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Susan Feyder

Reporter | Suburban business
phone: 612-673-1723
Susan Feyder writes about suburban business and economic development with a focus on Dakota and Scott counties.
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Change ahead for Chaska's golf course restaurant

Change ahead for Chaska's golf course restaurant

The city hopes to continue the Town Course Grille's success at drawing nongolfing diners.
Foes come together in Orono for Lakeview Golf Course project

Foes come together in Orono for Lakeview Golf Course project

The citizens’ group that fought a housing project has wound up working with the developer to jointly create a new privately owned, publicly accessible park on part of the site.

Carver County won't file criminal charges in shooting by deputy

The nonfatal incident occurred in April at a convenience store in Norwood Young America.
Lake Minnetonka farmhouse ruins could be up for national historic register

Lake Minnetonka farmhouse ruins could be up for national historic register

Three Rivers Park District believes the building is a unique example of Lake Minnetonka’s past.
Public art finds a broader landscape in suburbs

Public art finds a broader landscape in suburbs

A dozen years after it landed in Chaska, “Nature Morte” still causes a ripple. The massive abstract concrete and metal sculpture appears incongruous amid conventional…

Carver County road-rage charges dismissed

The Carver County Attorney’s Office has dismissed charges against a Watertown man in connection with a road rage incident in Mound. Charles Robert Christie, 31,…

Water reuse project planned in Waconia

Grants from the Met Council aim to reduce stormwater runoff and improve the quality of surface water.
Community sculpture is in the works for Victoria

Community sculpture is in the works for Victoria

The public work will be a lasting reminder of this year’s centennial celebration.

Home construction ebbs in Twin Cities' west metro

Homebuilding activity throughout the west metro area has been slightly slower so far this year compared with 2014, mirroring a trend for the Twin Cities…

Homebuilding in Twin Cities' north metro stays strong

Permits are up in that area, bucking an overall downward trend for the Twin Cities.
Possible Vikings move to Chanhassen spurs development buzz

Possible Vikings move to Chanhassen spurs development buzz

Speculation that the Vikings could move their headquarters has unsettled some of Eden Prairie’s leaders and created buzz about the future of 100-plus acres of farmland in Chanhassen.

Suspicious fire damages H&M store in Edina

A fire Friday morning at the H&M store in Edina’s Southdale Center caused smoke and water damage, but no injuries. The fire, on the store’s…

Carver County awarded $7 million in transportation funds

The money will help pay for an expansion of Hwy. 41 in Chaska.

Carver task force to draft rules for rental housing

The city’s move appears tied to 68-unit Carver Crossing project.
Three Rivers veteran naturalist retires

Three Rivers veteran naturalist retires

During her 30-year career with Three Rivers parks, naturalist Lee Ann Landstrom focused on environmental education.
For Waconia, Taste of Minnesota offers buffet of benefits

For Waconia, Taste of Minnesota offers buffet of benefits

Merchants hope the festival’s second-year presence will put the city on more visitors’ radar.

St. Louis Park man charged in Chaska church burglary

Police and church leaders hope the arrest eventually will lead to recovery of a safe that held precious church records.
Arboretum hosts Lego art exhibit

Arboretum hosts Lego art exhibit

Nature-inspired exhibit comes to Twin Cities.
Twin Cities suburbs race to build big sports facilities

Twin Cities suburbs race to build big sports facilities

Some cities could be taking financial risks with costly new recreational centers and sports amenities.

Carver County asks for tweaks to Met Council's housing formula

Carver County officials ask the Met Council to tweak formula for affordable-housing funds.

Chaska sues former employee to recover stolen funds

The city of Chaska and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust have filed a lawsuit in Scott County District Court to recover more than…

Riverside Church's plans to open new site in St. Michael hit new snag

Church from Big Lake won zoning changes to expand in an old movie theater in St. Michael, but now the price has doubled.
Granlund bronze stolen from Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Granlund bronze stolen from Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

A popular sculpture by the late Minnesota artist Paul Granlund has been stolen from the grounds of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the center said Thursday.“South…
Grocery stores to reopen in Victoria, Minnetonka

Grocery stores to reopen in Victoria, Minnetonka

Under new management, the markets will focus on their local roots.
Chaska police officer fired after racial profiling complaints

Chaska police officer fired after racial profiling complaints

City says a “complex and extensive investigation” took place after several Latino residents had complained about racial profiling.
Hyland ski area makeover draws to a close

Hyland ski area makeover draws to a close

With the renovation of Bloomington’s Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area nearly complete, the Three Rivers Park District recently tweaked the financing package for the $14 million project.
West metro cities seek state funding for special projects

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.

