Built as a booming river town on the Minnesota River, this city attracts visitors to Historic Murphy’s Landing, Valleyfair amusement park and Canterbury Park racetrack.

South Metro
October 11
Rebecca Crooks-Stratton of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community says there are “no modern Indians in textbooks.”

Shakopee Sioux announce $5 million campaign to boost Indian education in Minnesota schools

It will fund classroom resources, training.
South Metro
September 19
Andy Vig, son of Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux chairman Charles Vig, and coordinator of the culture and history preservation work group, in front of Hoco

Shakopee Mdewakanton debut new exhibit sharing their history, culture

The new Hoċokata Ti cultural center includes a museum open to the public.
South Metro
September 10

Shakopee police arrest several suspects after man was shot in the neck

A man shot in the neck was taken to the hospital in unknown condition. A number of people were arrested.
October 23, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan met with Erik Paulsen at his office in Plymouth.

National political stars descend on closely fought Minnesota

Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio among GOP stars visiting to boost House candidates.
South Metro
June 15, 2018

Renaissance Festival manager accused of raping photographer on fairgrounds

Carr Hagerman was charged Tuesday with sexual assault and was being held in jail without bail.
May 6, 2017
Minneapolis schools Superintendent Ed Graff teared up at one recent school board meeting dealing with controversial layoffs due to school budget cuts.

Mpls., St. Paul schools aren't the only districts facing budget woes

More than half of districts in Twin Cities and suburbs are facing deficits, and those numbers could swell.
March 4, 2017
A St. Paul school residency program is helping Elizabeth Thao work to become a special-education teacher.

Twin Cities schools find creative ways to hire, keep teachers

A troublesome teacher shortage has Minnesota public schools fighting for hires and scrambling to hold on to newcomers.
South Metro
September 3, 2016

Two 17-year-old girls die in crash on service road at Renaissance Festival

Two teenagers died in a car accident Saturday on a service road at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee. The girls were driving on the gravel…
South Metro
September 2, 2016
Fresh from a large transit system in Delaware, Luther Wynder is the new Minnesota Valley Transit Authority executive director. He has seen how access

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority's new leader settles in

Luther Wynder believes in the power of transit and plans on more community engagement.
South Metro
May 13, 2016
The antique car ride at Valleyfair.

Celebrating 40 years of Valleyfair in Shakopee: It's been quite a ride

The new exhibit on the Shakopee amusement park runs through October and includes memorabilia from Valleyfair.
South Metro
March 11, 2016
Family and friends gathered to remember Alyssa Ettl at the Dodd Boulevard location where she died in a 2013 accident. A project will improve Dodd.

Road construction preview for south metro

City and county officials in the south metro weighed in on the south-of-the-river road projects most likely to create snags for drivers this spring and summer.
South Metro
January 29, 2016
Farhya Jama indicated she was interested in applying for another grant tailored to Somali-American women who want to exercise in public settings such

Program encourages Somali-American women to get fit

About 30 Somali-American women in Shakopee learned about fitness through a grant-funded program.
South Metro
January 1, 2016
Beverley Miller has led the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority for 25 years, a period of dramatic growth in ridership.

Longtime director of Minnesota Valley Transit Authority retires

Beverley Miller is preparing to leave the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
January 1, 2016

South metro: Retiring MVTA director reflects on 25 years

Miller prepares to retire from the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority.
North Metro
December 12, 2015
Property taxes are on the rise for many metro-area homeowners, with some seeing double-digit percentage increases for 2016. School bond and levy measu

School districts playing big part in property tax increases

Voters may support needs but worry about their pocketbooks.
South Metro
September 12, 2015
Priscilla Applegate did cartwheels as a train passing her home blew its horn. Railroad officials say it’s an important warning sound.

Establishing a railroad 'quiet zone' in Shakopee would cost millions

Creating one could cost $2 million to $5 million because of safety upgrades that would be needed, a consulting firm says.
South Metro
August 25, 2015
Haley Martinson, front left, Madi Wheeler, and Grace Ashton danced during Pepfest, an event for incoming freshmen at Lakeville South High School.

South metro high schools start new year with more classes, high-tech tools

South metro schools add more classes and high-tech tools for students.
South Metro
August 8, 2015
Kids played in the new splash pad at Cliff Fen Park in Burnsville Tuesday. Water from the park is not reused but drains into the nearby fen.

Splish, splash — and squander? Popular splash pads scorned by some for wasting water

Splash pads take some heat for use of millions of gallons of water each season.
West Metro
July 8, 2015
Lyle "Ty" Hoffman is serving a 25½ year sentence for killing his former lover and business partner. Corrections officials say his anticipated date of

Ty Hoffman, who killed former lover, pleads guilty to bank robbery

The robbery occurred while Hoffman was on the run after fatally shooting his former domestic partner at an Arden Hills gas station.
South Metro
June 23, 2015

Farmington, South St. Paul and Burnsville schools plan budget cuts despite additional state funding

Officials in three south metro districts say the money is too little, too late.
South Metro
June 16, 2015

Prior Lake, Lakeville and Shakopee schools to launch professional studies programs

The Shakopee, Lakeville and Prior Lake districts are looking for ways to get their students real-world work experience.
South Metro
May 18, 2015
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2010 file photo, an package is prepared for shipment by a United Parcel Service driver in Palo Alto, Calif.

Shakopee considers tax incentives to lure Amazon distribution center

City Council will consider a nine-year, estimated $6.4 million tax increment financing package for Amazon on Tuesday.
Amazon in Minnesota
April 22, 2015
Amazon plans to build a distribution center in Shakopee similar to this one near Seattle, shown in a 2014 photo.

Amazon plans to employ 1,000 at new distribution center in Shakopee

The online retailer is seeking local tax breaks of around $5 million to build the warehouse facility.
South Metro
April 16, 2015

Suspected serial burglar charged in Minnetonka case

A Shakopee man charged Thursday in connection with a home burglary in Minnetonka also is suspected of committing several other suburban burglaries over the past…
South Metro
March 17, 2015
The Shakopee Community Center boasts the city’s lone hockey arena, which forces the high school squads — plus 40 youth teams — to scramble for i

Shakopee explores upgrades for its community center

The mayor is pushing for the improvements, even though three past referendums have failed.