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West Metro
June 22, 2015

Plymouth senior complex, Trillium Woods, is latest in debate over tree preservation

Plymouth activist against axing trees for senior living center.By Kelly Smith  kelly.smith@startribune.com
West Metro
May 4, 2015

Plymouth residents question city putting transit advisory group on hold

After Plymouth put a citizens advisory group on indefinite hold, some residents are criticizing the city for a lack of public input and transparency.The City…
West Metro
April 23, 2015
Alice Ellison’s solar panels were installed in one day and cost about $16,000. She figured she will get about half of the expense back through vario

Calling it her gift to the future, great-grandmother in Plymouth goes solar

An array of solar panels was installed last week on the roof of Alice Ellison's home, and the retired educator is also talking the panels up.
West Metro
April 7, 2015

Construction to start on Plymouth's Northwest Greenway in July

The 1-mile portion of the Northwest Greenway is expected to open this fall.
State + Local
March 31, 2015
Bloomington: The city wants to expand and improve the light-rail station at the Mall of America.

West metro cities seek state funding for special projects

Several west metro cities are at the Minnesota State Capitol this year asking for state aid for several projects — everything from a Lake Minnetonka pier to ice arena renovations in Plymouth.
West Metro
March 24, 2015

More west metro police departments start fitness programs

To cope with stressful and often sedentary jobs, more police departments are emphasizing physical fitness for their officers.
West Metro
March 12, 2015

Minneapolis man charged with kidnapping 4-year-old from his back yard

The suspect knew the boy and his family, police say.
West Metro
March 11, 2015
Adi Yeshaya, a faculty member at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, creates arrangements for “The Voice” and several musicians, including

Plymouth musical arranger helps 'The Voice' hit right notes

Adi Yeshaya, a McNally Smith College of Music faculty member and Plymouth resident, creates arrangements for the NBC show.
Minneapolis
February 14, 2015
The proposed 450-apartment development on the East Bank’s former Superior Plating site, shown in July, could generate up to $675,000.

Revenue light from first year of Minneapolis' park-dedication law

Minneapolis' first-year fee to improve green space made little revenue compared with the suburbs.
Odor complaints in Plymouth
January 16, 2015
Problem area: Patrick Busch, CEO of Len Busch Roses, walked by a storage area of wood chips used for heating the greenhouses where plants such as stru

Plymouth residents raise stink over odor from growing roses

Len Busch Roses isn't popular right now with some of its neighbors, who are raising a stink over the stench coming from wood chips burned to warm greenhouses.
Smaller suburban lots
December 28, 2014
Ron Clark Construction, said the development going in on what was the last family farm in Minnetonka is meant to fill a void in the market, aimed at e

More Twin Cities suburbs are opting for smaller home lots

Minnetonka, where the city's last farm is being turned into its largest subdivision of single-family homes since the 1990s, is among cities now allowing smaller lots.
West Metro
December 14, 2014

Smiths Medical will move headquarters to Plymouth

The device firm will relocate more than 400 workers by 2016 with plans for future expansion.
West Metro
December 9, 2014
Erik Hagestuen offered a hand as the Rev. Mark Schmid of Plymouth’s St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church set up a tent for last week’s Sleep Out

Night was cold, but hearts were warm

About two dozen hardy and large-hearted souls slept outside in cardboard boxes, tents and cars last week to raise money for and awareness of the…
West Metro
December 8, 2014

Suspect in more than 60 burglaries across Twin Cities arrested

A suspect who police say may be responsible for more than 60 burglaries across the Twin Cities is in Hennepin County jail awaiting charges.After a…
Books
December 2, 2014
Maria Keller, 14, whose plan is to collect another 1 million books for kids around the globe : “It’s unimaginable how few books these kids have.

Plymouth teen honored for collecting 1M books for kids in need

Plymouth teen Maria Keller honored for collecting more than 1 million books for children in need.
West Metro
October 7, 2014

Northwest Greenway in Plymouth moves forward

The 350-acre nature preserve and trail system has taken 15 years of planning. Now, trails are being built.
West Metro
October 3, 2014

Reward offered in search of Plymouth playground arsonists

Officials are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for anyone with information leading to the identity of arsonists who set fire to a Plymouth…
West Metro
September 2, 2014
Eric Werner

Suburban police face retirements due to pension change

Several departments have lost experienced officers and longtime chiefs to retirement.
West Metro
August 15, 2014
Arson destroyed about $200,000 worth of playground equipment in Plymouth.

Arson suspected in fire that destroys new Plymouth playground

Authorities are investigating a suspected arson in Plymouth after a fire destroyed brand new playground equipment, causing $200,000 in damage. Just hours before city crews…
West Metro
August 5, 2014
Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavik, third from left, and other dignitaries participated in a recent ground-breaking ceremony for the third Interstate 494 lan

City celebrates I-494 getting third lane in Plymouth

It was the last stretch of the well-traveled interstate without a third lane. The city of Plymouth had lobbied for it for more than a decade.
West Metro
June 3, 2014
A walker in Excelsior Commons Park. Renovations to the Commons didn’t make it into the 2014 state bonding bill.

West metro cities learn the fate of their state funding requests

Excelsior, Plymouth and Wayzata are trying to decide what to do next after their requests were rejected.
West Metro
May 6, 2014

West metro town briefs: Bloomington seeks community center volunteers

Bloomington City seeks community center volunteers The city’s Human Services Division is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions, including lunch servers, flower club helpers,…
West Metro
April 30, 2014

MnDOT finds $25 million to put a third lane on I-494 in Plymouth

The city of Plymouth’s quest to get a third lane built on Interstate 494 cleared a major hurdle this week when the Minnesota Department of…
West Metro
April 29, 2014

West metro town briefs: Zimmerman to speak to GOP seniors

BLOOMINGTONZimmerman to speak to GOP seniorsFred Zimmerman, professor emeritus of manufacturing systems engineering at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, will speak at…
West Metro
April 23, 2014
Dan Gustafson, who owns a 5-foot-wide spit of land between two lake homes on Plymouth’s Medicine Lake, has again been denied the right to have a boa

Plymouth denies dock on unusual 5-foot-wide Medicine Lake property

The zoning denial means the owner can't build on his narrow strip of land.