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.

May 19

Animated mannequin helps teach student nurses at Normandale

A high-tech mannequin helps teach nursing students at Normandale Community College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
West Metro
February 27

Mall of America loses bid to cut its bill for pedestrian bridge

Lawsuit loss could have implications for Nicollet Mall renovation project, some say.
February 24

Pointing to I-35W-494 bottleneck, Dayton officials push for road funds

Cabinet members, suburban leaders press for Dayton proposal to ease traffic at the nation’s 17th worst interchange at 35W and 494.
February 24

Blake student shares his mastery of chess with Bloomington seniors

Friendship Village residents’ reasons for wanting to learn the game range from keeping minds spry to the sly desire to beat a grandkid.
Your Voices
February 22

Legislator: MOA signs banning guns create "killing zone"

Amid concerns about MOA being targeted for a terrorist attack, a legislator is critical of signs at the mall banning guns.
West Metro
February 9

Jan. 14: Mall of America protest leaders charged

Bloomington authorities said they also intend to prosecute 25 other protesters who were arrested on trespassing charges.
South Metro
February 3

Summer ski jumping coming to Hyland Lake in Bloomington

For $750,000, the facility will become one of a few to never go out of season.
South Metro
January 23

Orange Line bus route is key to Southtown's future

As talks continue over controversial rezoning of the Bloomington shopping center, location of express bus line is a key hurdle.
South Metro
January 22

Couple charged with theft by swindle from American Girl store at MOA

The two, who are former law enforcement agents, allegedly returned discount merchandise purchased online to the American Girl store for full price.