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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.
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Review of 14,000 Minnesota criminal convictions finds no exonerations

Review of 14,000 Minnesota criminal convictions finds no exonerations

Two cases, including Billy Glaze's, are still being checked.
Minnetonka OKs cutting down hundreds of trees for project despite protests

Minnetonka OKs cutting down hundreds of trees for project despite protests

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…
Critics: Wayzata lakefront plan could cost too much, kill vibe

Critics: Wayzata lakefront plan could cost too much, kill vibe

Some Wayzata residents are calling for a public referendum on the city's plans to revamp its lakefront on Lake Minnetonka.
Minnetonka residents protest city tearing down trees for road projects

Minnetonka residents protest city tearing down trees for road projects

A group of residents are upset water main and sewer work will cost neighborhood's mature trees.

State aid boosts mental health crisis services

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 of slain man urges better police mental health training

Family of slain man urges better police mental health training

Family is urging training after fatal police shooting.

Eden Prairie officer who accidentally shot motorcyclist blamed 'muscle memory'

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…

Eden Prairie police officer returns to work after shooting investigation

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.…
Hennepin, Ramsey move toward plan for joint treatment of teen offenders

Hennepin, Ramsey move toward plan for joint treatment of teen offenders

Ramsey, Hennepin move toward plan to share a facility.
Lake Minnetonka ruins listed in National Register

Lake Minnetonka ruins listed in National Register

The Schmid Farmhouse Ruins in Lake Minnetonka Regional Park were officially listed in the National Register last month.
Council rejects Old Log patio plan after neighbors object

Council rejects Old Log patio plan after neighbors object

Residents living near historic theater raised objections with the Greenwood City Council, which voted 3-2 to reject the plan.
Minnesota ends 2015 with 10-year high for boating fatalities

Minnesota ends 2015 with 10-year high for boating fatalities

Warm weather through the spring, summer and fall, along with cheap fuel prices, drew boaters out in droves.
Minneapolis, Victoria take a fresh look at how to deal with flooding

Minneapolis, Victoria take a fresh look at how to deal with flooding

It's considered part of a trend of more extreme weather events that are increasing across the country.
Police end investigation into Lake Minnetonka quadruple murder-suicide

Police end investigation into Lake Minnetonka quadruple murder-suicide

Lake Minnetonka father shot wife, three children.
Lake Minnetonka boat rescue has officials urging all to stay off ice

Lake Minnetonka boat rescue has officials urging all to stay off ice

After a Lake Minnetonka rescue, authorities are urging people to stay off Twin Cities lakes and rivers due to thin ice.
BLM protest at MOA, airport mostly peaceful; 13 arrested

BLM protest at MOA, airport mostly peaceful; 13 arrested

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 approves new sports grants

Hennepin County approves new sports grants

Hennepin County approved the west-metro youth projects, thanks to money from the Target Field tax levy.

Wayzata residents push for country club to close gun range

Wayzata officials work to resolve long-running issues.
Obituary: Tonka Toy VP, historian Lloyd Laumann kept company's history alive

Obituary: Tonka Toy VP, historian Lloyd Laumann kept company's history alive

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.…
Handcuffing after shooting is standard police practice

Handcuffing after shooting is standard police practice

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.
Thieves steal Christmas trees from Excelsior businesses that were going to families in need

Thieves steal Christmas trees from Excelsior businesses that were going to families in need

Incidents have marred an annual holiday tradition.
Excelsior looks at tighter liquor rules to crack down on drinking

Excelsior looks at tighter liquor rules to crack down on drinking

In the past year, Excelsior has had nearly 200 alcohol-related incidents, prompting City Council members to discuss a crackdown on overserving.
Developer cancels plans for Lake Minnetonka hotel over high costs

Developer cancels plans for Lake Minnetonka hotel over high costs

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.
Minneapolis man who shot mother, child pleads guilty

Minneapolis man who shot mother, child pleads guilty

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,…
More metro police are tracking people's 'last drink'

More metro police are tracking people's 'last drink'

