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).

West Metro
November 30, 2019
State Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker will meet with Minnetonka’s superintendent about the district's enrollment policies.

Minnetonka schools' open enrollment under state scrutiny

State action comes after receiving evidence showing the district accepts nonresident students on a first-come, first-served basis, and without conducting lotteries.
October 4, 2019
Volunteers Rita Kolodjski left, and Terri Jones sorted through foods donated by the East Side Neighborhood Services mobile food shelf at Bassett Creek

Hennepin County plans to cut funding for nonprofits that provide food for people in need

Nonprofits say move would be shortsighted; county says it needs to fund other services.
West Metro
June 15, 2019
Grant Wilson prepared to install a toilet in a house for Minnetonka’s Senior Community Services.

Funding for nonprofits serving elders shrinks as population grows

State's nonprofits struggle to find ways to increase donations
West Metro
May 31, 2019
Lake Minnetonka near Lord Fletcher's in Spring Park in 2015.

Minnetonka and six other Hennepin County lakes under wake restrictions

Slow- to no-wake orders are in effect until water levels drop.
April 6, 2019
Natasha Farhat celebrated her fifth year anniversary as a volunteer at People Serving People on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

More Minnesota companies are paying their employees to take time off to volunteer

With a tightening job market and low unemployment, adding such benefits can attract employees and boost retention.
West Metro
April 4, 2019

3 sex offenders moving to Dayton after long legal fight

An ordinance to restrict where the offenders could live was voided by a judge in December because it limited the state's efforts to reintegrate offenders into society.
West Metro
November 20, 2018

Neighbors oppose housing plan for former hobby farm in Minnetonka

A luxury homebuilder wants to construct 15 or more houses on the Minnetonka site.
October 26, 2018
Rep. Erik Paulsen and challenger Dean Phillips debated late week on "Almanac."

Erik Paulsen, Dean Phillips campaigns dispute ads, campaign finance

As Election Day nears, the competitive race for the Third Congressional District seat is becoming increasingly contentious.
October 24, 2018
Rep. Erik Paulsen and DFL challenger Dean Phillips squared off at a debate in August.

Trump endorses Rep. Erik Paulsen in late-night tweet

Paulsen's first ad highlighted how he's breaking with Trump, but now he's being endorsed by the president.
October 23, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan met with Erik Paulsen at his office in Plymouth.

National political stars descend on closely fought Minnesota

Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio among GOP stars visiting to boost House candidates.
October 20, 2018
Third District challenger Dean Phillips, left, and Rep. Erik Paulsen debate on “Almanac." Co-host Eric Eskola is pictured, center.

Lewis, Paulsen face off with Craig, Phillips, in TV debates

In one of their final debates before the Nov. 6 election, the candidates clashed over issues ranging from health care to taxes.
October 6, 2018
Rep. Erik Paulsen, right, and his Democratic challenger Dean Phillips both speak during their debate.

Paulsen, Phillips clash at second debate in congressional race

With less than a month before the election, the race is heating up.
September 7, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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.
Don't Miss
June 16, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018

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, 2018
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.