West Metro
January 2

St. Louis Park attorney charged in health care fraud conspiracy

The charges do not detail the alleged acts.
West Metro
January 2
Justin E. Warnke

Authorities: Homicide victim died in one location, later found along Meeker County road

A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death and awaits charges.
West Metro
January 2
Wrapped plastic straws

Straws given only on demand in St. Louis Park

The Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance aims to reduce single-use straws that have become a villain for those worried about plastic pollution in the oceans.
West Metro
January 2
Ann Maresh of West St. Paul, who said she wore a tropical shirt for the warm weather, participated in her tenth dive and achieved shark status, during

Hundreds celebrate new year and decade with icy dive into Lake Minnetonka

For many, Excelsior's polar plunge has become a holiday tradition
West Metro
January 1
While several existing city commissions have addressed topics of sustainability, Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez, shown in 2018, said that the es

Richfield approves new sustainability commission

City officials hope the commission will provide an ongoing platform for residents to stay involved in efforts to make the city more sustainable.
West Metro
January 1
Alex Mizrahi, center, lights a candle on a menorah at a lighting for the last night of Hanukkah in Grand Army Plaza in the Brooklyn borough of New Yor

'No longer an anomaly': Attack hits home for Twin Cities Jews

The recent attack during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, N.Y., hit close to home for many rabbis in the Twin Cities, who are asking questions about how to balance security without creating fear.
West Metro
December 31, 2019
One person died in a collision at this Plymouth intersection.
Credit: MnDOT camera

SUV driver dies in collision with semi in Plymouth

An SUV driver died in a collision Tuesday morning with a semitrailer truck at a well-traveled intersection in Plymouth, authorities said.The crash occurred about 8:55…
West Metro
December 31, 2019

St. Louis Park police investigating infant's death

A 5-week-old boy died soon after medical personnel took him from a St. Louis Park home, where he had been sleeping in the same bed…
West Metro
December 31, 2019
County Attorney Mike Freeman introduced the office's first ever emotional support animal, a golden doodle named Barrett. Barrett's trainer, Kathryn Ne

Hennepin County Attorney's Office adds emotional support dog

Barrett, a golden doodle, is training to become the office's first emotional support dog.
West Metro
December 30, 2019
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman with the office's first emotional support animal, Barrett, a golden doodle.

Emotional-support dog joins Hennepin County Attorney's office

An emotional-support dog is joining the staff at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Barrett joined the office in late December and is its first emotional-support…
West Metro
December 30, 2019

Attorney hospitalized after client punches him in Hennepin court

Client reportedly attacked him during sentencing in a sexual assault case.
South Metro
December 28, 2019

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Dec. 29

EDEN PRAIRIE DEC. 4 Burglary. Officers responded to a report of a burglary at a home in the 14000 block of Golf View Drive.…
West Metro
December 27, 2019
Edina High School student Isabel Melton was inspired to join the city’s Planning Commission by her grandparents’ involvement in Edina and her own

High schoolers step up to help run the Twin Cities

They want a seat at the table and want to be a part of planning for the future, city officials across the metro area say.
West Metro
December 27, 2019
The entrance to Mall of America's new wing.

Police called to escort 50 rowdy juveniles from Mall of America

The group had been asked to leave but refused until police arrived.
West Metro
December 27, 2019

Man shot outside Chanhassen movie theater

No one has been arrested, the sheriff said.
West Metro
December 27, 2019
West Metro
December 26, 2019
Plans for Panoway on Wayzata Bay include a streetside plaza with a water feature, bike path and other amenities.

Wayzata's downtown shoreline plaza construction set for March

Formerly called the Lake Effect, the project has been renamed Panoway on Wayzata Bay.
West Metro
December 26, 2019
GS Motors owner Pavel Ihnatovich says he has to not only sell new and used electric vehicles at his Hopkins dealership, but educate his customers on t

Potential new rules in Minnesota could boost electric car ownership

At least one dealer, in Hopkins, is poised for an emissions crackdown.
West Metro
December 25, 2019
In this June 9, 2014, photo is a sculpture portraying a wounded soldier being helped on the grounds of the Minneapolis VA Hospital.

Minneapolis VA Medical Center employee hid camera in bathroom, charges say

Police identified 11 alleged victims who were filmed over four days.
West Metro
December 25, 2019

Man found dead in Hopkins swimming pool

First responders were called about 7:30 p.m. to the Greenfield Apartments at 920 Feltl Court, according to Hopkins police.