This western Twin Cities suburbs is home to both the country's largest privately owned company (Cargill) and the state's largest publicly owned company (United Healthcare).

September 7
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen

Rep. Erik Paulsen breaks with Republicans on BWCA, urging feds to reconsider mining decision

Congressman says feds should reverse decision on mining exploration.
West Metro
September 5
A rendering depicts the proposed new fire station and expanded police station at the city campus in Minnetonka.

New Minnetonka fire, police facilities would reflect larger, changing departments

City Council to consider $25 million proposal.
September 5
The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC associated with House Republican leadership, and Rep. Erik Paulsen’s campaign released new TV ads sin

Republicans attack Dean Phillips' business background in new TV ads as he competes for Rep. Erik Paulsen's seat

They rip Paulsen's foe for wealth, business practices.
August 21
DFL challenger Dean Phillips and Rep. Erik Paulsen greeted each other at the end of Tuesday's Third Congressional District debate in St. Louis Park.

Paulsen, Phillips face off on taxes, health care in 3rd Congressional District debate

The debate at a St. Louis Park hotel quickly grew testy, with both candidates attacking the other almost immediately.
West Metro
August 6
A common bumblebee at Lone Lake Park. Habitat for the rusty patched bumblebee could be affected by proposed bike trails.

Trail plan in Minnetonka pits bikes against endangered bees

A plan to add mountain bike trails at Minnetonka's Lone Lake Park worries naturalists concerned about the fate of the rusty patched bumblebee.
July 25
Dean Phillips, Democratic candidate for Congress, gave out free cookies and lemonade from his revamped 1960s milk truck at Music in Plymouth.

Dean Phillips takes his campaign on the road — and lakes — hoping to unseat Paulsen

Dean Phillips hopes his campaign tactics boost energy — and votes.
West Metro
June 23
Eric Fieldseth, who tracks invasive species for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, measured a carp in May.

Project aims to control invasive carp west of Lake Minnetonka

Plan aims to make Minnehaha Creek district more hospitable for wildlife as well as people.
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June 16
Lil Leuthard Ritter and Sister Agatha Grossman look at an old photo of Joseph Schmid and his immediate family on Sautrday.

Hundreds of Lake Minnetonka family descendants are reunited

Hundreds of Schmid descendants meet for first time and are strangers no more.
West Metro
May 30
Hopkins Superintendent Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed sat with Alice Smith Elementary School fourth-graders as they studied Minnesota rocks during class.

Hopkins superintendent makes history

The first woman and person of color leading the west metro school district, Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed is part of a changing face of leadership serving a student body that is increasingly diverse, too.
West Metro
May 1
Mounds View High students Hannah Berndt, left, and Sanjana Dutt, center, from H.E.A.R.T - Helping Every At-Risk Teen - organized a wellness week by ha

Twin Cities schools boost mental health programs after student deaths

Rocked by suicides and violence, students spearhead a quest for more resources.
West Metro
January 31

Melvin Kilbo, longtime Orono police chief, dies at 89

After getting his start with the Golden Valley police in the late 1950s, he later went to the Orono, where he served as chief in the 1970s and 1980s.
West Metro
January 13
Last year, students who live in Eden Prairie boarded a school bus to the Minnetonka district, they attend school.

Open enrollment keeps students, resources flowing into Minnetonka

Minnetonka school officials criticized on two fronts: Race and numbers.
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 11, 2017
Highway workers moved soil as part of the restoration of an Indian burial mound disturbed by a construction project.

After 3 years, Minnetonka burial mound restoration reaches completion

Cooperation helps to heal wounds over cultural site.
November 2, 2017
Sophia Baechler, 7, of Edina, died in 2015 from carbon monoxide poisoning while riding in a boat on Lake Minnetonka.

Minnesota law requiring carbon monoxide detectors on boats wins national recognition

It's the first boating law of its kind in the U.S.
West Metro
October 9, 2017

Panel rules that material used in Orono mayoral campaign was illegal

Mayor Dennis Walsh won the election by 225 votes.
West Metro
September 27, 2017
The Minnetonka City Council has approved plans for a 49-unit affordable housing complex, a project that council members called a peek at the future of

After significant tweaks, Minnetonka approves 49-unit affordable housing complex

Council members said the project foreshadows future development in the suburb.
West Metro
September 16, 2017
Minnetonka Police Chief Scott Boerboom and Prof. Jillian Peterson are excited by the pilot.

How a Minnesota program could become the new standard in crisis intervention training

One-day class is designed to be more affordable and accessible.
August 19, 2017
“It’s a shame we have to fight like that, and bring all these old memories back,” said World War II veteran Mel Dahlberg, of Jordan, Minn.

Nazi resurgence alarms Minn. WWII vets, Holocaust survivors

In the aftermath of last weekend's deadly violence in Virginia, no one may be feeling more anger and fear than those who battled the Nazis and those nearly killed by them.
West Metro
August 17, 2017

Mail fraud lands Lake Minnetonka millionaire back in jail after time served for welfare fraud

Colin Chisholm gets 4 more years after serving time for welfare fraud.
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 14, 2017
Boat traffic was heavy on Lake Minnetonka in May 2015. Starting Friday, boat owners or operators on the lake will be held responsible for any underage

Underage drinking rule on Lake Minnetonka targets owners, operators

It will be a misdemeanor for a boat owner or operator to knowingly allow or provide for underage drinking.
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
West Metro
July 8, 2017

Cities adapt to citizens' hunger for info, add communication jobs

Few metro cities had communications teams when Helen LaFave started her job in Plymouth 30 years ago. Now almost every suburb has staff members running…