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From Facebook Live to a farmers market, Minnetonka residents weigh in via new ways

The one thing that would make Minnetonka better, residents have said over and over: more walkability, from added biking trails to sidewalks. The issue has emerged as one of the top wishes residents have stated in a new visioning campaign that is continuing this month. Here, Mike Tikkanen stands at the corner of Plymouth Rd. and Ridgedale Drive. One of the places he hopes will have a bridge in the future. ] Minnetonks, MN 9/29/16

It's part of the city's new planning process, "Imagine Minnetonka," launched earlier this year.

Tenants win back rent, more time at affordable Minneapolis apartment building

Eric Dabdee, a tenant of three years, stands on the back balcony of the Park Laurel apartments. Dabdee says that the buildings are not secure at all, and has seen homeless people squatting in the laundry room and empty apartments.

New owners of tattered Park Laurel apartments tell residents that they can stay until Nov. 30, rent-free.

Striking nurses to vote Monday on new contract offer by Allina

About 100 Allina Health nurses including Denise Frovarp (with pom poms) from Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, marched through the Capella building in downtown Minneapolis earlier this week to demand a better contract.

The negotiating team representing striking Allina Health hospital nurses has no recommendation for Monday's vote, according to a union statement.

Are zoos still relevant? Minnesota Zoo exec takes on the question

At a talk, Kevin Willis, Minnesota Zoo's vice president for biological programs, made the case that there are plenty of reasons for zoos to exist and for animals to live in them.

Striking nurses to vote Monday on offer by Allina, union says

The negotiating team representing striking Allina Health hospital nurses has no recommendation for Monday's vote, according to a union statement.

Ryder Cup traffic improving in southwest metro

Housing board grants rent relief to tenants on extended absences

MPHA cites burden of keeping track of makeup payments for tenants who left the country for 30-90-day trips

Five Minnesota schools named Blue Ribbon schools
Class Act

U.S. Department of Education announces Blue Ribbon honor for Minnesota schools.

Sweeping changes put the Mississippi River at risk

Coming Sunday: It is North America's greatest river. But in Minnesota, home to its headwaters, changes in the landscape are putting water quality at risk. Inside the race to protect the Mississippi.

Target shifts its giving strategy, promotes the power of play

Retailer pours money and sweat into playgrounds, other projects.

Vikings to try dedicated skyway as a way to tackle postgame congestion

The route's main goal is to help alleviate postgame congestion around the stadium for fans in cars.

Largest U.S. exhibition of Cuban art in 70 years coming to Walker

Arriving November 2017, "Adiós Utopia" boasts more than 100 works by dozens of artists — offering a complex portrait of life on the island since 1950.

Proposed casino project stirs emotions in Otter Tail County

The 270-acre complex is proposed for the shore of Star Lake, home to sensitive wildlife breeding grounds, cabins in families for generations and a private hunting club used by some of Minnesota's oldest-money families.

In Falcon Heights, a discussion on community policing

More than 100 people came together in Falcon Heights to sort out the options.

Minneapolis Public Schools referendum campaign quiet so far

The campaign said it will be ramping up efforts to raise awareness of the referendum soon.

KFAN host, singer Chris Hawkey among 20 who contracted Legionnaire's

Ailment knocked Chris Hawkey off the job for nearly a week.

Obituary: Janice Johnson pursued social justice. green gardening to the very end

At the end, when she decided it was time to forgo more cancer treatments, Janice Johnson stayed true to the upbeat, generous and inclusive values…

Vikings sign deal to import hot dogs from Wisconsin

Schweigert will be in the bun this season and next at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Accomplice in Rucki daughters disappearance case found guilty

Dede Evavold of St. Cloud faces sentencing Nov. 10 in parental rights case.