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
September 20

Taxpayers in Hennepin, Ramsey counties can brace for a rate hike next year

Leaders in the state's most populous counties get their first look at 2017 budgets.
West Metro
September 17

More senior housing in west metro sparks clashes with residents

New suburban buildings too big for some neighbors.
West Metro
September 14

Minnetonka rejects Total Wine, saying the suburb has enough liquor stores

City Council vote follows Target liquor license defeat.
West Metro
September 14

Hennepin, Ramsey counties hold first input meeting on plans for joint juvenile treatment center

The counties are exploring merging juvenile treatment centers.
West Metro
September 14

Minnetonka grandmaster helps USA strike blow against Russia in chess

The United States delivered a geopolitical blow to Russia right where it hurts — over the chessboard — thanks to a pivotal performance by a…
West Metro
September 9

Road closures of County Road 101 along Lake Minnetonka slated to reopen this month

Construction began in 2014 and has rerouted thousands of motorists — until this month.
West Metro
September 5

Water Patrol unit grows to one of biggest, busiest in Minnesota

Boats puttered by slowly in a Lake Minnetonka channel Saturday as Deputy Shawn Eberle flipped on blue and red emergency lights. “Do you know why…
West Metro
September 2
A display of the area's high water levels was evident Friday below Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis.

High water prompts no-wake rules on Twin Cities-area lakes

Experts hope the new-wake rules decrease the chance for boating deaths, which so far are at an 11-year high.
West Metro
August 31

Hennepin County approves extra $20.5M for Southwest LRT

The extra funds are part of a last-minute funding patch intended to keep the controversial $1.9 billion project afloat.
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.