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
January 31

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
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.
West Metro
November 11, 2017
Highway workers moved soil as part of the restoration of an Indian burial mound disturbed by a construction project.

After 3 years, Minnetonka burial mound restoration reaches completion

Cooperation helps to heal wounds over cultural site.
November 2, 2017
Sophia Baechler, 7, of Edina, died in 2015 from carbon monoxide poisoning while riding in a boat on Lake Minnetonka.

Minnesota law requiring carbon monoxide detectors on boats wins national recognition

It's the first boating law of its kind in the U.S.
West Metro
October 9, 2017

Panel rules that material used in Orono mayoral campaign was illegal

Mayor Dennis Walsh won the election by 225 votes.
West Metro
September 27, 2017
The Minnetonka City Council has approved plans for a 49-unit affordable housing complex, a project that council members called a peek at the future of

After significant tweaks, Minnetonka approves 49-unit affordable housing complex

Council members said the project foreshadows future development in the suburb.
West Metro
September 16, 2017
Minnetonka Police Chief Scott Boerboom and Prof. Jillian Peterson are excited by the pilot.

How a Minnesota program could become the new standard in crisis intervention training

One-day class is designed to be more affordable and accessible.
August 19, 2017
“It’s a shame we have to fight like that, and bring all these old memories back,” said World War II veteran Mel Dahlberg, of Jordan, Minn.

Nazi resurgence alarms Minn. WWII vets, Holocaust survivors

In the aftermath of last weekend's deadly violence in Virginia, no one may be feeling more anger and fear than those who battled the Nazis and those nearly killed by them.
West Metro
August 17, 2017

Mail fraud lands Lake Minnetonka millionaire back in jail after time served for welfare fraud

Colin Chisholm gets 4 more years after serving time for welfare fraud.
Super Bowl LII
August 8, 2017
A 46-year-old man was arrested during a sting in St. Peter, Minn. Southern Minnesota law enforcement agencies are ramping up sex trafficking stings as

Minnesota fights sex trafficking by cracking down on buyers

As the Super Bowl gets closer, law enforcement officials and nonprofits across Minnesota are taking aggressive new action to crack down on customers of prostitution and boosting programs aimed at keeping teens out of the sex trade.
West Metro
July 18, 2017
Body cameras like this one worn by Minneapolis police will be assigned to about 40 sheriff’s deputies this year.

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office to add some body cameras this year

Up to 40 devices could be rolled out by December.
West Metro
July 14, 2017
Boat traffic was heavy on Lake Minnetonka in May 2015. Starting Friday, boat owners or operators on the lake will be held responsible for any underage

Underage drinking rule on Lake Minnetonka targets owners, operators

It will be a misdemeanor for a boat owner or operator to knowingly allow or provide for underage drinking.
West Metro
July 13, 2017

Hennepin County leaders say new approach needed to address gaps — from housing to income

Officials estimated that eliminating the racial and ethnic income and employment disparities would mean $4.6 billion in income growth
West Metro
July 8, 2017

Cities adapt to citizens' hunger for info, add communication jobs

Few metro cities had communications teams when Helen LaFave started her job in Plymouth 30 years ago. Now almost every suburb has staff members running…
West Metro
July 6, 2017
The Lake Minnetonka Association, in partnership with Life's a Beach Shoreline Services and Tonka Bay Marina, as well as some lake homeowners, did thei

Boaters heeded safety messages on Lake Minnetonka over July 4th

It appeared after Wednesday's annual cleanup near Big Island that there also was less trash littering the lake.
Don't Miss
July 3, 2017
Boats on Lake Minnetonka jammed up on a channel near Spring Park in May 2015.

Boating season in Minnesota is shaping up to be a deadly one

At this point in the year, 2017 boater fatalities are at the highest level in 12 years.
West Metro
June 26, 2017

Man arrested in shooting death in Minnetonka released from jail

The man arrested in the shooting death at a retail storage outlet in Minnetonka last week was released from jail.Thomas E. Luetzow, 58, of…
West Metro
June 17, 2017
Mary Mitten, executive director of the We Can Ride therapeutic horseback riding program, greeted one of the 12 horses at the new location. “We have

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, 2017
Ahead of Super Bowl LII, to be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in February, a new campaign using billboards spreading educational messages and enhanced st

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, 2017
Cleanup had yet to begin Saturday on S. 15th Ave. near 35th St. in Minneapolis where a car was flattened by a downed tree during Friday evening's stor

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, 2017
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Gunia patrolled Lake Minnetonka near Spring Park. Deputies and DNR officers will be watching for impaired bo

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, 2017
After shopping in the Otsego Super Target Wednesday afternoon, Geralynn Rhoades of Princeton stepped into the liquor store to pick up some champagne t

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, 2017
Minnetonka Community Development Director Julie Wischnack, shown in December 2012, said the city awaits comments on the proposed complex at Thursday's

Minnetonka affordable housing project draws criticism from neighbors

Neighbors worry size of affordable apartment project makes it bad fit.
West Metro
March 13, 2017

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

Minnehaha Creek agency is accused of conflict of interest over land sale.