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If you have questions about a city news items, please call Jacque Larson, community relations manager, at 952.939.8207 or email jlarson@eminnetonka.com.

News stories

Photo contest entries due Friday, September 5
Posted July 29, 2014
The city of Minnetonka is once again hosting the annual photo contest in conjunction with the Fire Department and City Open House.
Vote Tuesday, August 12, in the state primary election
Posted July 24, 2014
Learn about the Tuesday, August 12, state primary election, which features both partisan and non-partisan races.
Learn about emerald ash borer August 13
Posted July 24, 2014
Join Minnetonka’s natural resources staff Wednesday, August 13, 3–7 p.m. at Gro Tonka Park for an interactive event about preparing for emerald ash borer.
Stay safe when using city trails and roads
Posted July 24, 2014
Minnetonka trails are shared by bicyclists, hikers, runners, walkers and dog walkers. Please respect the rights of others when using the trails and follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable trail experience.
Xcel offers rebate program for new AC
Posted July 24, 2014
Keep cool, calm and collecting rebates as you beat the heat this summer.
Act now to prevent deer damage to trees
Posted July 24, 2014
If you frequently see deer in your yard, and you have a newly planted tree or a young tree with thin bark, protect it from mid-August to April with one of these options.
Sign up for new MyMinnetonka Updates account today!
Posted July 21, 2014
We recently released a new email subscription system: in order to continue receiving email updates, you will need to create a new account.
Need flood recovery assistance?
Posted July 3, 2014
Many individuals and households across Hennepin County have been affected by flooding and severe weather in recent weeks.
Summer Festival fireworks rescheduled to October 7
Posted July 3, 2014
Cancelled due to rain on June 28, the Summer Festival fireworks have been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 7, at 8 p.m.
Bees and butterflies walk August 6
Posted July 3, 2014
Join local author Heather Holm for a bees and butterfly walk Wednesday, August 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Lone Lake Park.
Enjoy summer with water safety tips
Posted July 3, 2014
Whether you have a boat or a backyard pool or are enjoying a beach, the following tips will help keep you safe in and around water.
Arbor Day planting at Spring Hill Park
Posted July 3, 2014
Gatewood Elementary School fourth-grade students celebrated Arbor Day at Spring Hill Park, where they learned about trees and proper tree planting from city of Minnetonka natural resources staff.
Xcel Energy conducting tree trimming in Minnetonka
Posted July 3, 2014
Starting in early July, Xcel Energy will be conducting vegetation management along its transmission corridor in Minnetonka and adjacent communities.
July closures planned for I-394 westbound ramps to Ridgedale Drive, Plymouth Road in Minnetonka
Posted July 3, 2014
Two temporary closures of I-394 westbound ramps in Minnetonka will affect motorists in the upcoming weeks.
Applications available for 2015 nonprofit funding
Posted July 1, 2014
Nonprofit funding applications are due September 12, 2014.
Protecting our lakes for the future
Posted June 26, 2014
Protecting the health of lakes into the future means keeping a few guidelines in mind whether you live on a lake, live near a lake, or just enjoy visiting local lakes for some summer enjoyment.
Join Minnetonka Night for Neighbors
Posted June 19, 2014
On Tuesday, August 5, from 6–9 p.m., residents in Minnetonka and across the nation will lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors.
What about BOB?
Posted June 19, 2014
Updated Friday, June 20, 2014
If you have a bur oak, you should know about BOB—bur oak blight, a relatively new disease caused by a fungus affecting only bur oaks.
Use nature’s free mulch
Posted June 19, 2014
As you work in your woods, consider nature’s great recycling process and the benefits of keeping some logs, branches and plant debris such as leaves.
Water, mulch now for healthy evergreens
Posted June 12, 2014
Be proactive by keeping your trees and shrubs well watered during the summer when plants have the greatest need. Follow these tips.
Fall recreation brochure online; registration starts August 4
Posted June 12, 2014
Updated Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The 2014 Recreation Services fall brochure is now available on the Recreation Brochure page. It won’t be mailed to homes. Registration for residents starts August 4 and for non-residents August 18.
Ditch your old fridge and get cash back
Posted June 10, 2014
Cash in on those old, working, inefficient secondary refrigerators and freezers chugging away in the basement or garage and get cash back through Xcel Energy’s popular Refrigerator Recycling Program.
About the Sojourner Project
Posted June 5, 2014
For more than 30 years, Sojourner Project has been working in the communities of western Hennepin County to increase the safety of victims of domestic violence through shelter, advocacy, safety planning and community education. In 2013, Sojourner served 262 victims of domestic violence in Minnetonka.
Rules for solicitors, peddlers and canvassers
Posted June 5, 2014
Solicitors, peddlers and canvassers must follow these rules in Minnetonka.
Farmers’ Market starts July 1
Posted June 5, 2014
The Minnetonka Farmers’ Market returns for its sixth season starting July 1 and continuing every Tuesday, 3–7 p.m., through September 30.
Burwell House open for tours
Posted June 5, 2014
Updated Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Charles H. Burwell House, located at 13209 E. McGinty Road, Minnetonka, is open through August 30 for the 2014 tour season.
Music in the Park performances Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Posted June 5, 2014
Updated Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Concerts are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and feature area performers playing a wide variety of music. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment for the whole family.
Absentee voting underway
Posted June 5, 2014
Updated Thursday, July 10, 2014
This year’s state primary election is Tuesday, August 12, and absentee ballots are now available.
Unsafe paddling conditions on Minnehaha Creek
Posted May 21, 2014
Updated Monday, June 2, 2014
Due to high, fast-moving water, downed trees and other debris, Minnehaha Creek is not safe for paddling until further notice.
Canoe trips on Minnehaha Creek remain suspended until at least August 8
Posted May 7, 2014
Updated Thursday, July 17, 2014
Note: Due to continued high water on Minnehaha Creek, canoe trips are suspended until at least the weekend of August 8–10. Please check back the week of August 4 for more information..
Enjoy arts in the park this summer
Posted May 8, 2014
Updated Monday, May 12, 2014
Gather at the Minnetonka Civic Center’s outdoor amphitheater, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, for music and movies and theater this summer.
Minnetonka named a Tree City USA
Posted May 7, 2014
For the 20th consecutive year, the city of Minnetonka has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.
Emerald ash borer: should you treat your trees or remove them?
Posted April 29, 2014
Emerald ash borer (EAB) has not been found in Minnetonka, but if you own an ash tree, it's time to think about your options.
Home repair, first-time homebuyer loans available
Posted April 29, 2014
If you’re looking for money to make repairs or improvements to your home, or are a first-time homebuyer who needs money for a down payment or closing costs, the city has a program for you!
Minnetonka’s shade tree disease control program starts June 2
Posted April 29, 2014
Beginning June 2, tree inspectors certified by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will survey the entire city, looking for trees showing signs of Dutch elm or oak wilt diseases. If you see a diseased tree, report it.
Who’s responsible for boulevard trees?
Posted April 24, 2014
Residents often ask who is responsible for boulevard trees—the city or residents?
Stay safe with these bike helmet tips
Posted April 24, 2014
Follow these helmet tips to stay safe while pedaling.
Train for a triathlon at Williston Center
Posted April 24, 2014
Williston Fitness Center offers “Try a Triathlon,” a 12-week program that will provide participants with the knowledge and base fitness necessary to unite the disciplines of swimming, biking and running. Program runs June 9–August 27.
Know your smoke, carbon monoxide alarms
Posted April 24, 2014
Learn about some general guidelines that pertain to most smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers regardless of the manufacturer.
Join a youth choir for grades 2 to 12
Posted April 24, 2014
Music Association of Minnetonka (MAM) youth choirs offer high-quality vocal training for children in grades 2 to 12.
2013 Minnetonka drinking water report now available
Posted April 24, 2014
The city of Minnetonka is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2013.
Register for June Summer Festival events
Posted April 17, 2014
Learn how to register for events held as part of Minnetonka Summer Festival Saturday, set for June 28, including the 8k race, softball tournament and children’s tot trot.
Emerald ash borer and extreme cold
Posted April 8, 2014
Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The days of extreme cold this winter likely killed off some of the emerald ash borer population, but many beetles will survive and reproduce.
An update on pothole patching
Posted April 8, 2014
City crews have been out pothole patching as weather permits since mid-March.
Take the bus to Twins home games
Posted April 8, 2014
Why drive to Target Field when you can take an easy ride instead? Avoid downtown parking and take an express ride from Minnetonka to the ballpark!
Protecting ash trees and pollinators
Posted April 3, 2014
Although emerald ash borer (EAB) has not yet been found in Minnetonka, many homeowners are opting to protect their trees due to the city’s close proximity to nearby infested sites. If you are planning to use any of the homeowner formulations on your ash trees, please protect pollinators by following these guidelines.
More trees and shrubs to delight pollinators
Posted April 3, 2014
All trees and shrubs will produce more flowers and fruit when planted in full sun. Many can tolerate partial shade.
Plant these wildflowers to attract pollinators to your garden
Posted April 3, 2014
Want to attract pollinators? These herbaceous wildflowers will do the trick.
Give these non-native invasive wildflowers the heave-ho
Posted April 3, 2014
The following non-native invasive species are commonly found growing wild in Minnetonka.
Pollinators are important—help them thrive in your yard
Posted April 3, 2014
Most people think of bees when they think of pollinators, but native pollinators also include wasps, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, beetles, ants, flies and bats.
Keep leaves and yard waste out of street
Posted April 3, 2014
Please remember: don’t blow or rake leaves, grass clippings, or other yard wastes or debris into the street while attending to home and yard care chores
Brush drop-off open
Posted March 27, 2014
Updated Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The brush drop-off program for Minnetonka residents is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Mondays and Tuesdays from noon to 8 p.m.
Help monitor the city’s wetlands
Posted March 27, 2014
Interested in volunteering to monitor the health of Minnetonka’s wetlands?
Work begins on I-394 Ridgedale ramp
Posted March 20, 2014
Construction starts soon on a westbound I-394 bridge on-ramp at Ridgedale Drive.
Concerned about frozen water pipes?
Posted February 28, 2014
Updated Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Minnetonka Public Works offers some information about frozen water pipes.
All about 9-1-1: Tips from city dispatchers
Posted February 27, 2014
Minnetonka’s public safety dispatch center shares these tips with you for effectively using 9-1-1.
Apply now for a watershed grant
Posted February 27, 2014
The Nine Mile Creek and the Minnehaha Creek watershed districts offer financial assistance for efforts that protect and improve water resources and natural resources within their districts.
How to hire a quality tree care company
Posted February 20, 2014
Find some quick tips to help you find the best tree company for your needs.
Keep your natural gas meter clear of snow
Posted February 19, 2014
Updated Thursday, February 20, 2014
Xcel Energy reminds you it’s important for your safety to clear your natural gas meter of snow and ice.
Register in March for summer recreation program
Posted February 13, 2014
Mark your calendar! The summer edition of the recreation services brochure will be mailed to Minnetonka and Hopkins residents the last week in February.
Boat slips available
Posted February 13, 2014
The city is accepting applications from Minnetonka residents to fill vacant Gray’s Bay Marina boat slips for 2014.
Sign up for home organics collection
Posted February 13, 2014
If you’re interested in home organics collection, two refuse haulers offer this service in Minnetonka: Randy’s Sanitation and Recycling and Vintage Waste Systems, Inc.
Looking for animal tracks in the snow
Posted February 6, 2014
Winter is a great time to get outdoors and look for animal tracks in the snow. Follow this field guide for animal tracking.
Legacy bur oak in Kelly Park is a little known Minnetonka treasure
Posted February 6, 2014
The magnificent old bur oak, which stands in Kelly Park, is likely 300 years old.
Adopt-a-spot volunteers needed in many Minnetonka parks
Posted February 6, 2014
Volunteers are needed to adopt areas in the following parks, where the majority of the big and bulky restoration work has been completed: Big Willow, Minnetonka Mills, Civic Center, Jidana, Lone Lake, Purgatory and Victoria-Evergreen parks.
Outdoor ice rinks close February 17
Posted February 6, 2014
Skating rinks with warming houses are available through February 17, weather permitting at 14 parks in Minnetonka and Hopkins.
City conducts inventory of 4,000 trees in parks, public lands
Posted February 6, 2014
More than 4,000 trees in the maintained areas of parks and city properties were counted, identified, measured and evaluated for conditions in a comprehensive tree inventory in 2010 and 2013
Ride the Williston shuttle, earn free money!
Posted February 5, 2014
Updated Wednesday, February 19, 2014
New! After reviewing recent use of the shuttle service, Williston is extending the hours of the shuttle service on Mondays and Fridays, from 7:30–11:30 a.m., and adding Saturday service from 9 a.m. to noon, effective Friday, February 21.
Floor hockey, teen paintball offered
Posted January 23, 2014
Looking for some February fun? You can sign up your preschooler for floor hockey, your teen for a paintball trip and much more!
Become an election judge this year
Posted January 23, 2014
Serving as an election judge is a great way to meet your neighbors and protect one of our most cherished freedoms—the right to vote.
Pets and parks: Learn rules for leashes
Posted January 23, 2014
Follow these rules for pets in city parks to ensure you don’t end up in the doghouse with your fellow park users.
Tips for successful city curbside recycling
Posted January 23, 2014
Updated Friday, February 7, 2014
It’s been two years since the city switched to single-sort wheeled carts for curbside recycling, along with bi-weekly collection. In 2013, residents recycled 5,316 tons through the curbside and drop-off program! Read on for some updates and tips on the recycling program.
Keep your water meter, pipes warm
Posted January 23, 2014
In extreme cold temperatures, it’s important to be sure the water meter and water pipes located inside your home don’t freeze, which could lead to a burst meter or pipes and water in your home.
Learn how to prune your young tree
Posted January 16, 2014
Updated Tuesday, April 29, 2014
View presentation slides from the February 27 workshop on the basics of formative pruning for small trees.
Keep garbage, recycling containers out of the street to allow plowing
Posted January 16, 2014
You can help out city plow drivers by making sure that garbage and recycling containers are placed at the end of driveways and not in the street on collection days—especially when snow is predicted.
Stay safe during the winter months
Posted January 9, 2014
Stay safe this winter by following a few simple guidelines.
Follow these fireplace safety tips
Posted January 9, 2014
Be sure to keep your fire in the fireplace with these helpful safety tips.
Free program can help your small business
Posted January 2, 2014
The Minnetonka Open to Business program provides free one-on-one assistance from expert staff, customized to meet the needs of small business owners and operators.
Minnetonka Police Capt. Jeff Sebenaler appointed successor to retiring police chief
Posted December 29, 2013
Updated Friday, January 10, 2014
City Manager Geralyn Barone has appointed Minnetonka Police Department Captain Jeff Sebenaler as police chief effective June 1, 2014. Capt. Sebenaler will succeed current Police Chief Mark Raquet, who is retiring effective May 31, 2014.
Sign up for picnic shelters starting Jan. 6
Posted December 26, 2013
Thinking ahead to summer group activities at a Minnetonka or Hopkins park? Picnic shelter reservation requests will be accepted starting January 6.
