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
August 20
The Wayzata Bay wreck at the bottom of Lake Minnetonka stems from a “lively” September storm in 1879.

Rare Lake Minnetonka wreck from 1879 storm makes historic register

The Wayzata Bay wreck, a barge from 1879 that was owned by railroad tycoon James J. Hill, is the oldest known that an archaeological research team has found on the bottom of the metro area's largest lake.
West Metro
August 10

Minnetonka approves first Islamic community center

Al-Amaan plans to move from Eden Prairie space.
West Metro
July 23

What happens to suburbs if Southwest light rail isn't built?

After significant development, leaders worry about the fate of their cities if line never comes.
West Metro
July 22

New tactic in fight vs. zebra mussels will be tested on L. Minnetonka

Pesticide could slow spread of invasive larvae.
West Metro
July 19

Bushaway Road on Lake Minnetonka sees construction delays, costs rise $2.4M

The redesign, rerouting of Bushaway Road will now cost nearly $60 million.
West Metro
July 16

Looking ahead to the next 20 years, Minnetonka hires a futurist

City leaders also plan to collect community feedback in new ways and considering rebranding itself to draw newcomers.
West Metro
July 6

Less trash, fewer mishaps reported on Lake Minnetonka over holiday weekend

After last year's July 4th fiasco on the metro area's largest lake, patrols curbed trash and serious incidents.
West Metro
July 3
Lt. Kent Vnuk said the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol Unit is prepared for the July 4th weekend, typically the most fraught with intoxicated boaters and emergencies.

Patrols on Lake Minnetonka boosted for busy July 4 weekend

At least 40 officers are being deployed across the lake, including, for the first time, the party hot spot of Big Island.
June 30

AmeriPride fleet monitoring devices save $500k in fuel and truck costs.

AmeriPride reveals big savings from installed fleet-monitoring devices meant to boost safer driving.
West Metro
June 24

Minnesota steps up drunken-boating patrols ahead of July 4th

Extra enforcement is planned as July 4th weekend approaches.
West Metro
June 19

Senior housing proposal pushes the envelope in Excelsior

"Fear of change" could inhibit approval of what could be the city's first four-story building.
West Metro
June 17

In wake of tragedy, Minnesota boats must now have CO detectors

As Minnesota's celebrated boating season ramps up this month, one Edina family's loss has propelled them to lead a small but sweeping change to the state's big boating industry.
West Metro
June 9
Teri Ross' suit against her homeowners association could serve as an object lesson to others. “I’ve lived like this for 22 years and they suddenly tell me I’ve violated a rule,” she said.

Lawsuit shows battle in Airbnb era for homeowners groups

Many groups don't have rules to address short-term renting and usually require rentals to be at least for a year.
West Metro
June 7

Authorities have identified the Minneapolis man who drowned in Lake Minnetonka

Authorities have identified the Minneapolis man who drowned on Lake Minnetonka last month. Paul John Miller Jr., 46, of Minneapolis died about a half-hour after…
West Metro
June 3

Minnetonka is the latest city to enlist goats to clear invasive plants in parks

A herd of 22 is feasting away on invasive plants in Minnetonka's Purgatory Park.
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May 14

At 70, a legendary Minnesota nature photographer shifts focus

You've seen Jim Brandenburg's photos, whether you know it or not. But while the Minnesota nature photographer still listens for loons, the soundtrack is changing.
West Metro
April 27

Minnetonka OKs cutting down hundreds of trees for project despite protests

Scores of decades-old trees are being cut down this week in Minnetonka, after residents lost efforts to fight the city’s plan to remove trees for…
West Metro
April 5

Minnetonka residents protest city tearing down trees for road projects

A group of residents are upset water main and sewer work will cost neighborhood's mature trees.
West Metro
February 18

Minn. Supreme Court ruling may be costly for snowbirds

The 4-3 opinion, in the case of a Minnetonka couple, sharply defined what the justices described as an ambiguous law that determines when a person is considered to be a resident in Minnesota.
West Metro
February 10
This SUV crashed through a wall and landed on Interstate 394 on Wednesday.

One person dies in Minnetonka crash that ends with SUV on I-394

One person died Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash near Interstate 394 and Hwy. 169 in Hopkins, the State Patrol said. The patrol said the…
West Metro
January 18

Hennepin, Ramsey move toward plan for joint treatment of teen offenders

Ramsey, Hennepin move toward plan to share a facility.
West Metro
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.
West Metro
December 25, 2015

Minneapolis, Victoria take a fresh look at how to deal with flooding

It's considered part of a trend of more extreme weather events that are increasing across the country.
November 4, 2015

Minnetonka grandmaster scores his biggest win on world chess stage

Wesley So won a Spanish tourney that included a former world champion.
West Metro
October 9, 2015

Christmas Lake holds off zebra mussel spread

Some of the most aggressive measures have been tried.