One of the fastest-growing cities in the Twin Cities, it contains several lakes and wetlands within its borders, including Lake Marion and Orchard Lake.

West Metro
December 12, 2016
Larry Stanger

After probe into investigation tampering, Inver Grove Heights police chief to resign

Larry Stanger had been accused of tampering with an investigation.
South Metro
November 13, 2016

City-owned 'munis' take a nearly $3M hit in liquor profits

City liquor stores hurt by big-box competition.
South Metro
September 2, 2016

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority's new leader settles in

Luther Wynder believes in the power of transit and plans on more community engagement.
South Metro
June 20, 2016
The Hy-Vee grocery store that opened in Oakdale last September (shown above), will be joined by a Lakeville Hy-Vee opening Tuesday and offering clothing as well as groceries.

New Lakeville Hy-Vee grocery store will offer clothes, too

Hy-Vee adds even more grab-and-go items in its new Lakeville store opening Tuesday, as well as a fast fashion boutique.
South Metro
May 20, 2016

Lakeville district to move alternative programs into high schools

Some have criticized the transfer, arguing a separate site is essential to students' success.
South Metro
March 11, 2016

Road construction preview for south metro

City and county officials in the south metro weighed in on the south-of-the-river road projects most likely to create snags for drivers this spring and summer.
South Metro
January 1, 2016
Beverley Miller has led the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority for 25...

Longtime director of Minnesota Valley Transit Authority retires

Beverley Miller is preparing to leave the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
January 1, 2016

South metro: Retiring MVTA director reflects on 25 years

Miller prepares to retire from the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority.
South Metro
December 5, 2015

Lakeville mourns latest crash to claim lives of local high school students

The crash, under investigation by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, came exactly two years after the death of Alyssa Ettl.
South Metro
December 5, 2015

2 Lakeville South High students killed in crash after school

Townspeople and schoolmates were grieving Friday night in the wake of the single-vehicle crash, which killed 2 of the 4 teens in the vehicle.
South Metro
November 14, 2015

Lakeville district considers cutting back on busing fees

Parents do not like the fees, but the move would result in thousands in lost revenue.
South Metro
November 7, 2015

South metro voters approve school districts' requests for more money

All three south metro school districts that sought more money from voters saw success Tuesday at the ballot box. The Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan…
South Metro
October 30, 2015

Lakeville father charged in attempted murder-suicide, abduction case

The Lakeville man who authorities say rigged a relative’s car for a murder-suicide while his two young sons lay in the back seat has been…
South Metro
September 28, 2015
High school freshmen Bella Vandenbos, left of center, and Corrie Hester held up the blueprints for their robot, “FrostByte,” during a meeting of the Polar Vortex robotics team in Hester’s basement Tuesday night.

School robotics teams take off as districts focus on science, tech

The extracurricular activity has grown in popularity as schools emphasize science and technology.
August 27, 2015

Minneapolis school officials say they failed to vet offensive children's books

  Minneapolis Public Schools officials said they failed to vet literacy training materials that some teachers complained showed racially and culturally insensitive stereotypes. Earlier this…
South Metro
August 25, 2015

South metro high schools start new year with more classes, high-tech tools

South metro schools add more classes and high-tech tools for students.
Stage & Arts
August 18, 2015

Children's theater camp at Lakeville Area Arts Center produces a play in a week

Guided by the Prairie Fire Children's Theatre company, a troupe of young campers in Lakeville produced a polished, offbeat 'Sleeping Beauty' faster than you can say 'that's a wrap.'
South Metro
August 1, 2015

Costs grow for Dakota County's first multilane roundabout

The roundabout at County Roads 50 and 60 is supposed to be safer and quicker than a stoplight.
South Metro
July 25, 2015

Lakeville parents challenge school district's pay-to-ride busing policy

The $150 fee applies to those living 2 miles or less away from school.
South Metro
July 21, 2015

Lakeville fur farm sparks controversy with S.D. expansion

Owner of Fur-Ever Wild keeps wolves, cougars, foxes and bobcats on 100-acre Dakota County property that operates as a petting zoo and working fur farm.
South Metro
July 7, 2015

Lakeville lowers some activity fees, caps total family cost

The school board reduced fees for the costliest sports and capped the total cost per family.
South Metro
June 23, 2015

Farmington, South St. Paul and Burnsville schools plan budget cuts despite additional state funding

Officials in three south metro districts say the money is too little, too late.
South Metro
June 16, 2015

Prior Lake, Lakeville and Shakopee schools to launch professional studies programs

The Shakopee, Lakeville and Prior Lake districts are looking for ways to get their students real-world work experience.
South Metro
June 6, 2015

Lakeville pilots summer school on wheels with 'smart bus'

The learning lab on wheels will be serving students at Queen Anne Courts.
South Metro
May 9, 2015

Lakeville and Farmington 'choice schools' grow in different ways

Both school districts tout success of new schools, but only one will grow next year.