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.

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June 14

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.
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May 31

Bloomington City Council, schools make pact standing by city's immigrants

City and school board issued a joint statement and outlined actions to take.
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March 14

Blaine man charged in Bloomington chase, crash that killed his passenger

A Blaine man was charged Tuesday for a chase turned crash in Bloomington that killed a woman riding with him.Nicholas M. Lowers, 27, was charged…
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February 7

Hennepin County looks to increase staff to prosecute, investigate sex trafficking

Funds sought to beef up county attorney's, sheriff's offices.
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January 24

X Games proposing motorcycle, skateboard competitions outside the Mall of America

The proposal would bring motorcycle racing and a halfpipe ramp to the empty lot.
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January 19
Trash pickup in Bloomington.

Jan. 20: Court again rules against citizen efforts to block organized trash hauling in Bloomington

Citizen efforts to block organized hauling are again rebuffed.
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January 7

West metro briefs: Hennepin County cities, schools receive $1.8M in sports grants

From new Minneapolis high school fitness centers to a new ice rink in St. Louis Park, schools and cities are benefiting from Hennepin County’s $1.8…
West Metro
December 26, 2016
"He was always the voice of reason," said Lisa Richardson, a closed-captioner of meetings who worked with retiring Hennepin County Commissioner Randy Johnson.

Randy Johnson, longest-serving Hennepin County commissioner, retires

Randy Johnson leaving Hennepin County after almost 40 years
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December 24, 2016

Twin Cities woman's lost-dog tale has a happy ending

Minnesota's agility community helped a woman find her canine companion after he went missing in a wildlife refuge.
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December 22, 2016

Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office moving to suburbs

A larger facility will meet Hennepin Co. demands.
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December 14, 2016
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November 22, 2016

Bloomington ordinance looks to set standards for firearm sales

Mayor says the ordinance addresses land use, not gun control.
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November 7, 2016

Hennepin County shifts child protection mission with new model

As child abuse cases rise, Hennepin County Board is considering plan to prevent it.
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November 7, 2016

Bloomington's South Loop turns to art to help paint a different picture of itself

The hope is that artistic vision will help define the identity of a district that has grappled with that challenge for years.
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October 23, 2016

Bloomington hopes for a clean transition into organized trash collection

City hopes for clean transition amid lawsuit.
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October 17, 2016

Hennepin County's teen birthrates continue to decrease

Birthrate for Hennepin County teens falling faster than state's.
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October 14, 2016

Old Cedar Avenue Bridge reopens after 14 years

The almost century-old bridge is open for the first time since 2002, to the delight of bikers and birders.
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October 10, 2016

Hot presidential race spurs record voter registration in Henn. Cty.

More than 740,000 Hennepin County voters have preregistered, breaking 2008's mark of 720,000 preregistered voters.
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September 20, 2016

Taxpayers in Hennepin, Ramsey counties can brace for a rate hike next year

Leaders in the state's most populous counties get their first look at 2017 budgets.
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August 23, 2016

Obituary: Supercentenarian Marion Hunter danced through life

Before Marion Hunter died earlier this month — not long before what would have been her 111th birthday — she attributed her longevity to a…
August 12, 2016

A Bloomington nurse draws upon her own struggle with blindness to help others cope with trauma

A nurse who embraced her blindness now counsels others in trauma to heal by acknowledging their anger.
West Metro
August 11, 2016
Hennepin County Commissioner Randy Johnson in 1984, five years after h...

Some big shoes to fill on Hennepin County Board as Randy Johnson retires

After a 38-year run, the commissioner is stepping down.
July 15, 2016

Seven Minnesota firms make IndustryWeek's 50 Best Manufacturers List

Seven Minnesota manufacturers make the cut on IndustryWeek's 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers list.
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June 29, 2016

Tempers flare in Bloomington as City Council rejects another effort to kill organized garbage collection

Tempers flared as a new effort to kill unified pickup was rejected.
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May 31, 2016

IRS proposing strict new limits on tax-free municipal bonds

Affordable housing in Albertville, a community gym in Edina, a fire station in Pelican Rapids: Local governments say the rules mean such projects would be much tougher to pay for.