Lake Minnetonka, the Twin Cities’ largest lake, is also popular on the photo-sharing site Instagram. The massive lake was named the most Instagrammed spot in Minnesota, according to The site looked at the places that got the most hashtag mentions on Instagram for each state, and Lake Minnetonka was mentioned most in Minnesota. To read more, go


Arboretum hosts Sunday Supper

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will host its monthly Sunday Supper from 4-6 p.m. Sunday.

The event, which takes place every third Sunday of the month, features one common menu served family-style at communal tables with a menu of Arboretum salad, roasted chicken, pot roast and more. The cost to participate is $19.99 per person, or free for kids under the age of eight. Walk-ins welcome. Call 612-626-3951 to reserve a spot or get more information.


Open house held on Wayzata Blvd., work

Hennepin County will host an open house this month on Wayzata Boulevard, or County Road 112, reconstruction in Long Lake and Orono.

A Nov. 18 open house will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Lake Community Bank in Long Lake to discuss phase 1 of the project, taking place along Wayzata Boulevard from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail. The final design for this first phase is slated to finish in February. Construction is set to begin in 2017.

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Watershed district seeks citizen advisers

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is accepting applications through Dec. 2 for citizens to serve on a committee.

The watershed district’s Citizens Advisory Committee helps the board of managers and provides input on projects and programs, meeting once a month. To apply, go to or contact Darren Lochner at or 952-641-4524.


City hires new fire chief

Plymouth has hired a new fire chief, who starts Monday.

St. Louis Park Assistant Fire Chief Rodger Coppa replaces long-time Plymouth Fire Chief Rick Kline, who retired. Coppa was a Brooklyn Park firefighter, then Brooklyn Park deputy fire chief before moving to the St. Louis Park Fire Department.


Three Rivers restores Carver Park prairie

Three Rivers Park District is restoring a prairie in Carver Park Reserve in Victoria.

The park district received a $200,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation Partners Legacy grant program — which is allocated from the Outdoor Heritage portion of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment — to restore 165 acres of an old field to prairie. The new prairie will be added to the 50 acres of prairie already in the park, which was originally planted in the 1990s.

The project will begin this fall, removing shrubs and trees but keeping oak trees to give the old fields an oak savanna habitat. In the spring, a trained burn crew will burn the area, then treat it with herbicide to kill the nonnative grasses. The site will be seeded with a variety of native grasses and wildflowers similar to what is found in the existing prairie, as well as a cover crop of oats.


Library reopens after renovation

The Hennepin County Library in Wayzata reopened Saturday after a six-week renovation project.

The $300,000 library renovation included new carpet and furniture, improved children’s area, redesigned teen area, two extra public meeting rooms and better access to power outlets. The library, at 620 Rice St., is open from 12-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Northwest Metro

Open house on interchange project

Brooklyn Park and Champlin city officials will host an open house Thursday Nov. 19 on proposed intersection improvements for a major corridor. Project plans call for an interchange at Hwy. 169 and 101st Avenue that could alleviate traffic concerns. The open house will be at Grace Fellowship Church, 8601 101st Av. N., Brooklyn Park, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Brooklyn Park City Engineer Jeff Holstein at 763-493-8102 or