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St. Louis Park picks new community development director

West metro news briefs: Eden Prairie approves backyard chicken ordinance


Dalai Lama visits Eden Prairie for discussion on compassion

The discussion, moderated by actor Forest Whitaker, was attended by roughly 250 businesspeople, politicians and Starkey Hearing employees at the company's headquarters.


West metro police blotter, June 25

CHASKA JUNE 1 Weapon. Officers responded to a report of two students walking south of Pioneer Ridge Middle School along Audubon Road near Weston Ridge…


1 dead after shooting at Minnetonka storage facility

The suspect in the incident is in custody and a weapon was recovered


Michelle Obama to speak in the Twin Cities

The former first lady is scheduled to speak in September at the Beth El Synagogue.


Man killed in Wayzata crash was former Minnesota legislator

Gordon Voss served in the Minnesota House from 1973 to 1988.


Facebook CEO Zuckerberg dines with Somali refugees in Mpls.

Flanked by Somali women in their hijabs in Minneapolis, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "You are a powerful reminder of why this country is so great," as he marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan by eating his first Iftar dinner.


Edina's Pentagon Park adding housing in revamp of $500M project

The $500 million makeover of Edina's Pentagon Park is getting a makeover. CBRE recently announced that it is marketing 28 acres of the 42-acre site, which is being renamed The Link, for sale as housing.


Off-road bike trails may be in Minnetonka's future

The City Council has allotted $130,000 for trail construction in 2018.


Perpich Center for Arts Education names new executive director

Eden Prairie schools superintendent to lead embattled arts agency.


Statue stolen from Edina park is back on display

The "Dreams Take Flight" statue was reported missing June 11 and found two days later dumped in a yard.


Three Rivers Park District's camp for autistic kids grows in popularity

It's part of the district's increasing efforts to reach people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, expanding its reach to people who may not traditionally use its parks.


One killed in crash in front of Wayzata shopping center

One person was killed late Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Wayzata.The crash happened just after 3:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of Wayzata…


Edina man killed by fentanyl overdose is ID'd; drug dealer charged with murder

Lethal drug was in heroin that he and his girlfriend had ingested, according to authorities.


Man found fatally shot in vehicle in Robbinsdale was from Chicago

A Chicago man fatally shot in Robbinsdale Sunday was identified as 29-year-old Jody Tyrone Fry. "He was an amazing guy, an awesome father who lived…


Bethlehem Lutheran Pastor Chris Nelson dies at 64

Nelson died June 18 at home in Eden Prairie with family and friends after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in November.


Lake Minnetonka sailing center launches $4 million campaign to build new center

State's only accredited sailing school wants to replace outdated building.


Jurors convict man who cheated investors of $2.1M, bought Wright County island

He also bought vintage cars and took vacations with the money; victims included an ex-girlfriend, his pastor.