St. Louis Park

One of the early suburbs of Minneapolis, it is the birthplace or childhood home of movie directors Joel and Ethan Coen, musician Peter Himmelman, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and Sen. Al Franken. Minnesota's first shopping center — Lilac Way — was built there in the late 1940s.

West Metro
October 17

Hennepin County's teen birthrates continue to decrease

Birthrate for Hennepin County teens falling faster than state's.
West Metro
October 10

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

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

Obituary: Roger Buffalohead led nation's first American Indian Studies Department at University of Minnesota

Buffalohead was a mentor for countless students over the years, including Hattie Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce tribe who became a correspondent for CBS News.
West Metro
September 2
A display of the area's high water levels was evident Friday below Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis.

High water prompts no-wake rules on Twin Cities-area lakes

Experts hope the new-wake rules decrease the chance for boating deaths, which so far are at an 11-year high.
West Metro
September 2

Nanny's a natural at woodland art in St. Louis Park

St. Louis Park nature center visitors have learned to keep an eye open for Chelsey Bahe's fleeting whimsical creations.
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August 31

Hennepin County approves extra $20.5M for Southwest LRT

The extra funds are part of a last-minute funding patch intended to keep the controversial $1.9 billion project afloat.
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August 17
St. Louis Park residents gathered at City Hall to protest the city's s...

On sidewalk plowing, St. Louis Park tells angry residents to shovel it

Despite urging from older residents, city won't be plowing sidewalks, but the debate highlights the problems posed by aging suburban residents.
West Metro
August 15

Thieves steal copper wire from rooftop A/C unit

Thieves ripped copper wire from the rooftop air conditioning unit of a St. Louis Park computer store, destroying the machinery and leaving the store without…
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July 23

What happens to suburbs if Southwest light rail isn't built?

After significant development, leaders worry about the fate of their cities if line never comes.
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June 18

Hennepin County joins fight to preserve affordable housing

Hennepin County joins initiative to counter gentrification trend.
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June 8
About a dozen St. Louis Park residents protested plans this week for t...

Protesters of proposed apartment claim St. Louis Park is trying to be 'Minneapolis Jr.'

They say a proposed apartment doesn't fit in their city.
West Metro
May 27

Hebrew program at St. Louis Park High honors city's heritage

Community passion fueled the course, one of six worldwide.
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May 20

Ban on foam food containers isn't catching on in Twin Cities suburbs

St. Louis Park is the only one to ban foam takeout containers, as of Jan. 1; Edina is studying the issue.
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May 7
Barb Waller photographed at the former site of the Reilly creosote pla...

Cancer fears fester over St. Louis Park Superfund site

Some residents blame years of exposure to underground chemicals.
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April 16

Some in St. Louis Park want city to curb its enthusiasm for sidewalks

The City Council recently decided to proceed with the $3.1 million project to install sidewalks and rebuild streets in three neighborhoods. But the move doesn't sit well with some residents.
West Metro
March 23

Hundreds of families could be forced out of Meadowbrook Manor in St. Louis Park

As upgrade begins, leaders and families prepare for change.
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March 19

Minnehaha Creek cleanup crew still has plenty of work ahead

Registration will open on Monday for volunteers to help pick up debris in three locations.
West Metro
March 2

St. Louis Park approves $8.5 million multi-use sports and community facility

The fabric-roofed structure will host hockey and a range of other activities.
Story behind eruvs
February 20
Allan Baumgarten, one of the creators of the 1-square-mile eruv, discussed how it twists and turns throughout St. Louis Park neighborhoods.

Little-known boundary helps Orthodox Jews observe Sabbath in St. Louis Park

The thin, black line snakes across the St. Louis Park sky, so nondescript it almost disappears. In some places, it's an electric power line. In others, it's just polypropylene twine, attached to a combination of utility poles and mature trees. But it has nothing to do with electricity.
West Metro
January 9

Bloomington, St. Louis Park have the lead in icing outdoor rinks

But Minneapolis? Rinks are open in only three parks of a planned 22.
West Metro
January 7

Luxury apartment project on Excelsior Blvd. in St. Louis Park forces longtime businesses to move

Roughly a dozen businesses in the 4400 block are affected, with some already closed.
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January 2
This home in the Lake Forest neighborhood of St. Louis Park is one of a relative handful of teardowns in the city.

Edina's teardown craze hasn't hit neighboring St. Louis Park

Industry officials say it's just a matter of time before it goes the way of Edina.
West Metro
December 17, 2015

Retired St. Louis Park firefighters deliver gifts to seniors in need

A group of retired St. Louis Park firefighters on Thursday delivered more than 300 Christmas gifts to low-income and isolated seniors at several nursing homes…
West Metro
December 1, 2015

Dec. 1, 2015: St. Louis Park backs away from first-in-state plastic bag ban

But the city is moving ahead on requiring recyclable or compostable packaging.