News from the Twin Cities west metro, including Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Plymouth and Maple Grove I

West metro news briefs: Excelsior city leaders return to State Capitol seeking sales tax to fund park renovations

File photo of the buildings in the Commons park in Excelsior date back to the 1950s and 1960s. The city wants to renovate them as part of a rehab of its historic port and park.

West metro police blotter, March 26

Bomb squad called to Target store in Medina on a false alarm

A Target store in Medina was evacuated Sunday evening after a call came in from an employee who reported seeing a suspicious device inside the…

Plymouth couple transform their entire home in vibrant color

A Plymouth couple transformed their home for vibrant family living. Take a tour during the Remodelers Showcase.

Hennepin County readies for $13 million child protection overhaul

A year after stepping into the county's top human services role, Jennifer DeCubellis is leading the most dramatic reform of the child protection system in Minnesota.

Hennepin County puts 1930s-era Century Plaza up for sale with no price

The county is moving out of the former vocational high school by May.

Syrup by the numbers

1,500: Students who visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s syrup program on field trips in March and April 1,200: Attended this year’s pancake brunch 390: Tapped…

Early spring has sap flowing at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's maple syrup operation

Feeding state's growing interest, U showcases the age-old skill of turning sap into syrup.

Theft charges against Burnsville woman dismissed after bitter family feud

A judge found insufficient evidence in Kandiyohi County, which led a Carver County prosecutor to drop charges there as well.

Hennepin County sheriff disputes inclusion on ICE inmate noncompliance list

Hennepin County wrongly included as not complying with law, Rich Stanek says.

Cases dismissed against 2 drivers allegedly in pack of speeding exotic cars

"The state was trying to basically argue guilt by association," said one defense attorney.

Carver County surpasses 100,000 people in latest Census estimates

Growth of southwestern suburban counties is rapid, with Scott and Carver leading the state in growth as a share of population over the past six years.

Minn. Republicans call for feds to halt Southwest light-rail funding

More than $900 million expected in federal grants.

Twin Cities losing another Scandinavian retailer, at least in brick form

AlwaysMod will close in Golden Valley after 17 years, becoming an online-only business.

Maple Grove agent fined $5K for alleged kickbacks from title company

Officials contend free meals, drinks and lodging helped to create a conflict of interest.

Minnesota boosts state grants for law enforcement to fight sex trafficking

Nearly $800,000 given out ahead of Super Bowl.

Robbinsdale CVS worker faces 25 felony charges in prescription pill theft

A worker at a Robbinsdale CVS was charged with 25 felonies on Tuesday, accused of pocketing thousands of pills to treat everything from anxiety to…

Delano kicks off anti-racism campaign with candlelight vigil

More than 1,000 residents gathered Sunday night to show their support of a local black family whose home was broken into and spray-painted with racial slurs a week earlier.

Unlikely new hot spots in Twin Cities housing market

Affordable areas near urban amenities are in demand – like Richfield.