Bloomington

Considered by some to be a bedroom community, this fifth-largest Minnesota city has more jobs per capita than either Minneapolis or St. Paul. It's home to Mall of America.

Politics
October 26
Rep. Erik Paulsen and challenger Dean Phillips debated late week on "Almanac."

Erik Paulsen, Dean Phillips campaigns dispute ads, campaign finance

As Election Day nears, the competitive race for the Third Congressional District seat is becoming increasingly contentious.
Local
October 23
House Speaker Paul Ryan met with Erik Paulsen at his office in Plymouth.

National political stars descend on closely fought Minnesota

Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio among GOP stars visiting to boost House candidates.
Local
October 20
Third District challenger Dean Phillips, left, and Rep. Erik Paulsen debate on “Almanac." Co-host Eric Eskola is pictured, center.

Lewis, Paulsen face off with Craig, Phillips, in TV debates

In one of their final debates before the Nov. 6 election, the candidates clashed over issues ranging from health care to taxes.
Local
October 6
Rep. Erik Paulsen, right, and his Democratic challenger Dean Phillips both speak during their debate.

Paulsen, Phillips clash at second debate in congressional race

With less than a month before the election, the race is heating up.
West Metro
September 19
Sisters Rory, 2, left, and Henri, 3, looked at a child’s artwork while visiting the Farmers Market with their grandmother Julie of Bloomington.

Bloomington art exhibit aims to share fears, anxieties of immigrant children

Separation from family is among the deep fears and anxieties depicted in drawings and essays curated for Bloomington exhibit.
Local
September 5
The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC associated with House Republican leadership, and Rep. Erik Paulsen’s campaign released new TV ads sin

Republicans attack Dean Phillips' business background in new TV ads as he competes for Rep. Erik Paulsen's seat

They rip Paulsen's foe for wealth, business practices.
Minneapolis
August 30
Vice President Mike Pence, alongside Legion chief Denise Rohan, called Trump an “ally and champion” for veterans and listed the work the administr

Pence to vets in Minneapolis: 'We will always fight for you'

Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the American Legion convention comes after the Legion and the White House clashed over President Trump's response to the death of Sen. John McCain.
Local
August 21
DFL challenger Dean Phillips and Rep. Erik Paulsen greeted each other at the end of Tuesday's Third Congressional District debate in St. Louis Park.

Paulsen, Phillips face off on taxes, health care in 3rd Congressional District debate

The debate at a St. Louis Park hotel quickly grew testy, with both candidates attacking the other almost immediately.
Politics
July 25
Dean Phillips, Democratic candidate for Congress, gave out free cookies and lemonade from his revamped 1960s milk truck at Music in Plymouth.

Dean Phillips takes his campaign on the road — and lakes — hoping to unseat Paulsen

Dean Phillips hopes his campaign tactics boost energy — and votes.
West Metro
June 20
The city started its organized garbage collection on Oct. 3, 2016, and not all residents are happy.

State high court: Bloomington trash hauling plan can be put to vote

The Minnesota Supreme Court's ruling is a victory for Hands Off Our Cans, a residents' group opposed to Bloomington's organized trash collection system.
West Metro
May 18
Normandale Lake Estates resident Jurline Bryant had been evicted from another complex in Richfield two years ago under the same circumstances.

Once displaced in Richfield, renters now being forced out in Bloomington

Forced to leave Richfield complex, they face similar fate in Bloomington.
West Metro
January 24
Waleed Meneese, imam of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, spoke with Sarah Peters on Wednesday. For more photos, go to startribune.com/galleries.

Bloomington mosque celebrates 'amazing' renovation in wake of bombing

Six months after bombing, it welcomed all in to see the 'amazing' new space.
Local
December 9, 2017
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, shown in 2015, supported a bike-pedestrian safety proposal.

Property taxes, homeowners' voices are rising across Twin Cities

Double-digit percentage hikes that had drawn complaints in St. Paul are popping up in the suburbs, too.
West Metro
November 30, 2017
Bloomington is expected to revisit the issue of selling a 9.5-acre portion of the golf course for development next year.

Bloomington to reject all building proposals for Hyland Greens Golf Course

The city was looking to sell a portion of property for development.
West Metro
November 28, 2017
Spruce Shadows Farm, the last working farm in Bloomington, was proposed by the city as a site for the 2023 World Expo. But the bid lost out to Buenos

Bloomington to negotiate new deal for proposed World Expo site

City was to pay $32M for farm but bid for 2023 event failed.
West Metro
November 15, 2017
Minneapolis Representative Ilhan Omar delivers a speech at the 162nd General Assembly of BIE, in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. The Bureau Internati

Minnesota loses bid for 2023 World's Fair; Argentina wins instead

City officials may decide to turn back the former farm acreage, which it had agreed to purchase, to the family that owns it.
West Metro
November 14, 2017
Spruce Shadows Farm, the last working farm in Bloomington could possibly become the site of the World's Fair in 2023.

Minnesota's team gears up for World's Fair decision vote

The Twin Cities is one of three worldwide finalists to host Expo 2023, to be decided by vote Wednesday in Paris.
West Metro
October 18, 2017
Mohamed Omar looked out the now-repaired window that was shattered from an explosive device at the Dar Al Farooq Center in Bloomington.

Two months after explosion, Bloomington mosque leaders desperate for justice

There has yet to be an arrest in the Aug. 5 blast that destroyed part of the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington.
Don't miss
September 2, 2017
The Mall of America has grown in size since it was first built in Bloomington.

After almost 40 years, man who helped bring MOA to Bloomington retires

"I was convinced that this was something we should do," Larry Lee remembers. "All I needed to do was say, 'This is important.' "
West Metro
August 9, 2017
Mohamed Omar, the executive director at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, addressed the more than 1,000 people who turned out at Tuesday night’s sup

Hundreds turn out to support Bloomington Islamic center

The community gathering at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center on Tuesday night showed support and denounced the destruction from the weekend's bombing.
Super Bowl LII
August 8, 2017
A 46-year-old man was arrested during a sting in St. Peter, Minn. Southern Minnesota law enforcement agencies are ramping up sex trafficking stings as

Minnesota fights sex trafficking by cracking down on buyers

As the Super Bowl gets closer, law enforcement officials and nonprofits across Minnesota are taking aggressive new action to crack down on customers of prostitution and boosting programs aimed at keeping teens out of the sex trade.
West Metro
July 18, 2017
Body cameras like this one worn by Minneapolis police will be assigned to about 40 sheriff’s deputies this year.

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office to add some body cameras this year

Up to 40 devices could be rolled out by December.
West Metro
July 15, 2017
North Minneapolis' Webber Park library, which opened in May, is the newest branch in the Hennepin County Library system.

Hennepin County Library system scraps plan to renovate every 12 years

Renovating libraries based on the building's use, instead of an automatic revamp every 12 years, could be more efficient and possibly less expensive over time, Hennepin County Library leaders now say. It might also ensure that patrons get the same experience no matter which library they visit.
West Metro
July 13, 2017

Hennepin County leaders say new approach needed to address gaps — from housing to income

Officials estimated that eliminating the racial and ethnic income and employment disparities would mean $4.6 billion in income growth
Don't Miss
June 14, 2017
Brian Sonia-Wallace paused before composing a poem for a mall shopper on his vintage Olivetti Lettera typewriter.

Mall of America's writer aims to turn poems into performance

"I'm used to writing in very weird contexts," said Brian Sonia-Wallace, the MOA's first writer in residence.