 7-year-old girl on Lake Minnetonka earlier this week was the result of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Hennepin County medical examiner has…
She was a second-grader at an Edina elementary school.
Neighbors who sued say the subdivision will cause "environmental degradation."
Some of the most aggressive measures have been tried.
A Hennepin County judge has denied a request for a restraining order to stop permits from being issued in the subdivision of the late Doug…
The lawsuit seeks to stop the Big Woods subdivision plan.
Lake Minnetonka leaders are looking to revise rules after an Excelsior man arrested for boating while intoxicated had the charge tossed out, thanks to his argument that a boat lighting rule he was initially stopped for was stricter than state law.
The weapon was bought at an Eden Prairie outdoors store, search warrant documents say.
Deaths of parents, three teens are still under investigation.
Homeowners staining their deck or garage before winter may not realize they’re dealing with chemicals that can all too easily ignite. From Orono to Robbinsdale,…
On Saturday morning, the medical examiner confirmed that Brian S. Short died of a self-inflicted shotgun blast. The deaths of his family members have been ruled homicides.
The family members were found dead Thursday afternoon from an apparent murder-suicide in the west metro city of Greenwood.
The owner of a new Osseo gun club is upset that Facebook refuses to advertise a "family night" shooting range promotion, fresh criticism of the social media website that finds itself at the center of the gun-rights issue nationally.
The "Zero Waste" campaign urges boaters to leave behind zero trash.
Smith is serving a life sentence after being convicted of killing two teenage intruders in his Little Falls home in 2012.
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.
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