Riverside Church sues city of St. Michael, claiming discrimination

Riverside Church of Big Lake has sued the city of St. Michael, claiming it discriminated against the church when it refused to let it open a second location in a former movie theater.
131-year-old Chaska house starts its journey toward new home

131-year-old Chaska house starts its journey toward new home

The 131-year-old Ernst/Riedele House is being relocated to make way for a redevelopment of Firemen’s Park.
Carver County moves to acquire storied Coney Island

Carver County moves to acquire storied Coney Island

The county wants to transform storied Coney Island, home to herons and egrets, to a place for recreation, as well as historical interpretation.
Carver hopes new transit station keeps city on the move

Carver hopes new transit station keeps city on the move

A new park-and-ride facility in the city of Carver has opened up commuting options for area residents and sparked interest in developing the vacant land surrounding the transit station.
Man jumps from window, toddler dies in Brooklyn Center apartment fire

Man jumps from window, toddler dies in Brooklyn Center apartment fire

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Old Chaska house finds a new home

Old Chaska house finds a new home

The historic Riedele House will be relocated by Chaska for $242,000 as the city continues its renovation plan for Firemen's Park.

Watertown man charged in road-rage incident with yelling, gun and badge

He’s accused of brandishing a handgun at another motorist and impersonating a police officer.

Met Council's parks plan advances, despite objections

Suburban parks have been critical of the regional blueprint.

Homebuilding in Twin Cities west metro eased off in 2014

Housing permits in Carver and Hennepin counties fell from 1,936 to 1,812.

Homebuilding permits down in north metro; Blaine bucks trend

The red-hot homebuilding market cooled off a bit in the Twin Cities last year, and activity among north metro communities largely mirrored that trend. The…
Municipal liquor stores struggle to compete

Municipal liquor stores struggle to compete

Municipal stores in the Twin Cities struggle to innovate as they face more competition.
A tougher landscape for municipal liquor stores

A tougher landscape for municipal liquor stores

Municipal stores struggle to innovate and keep sales flowing as they face more competition.
Oct. 5: Minnetonka's last family farm to become housing

Oct. 5: Minnetonka's last family farm to become housing

The postrecession building boom has ignited housing developers’ interest in farmsteads like the one in Minnetonka.

Waconia merchants worry Hwy. 5 road project will hurt business

A four-lane Hwy. 5 with median hurts access, revenue, they say.
Microchips, Facebook are making pet licenses obsolete

Microchips, Facebook are making pet licenses obsolete

Cities ease licensing rules as Facebook and ID chips make it easier to find lost pets.

Chaska powers down as an Internet provider

City said the decade-long offering will cease due to costs of maintaining equipment.

Suburban counties feel slighted, will lobby Legislature for transportation board changes

In addition to arguing they’re underrepresented on the Met Council's transportation board, the five counties believe it has too many unelected officials.

Minnetrista puts brakes on water treatment plan after residents protest

The firm overseeing the plan has been asked to look for less costly, less intrusive alternatives.
Winter on display at Minn. Landscape Arboretum

Winter on display at Minn. Landscape Arboretum

The change of seasons brings a range of attractions to the arboretum, including a giant poinsettia tree and a new winter-themed art exhibit.

West beat: Chaska Moravian Church longs for stolen records

Four months after a burglary saw Chaska’s oldest church lose more than 100 years of irreplaceable handwritten records, the crime is unsolved. But the pastor…

Baker/Carver trail plan out for comment

The draft master plan shows links in the 17-mile future regional trail.
Grocery store tops many small communities' wish lists

Grocery store tops many small communities' wish lists

Grocery stores, something most suburbanites take for granted, are a charged issue for lightly populated communities, where residents regard them as essential but companies see a high risk of failure.
Q&A with Laurie Hokkanen, Victoria’s new city manager

Q&A with Laurie Hokkanen, Victoria’s new city manager

Victoria’s new city manager won’t need a road map to get to her new job. Laurie Hokkanen lives in Chaska and was Chanhassen’s assistant city…
Microbrewery and distillery start up in Waconia

Microbrewery and distillery start up in Waconia

The city hopes new-generation distilleries can draw visitors — and their dollars.