Thank you to Minnetonka’s 2013 natural resources volunteers
Posted December 26, 2013
The Natural Resources staff at Minnetonka Public Works thanks the many volunteers who contributed many, many hours in 2013 to help with more than 100 habitat restoration and water quality projects.
Sperbers donate hundreds of volunteer hours to Purgatory Park
Posted December 26, 2013
Bill and Renate Sperber have lived in Minnetonka and enjoyed Purgatory Park for 40 years. They’ve biked, run and walked the trails and footpaths hundreds of times and know the park personally. In 2010, they decided to give back to the park they say feels like an extension of their own yard.
Disposing of your Christmas tree
Posted December 26, 2013
Not sure what to do with your Christmas tree now that the holidays are over?
Minnetonka Police Chief Mark Raquet announces retirement
Posted December 19, 2013
Updated Friday, January 10, 2014
Mark Raquet, chief of police for the city of Minnetonka since January 1, 2007, has announced his decision to retire effective May 31, 2014.
Temporary appointment named to Ward 4 city council seat
Posted December 17, 2013
Updated Friday, January 10, 2014
In December, the Minnetonka City Council appointed former Minnetonka Mayor Tim Bergstedt to temporarily fill the Ward 4 council seat, held since 2007 by James Hiller.
Municipal utility fee adjustments effective January 1
Posted December 17, 2013
Updated Friday, January 10, 2014
In December, the Minnetonka City Council adjusted municipal utility (water, sewer, recycling, and storm water) fees effective January 1, 2014.
2014 official newspaper selected
Posted December 17, 2013
Updated Friday, January 10, 2014
The Lakeshore Weekly News has been selected as Minnetonka’s official newspaper for 2014.
Recycle your holiday lights
Posted December 16, 2013
Drop off unwanted light strings at any of the Recycling Association of Minnesota’s many participating locations during the holiday season starting November 15 through the end of January each year.
Reducing salt use and keeping streets safe
Posted December 5, 2013
The city of Minnetonka is very concerned about its own salt use in its winter maintenance operation and has been recognized as a leader in incorporating salt reduction strategies.
Remember Route 614 this winter
Posted December 5, 2013
Looking for an easier way to get around for holiday shopping? Want to avoid driving on snow and ice? Bus Route 614 provides weekday and Saturday service from southwest Minnetonka to the Ridgedale area.
2014 levy results in city property tax stability for average home
Posted November 27, 2013
The 2014 adopted preliminary city tax increase of 2.87 percent, adopted by the city council in September, is held beneath the 3 percent levy cap imposed by the state legislature largely as a result of the savings from the new state sales tax exemption. The budget for non-personnel operating costs is held to 2013 levels.
News from Williston Fitness Center
Posted November 27, 2013
Stay up to date on the latest news from the Williston Center via Facebook—just search “Williston Fitness Center” on Facebook and click the like button to stay informed. Here’s what’s new for 2014!
Don’t hibernate this winter; enjoy these activities
Posted November 27, 2013
Updated Monday, December 2, 2013
Hopkins-Minnetonka Recreation Services offers a variety of fun activities to get you and your family through the long winter months.
Glen Lake Golf Course now open for cross country skiing
Posted November 27, 2013
Updated Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The Glen Lake Golf Course is now open for cross country skiing through March 7, weather permitting.
Outdoor skating rinks open December 21
Posted November 27, 2013
Skating rinks with warming houses are available at eight Minnetonka park locations. Weather permitting, rinks will open Saturday, Dec. 21, and will remain open until Monday, Feb. 17.
Protect seniors and yourself from fraud
Posted November 27, 2013
Follow these tips from the Minnetonka Police Department so you or a loved one doesn’t become a victim of fraud.
Stay safe this winter with these quick tips
Posted November 27, 2013
The Minnetonka Fire Department’s “What if?” program offers the following tips to stay safe this winter.
Winter energy tips
Posted November 21, 2013
Water and energy conservation don’t end when winter begins. By changing your household habits, you can save money and stay “wintergreen” throughout the chilly months.
Enjoy a winter concert with MAM
Posted November 21, 2013
Enjoy a variety of concerts throughout the winter season.
Volunteer with Minnetonka Police Reserves
Posted November 21, 2013
The Minnetonka Police Department maintains a police reserve unit of volunteer men and women who provide support services to the residents of Minnetonka and members of the police department. The Police Reserve program is a way for community members to learn how the Minnetonka Police Department works, and also provides experience to students who are beginning to train for careers in law enforcement.
Apply for Gray’s Bay Marina slips
Posted November 21, 2013
Updated Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Starting at 8 a.m. Monday, December 2, the city began accepting applications from Minnetonka residents to fill vacant boat slips. Once the slips are filled, applicants will be placed on a waitlist for future boat slip vacancies at Gray’s Bay Marina.
Be prepared for the snow season
Posted November 21, 2013
Don’t get left out in the cold! Read through these top tips for snow removal in Minnetonka.
Caution: Shady Oak Lake open water/thin ice this winter
Posted November 18, 2013
The city of Minnetonka will be installing and operating an aeration system in Shady Oak Lake, starting December 3, 2013, that will create open water and thin ice around the dock structure in the water.
Former Minnetonka city attorney receives public service award
Posted November 14, 2013
Desyl Peterson, who served as Minnetonka’s city attorney from 1984 until her retirement in May 2013, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Women in Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award by Hamline University’s Center for Public Administration and Leadership.
Follow @MinnetonkaMN for snow removal info
Posted November 7, 2013
Follow the city on Twitter @MinnetonkaMN for up-to-the minute information about snow removal efforts during this winter’s snowstorms.
Minnetonka voters re-elect Schneider, Acomb, Allendorf to city council
Posted November 5, 2013
Updated Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The municipal general election was held Tuesday, Nov. 5. Re-elected to office were incumbents Mayor Terry Schneider and At Large Councilmembers Patty Acomb and Dick Allendorf.
Preliminary property tax levy adopted
Posted October 31, 2013
Updated Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The 2014 adopted preliminary city tax increase of 2.87 percent, adopted by the city council in September, is held beneath the 3 percent levy cap imposed by the state legislature largely as a result of the savings from the new state sales tax exemption. The budget for non-personnel operating costs is held to 2013 levels.
Reduce your (outdoor) salt use this winter
Posted October 31, 2013
Use these strategies to help protect our waters and to prevent winter water pollution.
Just for Kids: How animals survive the winter
Posted October 23, 2013
Minnesota is a tough place for creatures to survive a harsh winter, but many have figured out unique ways to make it through this dark time of the year.
Pick up after pets
Posted October 23, 2013
Did you know that pet waste left on lawns, sidewalks, and even in the woods can wash into lakes, creeks, and wetlands, carrying bacteria and nutrients with it that can promote the growth of weeds and algae and pollute waters?
Watch for deer on roads this time of year
Posted October 23, 2013
Minnesota’s a large deer population makes them safety hazards on the road all year but deer-vehicle crashes increase in early to mid-November when herds are most active.
Nominate a young person for a Caring Youth award
Posted October 22, 2013
Updated Tuesday, December 17, 2013
If you know a young person in grades 7 through 12 who shows an ongoing awareness of others through volunteering or other activities, consider nominating him or her for a 2014 Caring Youth Award.
Registration closes for 2014 Citizen Academy; waitlist available
Posted October 17, 2013
Updated Monday, December 30, 2013
Available spaces for the 2014 Citizen Academy have filled ahead of the posted January 10 deadline. If you are still interested in attending the Citizen Academy, you can be placed on a waitlist for the program.
Ten tips to stay safe from fire in your home
Posted October 17, 2013
Stay safe with these ten tips from the National Fire Prevention Association.
Search permit records online
Posted October 17, 2013
You can now search for permits, inspection results and scheduled permit inspections, dating back to 1988, for all Minnetonka properties.
Don’t Veer for Deer
Posted October 10, 2013
Follow these suggestions from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Public Safety and Transportation to avoid deer crashes.
2013 Minnetonka Photo Contest winners announced
Posted October 10, 2013
Updated Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ninety entries were received for this year’s city of Minnetonka photo contest, held in conjunction with the October Fire Department and City Open House.
Dispose of yard waste properly
Posted October 3, 2013
Proper disposal of yard waste is one of the easiest ways to protect water resources.
A reminder about recreational fires
Posted October 3, 2013
As a reminder, all recreational fires (campfires) within the city of Minnetonka require a burning permit from the city, available on the Recreational Fire Permits page.
Open to Business program can help you
Posted October 3, 2013
The Minnetonka Open to Business program, a collaboration between the city and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), is ready to help.
Minnetonka Night for Neighbors has another successful year
Posted October 3, 2013
This year’s Minnetonka Night for Neighbors had 175 registered events with 8,878 residents participating (6,075 adults and 2,807 children).
Take advantage of nature’s free mulch
Posted September 26, 2013
Help reverse troubling trends by enjoying nature’s free mulch—here’s how.
Apply for home repair, home buyer loans
Posted September 26, 2013
The city might be able to help you with home repair and first-time home buyer loans through its Minnetonka Home Enhancement and Welcome to Minnetonka programs.
City Council adopts 2014 preliminary property tax levy below state limit
Posted September 19, 2013
Updated Wednesday, November 13, 2013
In September, the Minnetonka City Council adopted a preliminary 2.87 percent increase in the city property tax, below the 3 percent levy cap imposed by the state legislature for 2014.
Crime Alert: Scam Prevention Tips
Posted September 19, 2013
In recent weeks the Minnetonka Police Department has received several reports involving victims that have been swindled out of their money or attempts to be swindled. These types of crimes vary in tactics but there are signs that indicate when someone is trying to take your money illegally.
A reminder about home fire safety
Posted September 12, 2013
It’s back-to-school time, and the Minnetonka Fire Department’s “What If?” public educators want to remind you of some fire and life safety basics.
Follow these tips to keep kids safe in cars
Posted September 12, 2013
Follow these guidelines to ensure the safest approach to securing the youngest members of your family while transporting them in a vehicle.
Chamber Choir earns raves at music festival
Posted September 12, 2013
During the recent 2013 Festival 500 International Music Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, the Music Association of Minnetonka’s (MAM) Chamber Choir was recognized for excellence in musical performance.
Williston Center is now on Facebook
Posted September 5, 2013
Williston Fitness Center members and fans, now you can stay up-to-date on all the latest news by following Williston’s Facebook page.
Keep watering trees, shrubs through fall
Posted August 22, 2013
If rain isn’t providing enough moisture, supplemental watering is necessary.
Sponsor a 2014 Music in the Park concert
Posted August 22, 2013
Learn how your business can sponsor a concert and be part of Music in the Park.
Minnetonka won’t receive state aid in 2014
Posted August 22, 2013
You may have heard quite a bit lately about state aid to cities, or Local Government Aid (LGA), affecting some cities’ proposed property tax levies for 2014.
Minnetonka named a 2013 Google eCity
Posted August 22, 2013
Minnetonka has been named the 2013 Google eCity of Minnesota.
Phones, tablets and more: eminnetonka.com refresh!
Posted August 22, 2013
To make sure eminnetonka.com is easy to use whether you are on the go, on your couch or at your desk, we recently refreshed the design of our site.
Emerald ash borer presentation slides now available online
Posted August 19, 2013
Updated Wednesday, September 11, 2013
View presentation slides from an open house about Emerald ash borer that was held August 7, 2013.
August 13 primary election results announced
Posted August 14, 2013
Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Patty Acomb and Brian Grogan were the top two vote getters in the August 13 Municipal Primary for the Council Member At Large Seat B.
Just for Kids Nature News: The Magic of Fireflies
Posted August 8, 2013
Plenty of summer remains to enjoy the magic of fireflies and learn more about these intriguing beetles. Find out how the firefly gets its glow, and what the flashing patterns mean.
Garden club minds city flowers
Posted August 8, 2013
This year, Minnetonka’s Community Garden Club volunteered to plant and maintain more than 1,500 flowers and grasses in eight beds and 40 pots in many city locations.
Use your firewood at home
Posted August 6, 2013
As tempting as it may be to haul firewood to a cabin, there is a state-imposed quarantine prohibiting firewood from leaving Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
A word about protecting water resources
Posted August 1, 2013
Anything deposited into or adjacent to a wetland can affect its ability to function, and wetlands are often connected to other water resources such as ponds, lakes and creeks. Protect these valuable resources with these simple tips.
Prevent deer damage to young trees
Posted August 1, 2013
Protect your young trees from the shredding effects of deer antlers by placing guards on trees from mid-August to April every year, especially if you frequently see deer in your yard.
Minnetonka adds new bus route Aug. 24
Posted July 25, 2013
Updated Monday, August 19, 2013
Starting August 24, Minnetonka will have a new bus route to provide weekday and Saturday service from southwest Minnetonka to the Ridgedale area.
Prevent flooding by clearing storm drains
Posted July 25, 2013
With the increased frequency and intensity of storm events it’s important to keep the catch basins and storm drains in your neighborhood free of debris.
What about BOB (bur oak blight)?
Posted July 25, 2013
If you have bur oaks, be on the lookout for BOB—bur oak blight.
Pick up after your pet: Time to SCOOP!
Posted July 25, 2013
Pick up after your pet. You’ve heard it before, and hopefully you know you should do it, but we all need a reminder occasionally.
Try out the new online crime map
Posted July 11, 2013
The Minnetonka Police Department now offers a new online map that shows crime data in the city, and allows residents to sign up to be alerted to crimes in their area.
Everyone can help protect Minnesota’s lakes
Posted July 3, 2013
Here’s how you can help keep our waters clean!
Minnetonka is “Open to Business”
Posted July 3, 2013
If you are a small business owner, Minnetonka’s Open to Business program is ready to assist you.
Keep water safety in mind this summer
Posted June 27, 2013
Whether you’re boating, have a pool in your backyard or enjoy any of Minnesota’s summer lake beaches, the following tips will help keep you and your family safe around water.
Help your trees thrive this summer with these watering tips
Posted June 27, 2013
Get your trees off to a great start this summer by following these tips.
Controlling the Japanese beetle
Posted June 27, 2013
The Japanese beetle, which usually appears in early July, is a serious pest of turf and more than 300 species of plants and trees. Try these control methods.
What’s wrong with my ash tree?
Posted June 5, 2013
Due to this spring’s cool, wet weather, the leaf fungus ash anthracnose has become a prevalent issue.
Make your summer picture perfect with these safety tips
Posted May 30, 2013
Follow these tips from the Minnetonka Fire Department’s What If? public educators to ensure your summer fun doesn’t go down in flames.
Pedestrian safety tips
Posted May 30, 2013
Help ensure safety of pedestrians by following these simple tips.
Stop thief! Unhand those wildflowers
Posted May 8, 2013
A thief has recently dug up and taken a large quantity of rare wildflowers from Minnetonka’s Big Willow Park. Here’s how you can help.
Memorial Day delays grey week recycling
Posted May 2, 2013
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, will delay the grey week recycling collection areas by one day.