It helps police see patterns of where over-serving might be happening.
Why criminal charges in the Wetterling case may never come

Why criminal charges in the Wetterling case may never come

Without hard evidence or a confession, justice is tormentingly out of reach.
Judge temporarily halts work on former Dayton property in Orono

Judge temporarily halts work on former Dayton property in Orono

Neighbors win temporary reprieve after injunction halts construction on former Dayton property.
'Person of interest' named in 1989 Jacob Wetterling disappearance

'Person of interest' named in 1989 Jacob Wetterling disappearance

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.
Groundbreaking to be held for new garden at Hindu temple in Maple Grove

Groundbreaking to be held for new garden at Hindu temple in Maple Grove

A groundbreaking event Saturday will honor the Hindu community's forgiveness after vandalism.
CO poisoning that killed Edina girl, 7, caused by hole in boat exhaust

CO poisoning that killed Edina girl, 7, caused by hole in boat exhaust

Animals probably chewed the hole, investigators say.
Funeral is Friday for Edina 7-year-old who died from CO poisoning on Lake Minnetonka boat

Funeral is Friday for Edina 7-year-old who died from CO poisoning on Lake Minnetonka boat

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…

Girl, 7, died of carbon monoxide poisoning at Lake Minnetonka dock

She was a second-grader at an Edina elementary school.
Orono City Council approves disputed housing project

Orono City Council approves disputed housing project

Neighbors who sued say the subdivision will cause "environmental degradation."
Christmas Lake holds off zebra mussel spread

Christmas Lake holds off zebra mussel spread

Some of the most aggressive measures have been tried.
Orono subdivision of Dayton land could move forward

Orono subdivision of Dayton land could move forward

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…
Neighbors sue over Orono subdivision plans for Doug Dayton land

Neighbors sue over Orono subdivision plans for Doug Dayton land

The lawsuit seeks to stop the Big Woods subdivision plan.
Legal loss in drunken boating case swamps Minnetonka's lake rules

Legal loss in drunken boating case swamps Minnetonka's lake rules

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.
Dad bought shotgun days before family murder-suicide, documents show

Dad bought shotgun days before family murder-suicide, documents show

The weapon was bought at an Eden Prairie outdoors store, search warrant documents say.
Funeral set for family killed in Greenwood murder-suicide

Funeral set for family killed in Greenwood murder-suicide

Deaths of parents, three teens are still under investigation.
Minnesota firefighters report uptick in fires started by stain rags

Minnesota firefighters report uptick in fires started by stain rags

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,…
Medical examiner confirms father shot family in Greenwood

Medical examiner confirms father shot family in Greenwood

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.
Sept. 11, 2015: Friends, neighbors remember family of 5 found dead in home

Sept. 11, 2015: Friends, neighbors remember family of 5 found dead in home

The family members were found dead Thursday afternoon from an apparent murder-suicide in the west metro city of Greenwood.
Osseo gun club, Facebook clash over 'family night' ads

Osseo gun club, Facebook clash over 'family night' ads

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.
Boating on Lake Minnetonka? Clean up after yourself, groups urge

Boating on Lake Minnetonka? Clean up after yourself, groups urge

The "Zero Waste" campaign urges boaters to leave behind zero trash.
Attorneys argue Byron Smith didn't get a fair trial in Little Falls killings

Attorneys argue Byron Smith didn't get a fair trial in Little Falls killings

Smith is serving a life sentence after being convicted of killing two teenage intruders in his Little Falls home in 2012.

Lawsuit against Wayzata sides with city, developer proposes new plans

Judge says city doesn't need to allow five-story project on Lake Street.
Lake Minnetonka marina owner fights constant battle for lakes

Lake Minnetonka marina owner fights constant battle for lakes

Former Orono Mayor Gabriel Jabbour speaks out in effort to keep waters healthy.
Internal review clears Robbinsdale police officer who shot, wounded teen

Internal review clears Robbinsdale police officer who shot, wounded teen

The April incident injured 18-year-old Tania Harris.
Cement grout seeps into Robbinsdale's Lower Twin Lake from nearby waterline repairs

Cement grout seeps into Robbinsdale's Lower Twin Lake from nearby waterline repairs

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

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.

