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

Police: Driver on pot hits 2 cars in Bloomington, severs man's legs

One driver on the side of Penn Avenue was helping "jump" the other's vehicle.

Hopkins project adds novelty to Mainstreet storefronts

Brenda Higgins, owner of HealthSource Chiropractic in Hopkins, poses with “Lux,” a skeleton aimed at attracting a little lighthearted attention to her business among everyday shoppers on Mainstreet.

The city hopes 'Friendly Fronts' program proves popular with downtown pedestrians.

Golf courses give way to new housing amid demand for land

More than 900 acres of golf courses have been redeveloped across the metro.

Twin Cities chiropractor convicted of $3M scheme to cheat insurance providers

Two co-defendants also were convicted in first of several such federal trials.

Services set for driver killed in Wright County

Services are scheduled this week for a pickup truck driver who died after striking a semitrailer truck as the big rig was backing out of…

Farms and factories fade in burgeoning metro cities

Three suburbs and two central cities led the metro area in the most acres changed to a new land use between 2010 and 2016. Here's which ones, and why.

Explore how land use has changed in the Twin Cities metro area

Met Council data illustrates how the region has changed after the recession.

Charge of 'political indoctrination' heats up Edina school board race

An article in Thinking Minnesota, a magazine produced by the Center of the American Experiment, became the focus of a recent candidate forum.

West metro police blotter, Oct. 15

EDINA SEPT. 23 Drunken driving. A 26-year-old Richfield man was arrested for drunken driving and possession of a controlled substance following a traffic stop in…

West metro news briefs: Minnehaha Creek Watershed board approves $9.7 million levy

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers approved a proposed 2018 budget of $12,141,892 and a $9,675,993 levy to support it. The proposed 3.9…

First federal no-fault insurance fraud case now in hands of Minneapolis jurors

Trial of chiropractor, 'runners' first of several on deck in Minn.

New 97-unit senior housing project is planned for Minnetonka

Address: 17710-24 Old Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka Type: Senior housing Units: 97 Cost: $25 million Developers: Mesaba Capital Partners, Roers Investments Details: A development team that…

Wet October pushing some Minnesota rivers over their banks

Rain and a soggy landscape are causing minor damage along rivers.

Key witnesses disappear: Overdose murder case against Twin Cities 'Vampire' tossed

Case could be revived 'if we locate our witnesses later,' county attorney's office says.

AG forces Minnesota for-profit theater group to end nonprofit foundation

Owners of the National Theatre for Children agreed not to create any new nonprofits in which they held more than 3 percent of the shares.

Hopkins police hoping for tip to help solve year-old pedestrian hit-and-run

Police have few clues but believe longtime resident was struck by a dark SUV.

Hennepin County on track to pay off Target Field debt a decade earlier than expected

Construction of the $555 million ballpark included $350 million in funding from the county, plus private funding by the Pohlad family, owner of the Twins. The county planned to pay it off over 30 years, or by 2037, but now expects to pay the debt by 2027.

Driver who allegedly killed Wayzata officer on highway had cocaine in her system

The woman accused of hitting and killing a Wayzata police officer with her car in September had cocaine in her system at the time of…

Panel rules that material used in Orono mayoral campaign was illegal

Mayor Dennis Walsh won the election by 225 votes.