Preparing for the arrival of Emerald Ash Borer in Minnetonka
Posted April 29, 2013
Every year since the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in St. Paul and at the Fort Snelling Golf Course, EAB has been creeping closer to Minnetonka’s forests.
Summer skating lessons start June 10
Posted April 25, 2013
Summer skating lessons for both children and adults are held Monday evenings June 10–July 29 at the Minnetonka Ice Arena.
Hosting a summer party? Plan for parking!
Posted April 25, 2013
If you’re planning an event that will bring large numbers of vehicles to your neighborhood, you might consider applying for a temporary parking permit.
Dispose of flammable rags, cloths properly
Posted April 25, 2013
The “What if?” public education program suggests these tips to stay safe.
Police advisory: Robbery of person and theft involving Craigslist and other classified advertising occurring in Minneapolis
Posted April 4, 2013
The Minneapolis Police Department has noticed a trend of victims from western suburbs being lured into Minneapolis when responding to ads
Rain gardens provide big water benefits for a small investment
Posted March 28, 2013
Rain gardens are a great way to reduce stormwater runoff before it reaches lakes, creeks, and wetlands, while also beautifying your yard.
Fire alarm fee reminder
Posted March 28, 2013
The Minnetonka Fire Department is still primarily a paid-on-call fire department, and it costs money to report to false fire alarms.
Take steps to prevent flooding
Posted March 28, 2013
Minnetonka Fire has some tips to prepare your home for spring and prevent flooding, storm or fire damage at your home or business.
Reminder: fire extinguisher recycling available
Posted March 28, 2013
Expired or empty residential fire extinguishers can be dropped off at the Minnetonka Fire Department, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m
Take care with recreational fires
Posted March 28, 2013
As spring approaches, please be very careful with recreational fires.
Help monitor the city’s wetlands
Posted March 27, 2013
Want to wade in a wetland and discover the plants and animals that live in the murky shallows?
The benefits of native grasses to landscapes
Posted March 27, 2013
You can help restore native grasses to the landscape too!
Be aware of coal-tar sealant hazards
Posted March 27, 2013
Updated Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Coal-tar seal coat is a type of sealant used to maintain and protect driveway and parking lot asphalt pavement.
Five ways to protect area water quality
Posted March 27, 2013
Follow these five quick and easy tips to protect water quality in your neighborhood.
Seeing the community forest for the trees
Posted March 27, 2013
Learn what can you do to ensure that Minnetonka’s forest and waters remain healthy.
Keep pollutants out of the storm drain
Posted March 27, 2013
Disposing of chemicals in the street or storm drain is harmful to our water resources and is illegal.
Stop pruning oaks
Posted March 27, 2013
April marks the time oak tree pruning should end, in order to avoid fatal oak wilt disease.
An update about Emerald ash borer
Posted March 27, 2013
The most recent, and nearest find to Minnetonka, was on February 1, 2013, in Lakewood Cemetery near Lake Calhoun.
Support Minnetonka crime prevention fund
Posted March 21, 2013
Each year, a quarter of Minnetonka households and businesses will receive a mailing about donating to the Minnetonka Crime Fund. The first of these mailings will go out this April.
Tree pruning and oak wilt
Posted February 28, 2013
If you have oaks and want to avoid oak wilt disease, the rule of thumb has always been to finish your pruning between April 1 and 15, but it’s important to note that this date can change each year depending on the type of winter we have
Seniors, play tennis at Williston Center
Posted February 27, 2013
Even if you’re rusty and haven’t been on the court for a while, don’t be afraid to give tennis a try again!
Need a new furnace or household repairs?
Posted February 27, 2013
In order to help Minnetonka residents who may need a new furnace or other household repairs, the city is offering a 1% interest rate loan for up to $15,000.
Landline phones and calling 911
Posted February 27, 2013
The Minnetonka Fire Department public educators want you to be aware that only landline phones give the address to the 911 dispatcher when a caller makes a 911 call.
Protect your mail, protect your identity
Posted February 27, 2013
Protect your mail by following these steps.
Provide input to the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission
Posted February 25, 2013
Residents and businesses can air their thoughts and concerns through a quick and easy online surveyor at a Bassett Creek Watershed Summit scheduled for 7 p.m., June 13, 2013, at the Plymouth City Hall.
Recycle or opt out of telephone directories
Posted February 7, 2013
Updated Wednesday, March 20, 2013
In addition to recycling phone books as part of Minnetonka's curbside recycling program, you can adjust or eliminate the delivery of phone books to your home.
Attend an April tour guide open house
Posted January 31, 2013
Attend an April tour guide open house
2013 Reflections Award winner honored
Posted January 17, 2013
Updated Thursday, March 21, 2013
2013 Reflections Award winner honored by city council
Fire department offers free bystander CPR classes
Posted January 17, 2013
Take a free bystander CPR class Thursdays, Feb. 14, March 14 and April 11.
Williston offers parking shuttle Saturdays, Mondays
Posted January 17, 2013
To relieve parking congestion, Williston Center offers a parking shuttle service Saturday mornings and Monday evenings.
Make crime prevention your resolution
Posted January 3, 2013
If increased safety is on your to-do list for 2013, consider making the following resolutions.
Help Minnetonka firefighters by adopting a hydrant
Posted January 3, 2013
Help keep Minnetonka's fire hydrants accessible.
Beware of door-to-door water testing offers
Posted December 27, 2012
Updated Monday, April 1, 2013
Beware of private companies offering door-to-door tap water testing.
Store your trash, recycling carts
Posted November 29, 2012
A reminder that city ordinance requires all trash and recycling bins to be stored out of public view, either inside a garage or behind a screened enclosure, except for the evening before and the day of trash and/or recycling collection.
Special thanks to Minnetonka’s 2012 natural resources volunteers
Posted November 29, 2012
Updated Thursday, December 6, 2012
The natural resources staff at Minnetonka Public Works thanks the many volunteers who contributed more than 1,200 hours to assist with more than 100 habitat restoration and water quality projects in 2012.
2013 modest levy increase results in city property tax decrease for average home
Posted November 29, 2012
Updated Thursday, December 27, 2012
The city is proposing a 1.5 percent increase in the property tax levy, which will lower city property taxes next year for median valued homes in Minnetonka. Minnetonka residents and property owners are invited to participate in the city’s annual budget hearing, set for Monday, Dec. 3.
Home repair, home buyer loans available
Posted November 28, 2012
If you’re looking for that perfect starter home, the city offers a “Welcome to Minnetonka” program for first-time homebuyers. The Home Enhancement program offers a lower-interest loan for home maintenance and energy improvements.
Stay safe this winter: prevent fire hazards
Posted November 28, 2012
Minnetonka firefighters don’t want to be unexpected guests at your holiday celebrations—so please follow these tips to stay safe this winter season!
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon meeting January 31, 7-9 p.m.
Posted November 28, 2012
Updated Thursday, January 31, 2013
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a statewide program designed to establish and create awareness of a support network of agencies, organizations and resources that can meet the needs of service members, military families and employers in Minnesota.
Be prepared for the snow season
Posted November 28, 2012
Updated Thursday, December 13, 2012
Be sure to follow the city on Twitter (@MinnetonkaMN) to receive the latest updates on snow removal during winter storms.
Reducing salt use while keeping streets safe
Posted November 28, 2012
Learn how the city of Minnetonka is incorporating salt reduction strategies in its winter maintenance operation in order to protect the water quality of lakes, creeks and wetland as well as how you can help.
City Council sets a 1.5% preliminary property tax levy
Posted October 25, 2012
Responsible long-term financial planning has placed the city of Minnetonka in an excellent position to accommodate the slow economic recovery, as well as federal and state political uncertainties.
Lower your winter salt diet for snow removal
Posted October 25, 2012
Use these strategies to prevent winter water pollution.
Stop at The Landing Shop for gift giving
Posted October 25, 2012
Looking for a unique gift? Stop by The Landing Shop for bird houses, kitchen items, home décor, baby items, quilts, books by local authors, handmade purses and more. Extended hours are available Nov. 26 through Dec. 22.
Stay safe with wood stoves, fireplaces
Posted October 25, 2012
The Minnetonka Fire Department wants you to stay safe, so please follow these tips to prevent unwanted fires.
Apply for the Minnetonka Police Reserve
Posted October 18, 2012
Learn how you can join the the Minnetonka Police Reserve, as an unarmed, uniformed assistant to the Minnetonka Police Department in a variety of functions, from performing community service tasks to assisting during natural disasters and other emergencies.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement  for Southwest Transitway released
Posted October 12, 2012
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was released for the proposed Southwest LRT line on October 12.
2012 photo contest results now available
Posted October 11, 2012
Updated Wednesday, November 28, 2012
About 175 entries were received for this year’s city of Minnetonka photo contest, held in conjunction with the October Fire Department and City Open House.
Do you know what to throw? Take a quiz to find out!
Posted September 17, 2012
Do you know what to throw and what to recycle? Visit www.recyclehalf.com to take a short online quiz to test your recycling knowledge.
Every curb is a shoreline
Posted September 17, 2012
This fall, remember that storm drains are connected to ponds, creeks and wetlands.
Wrestling with yard waste this autumn?
Posted September 17, 2012
Branches, leaves, grass clippings—from spring through fall, the question of what to do with all that yard waste is an ongoing dilemma.
Keep guns safe from children
Posted September 17, 2012
If you own a gun, and there are children in your home, please follow these guidelines.
Stay safe when using city trails and roads
Posted September 17, 2012
Minnetonka trails are shared by bicyclists, hikers, runners, walkers and dog walkers. Please respect the rights of others when using the trails, and follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable trail experience.
Minnetonka, University of Minnesota launch Resilient Communities Project
Posted September 14, 2012
Minnetonka elected officials, city staff and residents joined University of Minnesota academic leaders on September 14 to launch the Resilient Communities Project, an initiative that will bring the expertise of hundreds of graduate students and the University to sustainability-related projects identified by Minnetonka.
Join the Hennepin County Recycle Half Challenge
Posted August 30, 2012
By 2015, Hennepin County would like to see at least half of all the waste produced in the county recycled.
Leave your bad yard habits behind
Posted August 30, 2012
As the cooler days of fall arrive, you may start thinking about preparing your yard for winter.
Historical society hosts fall meeting
Posted August 30, 2012
Learn about Minnetonka pioneers Amos and Susan Gray, for whom Gray’s Bay is named, at a Minnetonka Historical Society program Tuesday, October 2.
Help support Music, Theater in the Park
Posted August 30, 2012
If you are a business or individual who would like to support this program to ensure its continuing quality, please consider a sponsorship of one or more performances!
City offers home improvement, home buyer loans
Posted August 29, 2012
Updated Thursday, December 27, 2012
The city is now accepting applications for two loan programs.
Minnetonka is Open to Business
Posted August 30, 2012
If you’re thinking of starting your own business, or if you already own a small business and want assistance in taking the next step, the Minnetonka Open to Business Program might be just what you need!
Crosswalk safety for drivers and pedestrians
Posted August 30, 2012
Now that school is back in session, it’s a good time to be reminded of how to use crosswalks properly, whether you are driving or walking. Both drivers and pedestrians share the responsibility to use caution and avoid accidents.
Perry Vetter named Minnetonka assistant city manager
Posted August 16, 2012
Updated Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Minnetonka City Manager Geralyn Barone announced today that Perry Vetter has been named assistant city manager/director of administrative services, effective August 30.
Registration open for winter ice skating lessons; sessions start September 11
Posted July 31, 2012
Updated Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Sign up for winter ice skating lessons with the Minnetonka Ice Arena’s All Season Skating School!
Ask Mike: The care and feeding of Minnetonka’s wetlands
Posted July 26, 2012
This month, with a little help from the city’s natural resource staff, Mike answers questions about wetlands.
Flashpoints from the Minnetonka Fire Department: August 2012
Posted July 26, 2012
Read updates from the Minnetonka Fire Department, including information on house addresses, the public education program, statistics, open house and fire alarm fees.
An update on emerald ash borer
Posted July 25, 2012
Learn more about the current status of Emerald Ash Borer in the area.
Take the Great Hennepin County “Recycle Half Challenge”
Posted July 25, 2012
Hennepin County residents, businesses and organizations create enough waste each year to fill Target Field 11 times, but only 38 percent of that waste is recycled. By 2015, Hennepin County would like to see half of all the waste produced in the county recycled instead
Prevent deer damage to your young trees
Posted July 25, 2012
If deer are frequent visitors in your yard, and you also have a recently planted tree, it’s important to protect your tree from mid-August through April with hardware cloth, welded wire or a plastic tree guard.
Pay your municipal utility bills online
Posted June 27, 2012
Now you can receive and pay your municipal utility bills (water and sewer) electronically. You can also choose to pay your bill online, either one time or on a recurring basis.
Host a summer birthday party at Williston Center
Posted June 27, 2012
Reserve your child’s party Monday through Thursday evening for the months of June, July and August and save money.
Minnetonka Reads: “The Red Umbrella”
Posted June 27, 2012
An adult-child book discussion is set for Tuesday, July 17, at 1 p.m. at the Ridgedale Library. Visit www.hclib.org to register.
Tips for sensible summer watering
Posted June 27, 2012
When rainfall is below an inch a week, trees and shrubs will benefit from summer watering.
Tired of weeding and watering? Mulch!
Posted June 27, 2012
If you’re tired of weeding and watering, try mulching trees and shrubs with wood-based materials like chipped or shredded wood or bark.
Enjoy these hot tips on going geothermal
Posted June 27, 2012
Geothermal is the new rage in home heating and cooling systems, but these systems are complicated and it’s important to do your homework before installation
Tips for protecting lakes from invasives
Posted June 27, 2012
Lake quality can be compromised by the spread of invasive plant and animal species, as well as by pollutants that enter the lake from stormwater runoff. Follow these tips to help ensure we continue to enjoy lakes for years to come.
Spotlight on aquatic invasives
Posted June 27, 2012
To protect the health and diversity of our lakes it’s essential to control the spread of invasive species like zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil.
City bids farewell to former city manager John Gunyou
Posted May 31, 2012
Updated Thursday, June 7, 2012
John Gunyou, who served as Minnetonka’s city manager since 2000, retired effective June 1.
News for Neighbors: June 2012
Posted May 31, 2012
Learn about happenings in the Minnetonka Police Department, including Minnetonka Night for Neighbors, a new police officer, Police Explorers, a reminder about the social host ordinance, curfew for minors and the Glen Lake Optimists Officer of the year.
Make sure to plan your summer birthday party at the Williston Treehouse!
Posted May 31, 2012
Climb the ladder to adventure at Williston Fitness Center’s Treehouse, an indoor play structure!
Planning a concrete driveway?
Posted May 31, 2012
If you are planning to install a concrete driveway this year, and the road you live on does not have concrete curb and gutter, Minnetonka Public Works reminds you to have the contractor end the concrete driveway two feet short of the road edge.
An update on the Upper Minnehaha Creek Corridor project
Posted May 31, 2012
The most visible improvements have taken place in Minnetonka Mills Park, surrounding the Burwell House.
