West Metro
March 5

Minnesota GOP political consultant to stand trial on domestic assault charges

Jonathan Aanestad says he is falsely accused and has "an airtight alibi."
Data Drop
March 5
Michael Mueller snow blows the sidewalk near his house Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Rochester after heavy snow overnight. Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbu

Not many places in U.S. got more snow than the Twin Cities did in February

Yes, Minnesotans, February was as snowy as you thought. In fact, when it comes to snowfall last month, we had more in common with Jackson, Wyo. than we did with our typical winter brethren in Chicago and Milwaukee.
West Metro
March 4
Sarah Doppler

Murder conviction yields year in workhouse for dealer who gave lethal drug to Minnetonka man

A 5-year term was stayed for the defendant, who was known to deal in illicit narcotics.
West Metro
March 2
The scene of a fatal crash on Hwy. 12 near Independence.

18-year-old woman dies in car-semi crash on Hwy. 12 near Independence

The Delano woman lost control of her vehicle on the slippery road, crossed over the centerline and collided with the truck, police said.
South Metro
March 2

Metro police blotter, March 3

AFTON FEB. 2 Suspicious activity. Authorities checked on a report of a white sport-utility vehicle stopping at mailboxes in the area of 55th Street…
Home & Garden
March 2
The living room has a wall of windows overlooking Lake Minnetonka.

$2.65M dream home is 'all about the views' of Lake Minnetonka

Traditional-style house on Palmer Point will host a steady stream of visitors as a "Dream Home" on the upcoming Parade of Homes.
West Metro
March 2
The pink marker is wrapped on an ash tree due to the indications of emerald ash borers. The Hennepin County Board has awarded more than $250,000 in gr

Hennepin County awards more than $250,000 in tree canopy grants

The grants will be used to establish new canopies as well as remove and replace diseased ash trees.
Inspired
March 1
Minnetonka High School senior Lily Hohag volunteered to help teach young girls to play lacrosse on a Saturday morning in February.

At Minnetonka High School, students make the grade by lettering in kindness

Minnetonka High School is among several Twin Cities schools that honor community service with a varsity letter.
Inspired
March 1
Jasmyn Green has an extensive history working with youth and is the program manager for Oasis for Youth. She has quickly become a leader in the outrea

Oasis For Youth's Jasmyn Green celebrates small victories for at-risk young people she serves

Her work builds trust — and futures.
West Metro
February 27
Sandy Zieba’s 1971 yearbook photo, and her present-day smile as Sandy Smith.

Plot twist accompanies book's return to high school library 49 years later

The tardy reader makes a not-so-serious confession about her scholarly credentials.
West Metro
February 27

Big Lake man killed when pickup crashes into snowplow

The plow's warning lights were illuminated, the Sherburne County sheriff said.
West Metro
February 26

Bloomington ordinance requires and rewards affordable housing construction

The new ordinance is being praised for its innovative approach.
Home & Garden
February 25
The three-level dwelling boasts two big decks and a patio. The Schafers live in the main and upper levels and the Newlands live in the lower-level wal

Ultra-modern home in Golden Valley houses three generations of family

Multigenerational living in a cube-shaped home composed of glass, wood and steel, with dramatic geometric lines.
South Metro
February 23

Metro police blotter, Feb. 24

AFTON JAN. 18 Suspicious activity. Authorities checked on a report of people camping on the beach at Steamboat Park, near the 3700 block of…
West Metro
February 23

Rogers man hurt when snowmobile strikes snow-covered beaver dam

The 69-year-old man was with a large group of snowmobilers that had left the Vermilion River Tavern in Buyck and sledding toward Elephant Lake.
West Metro
February 22

Police offer reward in connection with Hopkins gas station robbery

The holdup occurred Feb. 10 at the Holiday station on Blake Road.
West Metro
February 22
Prof. Jillian Peterson, one of the creators of the new pilot program, met with Minnetonka Police Chief Scott Boerboom in 2017.

Minnetonka police see sharp drop in mental health crisis calls after taking new training program

Minnetonka department saw big change after its entire staff participated in program.
Inspired
February 22
Ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Freeman encouraged his former patient, Laura Olson, to study orthoptics. Then he hired her.

In Minnetonka, former eye patient now works alongside her former doctor

Laura Olson was born with a condition in her left eye called persistent fetal vasculature.
West Metro
February 21
If a Hennepin Healthcare-North Memorial merger takes place, it would bring together two large urban emergency departments, while adding an outer-ring

Hennepin County Board, Hennepin Healthcare meet to discuss hospital merger with North Memorial

County and hospital officials say the renewed discussion of merger is in the early stages.
West Metro
February 20

Charges: Crystal man harassed Fox 9 newsroom, threatened to kill staffers

Fremont Johnson Jr. allegedly threatened to kill staffers at the Eden Prairie office.