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
November 15
Minneapolis Representative Ilhan Omar delivers a speech at the 162nd G...

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
Spruce Shadows Farm, the last working farm in Bloomington could possib...

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

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.
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September 2

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
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 support rally in Bloomington.

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
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.

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

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
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

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

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

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.
West Metro
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
West Metro
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.
West Metro
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.
West Metro
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.