Are you receiving “Twin Cities Value?”
Posted May 30, 2012
If you’re receiving a purple bag with ad circulars on your driveway or in your non-postal mailbox, and you don’t want the information, the city of Minnetonka wants you to know that you can opt out of the delivery.
Don’t let a fire be your fault
Posted May 30, 2012
The “What if?” public education program has some helpful safety tips for you to help prevent fires in and around your home:
Boy Scout builds outdoor flag stands
Posted May 30, 2012
When you visit your Minnetonka polling place this election season, take special note of the flag stands outside the entrance. They were built by Minnetonka resident Parker LaPlant as his Eagle Scout project.
Crime Alert: Jeffrey Boemer arrested
Posted May 21, 2012
Updated Thursday, June 14, 2012
On May 23, 2012 the Minnetonka Police Department issued a bulletin for an individual wanted in connection to several burglaries in Minnetonka. Minnetonka Police arrested Jeffrey Boemer in Minneapolis on June 13.
Yard care tips for clean water
Posted April 26, 2012
Follow these tips to maintain your yard and protect water resources.
Tips for handling spring animal concerns
Posted April 26, 2012
Spring often brings an increase in animal complaints to the Minnetonka Police Department. The most often-cited concern: turkeys and dogs at large.
Planning ahead for your mature tree
Posted April 26, 2012
It’s hard to visualize what a sapling will look like when it turns into a mighty tree, but try to keep these guidelines in mind to ensure you don’t become the owner of a one-sided or V-shaped tree.
Controlling pesky pine sawflies
Posted April 26, 2012
If you have pine trees in your yard, stay on the lookout for the pine sawfly.
News from the “What If?” public educators
Posted April 26, 2012
The “What If?” public educators at the Minnetonka Fire Department recommend the following to help prevent brush, grass and forest fires.
The basics of being a good neighbor
Posted April 25, 2012
Barking dogs, picking up after your pet, smoky campfires, possible hazard trees, trash or recycling containers left in public view, outside storage, and noise—these are some of the most common complaints expressed by Minnetonka residents about their neighbors.
Help protect the city’s water quality
Posted April 11, 2012
Want to help protect Minnetonka’s waters? Follow these tips!
Invite a child to help plant a tree
Posted April 11, 2012
Nurture the next generation of naturalists by inviting a child to help you plant a tree.
Multiple carts for pickup?
Posted April 11, 2012
Find guidelines for handling multiple carts at the curb for pick-up on the same day.
Flashpoints from the Minnetonka Fire Department: April 2012
Posted April 11, 2012
Updated Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Learn important information about recreational fires, fire extinguisher recycling and taking care with home projects.
A peek at Minnetonka’s past: Hwy. 7 & 101
Posted April 4, 2012
The place for teens to see and be seen in the 1960’s and early 1970’s was Snuffy’s, a drive-in hamburger joint located at the corner of Highway 7 and County Road 101 in Minnetonka.
Williston Center offers spring break programs
Posted March 1, 2012
Updated Thursday, March 22, 2012
Sign up for great activities at Williston Fitness Center, including spring break fun set for April 4–6!
How to avoid human or pet encounters with coyotes
Posted March 1, 2012
The Minnetonka Police Department frequently hears from residents who have questions about the various wildlife roaming Minnetonka’s natural areas, from deer to fox to turkeys and coyotes.
Ban bullies at your bird feeder
Posted February 22, 2012
Invasive European bird species can cause a problem for native birds by throwing their weight around bird feeders, nest boxes and natural cavities in trees, outcompeting the native species in their home territory.
Redistricting of U.S. Congressional and state legislative boundaries announced
Posted February 22, 2012
Updated Monday, April 23, 2012
The Minnesota Supreme Court-appointed redistricting panel recently issued the new U.S. Congressional and state legislative boundaries for Minnesota.
2012 Gray’s Bay Marina boat slip lottery winners announced
Posted February 17, 2012
Updated Tuesday, February 21, 2012
On Thursday, February 16, the city of Minnetonka held a lottery drawing for 2012 Gray’s Bay Marina boat slip vacancies and for the waiting list. Only Minnetonka residents were eligible for these slips.
Patty Acomb wins election for Minnetonka City Council At Large Seat B
Posted February 15, 2012
Updated Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Patty Acomb was declared the winner of the February 14 special election for Minnetonka City Council At Large Seat B.
Crime alert: Grandparent scam
Posted February 9, 2012
In the past two weeks there have been four reports to police of Minnetonka residents losing money to a telephone scam. This scam is referred to as “The Grandparent Scam” that typically targets elderly people.
Use caution and consideration this winter
Posted January 25, 2012
Updated Friday, January 27, 2012
If you like to skate, fish or walk on frozen lakes, ponds or other bodies of water, remember that cold temperatures don’t guarantee safe ice.
Tips to stay safe in your home this winter
Posted January 24, 2012
Avoid causing an unwanted fire in your home with alternative heat sources.
Traffic Corner: About passing on the shoulder
Posted January 24, 2012
Passing on the shoulder or in a turn lane is dangerous. The next time you’re driving, remember the law and help make the roadways safer for everyone.
Minnetonka City Council designates Geralyn Barone as next city manager
Posted January 24, 2012
Updated Tuesday, March 6, 2012
At its Monday, January 23, meeting, the Minnetonka City Council formally accepted the resignation of City Manager John Gunyou, who plans to retire effective June 1, 2012, and unanimously approved Assistant City Manager Geralyn Barone as the designated next city manager.
Sign up now for community alerts
Posted January 23, 2012
Updated Thursday, February 23, 2012
Get alerted about emergencies or important community alerts by signing up for the city of Minnetonka’s Citizen Alert Notification System.
Lake Rose Restoration gets a big boost
Posted January 10, 2012
Updated Friday, February 10, 2012
Restoration of native habitat in Lake Rose Park made big advances in 2011 due to a $6,000 cost-share grant from the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District.
Buy firewood locally to prevent the spread of tree diseases
Posted December 1, 2011
Buying local firewood can help prevent the spread of insects and fungal diseases that may threaten the health of Minnetonka’s community forest.
A peek at Minnetonka’s past: Ferrell daughter becomes shooting champion
Posted December 1, 2011
Sophrona eventually became an expert shot and won many shooting trophies, including 16 consecutive state championships.
Fire department offers variety of services
Posted December 1, 2011
The public educators with the What if? fire and life safety program from the Minnetonka Fire Department want you to know about some of the services offered by the fire department, in addition to putting out fires.
Winter skating lessons start Jan. 10
Posted December 1, 2011
Sign up for winter skating lessons with the Minnetonka Ice Arena’s All Season Skating School!
Reducing salt use while keeping Minnetonka’s streets safe
Posted November 30, 2011
The city of Minnetonka is very concerned about salt use in its winter maintenance operation and has been recognized as a leader in incorporating salt reduction strategies.
Minnetonka City Council election results
Posted November 8, 2011
Updated Monday, June 17, 2013
View the results of the Minnetonka City Council election, held Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
What you should know about snow removal
Posted November 2, 2011
Read through these top ten tips for snow removal in Minnetonka.
Help prevent storm water pollution
Posted November 2, 2011
Use these strategies to prevent winter water pollution.
Shade tree disease control program annual update
Posted November 2, 2011
The city’s shade tree disease control program is currently targeted at managing Dutch elm and oak wilt diseases in the city of Minnetonka.
Find gifts galore at The Landing Shop!
Posted November 2, 2011
If you need a unique gift, The Landing Shop is for you!
Don’t let your turkey go up in flames
Posted November 2, 2011
The deep-fried turkey trend continues, with more and more people undertaking this unique cooking endeavor each Thanksgiving.
Avoiding autumn auto-deer collisions
Posted November 2, 2011
With deer migrating and mating season occurring between October and December, a higher number of deer are on the roads this time of year, which means it’s a good time for drivers to be on the alert to avoid vehicle-deer collisions.
2011 photo contest results now available
Posted October 13, 2011
Updated Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Nearly 250 entries were received for this year’s city of Minnetonka photo contest, held in conjunction with the October Fire Department and City Open House.
Flashpoints from the Minnetonka Fire Department: October 2011
Posted October 4, 2011
Find updates from the Minnetonka Fire Department, including calls for service, survey cards and influenza information.
Night for Neighbors coloring contest winners announced
Posted October 4, 2011
The winners of the 2011 Minnetonka Night for Neighbors coloring contest were Lauren Roberts in the kindergarten–grade 1 category, and Anna Wander in the grade 2–4 category
Interview with an Open to Business success story
Posted October 4, 2011
Longtime Minnetonka resident Charlie Hutchinson, owner of Gotta Go Gotta Throw, is one of many who have taken advantage of the Open to Business program this year. He provided a few comments on the program.
Boulder Creek Park receives donated bur oak tree
Posted October 4, 2011
The city of Minnetonka’s Boulder Creek Park is the home of a new bur oak tree and bench, donated by the Minneapolis Branch Office of Employers Mutual Casualty (EMC) Company, in honor of the company’s 100-year anniversary.
The dos and don’ts of autumn yard waste
Posted October 4, 2011
Please use the tips below to properly dispose of fall yard waste.
Preparing for winter
Posted October 4, 2011
Here are a couple snow-related items to think about as we move toward winter, including a contractor snow removal workshop set for October 27.
Tuesday Tot Time at Williston Center
Posted October 4, 2011
Tuesday Tot Time will be held the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., starting this September.
Calling 9-1-1: A guide for kids
Posted October 4, 2011
The following tips provide some guidelines for parents to use in talking with their children about using 9-1-1 properly.
City Council adopts low preliminary property tax levy
Posted September 29, 2011
At its September 12 meeting, the Minnetonka City Council adopted the lowest increase in the city property tax levy for the past fifteen years, and set the stage for sustainable and affordable finances well into the future.
New year brings new recycling program
Posted September 29, 2011
Updated Thursday, November 17, 2011
Single-sort recycling is coming to Minnetonka in January!
Year-round household hazardous waste, organics drop-off sites
Posted September 8, 2011
Residents may bring household hazardous waste (HHW) to either of Hennepin County’s permanent drop-off facilities. Organics recycling now accepted at Brooklyn Park facility.
Compostable bags required for curbside yard waste collection
Posted September 8, 2011
As you begin your fall yard and leaf cleanup please be aware of the state law, in effect since January 1, 2010, that requires compostable bags for leaves, grass and yard waste set out for curbside collection.
Minnetonka Police ask, “How are we doing?”
Posted September 8, 2011
We encourage feedback from the public and would like to hear about your interaction with police department personnel.
Join Minnetonka’s Neighborhood Watch
Posted September 8, 2011
Learn how to join Neighborhood Watch, a police-community partnership that promotes a safe environment.
News for Neighbors: September 2011
Posted September 8, 2011
Learn about recent happenings in the Minnetonka Police Department.
Test your water wisdom with this quiz!
Posted September 8, 2011
For the past few months, articles have appeared in the Minnetonka Memo and in city utility bills with information on how to conserve water. Now it’s time to test your knowledge with this Water Wisdom Quiz!
Stay safe when using trails and roads
Posted September 8, 2011
Please respect the rights of others when using the trails, and follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable trail experience.
Recreation offers new e-newsletter
Posted September 8, 2011
Register today for Get Active, the new Recreation Services e-newsletter
Flashpoints: August 2011
Posted August 3, 2011
In firefighting lingo, a flashpoint is the temperature at which combustible materials can burst into flame. The flashpoints in this quarterly feature, however, are not so volatile—rather, they are the initiatives and events that serve as the catalyst for the excellent service provided every day by the Minnetonka Fire Department to city residents and businesses.
Everyone can help protect lake habitat
Posted August 3, 2011
Lakes are an important part of Minnesota life, providing the backdrop for recreational activities, homes and commercial businesses.
Record crowds attend Summer Festival; plan to attend next year!
Posted August 3, 2011
Updated Thursday, August 11, 2011
This year’s Minnetonka Summer Festival, held Saturday, June 25, was the second-best ever attended, with the fireworks crowd breaking all previous attendance records!
Minnetonka police ask, “How are we doing?”
Posted July 28, 2011
Employees of the Minnetonka Police Department are dedicated professionals committed to creating a safe environment in which to live, work and attend school.
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: July 28, 2011
Posted July 28, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Recreation offers e-newsletter
Posted July 27, 2011
Register today for Get Active, the new Recreation Services E-Newsletter! Get Active includes updates on city facilities, new program offerings, registration deadlines, and upcoming special events.
A reminder about watering guidelines
Posted July 27, 2011
In order to conserve water this summer, please follow these watering guidelines for the city of Minnetonka.
Act now to prevent deer damage to trees
Posted July 27, 2011
If deer are frequent visitors in your yard, and you also have a recently planted tree, it’s important to protect your tree from mid-August through April with hardware cloth, welded wire or a plastic tree guard.
An update on Emerald ash borer
Posted July 27, 2011
The Emerald ash borer (EAB) has not yet been detected in the city of Minnetonka, although city staff continues to watch for and actively plan for the eventual arrival of this pest.
Lake Rose Park trees, shrubs replanted
Posted July 27, 2011
After several years of buckthorn control, 750 seedling trees and shrubs were planted at Lake Rose Park in May as part of a Nine Mile Creek Watershed District grant project.
Back-to-school safety tips for students
Posted July 27, 2011
The start of school is just around the corner, and the Minnetonka Police Department offers the following tips for students to stay safe when travelling to and from school via bus, bike or walking.
Stay safe in the kitchen
Posted July 27, 2011
Follow these safety tips to prevent cooking fires.
About the “grandparents scam”
Posted July 5, 2011
In recent months a new scam has emerged that targets mainly seniors or grandparents.
2011 recycling dates
Posted July 5, 2011
View recycling and drop-off dates for the remainder of 2011.
Sanitary sewer pipe inspection underway
Posted July 5, 2011
If you’ve seen this vehicle stopped for a period of time in your neighborhood this summer, don’t be alarmed.
Learn more about the Japanese beetle
Posted July 5, 2011
Have you noticed something devouring your plant leaves? It could be the Japanese beetle, a serious pest of turf and 400 species of ornamental plants and trees including serviceberry, grapes, roses and basswood. 
Participate in the Get Out, Get Active program
Posted July 5, 2011
Active Living Hennepin County (ALHC) presents its “Get Out, Get Active” Incentive Program, which encourages residents to learn more about the various active living resources located throughout Hennepin County.
Ask Mike: All about the dos and don’ts of wetlands
Posted July 5, 2011
This month, Mike addresses wetland questions.
Water plants and trees wisely this summer
Posted July 5, 2011
Follow these tips to save water without sacrificing curb appeal.
Local conservation district, watershed commission need board members
Posted July 5, 2011
If you’re interested in representing Minnetonka on the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District Board of Directors or the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission, apply now.
Recycle plant pots
Posted July 5, 2011
If you have empty plastic pots or trays, don’t let them end up in a landfill. Instead, recycle them at a local garden center.
Know the rules about election signs
Posted July 5, 2011
During election season, it’s important for Minnetonka residents to be aware of the city’s zoning regulations related to posting political campaign signs.
