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.

West Metro
July 14

Southtown Shopping Center in Bloomington to be slowly transformed

The city envisions a more pedestrian- and transit-friendly development.
South Metro
July 7

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.
West Metro
July 4
Demonstrators filled the Mall of America rotunda and chanted "Black lives matter" to protest police brutality, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Bloomington, Minn.

Black Lives Matter protesters call MOA linked to Bloomington

Those charged after a December protest argue in legal briefs that Bloomington and the Mall of America cooperate so closely that the mall is operating as a “quasi-governmental” entity.
West Metro
June 26

Bloomington organizes its trash collection despite debate

At a recent public hearing before the vote, some Bloomington residents wept as they begged the city to let them choose their own garbage hauler — a plea echoed in other cities.
West Metro
June 23
Patrick Cunningham with Burt’s Disposal emptied a garbage container into his truck in Bloomington. The city may switch from seven haulers to one.

Bloomington approves resolution to organize trash collection

City Council’s 6-1 vote comes after some vocal opposition.
West Metro
June 12

Bloomington voters want to take trash issue into their own hands

Garbage is an emotional topic for some Bloomington residents. The city wants to turn over trash collection to a single consortium of haulers to cut…
West Metro
June 3

Mystery plane that circled Twin Cities was part of secret FBI fleet

The flight path and ownership records of the plane in Minneapolis made it conspicuous to aviation buffs.
West Metro
June 2
Patrick Cunningham with Burt’s Disposal emptied a garbage container into his truck in Bloomington. The city may switch from seven haulers to one.

Citizens' revolt brewing in Bloomington over garbage collection

Bloomington residents are divided over a city plan to allow seven trash hauling companies to carve up terrority and charge a single negotiated rate.
Variety
May 19

Animated mannequin helps teach student nurses at Normandale

A high-tech mannequin helps teach nursing students at Normandale Community College.
Health
May 12

Orange Nice Ride bikes, new effort aim to build community health

A new Wheel Being program that also uses orange cycles to promote health is being launched this spring.
West Metro
May 10

April 7: Bloomington trash haulers submit proposal to consolidate service

Seven trash haulers that once worked independently in Bloomington are forming a consortium to consolidate garbage collection in the city and have submitted their proposal.…
West Metro
May 10
Patrick Cunningham with Burt’s Disposal emptied a garbage container into his truck in Bloomington. The city may switch from seven haulers to one.

Single-hauler trash pickup plan rouses Bloomington residents

Proposed shift to single-hauler trash pickup draws hundreds of responses, for and against.
West Metro
May 1
Khalil Hampton, a student from Eastview High School in Woodbury, led a...

Twin Cities students walk out to join Black Lives Matter protest

Many metro-area high school students walked out of school and were headed for the noon rally at Martin Luther King Park.
Taste
April 29

Dial down vegetable drama by involving kids

Jennifer Tyler Lee gets her kids to eat vegetables because she doesn’t demand that they eat vegetables. Here’s how she helps kids develop healthful eating skills.
Recipes
April 22

Mini frittatas with asparagus

Mini Frittatas with asparagus Serves 4. Note: For a Mother’s Day brunch idea, prep the vegetables the night before to make morning assembly a breeze…
West Metro
April 16

Mall of America won't seek $40,000 restitution in Black Lives Matter protest case

Mall wants focus to be on actions of Black Lives Matter protesters, not on damages.
West Metro
April 14

Bloomington will survey 3,000 local businesses for insights on economy

Bloomington plans to survey 3,000 businesses about city services, the economy and the local business climate.
West Metro
April 13

VEAP director retiring after 39 years of helping SW metro residents

Susan Russell Freeman nurtured VEAP from a church basement into Minnesota’s largest food shelf.
March 31

West metro cities seek state funding for special projects

Several west metro cities are at the Minnesota State Capitol this year asking for state aid for several projects — everything from a Lake Minnetonka pier to ice arena renovations in Plymouth.
West Metro
March 23

Big tax assessment hits Old Cedar Avenue in Bloomington

Residents of the road near the soon-to-be-restored bridge are upset at charges for long-delayed road repairs.
Local
March 10

11 protesters plead not guilty to charges from MOA demonstration

The protesters want dropped the charges filed from the massive “Black Lives Matter” demonstration at the mall on the Saturday before Christmas.
West Metro
March 10

Former and current athletes square off across the volleyball net

On one side, youth. On the other, experience. Guess who usually wins when students and seniors play volleyball?
South Metro
March 10

Protesters say e-mails show 'disturbing' coordination between Bloomington and Mall of America

Prosecutor scoffs at notion that e-mails show collusion over response to demonstration.
West Metro
March 3
Bloomington city attorney Sandra Johnson explained the law behind the...

Bloomington prosecutor replies to faith leaders

Sandra Johnson praises their goals but refuses their demands to drop charges against 11 protesters.
West Metro
March 3
Bloomington city attorney Sandra Johnson explained the law behind the...

Bloomington prosecutor not backing down on Mall of America protesters

Bloomington city attorney says she can’t be swayed by a letter from ministers asking for Mall of America cases to be dropped.