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.

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.
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…
December 2, 2016

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.
West Metro
October 10, 2016
The early vote center on 3rd Ave Minneapolis on the first day of early voting.

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 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.
September 14, 2016

Acquisitive NCI distributor launches new product line

NCI launches new product line following three acquisitions that expands Plymouth science instrument distributor
West Metro
August 27, 2016

Obituary: At NASA or Land O'Lakes, Arlene Stansfield was an industry leader

When astronauts landed on the moon in 1969, Arlene Stansfield’s family members watched the big moment on their Golden Valley TV set while the mother…
West Metro
August 15, 2016

Plymouth residents raise concerns about discolored water

Thoughts of Flint, Mich., make some folks uneasy.
Don't Miss
August 12, 2016
A light rainbow appeared Friday over the Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation as golf course porter Joshua Olmsted r

Plymouth golf center has an unusual home at corrections facility

Hennepin County looks to spread the word and boost attendance at Parkers Lake facility, located outside the county workhouse.