The ABC’s of being a good neighbor
Posted July 5, 2011
Barking dogs, smoky campfires, possible hazard trees and trash or recycling containers left in public view—these are some of the most common complaints expressed by Minnetonka residents about their neighbors. While they may seem like minor issues to you, please be considerate of your neighbor’s environment by complying with these city ordinances.
Pick up after your pet
Posted July 5, 2011
If you’re out walking your pet, be sure to pick up animal waste no matter where it lands.
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: June 30, 2011
Posted June 30, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: June 16, 2011
Posted June 16, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: June 9, 2011
Posted June 9, 2011
Updated Friday, June 10, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
No Municipal Primary this year
Posted June 2, 2011
No primary is required in the city this fall due to the number of candidates who filed for the four ward council positions. All the candidates will go directly on the November 8 General Election ballot.
Planning to treat your ash trees this summer? Be informed!
Posted June 2, 2011
If you plan to treat your ash trees this summer to protect them from emerald ash borer (EAB), it’s important first to ensure you are not contaminating Minnetonka’s water resources.
More invasive species are headed our way; rapid response is key
Posted June 2, 2011
Learn about some increasingly common invasive species and how you can help.
Lawn watering schedule
Posted June 2, 2011
To effectively conserve the community’s water resources, city of Minnetonka ordinances permit watering under the following conditions.
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: June 2, 2011
Posted June 2, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Preventing garage burglaries
Posted June 2, 2011
During the summer months, many homeowners look forward to gardening or relaxing in the backyard—and burglars look forward to easy targets, like open garages.
Fall recreation brochure online only July 29
Posted June 2, 2011
Updated Thursday, June 12, 2014
Once again this year the 2011 Recreation Services fall brochure will be posted online July 29 on the Recreation Brochure page. It will not be mailed to homes.
Please review bike safety with children
Posted June 2, 2011
Review these safety tips with your family before heading out for a bike ride.
Opening available on the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District
Posted May 31, 2011
Updated Tuesday, September 6, 2011
An opening is available on the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District Management Commission.
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: May 26, 2011
Posted May 12, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Apply now for the police citizen’s academy
Posted May 26, 2011
This fall, the Minnetonka Police Department will host its second Police Citizen’s Academy, a free eight-week program designed to give Minnetonka residents an in-depth look at the workings of the police department.
Know more about pine sawflies
Posted May 26, 2011
If you have pine trees in your yard, be aware of the European pine sawfly.
Watershed district offers grant programs
Posted May 26, 2011
If you’re making plans for your gardens or landscaping this spring, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) wants to lend a helping hand with a program that offers grants for projects that protect water resources by stabilizing shorelines and streambanks or by using stormwater best management practices (BMPs).
Make your lawn care easier this summer
Posted May 26, 2011
Spring is now upon us, along with its many yard care chores. Follow these tips to help make this season more productive and possibly even a little easier!
Officer Shannon Odegaard honored as Officer of the Year
Posted May 26, 2011
Minnetonka Police Officer Shannon Odegaard was recently named Officer of the Year by the Glen Lake Optimists.
Development Details: May 2011
Posted May 26, 2011
Development Details highlights development projects in the city.
Sewer backups: a homeowner’s nightmare
Posted May 26, 2011
Almost all sewer back-ups occur from circumstances beyond the control of the city or the property owner. Here’s what you can do.
Conserve water—it’s the right thing to do
Posted May 26, 2011
Learn ways to save water in your home!
Building permit process streamlined
Posted May 26, 2011
If you’ve been dreaming all winter of a summer building project, improvements to the city’s permitting process may help that dream become reality more quickly!
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: May 19, 2011
Posted May 12, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: May 12, 2011
Posted May 12, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Permit needed for recreational fires
Posted May 11, 2011
If you’d like to have a recreational fire (campfire), the Minnetonka Fire Department’s “What If?” program reminds you that a permit is required.
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: May 5, 2011
Posted May 5, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Williston Treehouse now open
Posted May 5, 2011
The Williston Treehouse is an indoor play area at the Williston Fitness Center for children ages 12 and under.
Test drive your business idea for free
Posted May 5, 2011
On the second Monday of each month, starting May 9, test drive your business idea during a 15-minute consultation, available between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Minnetonka Community Center.
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: April 28, 2011
Posted April 28, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Stop treating soil like dirt
Posted April 28, 2011
Get the “dirt” on soil—it supports tree and plant health!
How to recycle rain water runoff
Posted April 28, 2011
Here are some ideas for using this free water source while also helping to reduce stormwater runoff in your neighborhood.
Don’t throw it all away—compost!
Posted April 28, 2011
Composting is a great way to convert kitchen food scraps, garden weeds, green trimmings and other yard waste into a rich soil amendment that can add nutrients and hold moisture in your soil.
Got trees? Re-use your wood debris
Posted April 28, 2011
Here are some wood waste re-uses to benefit your landscape.
Stretching your landscape dollar
Posted April 28, 2011
One of the greatest sources for landscaping materials can be on your own property.
Get your cameras ready for spring!
Posted April 28, 2011
Spring brings a host of natural wonders: make sure to capture them by taking photos.
Help keep our waters clean
Posted April 28, 2011
As the rain washes away the last remnants of snow this spring, think about where the water from your yard travels.
Just say “mow” to bagging
Posted April 28, 2011
Save time and money by re-using grass clippings.
Don’t leaf it alone—recycle leaves
Posted April 28, 2011
Here are the top three ways to “leaf-cycle.”
Help monitor Minnetonka’s wetlands
Posted April 28, 2011
If you have ever wanted to wade in a wetland or discover the plants and animals that live in the murky shallows, we want you
The dirty deeds of dumping
Posted April 28, 2011
Dumping of yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings, brush and branches is not only unsightly, but can also be illegal.
CenterPoint Energy repairing, replacing pipeline markers
Posted April 27, 2011
CenterPoint Energy will be working in Minnetonka throughout the year repairing and replacing pipeline markers.
Minnetonka Police participate in new multi-agency traffic enforcement group
Posted April 27, 2011
The Minnetonka Police Department is one of 14 Hennepin County law enforcement agencies participating in a new multi-agency traffic enforcement group that will conduct monthly high visibility enforcement details throughout the summer, starting in May.
Tree inventory starts May 1
Posted April 27, 2011
The city will begin a tree inventory on select city-owned parcels the week of May 1, 2011.
Council reviews city mission and goals
Posted April 27, 2011
Updated Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Minnetonka City Council is reviewing the city’s mission, vision and strategic goals, and is considering revisions that will help guide the city’s future priorities and policies.
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: April 21, 2011
Posted April 22, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Highway 169 and Bren Road project update: April 21, 2011
Posted April 21, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
Learn how to plant your tree right
Posted April 21, 2011
Think you only need a shovel to plant a tree? New research shows you need a saw as well. Read on for more tree planting tips.
Flashpoints from the Minnetonka Fire Department: April 2011
Posted April 21, 2011
Learn what is new with the Minnetonka Fire Department, including information on recreational fires and fire extinguisher recycling.
Take care of the environment during landscape and construction projects
Posted April 21, 2011
If you’re planning a new landscape or construction project, consider how your project will affect the natural resources on your property.
Be cautious with telephone sales
Posted April 21, 2011
We want you to be aware of the following information related to sales in Minnetonka.
City-wide sweeping takes place April 22
Posted April 21, 2011
Minnetonka Public Works will conduct city-wide sweeping of streets on Friday, April 22.
Chemicals and your yard
Posted April 21, 2011
Many residents are reducing their use of chemicals on lawns and gardens in favor of safer alternatives.
Donations accepted: city funds, scholarships
Posted April 21, 2011
The city occasionally receives inquiries from residents who are interested in making a donation or contribution to the city.
Free mulch available
Posted April 14, 2011
Free mulch is available at Minnetonka Public Works, 11522 Minnetonka Boulevard.
Williston offers new birthday party packages
Posted April 14, 2011
New birthday party packages are available at the Williston Fitness Center for the two new pools, a 25-yard lap pool and the zero-depth splash pad, perfect for young children.
Sign up for the Get Active e-newsletter
Posted April 14, 2011
If you’d like quarterly e-mail updates of recreation events and activities taking place in Hopkins and Minnetonka, sign up for Get Active, an e-newsletter from Hopkins-Minnetonka Recreation Services.
Highway 169 and Bren Road project underway
Posted April 12, 2011
Updated Thursday, April 14, 2011
Construction has begun on expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road that leads into the Opus 2 business park
About spring flooding
Posted March 7, 2011
Updated Monday, May 16, 2011
While spring flooding has been a main topic of conversation for several weeks now, the city of Minnetonka expects any area flooding this year to affect primarily public parks and open space.
State of the City highlights long-term financial stability
Posted March 2, 2011
On February 9, Minnetonka Mayor Terry Schneider presented his 2011 State of the City address at the Minnetonka Community Center.
News for Neighbors: March 2011
Posted February 25, 2011
News for Neighbors appears quarterly in the Minnetonka Memo with news for you about happenings in the Minnetonka Police Department.
Start spring cleaning at your furnace
Posted February 25, 2011
The What if? public education program recommends cleaning around water heaters, furnaces and any other areas that can easily start a fire.
Take care: barking dogs, trash bins
Posted February 25, 2011
Barking dogs and trash or recycling containers left in public view—those are two of the most common complaints expressed by Minnetonka residents about their neighbors.
Guidelines established for tobacco use in Minnetonka city parks
Posted February 24, 2011
The Minnetonka City Council recently established guidelines for the use of tobacco in Minnetonka city parks, designating all city-maintained swimming beaches, youth-oriented outdoor athletic facilities and playground structures as tobacco-free zones.
Sign up for the Get Active e-newsletter
Posted February 24, 2011
If you’d like quarterly e-mail updates of recreation events and activities taking place in Hopkins and Minnetonka, sign up for Get Active, an e-newsletter from Hopkins-Minnetonka Recreation Services.
City offers free use of metal detectors to locate lot lines
Posted February 24, 2011
Updated Thursday, March 24, 2011
The city of Minnetonka now offers a metal detector loan program for use by residents and their contractors to find property stakes and/or utility related lines.
Who to call about those winter potholes
Posted February 24, 2011
Various roads running through Minnetonka are owned by the city, county or the state, and it’s important to contact the appropriate maintenance agency if you have a concern about potholes or other road conditions.
2011 official newspaper selected
Posted February 10, 2011
The Lakeshore Weekly News has been selected as Minnetonka’s official newspaper for 2011.
Additional spinning classes offered at Williston Fitness Center
Posted February 10, 2011
Additional spinning classes have been added at the Williston Fitness Center on Fridays and Mondays.
Officer Trevor Johnson named “Traffic Safety Officer of the Year”
Posted February 3, 2011
Minnetonka Police Officer Trevor Johnson has been selected as the “Traffic Safety Officer of the Year” by the Hennepin County Traffic Advisory Committee.
News for Neighbors: February 2011
Posted January 27, 2011
News for Neighbors appears quarterly in the Minnetonka Memo with news for you about happenings in the Minnetonka Police Department.
Development Details: February 2011
Posted January 27, 2011
Updated Friday, May 27, 2011
Development Details is a new feature in the Minnetonka Memo highlighting larger building projects in the city.
Municipal utility fee changes effective Jan. 1
Posted January 26, 2011
At its December 20, 2010, meeting the Minnetonka City council increased municipal utility (water, sewer, and storm water) fees effective January 1, 2011.
Sponsors sought for city events
Posted January 20, 2011
If you’d like to get the word out about your business or organization while providing an enjoyable activity for the community, consider sponsoring a portion of one of the city’s annual events!
Use caution on frozen lakes and ponds
Posted January 20, 2011
Any time you step onto a frozen body of water to ice skate, ice fish or walk you are taking a risk.
Safety first: Check your CO detectors and adopt a fire hydrant
Posted January 20, 2011
With a snowy winter underway, the Minnetonka Fire Department’s public educators want you to be informed about two important safety concerns: carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hydrant accessibility.
Williston pool, spa and splash pad is open
Posted January 13, 2011
The Williston Fitness Center invites you to visit the new swimming pool and spa, include a new splash pad for kids!
Reflections Award winners honored January 10
Posted January 13, 2011
The Minnetonka Community Commission reviewed this year’s applications and chose the following three co-winners and two honorable mentions for the 2011 awards.
Minnetonka offers new business program
Posted January 4, 2011
Are you thinking of starting your own business? Do you own a small business that is looking for assistance to grow or needs technical support?
After the storm hits, who you gonna call?
Posted December 29, 2010
Updated Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Keep this list handy so you know who to contact about a service outage!
All about trees: When the branches break
Posted December 29, 2010
Updated Wednesday, June 20, 2012
After recent storms, Minnetonka Public Works received lots of questions about who is responsible for maintaining trees, both before and after a storm. Here are a few of the most-asked questions, and the answers.
Xcel Energy answers questions about power outages caused by storms
Posted December 29, 2010
Xcel Energy provided information for residents regarding power outages.
Handmade gifts at The Landing Shop
Posted December 27, 2010
In January, The Landing Shop returns to its regular hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Flashpoints from the Minnetonka Fire Department: January 2011
Posted December 27, 2010
Learn about important news from the Minnetonka Fire Department, including a fire alarm fee reminder, the adopt a hydrant program and safety tips for the winter, particularly with your fireplace.
Resist the urge to hibernate: attend these winter events!
Posted December 27, 2010
Crawl out from under your wool blanket, put down the hot chocolate and brave the cold to participate in these exciting events coming up in January and February!
Using your cell phone responsibly
Posted December 27, 2010
If your children use cell phones, talk to them about appropriate cell phone use.
MnPASS lanes offered on I-394, I-35W
Posted December 27, 2010
The MnPASS Express Lanes offer motorists fast, safe, reliable travel on I-394 and I-35W.
City continues public tree inventory
Posted December 27, 2010
This inventory will help the city better prepare to manage emerald ash borer and other tree issues.
2011 property tax levels approved
Posted December 23, 2010
Updated Monday, January 24, 2011
At its December 20, 2010, meeting, the Minnetonka City Council approved a 2.9% property tax increase for 2011, lowered from the proposed preliminary level of 3.4%.
Questions about drinking water quality?
Posted December 23, 2010
A December 20, 2010, article in The Washington Post regarding the presence of a possible carcinogen, hexavalent chromium, in the drinking water of 31 U.S. cities caused some Minnetonka residents to ask questions about Minnetonka’s drinking water.
Local student wins Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association essay contest
Posted December 23, 2010
Eighth-grader Kaitlyn Ho was one of 37 winners statewide of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s essay contest describing the good uses of electronics and technology.
Minnetonka recognized for excellence in financial reporting
Posted December 23, 2010
The city of Minnetonka has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
Keep your fire hydrant free of snow
Posted December 14, 2010
Updated Monday, January 24, 2011
What’s red, made of steel and easy to forget about? Your closest fire hydrant!
City of Minnetonka tree inventory continues
Posted December 9, 2010
This winter the city of Minnetonka continues its inventory of trees in the right-of-way, park trees and trees on city out lots.
