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
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
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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.
West Metro
May 31, 2017
Hodan Hassan, top right, addresses the Bloomington City Council and school board at Bloomington City Hall on Tuesday night. The administrations read a

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

City and school board issued a joint statement and outlined actions to take.
West Metro
March 14, 2017

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…
West Metro
February 7, 2017

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

Funds sought to beef up county attorney's, sheriff's offices.
West Metro
January 24, 2017
A motorcyclist performs stunts outside U.S. Bank Stadium last summer as officials announced Minneapolis will host the summer X Games in 2017 and 2018.

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.
West Metro
January 19, 2017
A GarbageMan worker empties containers onto the truck on trash pickup day in Bloomington in 2015.

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

Citizen efforts to block organized hauling are again rebuffed.
West Metro
January 7, 2017

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

Randy Johnson, longest-serving Hennepin County commissioner, retires

Randy Johnson leaving Hennepin County after almost 40 years
West Metro
December 24, 2016
Kirsten Storlie reunites with her 3-year-old dog Dasher, who was lost for 8 days in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, on Saturday, Dec. 1

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.
West Metro
December 22, 2016
An autopsy bay at the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office in June 2015.

Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office moving to suburbs

A larger facility will meet Hennepin Co. demands.