Apple Valley

Incorporated in 1969, and previously named Lebanon Township, this Dakota County city is home to the Minnesota Zoo. The city's name came from a local developer who said the city reminded him of Apple Valley, Calif.

September 5, 2017
Janice Rettman worked alone before a recent Ramsey County Board meeting in St. Paul.

Local Minnesota officials who often cast the lone dissenting vote talk of 'life on an island'

They agreed the majority is eager for agreement and to avoid a public fuss.
August 2, 2017

First-ever U study analyzes the patterns of sex buyers in Minnesota

They tend to be middle-class, married white men from all over the state.
South Metro
July 26, 2017

Dakota County teacher charged with having sex with student

Christine Funk, 31, who taught at Henry Sibley High School, had sex with the student three times in February, according to the criminal complaint.
April 20, 2017
Diana Weinhardt has a soft spot for Sundari, an Amur tiger she’s cared for since it was a cub.

Meet the Minnesota Zoo's 'animal mama'

Bottle-feeding four-legged infants is second nature for Diana Weinhardt at the Minnesota Zoo.
South Metro
April 2, 2017
In North Minneapolis the first day of police training academy is being set in motion with the latest crop of cadets, 27. Minneapolis Sgt. Each cadet g

Minnesota could mandate officer training for mental-illness calls

State could mandate crisis training as police see more mental-illness-related calls.
South Metro
December 23, 2016

Feds: Twin Cities man defrauded investors over flipping houses

Federal prosecutors charged a 31-year-old Twin Cities man this week with operating a bogus property rehabilitation business.According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Minneapolis,…
South Metro
September 2, 2016
Fresh from a large transit system in Delaware, Luther Wynder is the new Minnesota Valley Transit Authority executive director. He has seen how access

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority's new leader settles in

Luther Wynder believes in the power of transit and plans on more community engagement.
June 9, 2016

Uponor North America hosts job fair June 23 in Apple Valley

Uponor job fair June 23 in Apple Valley
May 9, 2016

Apple Valley's Uponor completes $18 million expansion

Uponor, the fast growing radiant heating and cooling pro in Apple Valley, officially opens $18 million factory expansion May 16.
South Metro
May 7, 2016
Anna Johnson-Taylor filled out paperwork to determine how much rent she could afford per month for an apartment.

Apple Valley freshmen get a dose of financial reality

Apple Valley High School students took part in an event designed to teach them to manage money.
South Metro
March 11, 2016
Family and friends gathered to remember Alyssa Ettl at the Dodd Boulevard location where she died in a 2013 accident. A project will improve Dodd.

Road construction preview for south metro

City and county officials in the south metro weighed in on the south-of-the-river road projects most likely to create snags for drivers this spring and summer.
Stage & Arts
March 4, 2016

Young performers inspired by Dennis Swanson pay tribute

Long before Laura Osnes would star in "Grease" on Broadway and years before she would earn two Tony nominations for her performances in "Bonnie and…
South Metro
January 1, 2016
Beverley Miller has led the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority for 25 years, a period of dramatic growth in ridership.

Longtime director of Minnesota Valley Transit Authority retires

Beverley Miller is preparing to leave the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
January 1, 2016

South metro: Retiring MVTA director reflects on 25 years

Miller prepares to retire from the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority.
December 13, 2015
Star Tribune file photo of local police showing handcuffs.

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.
North Metro
December 12, 2015
Property taxes are on the rise for many metro-area homeowners, with some seeing double-digit percentage increases for 2016. School bond and levy measu

School districts playing big part in property tax increases

Voters may support needs but worry about their pocketbooks.
South Metro
November 14, 2015
Students sit on the bus at the end of the school day at Eastview Elementary School in Lakeville.

Lakeville district considers cutting back on busing fees

Parents do not like the fees, but the move would result in thousands in lost revenue.
South Metro
November 7, 2015

South metro voters approve school districts' requests for more money

All three south metro school districts that sought more money from voters saw success Tuesday at the ballot box. The Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan…
South Metro
September 5, 2015
New trees at Quarry Point Park will augment features like the play area that Carleigh Leech, right, and Ellie Peterson enjoyed.

Apple Valley seeks trees for park on former quarry site

Officials and volunteers will plant more trees Sept. 19 with the help of nonprofit Tree Trust.
South Metro
August 25, 2015
Haley Martinson, front left, Madi Wheeler, and Grace Ashton danced during Pepfest, an event for incoming freshmen at Lakeville South High School.

South metro high schools start new year with more classes, high-tech tools

South metro schools add more classes and high-tech tools for students.
South Metro
August 11, 2015

Neighbors upset about proposed District 196 bus hub in Apple Valley

The facility would be loud and bring in too much traffic, residents say.
South Metro
July 31, 2015

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan considers scheduling $180 million referendum

The referendum would seek money for a new elementary school, new technology and other items.
South Metro
July 7, 2015

Lakeville lowers some activity fees, caps total family cost

The school board reduced fees for the costliest sports and capped the total cost per family.
South Metro
June 23, 2015

Farmington, South St. Paul and Burnsville schools plan budget cuts despite additional state funding

Officials in three south metro districts say the money is too little, too late.
South Metro
June 1, 2015
A runner crossed the finish line at the Girls on the Run practice 5K.

Girls on the Run after school program teaches running and life skills

Teams from several south metro schools participate in Girls on the Run, which encourages teamwork and self-confidence.