2011 Reflections Award winners to be honored
Posted December 9, 2010
Updated Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The city of Minnetonka’s Community Commission has selected three winners for the 2011 Reflections Award, a program designed to recognize individuals, businesses and programs whose outstanding contributions reflect positively on Minnetonka.
Thank you to Minnetonka’s 2010 natural resource volunteers
Posted November 30, 2010
Updated Friday, December 3, 2010
Once again this year, Minnetonka residents have generously volunteered hundreds of hours in many capacities to help monitor and improve native habitats in more than 15 Minnetonka parks, lakes and wetlands.
Joining Neighborhood Watch is easy as 1, 2, 3!
Posted November 30, 2010
Neighborhood Watch is a police-community partnership proven to reduce crime by keeping you and your neighbors informed of crime in your area, teaching you how to prevent crime and encouraging you to report suspicious activity.
Remember the rules for handicap parking: follow the law!
Posted November 30, 2010
Rules for handicap parking spaces only allow drivers who have a handicap parking permit or a handicap license plate on their vehicle to stop or park in a handicap space.
2011 levy increase to be reduced from preliminary levy; budget change less than inflation rate
Posted November 24, 2010
The proposed 2011 budget and levy continue a repositioning plan enacted in mid-2009 to realize ongoing cost savings to the city and to secure its long-term fiscal balance. The plan will save about $4 million over two years.
Questions about snow removal in Minnetonka?
Posted November 24, 2010
Learn more about snow removal in Minnetonka by visiting the public works snow removal pages.
Reducing salt use while keeping streets safe
Posted November 24, 2010
The city of Minnetonka is very concerned about its own salt use in its winter maintenance operation and has been recognized as a leader in incorporating salt reduction strategies.
Keep your firewood close to home
Posted November 24, 2010
Buying local firewood can help prevent the spread of insects and fungal diseases that may threaten the health of Minnetonka’s community forest.
Outdoor ice rink volunteers needed
Posted November 21, 2010
Updated Monday, November 22, 2010
Since 2006, adult volunteers have allowed the city of Minnetonka to expand the operating hours at city warming houses beyond the regular operation schedule.
Minnetonka Police Department equips patrol cars with cameras
Posted November 10, 2010
The Minnetonka Police Department recently was among 134 Minnesota law enforcement agencies receiving in-car cameras as a result of $2.9 million in federal funds administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
Winter Hazard Awareness Week is Nov. 8–12
Posted November 4, 2010
Take the time to prepare yourself for winter weather during Winter Hazard Awareness Week November 8–12.
Recycle, adjust or opt out of telephone directories
Posted October 28, 2010
In addition to recycling the phone books you may already have, you can adjust or eliminate the delivery of phone books to your home.
2011 city budget and levy continues to be downsized under repositioning plan
Posted October 27, 2010
Updated Thursday, December 23, 2010
Despite the significant fiscal challenges the city of Minnetonka continues to face, the city’s 2011 budget will reflect our consistent commitment to responsible, long-term financial planning and management.
Change your smoke detector batteries
Posted October 28, 2010
Minnetonka Fire Department’s “What If?” program public educators remind you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks to “fall back” on November 7.
Are you receiving the Minnetonka Memo?
Posted October 27, 2010
Updated Wednesday, November 10, 2010
If you have not been receiving the Minnetonka Memo in your mailbox each month, we want to know so that we can ensure correct delivery of important city news to you!
Spinning and tennis offered
Posted October 27, 2010
Updated Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Learn about all of the exciting activities Williston Fitness Center has to offer!
Begin registering for recreation Dec. 2
Posted October 27, 2010
The Hopkins-Minnetonka Recreation Services winter-spring brochure will be mailed to all residents the week of November 22.
Living with Coyotes
Posted October 26, 2010
Updated Monday, January 24, 2011
Hardly any animal in America is more adaptable to changing conditions than the coyote. Coyotes can live just about anywhere.
2010 photo contest results now available
Posted October 8, 2010
More than 200 entries were received for this year’s city of Minnetonka photo contest, held in conjunction with the October Fire Department and City Open House.
Preventing kitchen fires
Posted October 7, 2010
Learn how to help prevent kitchen fires with this educational video program.
Donations, applicants wanted for ResourceWest Winter Warm Wear program
Posted October 7, 2010
Learn how to help keep kids warm throughout the cold Minnesota winter.
Williston Center renovation continues
Posted October 7, 2010
Updated Friday, October 15, 2010
Learn about the continuing renovations at the Williston Fitness Center.
Flashpoints from the Minnetonka Fire Department: October 2010
Posted September 30, 2010
Learn about important updates from the Minnetonka Fire Department.
Budget restructuring plan continues: permanent downsizing saves $4 million over two years
Posted September 29, 2010
Updated Thursday, September 30, 2010
The city of Minnetonka takes a responsible long-term perspective with financial planning and management. Decisions are made with the future in mind to ensure the city’s ongoing ability to provide quality services at a reasonable price.
Compostable bags required for curbside yard waste collection
Posted September 29, 2010
As you begin your fall yard and leaf cleanup please be aware of the state law, in effect since January 1, 2010, that requires compostable bags for leaves, grass and yard waste set out for curbside collection.
Minnetonka Historical Society meeting Oct. 7
Posted September 28, 2010
Join Official City Historian Betty Johnson Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Minnetonka Community Center,for a look at some of the social and technological changes that have affected American life during the last 150 years.
Spin classes start Nov. 1
Posted September 28, 2010
Updated Thursday, October 7, 2010
Spin classes start November 1 at the Williston Fitness Center!
Living with Minnetonka’s wildlife: coyotes and deer
Posted September 28, 2010
As promised in the September 2010, Minnetonka Memo here are tips on living with coyotes and deer.
Dispose of yard wastes properly
Posted September 27, 2010
Please use the tips below to properly dispose of yard waste correctly this fall, as well as in the future.
Using nature’s mulch wisely
Posted September 27, 2010
As you work in your woods, be mindful of nature’s great recycling process and the benefits of leaves, sticks, logs and plant debris
A reminder about curfews for youth under 18
Posted September 27, 2010
Updated Friday, February 4, 2011
The city of Minnetonka’s juvenile curfew ordinance is the same as that of Hennepin County.
Police investigate Sept. 19 first degree assault
Posted September 20, 2010
On Sunday, September 19, 2010, at 10:20 p.m. Minnetonka police were called to 100 Townes Road for a reported assault involving a shooting.
Year-round household hazardous waste drop-off sites
Posted September 1, 2010
Residents may bring household hazardous waste (HHW) to either of Hennepin County’s permanent drop-off facilities.
Labor Day delays recycling one day
Posted September 1, 2010
The Sept. 6 Labor Day holiday will delay recycling collection in Minnetonka by one day
Gift shop moving, changing names
Posted September 1, 2010
The Mills Landing Gift Shoppe, will close September 11 to move to its new location. At the same time, its name will change to The Landing Shop.
Coping with wild turkeys
Posted September 1, 2010
Updated Monday, May 16, 2011
The number of wild turkeys in the city seems to rise and fall throughout the year.
What If? educators visit schools this fall
Posted August 31, 2010
Minnetonka Fire Department firefighters and public educators Sara Ahlquist and Jim Lundeen are excited to be a part of this year’s back-to-school routine.
News for Neighbors: September 2010
Posted August 31, 2010
News for Neighbors appears quarterly in the Minnetonka Memo with news for you about happenings in the Minnetonka Police Department.
Helping teens become safe drivers
Posted August 31, 2010
Parents should set rules and limits for their teen driver and reinforce these Minnesota state laws.
Recycle plastic garden pots
Posted August 31, 2010
If you have plastic pots, trays or hanging baskets left over from planting veggies, trees or plants, don’t throw them away.
Black plastic: not for trees and shrubs
Posted August 31, 2010
How can the well-intentioned mulching of your trees or shrubs lead to their ultimate demise?
Minnetonka, Maple Grove and Plymouth police departments team up for DWI enforcement
Posted August 13, 2010
The Minnetonka, Maple Grove and Plymouth police departments will team up from August 20 through the Labor Day holiday, September 6, for enhanced DWI enforcement.
Finding primary results
Posted August 9, 2010
Updated Friday, August 13, 2010
Unofficial results are now available for the recent primary.
Identifying and controlling curly dock weed: a persistent problem
Posted August 5, 2010
By August, the seed tops of curly dock, which grows to as high as four feet, are chocolate brown.
Crime alert: Garage burglaries
Posted July 29, 2010
Updated Friday, July 30, 2010
In the past two weeks there have been seven garage burglaries reported throughout Minnetonka.
Fall recreation brochure now online
Posted July 29, 2010
The Recreation Services fall brochure is now posted online on the Recreation Brochure page and will not be mailed to homes.
Going on vacation?
Posted July 29, 2010
The Minnetonka Police Department offers a free service to check the exterior of your home when you are out of town.
Act now to prevent deer damage
Posted July 29, 2010
If you frequently see deer in your yard and also have a recently planted tree, you should keep hardware cloth or a plastic tree guard on your tree from mid-August to April.
Why should you protect native lake habitats?
Posted July 29, 2010
If you have lakefront property, consider the following before you disturb existing vegetation along the shoreline.
Summer’s uninvited guest: yellow jackets
Posted July 29, 2010
How do you know if you’re dealing with yellow jackets?
MAM introduces new ensemble
Posted July 29, 2010
The Music Association of Minnetonka (MAM) invites interested musicians to come play an instrument or sing in one of ten ensembles.
News for Neighbors: July 2010
Posted June 30, 2010
News for Neighbors appears quarterly in the Minnetonka Memo with news for you about happenings in the Minnetonka Police Department.
Ask Mike: Carpenter ants and your trees
Posted June 28, 2010
This month, Mike addresses a resident’s question about carpenter ants.
State primary election is Tuesday, August 10
Posted June 28, 2010
Updated Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Federal, state executive, legislative, county and judicial offices may be on the ballot for the state primary election Tuesday, August 10.
Crime alert: Thefts
Posted June 17, 2010
Updated Monday, June 28, 2010
Since June 15, there have been 16 reports of thefts from garages and vehicles in Minnetonka.
Apply now to be a Minnetonka firefighter
Posted May 14, 2010
If you’ve always wanted to be a firefighter, now is the time!
Is something “bugging” your tree?
Posted April 30, 2010
If you are like most people, when you notice an insect in your house, you want to get rid of it. At the same time, you’re probably curious about the creepy crawly creatures on your trees and whether you should be doing something about them.
Planting for Pollinators
Posted April 30, 2010
Learn about the importance of planting for pollinators.
Recycle milk and juice paper cartons
Posted April 29, 2010
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
Minnetonka residents may now recycle milk and juice paper cartons as part of curbside recycling collection.
Shredded paper: secure and recyclable
Posted April 22, 2010
Updated Friday, May 27, 2011
In the Minnetonka recycling program, shredded paper is gladly accepted.
Power outage? Don’t call 911
Posted April 22, 2010
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
Minnetonka police are reminding residents of when it’s appropriate to call 911.
A word about wetlands
Posted April 21, 2010
Help protect the function of wetlands by maintaining a buffer of unmowed, natural vegetation around your wetland.
Residential property revaluation starts
Posted April 21, 2010
Starting in May, the city of Minnetonka assessing department will begin its revaluation of the city’s residential properties.
Recreation brochure to move online in fall
Posted April 21, 2010
The 2010 Recreation Services fall brochure will not be mailed to homes late this summer. Instead, it will be posted online July 30.
A reminder about barking dogs
Posted April 21, 2010
Barking dogs are one of the most common complaints expressed by Minnetonka residents about their neighbors.
Natural Resource Notes 2010: Diversify your landscape
Posted April 2, 2010
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
Our 2010 theme for our natural resources insert in the April edition of the Minnetonka Memo: diversify your landscape!
Minnetonka Police Department teams up with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota
Posted March 26, 2010
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
The Minnetonka Police Department has joined with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to increase the ways that citizens can anonymously pass on information to help solve crimes.
City of Minnetonka wins Local Government Innovation Award
Posted March 26, 2010
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
The city of Minnetonka has been awarded a Local Government Innovation Award for its creation of a unique funding structure for the expansion of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road into the Opus business park.
Lawn care tips
Posted March 26, 2010
Find tips on chemicals and your yard as well as keeping streets and storm drains clean.
Innovations: 50 years of fire department progress
Posted March 25, 2010
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
Recently, to mark the occasion of the Minnetonka Fire Department’s 50th year, Chief Joe Wallin spoke to firefighters about the progress the department has made over the past 15 years to become a world-class fire department.
About door-to-door sales in Minnetonka
Posted March 25, 2010
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
While solicitors, peddlers and canvassers are allowed in Minnetonka, for-profit sale of products or services requires a license from the city.
Crime Alert: Animal Cruelty
Posted March 24, 2010
Updated Friday, April 16, 2010
Since March 18, the police department has received two confirmed reports of dogs being poisoned.
Dreaming of a new construction or landscape project?
Posted February 25, 2010
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
This spring, think about how to plan, design and build your project while still protecting our natural resources.
Native landscapes a labor of love for these Minnetonka residents
Posted February 25, 2010
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
Read the stories of four residents who have undertaken substantial projects to restore native habitats on their property and to help improve water quality in their neighborhoods
Remembering the late Ty Abel
Posted February 25, 2010
Updated Friday, April 16, 2010
On January 19, 2010, longtime Minnetonka resident and businessman Ty Abel passed away at the age of 94. In honor of Ty’s longtime connection to the city, we are re-running an excerpt of an article based on Ty’s recollections of his life, as told to an interviewer.
City seeks sponsors for public events
Posted February 25, 2010
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
Businesses, organizations and/or individuals are invited to contact the city about sponsoring all or part of an event hosted by the city for the public.
Forest Hills water tower removed
Posted February 12, 2010
Updated Monday, March 29, 2010
On Wednesday, February 10, workers removed a water tower located south of Highway 7 off Woodhill Road in Minnetonka.
2010 State of the City: Defining a new normal (video now available)
Posted January 26, 2010
Updated Monday, March 29, 2010
Mayor Terry Schneider hosted the annual State of the City presentation Wednesday, February 10, at 7:30 a.m. at the Minnetonka Community Center. Please see below for a message from Mayor Schneider as well as videostreaming of the event.
Innovations: Leadership training for police department staff
Posted January 27, 2010
Updated Monday, March 29, 2010
This month, the Minnetonka Police Department hosts its third leadership academy for police officers in partnership with the Plymouth and Maple Grove police departments.
2010 Gray’s Bay Marina boat slip lottery winners announced
Posted January 8, 2010
Updated Monday, March 29, 2010
On Wednesday, February 17, the city of Minnetonka held a lottery drawing for 2010 Gray’s Bay Marina boat slip vacancies and for the waiting list. Only Minnetonka residents were eligible for these slips.
Do you have bullies at your bird feeders?
