West Metro
October 1
Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts, shown in 2017.

Bloomington faces challenges with hotels housing homeless people

Bloomington is struggling with police calls at hotels housing homeless people.
West Metro
October 1
David Williams dug up sweet potatoes in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum vegetable garden.

Beginners learn to be farmers at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

In its first year, the Sustainable Horticulture Training Program has offered hands-on education to students with a variety of goals.
West Metro
October 1
The DNR seized the carcass of a cougar Tuesday (Sept. 29, 2020) in Bloomington.

Cougar found dead in Bloomington, likely hit by vehicle

The DNR is trying to determine whether the big cat was living in the wild or was a pet or escaped captive.
West Metro
September 30
Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty

State panel declines reappointment of Hennepin County public defender

State Public Defender Bill Ward recommended against reappointing Mary Moriarty because of her "inability to work" with others. The full Board of Public Defense is expected to vote at a meeting beginning at noon.
West Metro
September 30

Authorities ID man killed in western Hennepin County rollover crash

A second person also was seriously hurt, according to police.
West Metro
September 29
Dave Free walked his dog, Dita, along a street in downtown Excelsior that has many charming older houses mixed in with larger, new construction that s

Excelsior residents are divided over tight new zoning rule

Some say it could help preserve charming old houses; others say it's too subjective.
West Metro
September 29
Matthew Rush and Lucinda Peterson

2 charged in doctor's shooting during robbery at Edina hospital ramp

Matthew Thomas Rush was convicted of a similar robbery in a parking ramp in 2014.
West Metro
September 28
Law enforcement gathered after the shooting in the Southdale parking lot across W. 66th St. from the M Health Fairview Hospital campus.

Two arrested in shooting of doctor in Edina hospital parking ramp

Edina police have arrested two suspects in connection with the shooting of a doctor in the head during an attempted robbery earlier this month in…
South Metro
September 26

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Sept. 27, 2020

ANDOVER AUG. 29 Theft. A gun was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 13300 block of NW. Gladiola Street. CORCORAN AUG. 27
West Metro
September 23
A rusty patched bumblebee on Joe Pye weed. Pictures are from Susan Damon’s pollinator friendly bee garden in St. Paul in 2014.

Minnetonka settles dispute over mountain bike trail through endangered bee haven

The city will boost bee habitat in Lone Lake Park.
West Metro
September 22
Robert L. Gabrio, left, and Danny L. Denzer.

2 charged in home inspection scam that targeted elderly Bloomington couple

Both men remain jailed ahead of court appearances Wednesday.
West Metro
September 22
Under a new ordinance taking effect Oct. 1, Excelsior’s Planning Commission will review each housing design individually with input from an architec

Excelsior City Council votes to require case-by-case approval for new or expanding homes

Supporters said the new ordinance will preserve the city's character, while opponents argued it would be too subjective.
West Metro
September 20

Motorcyclist dies in multivehicle pileup at Eden Prairie intersection

"No one else was hurt, other than being extremely shaken up by the incident," police said.
South Metro
September 19

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Sept. 20

ANDOVER AUG. 24 Theft. A wallet was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 600 block of NW. 159th Lane. CENTERVILLE AUG. 23
Stage & Arts
September 19
The new criteria will be used in coming months to evaluate the decor in the mayor’s conference room and atrium at Edina City Hall.

Edina creates rubric to evaluate diversity of its art, decor

The criteria will be used to evaluate representation in the city's public decor.
West Metro
September 19
Michael and Carol Allen of Plymouth walked along Wayzata's new lakeside plaza with their dog Tug. The couple was out walking to celebrate Carl's birth

Long-awaited streetside plaza opens along downtown Wayzata waterfront

The development was already drawing visitors this week, and many said they liked it.
West Metro
September 18
A homicide suspect in a dark car rounded the curve in the wrong direction on I-394 leaving downtown Minneapolis as two State Patrol squad cars gave ch

Suspect in killing of Mpls. teen arrested in Plymouth after fleeing wrong way on I-394, through yards

The suspect drove through yards and crashed in Plymouth, according to emergency dispatch audio.
West Metro
September 16
West Metro
September 16
A Navy veteran could lose his home after a dispute over this flagpole he installed in the yard of his St. Michael residence.

Minnesota Navy veteran could lose his home in dispute over a flagpole

A homeowners association has foreclosed on the St. Michael home and scheduled a sheriff's sale for it.
West Metro
September 16
Neighbors Jeff Cameron and Kristine and Guy Sanschagrin of Shorewood said city code addresses only permanent and floating docks, not seasonal docks th

Lake Minnetonka dock dispute awaits Supreme Court decision

A dock installed by two Shorewood families on their sliver of Lake Minnetonka shoreline has launched a battle with the city that's now gone to the state's highest court — and even prompted one of the defendants to run for mayor.