Plymouth

Once named for Medicine Lake, the city incorporated in 1955. It is home to Wayzata High School, which has the largest enrollment for grades 9-12 in the state.

Local
October 20
Third District challenger Dean Phillips, left, and Rep. Erik Paulsen debate on “Almanac." Co-host Eric Eskola is pictured, center.

Lewis, Paulsen face off with Craig, Phillips, in TV debates

In one of their final debates before the Nov. 6 election, the candidates clashed over issues ranging from health care to taxes.
Local
October 6
Rep. Erik Paulsen, right, and his Democratic challenger Dean Phillips both speak during their debate.

Paulsen, Phillips clash at second debate in congressional race

With less than a month before the election, the race is heating up.
Business
September 7
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen

Rep. Erik Paulsen breaks with Republicans on BWCA, urging feds to reconsider mining decision

Congressman says feds should reverse decision on mining exploration.
Local
September 5
The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC associated with House Republican leadership, and Rep. Erik Paulsen’s campaign released new TV ads sin

Republicans attack Dean Phillips' business background in new TV ads as he competes for Rep. Erik Paulsen's seat

They rip Paulsen's foe for wealth, business practices.
Local
August 21
DFL challenger Dean Phillips and Rep. Erik Paulsen greeted each other at the end of Tuesday's Third Congressional District debate in St. Louis Park.

Paulsen, Phillips face off on taxes, health care in 3rd Congressional District debate

The debate at a St. Louis Park hotel quickly grew testy, with both candidates attacking the other almost immediately.
Politics
July 25
Dean Phillips, Democratic candidate for Congress, gave out free cookies and lemonade from his revamped 1960s milk truck at Music in Plymouth.

Dean Phillips takes his campaign on the road — and lakes — hoping to unseat Paulsen

Dean Phillips hopes his campaign tactics boost energy — and votes.
West Metro
May 30
Hopkins Superintendent Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed sat with Alice Smith Elementary School fourth-graders as they studied Minnesota rocks during class.

Hopkins superintendent makes history

The first woman and person of color leading the west metro school district, Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed is part of a changing face of leadership serving a student body that is increasingly diverse, too.
West Metro
May 22
A rendering shows Wayzata’s new ninth elementary school that will open in fall 2019 in Plymouth.

Wayzata school leaders vote to change boundaries

500-plus students will switch schools in a plan the Wayzata school board approved Monday night. The changes won't take effect until fall 2019.
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.
Local
August 2, 2017

First-ever U study analyzes the patterns of sex buyers in Minnesota

They tend to be middle-class, married white men from all over the state.
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 15, 2017
North Minneapolis' Webber Park library, which opened in May, is the newest branch in the Hennepin County Library system.

Hennepin County Library system scraps plan to renovate every 12 years

Renovating libraries based on the building's use, instead of an automatic revamp every 12 years, could be more efficient and possibly less expensive over time, Hennepin County Library leaders now say. It might also ensure that patrons get the same experience no matter which library they visit.
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
May 26, 2017
Cowboy Jack's Bar in Plymouth.

Plymouth explores setting earlier bar close, penalizing Cowboy Jack's

The city says five DWI arrests so far this year involved people who drank at Cowboy Jack's.
West Metro
February 7, 2017

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

Funds sought to beef up county attorney's, sheriff's offices.
West Metro
January 30, 2017
Mug of David John Vanzo

Man who wheeled dying mother to bank pleads guilty

David Vanzo reported his mother dead hours after wheeling her into a bank.
West Metro
January 19, 2017
Rendering from ESG Architects of Agora redevelopment in Plymouth, which will replace the vacant Four Seasons Mall and its surface lots.

New hotels coming to Plymouth as part of 'urban-type village'

Project will be built on the old Four Seasons Mall site.
West Metro
January 7, 2017

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…
Variety
December 2, 2016
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Why stores are better: A traditional experience with Santa and carols

With decorations, Santa and songs, stores offer a traditional experience you can't get online.
West Metro
November 25, 2016
Woofington daycare director Monica Tantalean brushed one of the dogs in the salon.

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
The Three Rivers Park District’s “Parks on the Go” outreach van is one way the park district is expanding programs to reach residents in inner-r

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 11, 2016
Wal-Mart purchased Four Seasons Mall in Plymouth in 2010, but megastore resistance from neighbors created a development moratorium.

Developer pitches turning vacant Four Seasons Mall into 'urban-type village'

Vacant Plymouth mall could become an "urban-type village."
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.