Posted December 23, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
During the winter, many backyard bird watchers step up the offerings at their feeders in order to attract native birds. However, invasive bird species can out-compete native birds in their home territory by bullying them at the birdfeeder and at nesting sites.
Building neighborhoods block by block
Posted December 23, 2009
Updated Friday, June 18, 2010
The Minnetonka Community Commission wants to help residents organize to strengthen existing neighborhoods or to build connections where neighborhoods aren’t already in place or easily identified.
Winter wildlife
Posted December 22, 2009
Updated Monday, March 29, 2010
We all know many birds fly south to warmer climates, but painted turtles clearly don’t walk to Florida. So where do they go?
Testing for radon
Posted December 22, 2009
Updated Monday, May 19, 2014
While radon levels may vary from home to home, as part of January National Radon Awareness Month, the Minnetonka Environmental Health division encourages Minnetonka homeowners to test their homes for radon, since that is the only way to find out if a home has dangerous levels of radon.
Remember winter water quality
Posted December 22, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
When you are out on your favorite lake or pond during the winter, remember that your actions can affect our water quality.
A quick reference guide to Minnetonka’s evergreen varieties
Posted November 25, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
While evergreen is often used as a catch-all phrase for any tree that remains green throughout the winter months, not all evergreens are created equal.
City budget cuts limit 2010 property tax increase
Posted November 25, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
In anticipation of expected losses in projected revenues due to state actions and the lingering economic recession, substantial cuts were made to the 2010 operating budget. Earlier this year, the city made $2 million in permanent cost reductions by renegotiating labor contracts, laying off employees and eliminating vacant positions.
News for Neighbors: December 2009
Posted November 25, 2009
Updated Monday, March 29, 2010
News for Neighbors appears quarterly in the Minnetonka Memo with news for you about happenings in the Minnetonka Police Department.
Know the laws for newly licensed teen drivers
Posted November 25, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
New laws limiting teen passengers and nighttime driving are designed to help teens hone driving skills during the first year of licensure and reduce exposure to high-risk situations.
Finding a local firewood source
Posted November 25, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
With the discovery of Emerald ash borer in Saint Paul, you may have been told to buy firewood locally, since firewood, especially with intact bark, can harbor insect pests and fungal diseases.
A reminder about barking dogs, trash bins
Posted November 25, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
Barking dogs and trash or recycling containers left in public view—those are two of the most common complaints expressed by Minnetonka residents about their neighbors. While they may seem like minor issues to you, please be considerate of your neighbor’s environment by complying with these city ordinances.
Resident donates land for conservation
Posted November 6, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
As part of Minnetonka ’s Living Legacy program, Minnetonka resident Andrew Fuller recently donated a conservation easement to the city.
Keep “flushable” wipes out of the sewer
Posted November 6, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
The past few years have seen the introduction of more and more disposable wipe products for a variety of household uses. Many of these products are labeled as not only disposable, but also flushable. While marketed as convenience items, these products may potentially become a huge inconvenience because they may clog not only the sewer on your property, but also cause blockages and backup problems in Minnetonka’s public sewer system and pump stations.
Property records available at city hall
Posted November 6, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
Open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Public Use Room at Minnetonka City Hall houses a variety of records on city properties.
Twenty ways to save more and spend less
Posted October 23, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Join Star Tribune “Dollars and Sense” Columnist John Ewoldt as he presents more than 20 ways to save on everyday expenses Wednesday, November 4.
Minnetonka Photo Contest winners announced
Posted October 21, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Nearly 200 entries were received for this year’s city of Minnetonka photo contest, held in conjunction with the October Fire Department and City Open House. Minnetonka Community Commission members met to evaluate the entries, and chose the following winners,
Officer Ryan Piper and K-9 Krieger recognized
Posted October 7, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Minnetonka Police Officer Ryan Piper and K-9 Krieger were recently recognized by the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) with a Unit Citation and Medallion for an August 2008 accomplishment.
HOME program: helping older adults
Posted October 7, 2009
Updated Thursday, August 5, 2010
Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly (HOME) is a program offered by Senior Community Services (SCS), a 59-year-old nonprofit agency dedicated to helping meet the special needs of older adults and their caregivers through a variety of outreach and support services.
Keep streets and storm drains clean
Posted October 7, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Minnetonka City Ordinances prohibit blowing and/or leaving grass clippings or other organic materials in the street. Please mention this to your lawn service.
Help your trees triumph over turf
Posted October 7, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
True or false: A tree planted and growing in a yard surrounded by turf grass has the same chance at good health as a tree surrounded by wood-based mulch or within a wooded area.
Touring Minnetonka’s trails: Discover Opus
Posted October 6, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Commonly referred to as “Opus,” this square-mile of planned development is located in the southeast part of Minnetonka and bounded by Highway169, Shady Oak Road, Highway 62 and Smetana Road.
Discover the trails and updated amenities at Lone Lake Park
Posted October 5, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Located in the southeast corner of Minnetonka, Lone Lake Park’s 146 acres serve as a community park with tennis and basketball courts, athletic fields, horseshoes, picnic shelters and play areas, as well as a natural open space.
Discover the natural beauty of Jidana Park’s trails
Posted October 5, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Jidana Park’s 60 acres are classified as a community preserve that provide passive recreational opportunities—hiking, picnicking or bird watching.
2010 budget cap 2% lower than 2009 budget; $2 million in permanent spending cuts made
Posted October 2, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 14, 2010
On September 14, the Minnetonka city council set priorities and directions for the city’s 2010 budget and also established a preliminary tax levy.
Minnetonka Night for Neighbors 2009 coloring contest winners announced
Posted October 1, 2009
This year’s Minnetonka Night for Neighbors coloring contest winners were Brianna Davenport (K-1), Gleason Lake Elementary; and Kaitlin Roberts (Gr. 2-4), Clear Springs Elementary.
Learning more about Minnetonka’s Bennett Family Park
Posted October 1, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Located at 3717 County Road 101, just south of Minnetonka Boulevard, Bennett Family Park has a long history in the community, starting in the 1950s when the first Little League baseball teams in Minnesota began playing at the park.
Minnetonka Mike upgraded to provide better service with knowledge database
Posted October 1, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The city of Minnetonka’s online request system has been upgraded, allowing residents easier access to answers for their questions.
Saving tax dollars one idea at a time: September 2009
Posted August 28, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Each month, innovative practices from the city are highlighted—some of these ideas are new, while others have been in use for years. This month, take a look at Williston’s daytime tennis leage and the vendor-supported Farmers’ Market.
“Green” home completed on Spring Lane
Posted August 21, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
A new “green” home was recently completed on Spring Lane in Minnetonka as a joint project of Hennepin Technical College, the non-profit Neighborhood Energy Connection, and the city of Minnetonka.
It’s not easy being green water
Posted August 21, 2009
Updated Thursday, September 24, 2009
The increasingly green appearance  of many bodies of water throughout the summer may not be pretty, but all that floating vegetation plays an important part in maintaining a healthy environment for fish and other aquatic animals.
Innovation: Saving tax dollars one idea at a time
Posted August 21, 2009
Updated Thursday, September 24, 2009
Each month, we highlight innovative practices from the city: this month, learn about online building permits and the Minnetonka Garden Club.
Crime Alert: Burglary
Posted August 10, 2009
Updated Thursday, September 24, 2009
On August 2nd, at 00:02 am, there was an occupied residential burglary reported in Minnetonka at 59XX Bren Circle.
Resident receives lifesaving award
Posted August 7, 2009
Updated Friday, August 14, 2009
At its August 3 meeting, the Minnetonka City Council presented a citizen life saving award to Minnetonka resident Duane Olmsted, who on May 30, 2009, assisted a neighbor whose shirt had caught fire while she was cooking
Love to sing or play a musical instrument?
Posted August 7, 2009
Updated Thursday, September 24, 2009
The Music Association of Minnetonka (MAM) invites singers and musicians of many ages to join its community programs. Concert season is September through June.
Want to reduce your risk of identity theft? Follow these three easy steps
Posted August 7, 2009
Updated Thursday, September 24, 2009
The Minnetonka Police Department suggests these three steps to help reduce your risk of identity theft.
Minnetonka City Council adopts social host ordinance
Posted July 24, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Minnetonka City Council recently adopted a social host ordinance, which became effective June 26, 2009. The purpose of the ordinance is to discourage underage consumption of alcoholic beverages by making the host of an underage drinking party criminally responsible. A violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor.
Crime Alert: Robbery
Posted July 9, 2009
A robbery occurred on July 6, 2009 at 10 p.m. in the driveway at 54XX Pompano Drive in Minnetonka.
News for Neighbors: July 2009
Posted July 2, 2009
New for Neighbors appears quarterly in the Minnetonka Memo with news for you about happenings in the Minnetonka Police Department.
Discover Kinsel Park’s trails
Posted July 2, 2009
Kinsel Park is located just south of Excelsior Boulevard on Kinsel Road, on the north side of Glen Lake.
A reminder about trail etiquette and safety: use common courtesy
Posted July 1, 2009
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, please review the following etiquette and safety tips for trails.
Summer watering tips for trees and shrubs
Posted July 1, 2009
Since adequate moisture—about one inch per week—has not been provided by rain, your trees and shrubs will benefit from summer watering.
Keep your cool with water-wise landscaping
Posted July 1, 2009
Updated Monday, July 13, 2009
There are some ways to cut down on your water use this summer while maintaining your landscape.
Be considerate with recreational fires
Posted July 1, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Residents who wish to have recreational fires are required to have a permit from the Minnetonka Fire Department, but that permit does not excuse the holder from being aware of weather conditions or from being considerate of neighbors’ concerns about recreational fires and smoke.
Adult touch football league starts in August
Posted June 30, 2009
Interested in an all-pass, no-blocking football league for adults?
City receives sparkling bill of health from financial auditors
Posted June 24, 2009
At the June 22, 2009, meeting of the Minnetonka City Council, the city’s auditor, Kerne, DeWenter, Viere (KDV), reported to the council the city once again was given a clean annual audit.
Minnetonka receives funds for the Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) program
Posted June 24, 2009
Updated Friday, July 24, 2009
The City of Minnetonka has been allocated $50,700 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for use the Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) program.
Save water and money with a discounted rain barrel
Posted June 19, 2009
Minnetonka residents have a limited-time offer to purchase rain barrels at a discount through the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM).
Be considerate with recreational fires
Posted June 12, 2009
The Minnetonka Fire Department has received an unusually high number of complaints this year from people who are concerned about their neighbors’ recreational fires.
Minnetonka Police promote seatbelt use at Hopkins and Minnetonka high schools
Posted June 12, 2009
On June 2, 2009, Minnetonka police officers handed out more than 300 bags of LifeSavers with the message “Seatbelts are LifeSavers: Buckle up!!!” to Hopkins High School students as they exited the school parking lot. Two days later, on June 4, 2009, Minnetonka police officers delivered a similar message to Minnetonka High School students using Nestle Crunch bars with the following message attached: “Click It or ticket—to avoid the crunch.”
Tell us about your missing links!
Posted June 12, 2009
Your input will help the city prioritize construction of trail links as money becomes available.
Keep an eye out for wild parsnip
Posted June 12, 2009
Updated Friday, June 19, 2009
While not yet found in Minnetonka parks, the invasive wild parsnip is found in the metro area, is common throughout North America and is listed as a noxious weed in 46 states.
Gypsy moth aerial spray completed
Posted May 4, 2009
Updated Friday, June 12, 2009
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) completed the second aerial spray treatment for gypsy moth the morning of Tuesday, June 2. This concludes gypsy moth control treatments for the year.
Fasten your seatbelts—primary seat belt law effective June 9
Posted May 29, 2009
Updated Friday, June 26, 2009
Effective June 9, 2009, Minnesota’s seat belt law is a primary offense, meaning drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint.
Minnetonka prepares for Emerald ash borer
Posted May 19, 2009
Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2009
While the emerald ash borer (EAB) has not yet been detected in Minnetonka, the city is taking action now to prepare a comprehensive plan in order to effectively manage the pest once it arrives. 
Minnetonka Police Department launches BACK Packets program
Posted May 14, 2009
The Minnetonka Police Department this week launched BACK Packets, a program based around colorful backpacks filled with children’s books for various age groups that officers can distribute to children in crisis situations.
Pool safety starts with you
Posted May 8, 2009
To help keep kids safe this pool season, follow these recommendations from the Minnetonka Police Department.
Garlic mustard volunteers needed
Posted May 8, 2009
Join city of Minnetonka restoration staff and other volunteers in removing garlic mustard from high value native plant areas in our parks through May and June.
Ask Minnetonka Mike: Painting the Ridgedale Water Tower
Posted May 8, 2009
This month, Mike answers questions about the recent activity at the Ridgedale water tower, which is receiving a new coat of paint.
Minnetonka recycling accepts shredded paper
Posted April 30, 2009
Updated Friday, June 5, 2009
In the Minnetonka recycling program, shredded paper is gladly accepted.
Updated information on H1N1 novel influenza now available
Posted April 30, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Additional information on H1N1 novel influenza is now available from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health.
Gypsy moth information presented at April 20 council meeting
Posted April 30, 2009
Updated Friday, June 5, 2009
View a presentation regarding the Gypsy Moth Cooperative Eradication Program in Hennepin County.
Did you miss the Minnetonka Eco-Fair held March 14, 2009?
Posted April 13, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
If you missed the Minnetonka Eco-Fair, held March 14, 2009, you can download some of the handouts from the talks and watch a few of the presentations online.
Residents invited to provide contact information for reverse 9-1-1 system
Posted March 24, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The city of Minnetonka has implemented a “reverse 9-1-1” notification system for use during emergencies, which gives city officials the ability to deliver urgent pre-recorded emergency telephone messages to targeted areas or to the entire city at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute. Learn how you can ensure your contact information will be included in the emergency call database.
March Minnetonka Memo articles, resources online
Posted March 10, 2009
Read the latest edition of the Minnetonka Memo online, so you can easily view all the suggested resources.
Share the news! Get updates on what’s happening in Minnetonka
Posted March 10, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
On www.eminnetonka.com, you can find information about news, meeting information, jobs, projects, standings and scores for sports, and much more. We have developed several ways that you can have new information on the site come to you rather than your having to visit our site to find updates.
Discover Meadow Park’s trails
Posted March 9, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Located in north central Minnetonka, Meadow Park is a large 110-acre park with the majority of the site dedicated to natural areas.
News for Neighbors: March 2009
Posted March 9, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Get a March 2009 update on what is happening in the Minnetonka Police Department!
Safety for apartment and condo dwellers
Posted March 9, 2009
Updated Friday, May 29, 2009
The safety issues for apartment and condo residents may be slightly different from those living in homes. Follow these tips from the Minnetonka Police Department to help you stay safe.
Spotlight on the Police Advisory Committee
Posted March 8, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Each month this year, we will feature information about one of the city’s seven boards and commissions, starting with the Police Advisory Committee!
2009 Reflections Award winner and nominee recognized by council
Posted March 9, 2009
Updated Friday, March 20, 2009
In January, the Minnetonka City Council recognized Jerry Greene, owner of EverGreene Jewelers in Minnetonka, as the 2009 Reflections Award winner. Also nominated for this year’s award was Deanne Roberg, owner of Deanne’s Dance Studio in Minnetonka.
