Wayzata, which is American Indian for "north shore," has roots as a summer weekend retreat on Lake Minnetonka. Originally its cottages and hotels drew summer crowds for boating and fishing, but Wayzata eventually grew into a residential suburb of the Twin Cities.

January 31
A woman who did not want to be identified by name shared her story of recovery with other women currently residing at the Retreat in Wayzata, which op

Female-focused approaches are big draw for Minn. women seeking help with substance abuse

Experts say women have often waited longer to get mental health treatment since they are usually the primary caregivers in a family and also face a sometimes harsher stigma when seeking help.
West Metro
November 22, 2019
Irene Stemmer of Wayzata helped save the city’s 19th-century “Trapper’s Cabin,” moving the 1880s log building from its original site to a city

Irene Stemmer, who helped preserve Wayzata's historic buildings, dies at 93

"The word 'can't' wasn't part of her vocabulary," said Bridget Anderson, a former city leader.
October 4, 2019
Volunteers Rita Kolodjski left, and Terri Jones sorted through foods donated by the East Side Neighborhood Services mobile food shelf at Bassett Creek

Hennepin County plans to cut funding for nonprofits that provide food for people in need

Nonprofits say move would be shortsighted; county says it needs to fund other services.
West Metro
June 24, 2019
"Nothing confounds me or disappoints me more than that tax bill," U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips said Monday at a meeting with foundation officials at Cargil

Minnesota foundations speak out about effect of tax law changes

With individual giving down, nonprofits struggle with how to move forward.
October 26, 2018
Rep. Erik Paulsen and challenger Dean Phillips debated late week on "Almanac."

Erik Paulsen, Dean Phillips campaigns dispute ads, campaign finance

As Election Day nears, the competitive race for the Third Congressional District seat is becoming increasingly contentious.
October 24, 2018
Rep. Erik Paulsen and DFL challenger Dean Phillips squared off at a debate in August.

Trump endorses Rep. Erik Paulsen in late-night tweet

Paulsen's first ad highlighted how he's breaking with Trump, but now he's being endorsed by the president.
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.
October 20, 2018
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.
October 6, 2018
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.
September 7, 2018
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.
August 21, 2018
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.
July 25, 2018
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 22, 2018
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.
West Metro
April 30, 2018

Wayzata holds forum Wednesday on proposed new school boundary changes for fall 2019

Wayzata school leaders will hold a public forum Wednesday on proposed attendance boundary changes that will shuffle elementary and middle school students to different schools.The…
West Metro
March 18, 2018
Dora Hall reunited with her daughter during a lockdown in February at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

As threats surge after Fla. shooting, Minnesota schools take no chances

Many are facing the problems for the first time, and it's putting communities on edge.
West Metro
September 15, 2017
Shawn Mathews, widow of Wayzata officer William Mathews, stood with their 7-year-old son, Wyatt, as a horse-drawn caisson carried her husband’s cask

A final tribute as fallen Wayzata police officer is taken to his rest

Members of the public lined roads in Plymouth and Wayzata on Thursday to pay their respects and bid farewell to Wayzata police officer William Mathews, killed last week by a motorist who struck him while he was clearing debris from a highway.
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.
West Metro
July 27, 2017

Excelsior beach on Lake Minnetonka reopens after temporary shutdown due to E. coli

It was shut down just a day earlier.
West Metro
July 26, 2017

Excelsior beach closed due to high E. coli levels

The Excelsior public beach closure comes a week after Wayzata's was shut down.
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 14, 2017
Boat traffic was heavy on Lake Minnetonka in May 2015. Starting Friday, boat owners or operators on the lake will be held responsible for any underage

Underage drinking rule on Lake Minnetonka targets owners, operators

It will be a misdemeanor for a boat owner or operator to knowingly allow or provide for underage drinking.
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
Super Bowl LII
July 4, 2017
A new wave of small cell wireless technology is being attached to streetlights and flagpoles in areas where there’s a high demand for data. A larger

New cellphone technology going up in advance of Super Bowl

New wave of cell tech goes up in high-demand areas.
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July 3, 2017
Boats on Lake Minnetonka jammed up on a channel near Spring Park in May 2015.

Boating season in Minnesota is shaping up to be a deadly one

At this point in the year, 2017 boater fatalities are at the highest level in 12 years.