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.

July 15

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.
West Metro
June 29

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

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.
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May 24

Bloomington City Council member resigns ahead of move to Chicago

Cynthia Bemis Abrams, a member of the Bloomington City Council since 2014, announced Tuesday that she will resign her seat effective June 4. She is…
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April 26

Judge throws out Bloomington trash lawsuit but suggests it could be recycled

Opponents say they'll be back with a new challenge; judge suggests city charter can be used for changes.
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April 25

From potatoes to computers, Normandale has all the chips covered

Computer firms are begging for program graduates.
April 9

Twin Cities advocate puts head and heart into helping battered women

A longtime Twin Cities domestic abuse counselor suggests we instead ask, "Why does he hit her?"
April 9

Have you been abused by a partner? Call 1-866-223-1111

If you need helpCall 1-866-223-1111.This Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline will connect you with an advocate who can help you find a shelter or services…
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April 2
A first-time homebuyer walked down the stairs of Bloomington townhome in 2011.

Bloomington has 'lost its former luster,' city report warns officials

The once-youthful, booming suburb is grappling with aging neighborhoods, underperforming schools and a lack of appeal to younger residents.
March 4

What's new and cool in the cycling world? Look to Bloomington

Bike industry convention called Frostbike is window into what is changing, new – and potentially cool.
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February 29
The city of Savage wants a new Minnesota River crossing on the site of...

Dan Patch bridge over Minnesota River will be swinging again this spring

Expected boost in Minnesota river traffic coming as a result of expanding Panama Canal.
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February 24

Obituary: Henry Fisher was a top Bloomington hotelier with an interest in big bands

In Henry Fisher’s mind, what better way to promote his new Registry Hotel on the famed Bloomington Interstate 494 strip than send snow to Texas?…
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February 12

Fight over trash collection moves to the Legislature

The Legislature won’t be in session for nearly a month, but already a couple of members are talking trash. One legislator wants a five-year ban…
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February 11

Aug. 5, 2015: After years under par, Bloomington could close struggling Hyland Greens

Over the next few months, a task force will consider options for the future of Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center, a par-3 course that opened in 1963. Although no final decision will be made until spring, the numbers don't look good for golf.
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February 11

Bloomington task force recommends keeping Hyland Greens golf course open

Task force calls for finding ways to fix its finances. The City Council will make the final call.
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January 31
Trash pickup in Bloomington.

Metro residents, cities scrap over who picks up garbage

"For some reason, there is a group of people who care deeply about who picks up their trash," said Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris. Battles over organized trash collection, meaning that a city arranges for pickup by one designated hauler, have been fought in more than a dozen metro communities in recent years.
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January 19

Woman who vandalized dental office of lion hunter will do community service

A Bloomington woman has been sentenced to community service and probation for vandalizing the office sign of a Bloomington dentist who drew protests last year…
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January 9

Bloomington, St. Louis Park have the lead in icing outdoor rinks

But Minneapolis? Rinks are open in only three parks of a planned 22.
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December 23, 2015
Mall of America security guards were checking arriving shoppers if they carried bags into the mall Wednesday morning, ahead of a planned protest by Black Lives Matter activists.

Ruling doesn't stop Black Lives Matter plans to protest at mall

But judge sides with Mall of America in barring three activists from Wednesday's demonstration.
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December 22, 2015
A GarbageMan worker empties containers onto the truck on trash pickup...

Bloomington gives final approval to single-hauler trash collection

It’s hard to imagine a city getting more emotional about garbage than Bloomington has been in the past year. As the city has considered a…
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December 15, 2015

Mountain bikers attack plan for paved trail along Minnesota River

We have plenty of paved trails, so leave this natural, they say. Proponents argue for accessibility.
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December 10, 2015

Bloomington abduction scare was prompted by man just looking for his hat

Bloomington police have identified the suspect in Wednesday’s attempted child abduction as an elderly man who was just looking for his lost hat. Parents were…
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December 9, 2015

Bloomington School District notifies parents about attempted abduction

Bloomington School District officials have warned parents about the attempted abduction of an elementary student who was approached by a man in a vehicle shortly…
West Metro
November 11, 2015
Janerio Taylor, of Minneapolis, chanted during a Black Lives Matter protest in December at the Mall of America.

Charges dropped against Black Lives Matter over MOA protest

A Hennepin County judge on Tuesday dismissed charges against the organizers of last Christmas' massive Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington.
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November 7, 2015
Finley, Brown 4, left and her brother Noah, 6, rode their bikes in a t...

Single-family home rentals surge in Twin Cities suburbs

What makes economic sense for many families can become a problem for cities.