Woman, boy die in crash on icy Carver County road

The male driver and another child were seriously injured in the crash between an SUV and a truck on icy Hwy. 212.
Storage units serve the desire to acquire as cities wrestle with rules

Storage units serve the desire to acquire as cities wrestle with rules

Across the Twin Cities, sprawling storage facilities are filling up, new ones are sprouting and others are expanding, despite the fact cities loathe how the sites usually look.
Carver County sheriff's race heats up

Carver County sheriff's race heats up

Jim Olson faces a challenge from a former sergeant in the department who has run twice before.

Chanhassen to elect a new mayor, two new council members

Balanced growth, taxes are top of mind among mayoral, city council candidates.

Minnetrista to elect a new mayor

A full slate of veterans and newcomers vie for mayor’s post and council seats.
Met Council's parks plan gets a cool reception in suburbs

Met Council's parks plan gets a cool reception in suburbs

Suburban park systems say the Met Council wants too much say over how money is spent.

New buildings on the way in Victoria

A larger public works building and City Hall that will house a branch library are under construction.
Chaska's Firemen's Park plan moves ahead

Chaska's Firemen's Park plan moves ahead

The redesigned park will include a Crooked Pint Ale House, a curling center and a banquet facility.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum launches public fundraising effort

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum launches public fundraising effort

The arboretum, which has raised $45 million from private donors, now seeks $15 million from the public.
New sprinkler law dismays developers, delights firefighters

New sprinkler law dismays developers, delights firefighters

A state mandate requiring indoor sprinklers in new homes 4,500 square feet and larger goes into effect in January.

Chaska officer is on leave as city investigates racial-profiling accusations

The 15-year veteran went on paid administrative leave after members of the city’s Latino community met with Police Chief Scott Knight to air their complaints.
Big water bills create waves in Rockford

Big water bills create waves in Rockford

The west metro town seeks to modify its new water and sewer rate system, which triggered some large charges to customers and a flood of protests from upset community members.
Autumn art and apples arrive at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Autumn art and apples arrive at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

‘Colors of Fall’ will be in a gallery, while apple tastings will be held at the Oswald Visitor Center.
2014 State Fair ends with attendance record in sight

2014 State Fair ends with attendance record in sight

This year’s fair already set two one-day attendance records — on Tuesday, a Day 6 record of 133,595, and on Saturday, a single-day record of 252,092.
Twin Cities construction boom means higher bids for cities' improvement plans

Twin Cities construction boom means higher bids for cities' improvement plans

Busy contractors mean fewer bids and higher prices for community projects.
Q&A with new Three Rivers Park District Superintendent Boe Carlson

Q&A with new Three Rivers Park District Superintendent Boe Carlson

Boe Carlson says collaboration with communities and other agencies is crucial to overseeing the metro-area parks system.

Ambitious development looms for Chaska

At least 10 buildings, grocery slated for city’s first project since expanding Hwy. 212.

Three Rivers Park District completes land purchase in Rogers

38-acre site in Rogers is next to the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve.
Chanhassen High School's bleacher problem complicates home games

Chanhassen High School's bleacher problem complicates home games

The varsity football team is looking for other places to play its home games this season while city and school officials assess the safety of the team’s home bleachers.
Budget skills, love of outdoors strong in new Three Rivers leader

Budget skills, love of outdoors strong in new Three Rivers leader

He says his love of the outdoors began when he was growing up in Golden Valley, where he worked for the city’s park and recreation department.
New Eagan outlet mall expected to lure visitors, development

New Eagan outlet mall expected to lure visitors, development

The 100-store mall, which opens Thursday, is making the area a destination for developers.

New Hennepin County social services site is closer to those it serves

The north Minneapolis center is Hennepin County’s latest of six regional hubs.
South High football players mourn loss of drowned teammate

South High football players mourn loss of drowned teammate

The 15-year-old was swimming with friends when he slipped under the water at a beach on the lake’s east side.

Burglars take Chaska church's safe and its history

Chaska church’s records were in safe with petty cash; $1,000 reward offered for return.
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