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
June 17

Therapeutic horseback riding program leaves Minnetonka after 35 years

Program found a 'good match' in Medina after losing its land after nearly four decades.
Super Bowl LII
June 14
Minnesotans showed early interest in being part of Super Bowl LII next February at U.S. Bank Stadium, submitting 3,727 applications to volunteer in just a few hours Wednesday.

Group unveils $1M campaign to fight Super Bowl sex trafficking

The effort brings together public and private sector, with input from survivors.
Minnesota storms
June 1

Hundreds of thousands lack power in Twin Cities

A lazy warm front spawned a series of storms that battered Minnesota with wind, hail and heavy rain. More storms are expected Saturday night.
West Metro
May 27

Minnesota boaters face a new regulation, speed rules for Memorial Day

New law this year requires carbon monoxide detectors on boats with enclosed cabins.
West Metro
May 23

Target asks Minnetonka to delay vote on liquor store, mulls existing one

Target officials said they will look to buy an existing liquor store rather than add a new one.
West Metro
April 5

Minnetonka affordable housing project draws criticism from neighbors

Neighbors worry size of affordable apartment project makes it bad fit.
West Metro
March 13

SWLRT critics say Minnehaha watershed had conflict of interest in permit approval

Minnehaha Creek agency is accused of conflict of interest over land sale.
West Metro
March 11

Spring is almost here: Mississippi opens for navigation; area lakes ice-out

Early ice-outs across metro are setting records after warm winter
West Metro
March 4

Slices of Excelsior history up for sale after city replaces meters, street signs

Hundreds of parking meters and street signs from decades ago have been put up for sale.
West Metro
March 3

Hennepin County medical examiner's office pursues relocating from downtown Minneapolis to Minnetonka

A proposed $58 million facility, also serving Dakota and Scott counties, could be built east of the county's Home School.
West Metro
February 7

Hennepin County looks to increase staff to prosecute, investigate sex trafficking

Funds sought to beef up county attorney's, sheriff's offices.
West Metro
February 1

New study shows that fight against invasive plant is more complicated

Researchers hope the study results Wednesday will help Minnesota lakes better combat spread of milfoil.
West Metro
January 31
Joachim Berndt baked bread Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at his bakery in northeast Minneapolis. Berndt immigrated to Minnesota from Germany 17 years ago and, unable to find German-style breads from his homeland, he started baking, selling loaves to farmers markets in Maple Grove, Osseo, Minnetonka and Hopkins.

From farmers markets to Surly Brewery, baker turns bread into dough

Joachim Berndt turned a hobby into a booming business in northeast Mpls.
West Metro
January 7

West metro briefs: Hennepin County cities, schools receive $1.8M in sports grants

From new Minneapolis high school fitness centers to a new ice rink in St. Louis Park, schools and cities are benefiting from Hennepin County’s $1.8…
West Metro
December 26, 2016

Adogo Pet Hotels expands to new location in Richfield

A growing upscale dog boarding business is adding its fourth west metro location in just five years. In March, Adogo Pet Hotels will open…
West Metro
December 26, 2016
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office special deputy Amir Gharbi, left, used binoculars to look for possible boater infractions on the water as deputy Jeremy Gunia steered their boat during a patrol of Lake Minnetonka on Sept. 4, 2016.

Stepped-up enforcement barely slows boating fatalities

In 2016, 17 people died on the water despite ramped-up enforcement.
West Metro
December 14, 2016

Ramsey, Hennepin counties take joint facility for juveniles off the table

The counties will now focus on improving their own facilities while working together on youth programming.
West Metro
November 25, 2016
Woofington daycare director Monica Tantalean brushed one of the dogs i...

Pet boarding gets plush in west metro, complete with flat-screen TV, spas

Businesses appeal to dog owners who want to spare no cost to pamper their pooches, especially in west metro suburbs where pet spending and ownership is highest.
South Metro
November 23, 2016

Three Rivers District shifts plan to bring parks to the people

The suburban park system is changing priorities from building up parks and amenities to bringing the massive system right to residents.
West Metro
November 7, 2016

Hennepin County shifts child protection mission with new model

As child abuse cases rise, Hennepin County Board is considering plan to prevent it.
West Metro
October 17, 2016

Hennepin County's teen birthrates continue to decrease

Birthrate for Hennepin County teens falling faster than state's.
West Metro
October 10, 2016

Hot presidential race spurs record voter registration in Henn. Cty.

More than 740,000 Hennepin County voters have preregistered, breaking 2008's mark of 720,000 preregistered voters.
West Metro
September 29, 2016

From Facebook Live to a farmers market, Minnetonka residents weigh in via new ways

It's part of the city's new planning process, "Imagine Minnetonka," launched earlier this year.
West Metro
September 20, 2016

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, 2016

More senior housing in west metro sparks clashes with residents

New suburban buildings too big for some neighbors.