Old Log Theater owner Greg Frankenfield, who performed in "The Play That Goes Wrong" in 2021, bought the playhouse in 2013. After 84 years, the compan

The Old Log, Minnesota's oldest theater, is shutting down

The abrupt closure slated for March 2 has taken alumni by surprise.
Politics
February 20
Affordable housing advocates gathered in the rotunda inside the State Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday.

Bill looks to supersede residential zoning rules across the state

Sweeping zoning changes, similar to the Minneapolis 2040 plan, have some bipartisan support, but opponents say the bill eliminates local control.
High Schools
February 20
Minnetonka’s Aaliyah Crump and the Skippers visit Hopkins in a Lake Conference heavyweight matchup Friday.

Must-see girls basketball matchups add intensity to regular season's end

Three teams. Two games. One outcome: Who resides atop the rankings next week?
Election
February 20
Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at a campaign event on Feb. 19, 2024, in Camden, S.C.

Nikki Haley to visit Minnesota on Monday

This is the first stop from a presidential candidate ahead of Minnesota's Super Tuesday primary on March 5.
High Schools
February 20
Jordan Cain, right, and his Minnetonka teammates have a challenge ahead Friday night.

The boys basketball Metro Top 10 goes for a spin

The top four are all different from last week, driven especially by Minnetonka's victory over Totino-Grace.
High Schools
February 20
Coach Dean Aurich, center, prepared running back Sam Dennis (20) during Mayer Lutheran's state championship victory in 2021.

High school football coach retires after leading program for 36 years

Dean Aurich, with a record of 256-114 and a state title from 2021, is stepping down at Mayer Lutheran.
High Schools
February 19
The All-Metro girls hockey first team, from left: Grace Zhan of Hill-Murray, Mackenzie Jones of Andover, Josie St. Martin of Stillwater, Lindzi Avar o

3 teams, 19 players: Who's on the All-Metro girls hockey teams?

The Gophers landed one first-teamer; Ohio State landed two. Others on the Star Tribune's list are heading to schools around Minnesota, the Ivy League and elsewhere.
High Schools
February 19
Landon Robideau of St. Michael-Albertville is 45-0 this season and 225-6 in his high school career.

Prep Athletes of the Week: Wrestler isn't settling for perfect

STMA's Landon Robideau is 45-0 this season and headed to the Gophers, but he's still adding to his skills.
High Schools
February 17
Hill-Murray defenseman Kasey Senden, left, and her teammates received the second seed in the Class 2A girls hockey state tournament.

Coaches see flaws as seeds are set for girls hockey state tournament

Spooky parallels to last year, among them that No. 1 must play the best of the unseeded teams again, led to questions.
Colleges
February 16
UConn guard Paige Bueckers embraces coach Geno Auriemma during senior night ceremonies after UConn defeated Georgetown. Bueckers then announced she wi

Bueckers announces she's returning to UConn

Former Hopkins standout Paige Bueckers, a senior academically but with two years remaining of playing eligibility, will not enter the WNBA draft.
High Schools
February 15
Duluth East’s Greta Hendrickson, left, and teammate Anna-Britta Helmer embraced after they won the girls team sprint Thursday at Giants Ridge.

Nordic skiing state meet features a repeat and sweep by same team

Duluth East's pair won the girls team sprint, contributing strongly to the Greyhounds' overall title. Among boys, Brainerd won Thursday's race, and Wayzata had the best team score.
High Schools
February 15
Mound Westonka's Jack Nelson attempted to take down Grand Rapids wrestler Alex Lehman during the 2023 state championships, where he won his third stat

Wrestler headed to Gophers, but first he wants that 4th state title

Jack Nelson of Mound Westonka had reasons to choose basketball (Mom's suggestion) and hockey (Dad's background). He decided on a different path.
Business
February 15
Real estate agent Zack Zehrer checked in on a house he’s selling in Lauderdale. He said half of those interested in the house want to live in the ho

These areas have the most, least expensive starter homes in the Twin Cities

Finding an entry-level home for $300,000 or less in the metro could lead you anywhere from an inner-ring suburb to an exurb to the city itself.
High Schools
February 14
Freshmen Logan Drevlow (left) of Hopkins and Linnea Ousdigian of Mounds View won Nordic skiing state titles.

Freshmen sweep individual races at the Nordic skiing state meet

Logan Drevlow of Hopkins put a calm, cool conclusion on his victory. Linnea Ousdigian of Mounds View fought to the finish.
High Schools
February 14
Phil Frerk posed with the St. Louis Park players after the Orioles won the state championship in 1986.

Coach who compiled Hall of Fame credentials in 6½ seasons has died

Phil Frerk, who led St. Louis Park to five state tournament appearances and two titles, went 152-21 in his short tenure.
Local
February 14
Srimati Neenaben Gada.

From Mumbai to Minnesota, Srimati Neenaben Gada shared her native Indian culture

Arriving as an immigrant in her 20s, Neena Gada helped create a home for Indian culture in Minnesota.
High Schools
February 13
Brad Anderson, shown coaching Wayzata in 2016, is taking over the football program at Benilde-St. Margaret's.

Benilde-St. Margaret's finds a proven winner to take over football program

Brad Anderson, coach of three state champion teams at Wayzata, is replacing Sean McMenomy.
High Schools
February 13
Irondale skier Anthony Petkov accepted his medal after winning the boys Alpine skiing state championship.

Aiming for improvement leads to state titles for Alpine skiing champs

Anthony Petkov of Irondale and Vivien Pihlstrom of Blake took individual titles, and the Minnetonka girls and Minneapolis Washburn boys won among teams.
High Schools
February 13
Colton Loween of Mounds View gained an advantage over Lincoln Gentry of Edina during a mid-January meet. Loween is 40-4 at 160 pounds this season.

Redemption is on wrestling minds as teams grapple for state berths

Mounds View and St. Michael-Albertville have memories of last season to excise. Also presented: the state rankings and final honor roll.
High Schools
February 13
Rankings, final honor roll set scene as gymnasts compete for state spots

Rankings, final honor roll set scene as gymnasts compete for state spots

There's a new No. 1 in Class 2A, and you'll find more than 150 of the best individual scores in the metro.
High Schools
February 13
Greyson Uelmen is averaging 21 points per game for Minnetonka, which has a big game ahead Saturday.

It's the boys basketball Metro Top 10, where nobody's perfect

Minneapolis Washburn ended Breck's undefeated start to the season and left Minnesota without an unbeaten team.

Twin Cities West Metro

News coverage of the Twin Cities western suburbs, including Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Wayzata.