Twin Cities police see catalytic converter thefts on the rise

West metro police departments caught two suspects last month who they say stole 200 catalytic converters across the metro.
Wayzata lakefront project moves forward with upcoming hire of design firm

Wayzata lakefront project moves forward with upcoming hire of design firm

It's part of the city's 10-year lakefront improvement plan.
Missing-girl case in Maple Grove marks 26 years, no breakthroughs

Missing-girl case in Maple Grove marks 26 years, no breakthroughs

Maple Grove police's fresh look at the Amy Sue Pagnac case yielded no breakthroughs.
Teardown trend gets supersized around Lake Minnetonka

Teardown trend gets supersized around Lake Minnetonka

"A lot of people don't want to see those beautiful, old houses come down," Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox said.
Father says son killed by Plymouth police didn't 'deserve to go that way'

Father says son killed by Plymouth police didn't 'deserve to go that way'

Father of man fatally shot by officer at Arby's says he doesn't know why incident escalated.
July 25: Dayton land in Orono now slated for a housing subdivision

July 25: Dayton land in Orono now slated for a housing subdivision

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.
Residents tackle growing trash problem on Lake Minnetonka

Residents tackle growing trash problem on Lake Minnetonka

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.
Maple Grove bar busted for selling Spotted Cow gets new liquor license

Maple Grove bar busted for selling Spotted Cow gets new liquor license

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…

Rogers residents protest new franchise fee to cover future road repairs

A franchise fee, charged to residents in gas and electric bills, would pay for future projects.

Minnesota attorney general, Eden Prairie man settle financial mismanagement lawsuit

The former executive director of A Better Day Foundation also agrees to pay back $120,000.
After overseeing growth to major suburb, Maple Grove's top city leader retiring

After overseeing growth to major suburb, Maple Grove's top city leader retiring

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.
Twin Cities suburbs look to limit number of liquor stores

Twin Cities suburbs look to limit number of liquor stores

Minnetonka is the latest city to debate rules on its number of off-sale stores.
600-plus members strong, Wayzata Yacht Club sails on into its 50th year

600-plus members strong, Wayzata Yacht Club sails on into its 50th year

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.
After 30 years of planning, Maple Grove close to opening $16M city park

After 30 years of planning, Maple Grove close to opening $16M city park

Parts of the new "urban park" will open at the end of August.
Drunk boaters flock to Lake Minnetonka, boosting 911 calls

Drunk boaters flock to Lake Minnetonka, boosting 911 calls

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.
Possible Vikings move to Chanhassen spurs development buzz

Possible Vikings move to Chanhassen spurs development buzz

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.

No new details in Robbinsdale, Eden Prairie shootings

Investigations into such shootings, which were both nonfatal, could take several months.
Western Twin Cities suburbs seek project funding after tough session at Capitol

Western Twin Cities suburbs seek project funding after tough session at Capitol

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…
Gated communities haven't taken off in Minnesota

Gated communities haven't taken off in Minnesota

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 name officer whose gun wounded suspect

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…
New Brighton steps up summer water restrictions due to limited aquifer supply

New Brighton steps up summer water restrictions due to limited aquifer supply

The city fears a closed aquifer, high demand could cause a shortage.
Summer activities arrive at the doorstep of low-income families

Summer activities arrive at the doorstep of low-income families

Eden Prairie, YMCA team up to bring summer programs to a low-income apartment complex.
Osseo adds bullet-resistant panels, panic buttons for City Council

Osseo adds bullet-resistant panels, panic buttons for City Council

The move comes after last winter's deadly shooting at a police ceremony in New Hope.
All aboard: Historic steamboat Minnehaha marks 20th year on Lake Minnetonka

All aboard: Historic steamboat Minnehaha marks 20th year on Lake Minnetonka

The boat was deemed "obsolete" and sunk in 1926, resurrected in 1980 and restored in 1996.
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