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 22

Lake Minnetonka marina owner fights constant battle for lakes

Former Orono Mayor Gabriel Jabbour speaks out in effort to keep waters healthy.
West Metro
August 14

Twin Cities police see catalytic converter thefts on the rise

West metro police departments caught two suspects last month who they say stole 200 catalytic converters across the metro.
West Metro
July 22

Residents tackle growing trash problem on Lake Minnetonka

First come the parties on Lake Minnetonka, then the trash. “It’s disgusting out there,” said Melissa Waskiewicz, who heads the Lake Minnetonka Association, a group of lake homeowners and businesses.
Stage & Arts
July 14

Minnetonka High School is taking 'Evita' production to the next level

Minnetonka High School is remounting its 2014 spring musical at the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis.
West Metro
July 13

Minnetonka tweaks its liquor rules

Minnetonka approved minor tweaks Monday night to the city’s liquor ordinance and liquor policy.Earlier this month, after requests from Target and Total Wine, city leaders…
West Metro
July 11

Twin Cities suburbs look to limit number of liquor stores

Minnetonka is the latest city to debate rules on its number of off-sale stores.
West Metro
July 7
Lake Minnetonka has long been a popular spot for summer boaters, who often congregate in Cruiser’s Cove.

Drunk boaters flock to Lake Minnetonka, boosting 911 calls

In the wake of a rowdy July 4 holiday weekend on Lake Minnetonka, some local leaders are worried that the big lake’s party scene is out of control.
South Metro
July 7

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 30
As the Southwest light-rail line hangs in the balance, the opposition galvanizes.

Beyond cost cuts, Southwest light rail faces new barriers

State funding for the light-rail line linking downtown Minneapolis and the southwest suburbs is still unclear.
West Metro
June 25

Eden Prairie to bear brunt of cuts to Southwest light rail

After various ways to trim $341 million from the Southwest light-rail project’s burgeoning budget were bandied about Wednesday, an advisory committee appears to be leaning toward a solution that hits Eden Prairie the hardest.
West Metro
June 16
Counselor Crystal Altobelli, holding the hand of Zagal Abdi,7, helped kids cross the street from a nearby park.

Summer activities arrive at the doorstep of low-income families

Eden Prairie, YMCA team up to bring summer programs to a low-income apartment complex.
West Metro
June 9

All aboard: Historic steamboat Minnehaha marks 20th year on Lake Minnetonka

The boat was deemed “obsolete” and sunk in 1926, resurrected in 1980 and restored in 1996.
West Metro
June 3

Archaeologists seek funds to continue investigating wrecks on Lake Minnetonka

Husband-wife diver team seeks donations to keep probing Lake Minnetonka.
West Metro
May 23

Boating season kicks off with more inspections

Thanks to $10 million from the state, counties are ramping up work to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels.
West Metro
May 22

More zebra mussels found in Christmas Lake outside treatment area

The battle continues to keep a west-metro lake free of zebra mussels. After costly and groundbreaking efforts to kill off zebra mussels on Christmas Lake…
West Metro
May 14
Hamline University alumna Desiree Haggberg used a screener to check fo...

Damaged Lake Minnetonka burial mounds will be restored

The discovery of ancient remains recently halted work on County Road 101 in Minnetonka.
West Metro
May 5

More than half of western Twin Cities lakes get passing grade on water quality

Despite record flooding last year, more than half of west metro area lakes, bays and ponds got a passing grade in an annual report. The…
West Metro
April 27

Site of former sewage plant restored to wetland near Long Lake

Watershed District’s project also repairs, restores meandering Long Lake Creek near Orono.
West Metro
April 20

Treatments on Christmas Lake kill off zebra mussels

A small west metro lake has successfully gotten rid of zebra mussels in a small area of the lake — a feat few lakes have been able to accomplish in the fight against aquatic invasive species. The success story could also provide lessons for other infested Minnesota lakes and rivers.
South Metro
April 16

Suspected serial burglar charged in Minnetonka case

A Shakopee man charged Thursday in connection with a home burglary in Minnetonka also is suspected of committing several other suburban burglaries over the past…
West Metro
April 14

Hennepin County appoints new manager, ousts incumbent on Minnehaha Creek board

Hennepin County commissioners reappointed one incumbent and ousted another Tuesday when filling two spots on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s board. The commissioners appointed incumbent…
West Metro
April 8

Minnetonka tax preparer pleads guilty to ID theft, not filing taxes

John William Zastrow admits stealing clients’ refunds, evading taxes, authorities say.
West Metro
April 7

Minnetonka residents sue Met Council over SW LRT line

Minnetonka residents filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Metropolitan Council, arguing the agency didn’t take adequate steps to review the environmental impact of the proposed 16-mile Southwest Light Rail line in the west metro suburb.
West Metro
April 4

Boaters buoyed by early ice-outs, but hope rain raises water levels

Ice is retreating from lakes, which are low, and most of the state is bone dry.
West Metro
April 3

Ice-out on Lake Minnetonka expected this weekend

The much-anticipated mark of spring is almost here: Ice-out is expected to be declared on Lake Minnetonka this weekend — about three weeks earlier than last year.