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West metro briefs: Work restoring Lake Minnetonka American Indian burial mounds continues

West metro police blotter, April 30


After two pedestrians get hit, State Patrol reminds walkers of freeway dangers

"Freeways are dangerous places, especially at night."


Man fatally shot in Bloomington apartment

No one has been arrested in the death Thursday night at the Hampshire Hill Apartments off Hampshire Avenue and Old Shakopee Road.


Modern furniture store Design Within Reach coming to Galleria

The store will be on the lower level of the Edina shopping center.


Hot market, close call have Richfield looking at ways to protect affordable housing

Facing the pressure of for-profit developers, officials discuss how to help renters.


GOP's Erik Paulsen spent big last cycle, on track to do so again

In the previous election cycle, Paulsen spent far more defending his congressional seat last year than any other Minnesotan in Congress


Hwy. 169 turmoil prompts effort to oust city leaders in Hopkins

A big traffic flap is brewing in Hopkins, where a group residents fed up with rogue motorists cutting through neighborhoods to bypass the official Hwy. 169 detour has launched an effort to recall the mayor and four city council members, claiming they have not done enough to address the problem.


School District lifts ban, OKs guns in Big Lake trapshooting team's yearbook photo

School officials in Big Lake changed course Thursday and decided that guns can be included in the high school trapshooting team photo in the yearbook.


State: Chaska nursing home negligence killed resident who fell into 155-degree laundry water

Staff had a habit of propping open a laundry room door; resident fell into a catch basin and was severely burned.


Feds seize $2 million from mental health agency accused of bilking Medicaid

Rare forfeiture move follows evidence of a suspicious wire transfer.


Suburban police give immigrants help with navigating life in U.S.

The course also aims to teach immigrants to feel comfortable around police officers, and to teach them they are there to help.


Popular Excelsior restaurant opening second outpost near 50th and France

Coalition, which serves American fusion comfort food, will open in late May.


Railroad crossing safety behind effort Wednesday in Hopkins

About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train the U.S. Department of Transportation says, and that's why Hopkins Police will be conducting a railroad crossing safety effort on Wednesday.


Judges, lawyers want to fix bail system to keep poor out of jail

The group is fighting back against systematic failures that keep low-income people in jail.


Plains hog-nosed Snakes to the prairies at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

Three Rivers Park District has been restoring wildlife habitat in its parks for 50 years. The Park District has successfully reintroduced a number of wildlife species over the years, including Trumpeter Swans, Osprey, Bullsnakes, and Spring Peepers. The Park District's newest reintroduction project is bringing Plains Hog-nosed Snakes to the prairies at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Rogers. Plains Hog-nosed Snakes are medium sized with an average size of two feet long. Females are normally larger than males. Their color is brown/gray with dark blotches. The nose is turned up and has the appearance of a hogÕs nose. They are a secretive snake that spends most of its time underground or under the grass.


Prosecutors will seek maximum possible sentence for convicted Bloomington heroin dealer

Igor Albantov possessed enough heroin to sell hundreds of doses.


Crystal police say vulnerable adult has been located, is safe

Crystal police said Tuesday afternoon that the search for a missing vulnerable adult has ended with him being located and safe. Before his return, Leo…


Minnesota AG, DEA urge participation in prescription drug take back day

More than 100 locations will be available for pill drops in state Saturday