This spring, Lake Minnetonka may look more like it did in 2014 when no-wake restrictions slowed boating. JIM GEHRZ • jgehrz@startribune.com

Ice-out declared on Lake Minnetonka nearly two weeks earlier than usual

The much-anticipated spring milestone is here.
Coronavirus
8:13pm
Hennepin County District Judge Jeannice Reding, shown in June.

Hennepin County judge restores public access to two hearings

The judge declined to open up all hearings in the county to full public access.
West Metro
7:49pm
Steve Schussler

Rainforest Cafe founder, wife sue over municipal dock in front of their Lake Minnetonka property

They say the structure is a safety hazard that limits the use of their shoreline.
Data Drop
5:44pm
Minnesota welcomes you sign at the state border

How and where Minnesota's population grew in the last decade

New population estimates data from the U.S. Census Bureau shed light on what's driving the state's population growth, and where it's occurring.
West Metro
4:35pm

One killed in head-on crash near Waconia

A man from Waconia was killed in a head-on crash early Thursday on a county road just southeast of the Carver County city’s downtown. Deputies…
West Metro
April 1
A screengrab from body camera video of the entangled eagles found near Greenfield.

Entangled eagles get a hand from Hennepin County sheriff's deputies

Both eagles flew away after deputies freed them.
Coronavirus
April 1
A sign encouraging social distancing at Strachauer Park in Edina. Edina city officials issued a warning to residents this weekend that large gathering

Police get calls about Twin Cities gatherings during sheltering

As a general rule, parks and walking paths are open while playground equipment is off limits.
Coronavirus
March 31
Blood donated at Allina Commons on March 19.

Red Cross blood drives to be staged at Mall of America

An area of the mall has been designated as spacious enough "to allow the necessary social distancing practices."
South Metro
March 28

Twin Cities metro police blotter, March 29, 2020

COLUMBUS MARCH 2 Theft. Two snowmobiles were reported stolen off a trailer in the 14000 block of NE. Lake Drive. EXCELSIOR FEB. 15
West Metro
March 28
Plans for Panoway on Wayzata Bay include a streetside plaza with a water feature, bike path and other amenities.

Wayzata moves ahead with major lakefront project despite virus

Construction during shutdown could minimize any disruptions to business, city officials decided.
West Metro
March 28

Driver hit Edina student boarding bus to prove he could kill, charges say

The teen's mother was angered after hearing why the crash happened. Teen is more confused, mom said.
West Metro
March 28
A frozen Lake Minnetonka back in early February. Lake Minnetonka is expected to have its ice-out within the next week, much earlier than last year’s

Ice-outs on Minnesota lakes about a week ahead of schedule

A quicker melt than last year could mean an earlier return to lake recreation.
Coronavirus
March 26
Simpson Housing Services shelter.

Housing homeless in Hennepin County could easily hit $1M a week

County officials say that state help will be needed to cover what they say could be staggering costs.
West Metro
March 26
Volunteer Larry Macht and archaeologist Kelly Wolf cleaned and bagged artifacts unearthed during trail construction on Coney Island in Lake Waconia.

Small artifacts on Coney Island in Lake Waconia hold ancient stories

They might not look like much, but the tiny fragments contain clues about life on the island 1,500 years ago.
West Metro
March 25

Minn. court upholds liquor thief's conviction even though clerk took bottles

Store clerk fought, reclaimed liquor bottles from woman's purse
West Metro
March 24

Two teens charged after man shot in face in Bloomington drug deal

The court has been asked to certify as an adult a 16-year-old charged with attempted second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree assault.
West Metro
March 24

Escalating argument over loud music ends in arrest in St. Louis Park

A dispute between two residents over loud music set off the chain of events Monday night
West Metro
March 21

Patricia Marble, 107, lived a life of volunteerism

She worked as the head of the fabric sales department at J.C. Penney for 24 years.
South Metro
March 21

Twin Cities metro police blotter, March 22

AFTON FEB. 19 Suspicious activity. A resident in the 3000 block of Penfield Avenue reported that a cargo van had pulled into his driveway…
West Metro
March 19
Surveillance video from an Edina school bus captured an image identifying the vehicle that struck a student in January.

Driver suspected in hit-run that injured Edina student arrested in Michigan

The 26-year-old has been charged with second-degree assault and is being held in the Eaton County jail in Michigan.
West Metro
March 17
Cedric Marks

Texas man charged in 2009 killing of woman taken from Bloomington shelter

Cedrick Marks is also suspected in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and another man and remains in a Texas jail.