Need summer childcare for your school-aged child?
Posted March 6, 2009
Updated Tuesday, January 31, 2012
This summer, Hopkins-Minnetonka Recreation Services introduces a new 11-week active day program to meet the needs of area families.
Wanted: history lovers
Posted March 6, 2009
Updated Friday, May 29, 2009
If you’ve thought about being a tour guide, consider volunteering at the Burwell House this year.
Receive e-mail updates on pages and documents on eminnetonka.com through MyMinnetonka
Posted February 27, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Many documents and pages on eminnetonka.com are updated on a regular basis. Now, you can choose which updates you would like to receive via e-mail.
Want to learn more about pruning small trees?
Posted February 26, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
If you missed the tree pruning workshop presented by Minnetonka natural resources staff, you can watch an information video on small tree pruning it at your leisure via on-demand videostreaming at www.eminnetonka.com, or on specific dates and times on cable channel 16.
Recycle your fire extinguishers
Posted February 20, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
If you have an expired or empty fire extinguisher, you can recycle it at the Minnetonka Fire Department.
City of Minnetonka achieves excellence in financial reporting award for 25th consecutive year
Posted February 11, 2009
Updated Friday, March 20, 2009
For the 25th consecutive year, the city of Minnetonka has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
Gypsy moth open house a success
Posted January 30, 2009
Updated Friday, June 5, 2009
On January 15, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the city of Minnetonka hosted an open house targeted for residents in the proposed gypsy moth treatment area.
Discover Purgatory Park’s trails
Posted January 30, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Located in the southwest corner of Minnetonka, Purgatory Park’s 155 acres makes it the largest of the city’s five community parks.
Fire department introduces duty crews
Posted January 30, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The Minnetonka Fire Department is marking its 50th anniversary this year with its most dramatic change in staffing ever—the introduction of duty crews.
Kinsel Park restoration leaps forward, volunteers needed for next steps
Posted January 30, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Learn about restoration activities in Kinsel Park and how you can volunteer to help with further restoration.
Safety and security for places of worship
Posted January 30, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Consider implementing these measures for extra security at places of worship.
Amber Greves appointed to vacant council seat
Posted January 27, 2009
Updated Thursday, February 26, 2009
At its Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, meeting, the Minnetonka City Council unanimously appointed Amber Greves to the vacant at-large council seat, with a term expiring in December 2009.
Council interviews at-large candidates; discussion to continue Jan. 26
Posted January 15, 2009
Updated Tuesday, January 20, 2009
At its Monday, Jan. 12, study session, the Minnetonka City Council interviewed eight candidates for the vacant at-large council seat. The council will make selection(s) at its Monday, Jan. 26, regular meeting.
Crime Alert: Burglaries of flat screen televisions
Posted January 15, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Three burglaries have recently been reported in Minnetonka involving flat screen televisions at a business and in party and workout rooms of apartment buildings.
Video viewing enhanced for Mac users
Posted January 9, 2009
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Now, with eminnetonka.com's videostreaming service, you can experience the same video viewing experience on a Mac as you would on a PC by downloading and installing Silverlight, a Microsoft plugin that allows for enhanced interactive web experiences, such as video viewing.
A message from Mayor Terry Schneider
Posted January 6, 2009
Updated Thursday, February 26, 2009
This message from Mayor Terry Schneider appeared on the front page of the January Minnetonka Memo.
Council chooses nine applicants to be interviewed for vacant council seat
Posted January 5, 2009
Updated Thursday, January 22, 2009
At its Monday, Jan. 5, meeting, the Minnetonka City Council chose nine applicants to be interviewed for the vacant at-large council seat.
Flashpoints from the Minnetonka Fire Department: January 2009
Posted December 31, 2008
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Find important reminders and information from the Minnetonka Fire Department.
The birth of Minnetonka’s trail system
Posted December 31, 2008
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Today, runners, joggers and bicyclists enjoy miles of trails throughout Minnetonka, but those trails haven’t always been there.
Are your children safe in the car?
Posted December 31, 2008
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
According to a 2002 National SAFE KIDS Campaign study, more than 81 percent of child restraints are used incorrectly.
2009 official newspaper selected
Posted December 31, 2008
Updated Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Lakeshore Weekly News has been selected as Minnetonka’s official newspaper for 2009.
Sign up to receive Minnetonka Senior Services news via email
Posted December 23, 2008
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Minnetonka Senior Services recently began sending weekly e-mail updates about center activities, trips, events and volunteer opportunities.
Defy the chill! Are you ready for severe weather?
Posted December 3, 2008
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
With winter here, now is a good opportunity to review some important information to help deal with our severe weather.
2009 city budget increase below inflation, cut from preliminary levels
Posted December 3, 2008
Updated Thursday, January 22, 2009
At its November 17 study session, the Minnetonka city council discussed a 2009 operating budget held to a 3.0 percent increase, which is well below the consumer inflation index.
Need a gift idea?
Posted December 3, 2008
Updated Thursday, January 22, 2009
How about the gift of fitness?
News for Neighbors: December 2008
Posted December 3, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
News for Neighbors appears quarterly in the Minnetonka Memo, with news for you about happenings in the Minnetonka Police Department.
Tips to help prevent business robbery
Posted December 3, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Proper training can help minimize, or in some cases, avoid a robbery.
Officer Denneson receives Life Saving Award
Posted December 3, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Minnetonka Police Officer Troy Denneson recently received the department’s Life Saving Award for his actions earlier this summer in responding to a woman who was poised to jump from a highway overpass.
Learning more about emerald ash borer
Posted December 2, 2008
Updated Tuesday, September 7, 2010
If you have ash trees in your yard, and if you’ve heard about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), you can learn more in this update and in the Emerald Ash Borer section of our site.
Coping with coyotes: a few Dos and Don’ts
Posted December 3, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Here are some tips for avoiding problems with coyotes.
Crime alert: Theft from Vehicles
Posted November 25, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Since November 20, 2008, there have been seven theft from vehicle incidents reported in southwest Minnetonka.
View photo contest entries online
Posted November 12, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
If you'd like to view the 2008 city of Minnetonka photo contest entries, visit our 2008 Photo Contest Results page.
Buckthorn workshop materials now available
Posted November 6, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
If you missed the three  buckthorn workshops this year, you can now view the handouts and presentation materials online.
Minnetonka Night for Neighbors 2008 coloring contest winners announced
Posted October 31, 2008
Updated Friday, November 14, 2008
In September, Minnetonka Night for Neighbors coloring contest winners received a ride to school courtesy of Minnetonka Police Chief Mark Raquet, as well as a certificate honoring their achievements.
Minnetonka Police seeking information about recent vandalism of politicians’ homes
Posted October 31, 2008
Updated Friday, November 14, 2008
During the evening of October 21, 2008, several Minnesota politicians’ homes were the target of vandalism, including Minnesota Congressman Jim Ramstad, who reported vandalism at his home in Minnetonka. The Minnetonka Police Department is working with the United States Capitol Police to assist in solving these crimes.
Understanding the calendar of street operations
Posted October 31, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
The city of Minnetonka’s streets division follows a calendar each year that indicates when certain activities take place, many of which are weather dependent.
Minnetonka’s preliminary 2009 budget
Posted October 31, 2008
Updated Thursday, January 22, 2009
The city of Minnetonka takes a responsible long-term perspective with financial planning and management.
Want to stay informed? Sign up for MyMinnetonka!
Posted October 30, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Stay updated on what’s happening in the city by signing up for a MyMinnetonka account.
Preventing vehicle theft one car at a time
Posted October 30, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
In our cold-weather climate, it’s tempting to leave your car running while making a quick trip into a store or the house. This practice is not only illegal but also greatly increases the likelihood that your vehicle will be stolen.
Traffic Corner: Avoiding auto-deer collisions
Posted October 30, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
While attentive driving is always the best deterrent for such accidents, here are a few other tips for avoiding a collision with a deer.
Going green without going crazy: some quick and easy tips
Posted October 30, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Here are ten easy ways to help the environment, which may save you time and money while also helping to improve the environment.
Photo Contest winners named
Posted October 22, 2008
Updated Friday, November 14, 2008
More than 133 entries were received for this year’s city of Minnetonka photo contest, held in conjunction with the October Fire Department and City Open House. Minnetonka Community Commission members met October 20 to evaluate the entries, and chose the following winners.
Williston Center offers runners club
Posted October 17, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Join the “Runners with Heart” run club at the Williston Center and start training now for a spring half or full marathon!
Minnetonka’s crime prevention analyst receives award from MCPA
Posted October 16, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
At its October annual conference, the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association (MCPA) named Nicole Nelson, Minnetonka crime prevention analyst, the recipient of this year’s Rose Griep Legacy Award.
Section of Smetana Drive closed Oct. 11
Posted October 9, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
As part of the Shady Oak Road (County Road 61) reconstruction project, Smetana Drive from Shady Oak Road to 700 feet east of Shady Oak Road closed Saturday, Oct. 11, and will be closed for up to 45 days.
Register now for adult indoor soccer and outdoor broomball
Posted October 10, 2008
Updated Friday, November 14, 2008
Register now through Minnetonka Recreation Services for a new session of adult co-rec indoor soccer or adult outdoor broomball!
2009 city calendar and council meeting schedule available
Posted October 2, 2008
Updated Friday, November 14, 2008
At its September 29 meeting, the Minnetonka City Council approved the city’s 2009 official calendar for 2009, including the council’s 2009 meeting schedule.
City council establishes 2009 budget directions and priorities
Posted October 2, 2008
Updated Thursday, January 22, 2009
On September 15, the Minnetonka city council set priorities and directions for the city’s 2009 budget, and also established a preliminary tax levy.
Stalking the burdock plant
Posted October 1, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Burdock is a widely distributed Eurasian weed with large leaves and a stout taproot that can be found across the continental United States.
Gypsy moth eggs found in Minnetonka
Posted September 19, 2008
Updated Friday, November 14, 2008
A recent survey by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) found that an isolated population of gypsy moths has become established in Minnetonka.
Use common sense to spot con artists
Posted October 1, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
One easy rule to remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Minnetonka parks readied for winter
Posted October 1, 2008
Updated Friday, November 14, 2008
This month, Minnetonka park staff will shut down and winterize all outdoor drinking fountains as well as the restrooms at Big Willow, Guilliams, and Lone Lake parks.
Stuff to get rid of?
Posted September 27, 2007
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Consider finding new homes for your reusable items.
Soil—it’s not just for standing on
Posted October 1, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Trees, shrubs and plants need healthy soil to maintain strength, especially during the summer. For lush vegetation that does not require constant watering, consider supplementing your soil.
Residents measure wetland health
Posted October 1, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
This year, 20 Minnetonka residents spent 326 hours—about 16 hours per person—volunteering to monitor Minnetonka wetlands as part of the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP).
Crime alert: Church burglaries
Posted September 25, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
Between September 14–16 there were two church burglaries reported in Minnetonka.
City of Minnetonka receives website award
Posted September 19, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
At this year’s National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) conference, the city of Minnetonka’s website received first place in the 2008 Pinnacle Awards for city websites in the medium category.
City of Minnetonka named a “Watershed Hero” by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Posted September 12, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
The city of Minnetonka has been named the recipient of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s 2008 Watershed Hero Innovation in Government Award.
Join the Minnetonka Police Reserves
Posted September 8, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
As a member of the Minnetonka Police Reserve, you are an unarmed, uniformed assistant to the department in a variety of functions: performing community service tasks and assisting during natural disasters as well as other emergencies.
Learn how decisions are made regarding sending out crime notifications
Posted September 5, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
When deciding whether or not to notify residents about a crime in the area, the Minnetonka Police Department considers a number of factors.
Using technology to stay informed about your city: video, MyMinnetonka, RSS, and more!
Posted August 29, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
In the July 2008 Minnetonka Memo, it was announced that several new technology tools have been introduced that allow residents to be better informed about city projects, meetings, events and news. Even more new tools are now available: sign up today!
Rings and buds, scars and branches—how a tree grows
Posted August 28, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
You notice your trees growing larger each year, but have you ever stopped to wonder how they grow?
Visit these September senior services events
Posted August 28, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
If you’re a Minnetonka resident who’s 55 or older, don’t miss out on the fun and friendship at Minnetonka Senior Services with these upcoming events.
Household Hazardous Waste drop-off sites available to residents year-round
Posted August 28, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Residents may dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) at no cost at either of Hennepin County’s permanent HHW Drop-off facilities.
Safety tips for children who are home alone
Posted August 28, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Workings parents everywhere share the anxiety, frustration and even fear involved in leaving children alone when school lets out.
Sign up for organics recycling today!
Posted August 28, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
If you are interested in beginning organics collection, call one of the following refuse haulers.
City of Minnetonka natural resources division receives award
Posted August 27, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
On August 21, the city’s natural resources division was awarded the Garden Club of America’s Club Conservation Commendation.
Crime alert: Libb’s Lake area residents
Posted August 22, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating a reported sexual assault that occurred on August 2, 2008 on Libb’s Lake.
Shakopee man indicted for wire fraud, identity theft
Posted August 14, 2008
Updated Friday, August 22, 2008
The Minnetonka Police Department assisted with an investigation that led to a 51-year-old Shakopee man being indicted last week in federal court.
Minnetonka Mike gets a makeover
Posted August 11, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
After 10 years of faithful service as city mascot, it was time for Minnetonka Mike to undergo a facelift!
August Minnetonka Memo articles, resources online
Posted August 8, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
Read the latest edition of the Minnetonka Memo online, so you can easily view all the suggested resources.
Understanding the circle of water: the hydrologic cycle
Posted July 31, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Where does our water come from? The hydrologic cycle, the system by which water is continuously cleaned and reused by the earth’s systems.
Purple loosestrife control expands in Minnetonka
Posted August 1, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Minnetonka’s purple loosestrife bio-control program expanded this June with the release of 2,000 loosestrife-eating beetles at a city-owned site south of Minnetonka High School.
Police Explorers: Learning law enforcement and life skills
Posted August 1, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Wearing a uniform, helping with traffic stops, administering first aid and volunteering at city events. It’s all in a day’s work for Minnetonka’s Police Explorers, youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who volunteer with the Minnetonka Police Department and in the process experience a firsthand look at the world of law enforcement.
Making sense of tree myths: letting the truth take root
Posted August 1, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
Do any of these tree myths sound familiar to you?
Know when to report suspicious activity
Posted August 1, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Call the police immediately if you think a situation or circumstance is suspicious.
Life jacket loaner stations a success
Posted August 1, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
Since the installation in June of life jacket loaner stations at Gray’s Bay Marina in Minnetonka, Maxwell Bay in Orono and Spring Park Bay in Spring Park, program sponsor Safe Kids Northwest Metro Minneapolis estimates that life jackets have been borrowed 37 times between the three sites.
Minnetonka Police Explorers visit national conference
Posted August 1, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
The Minnetonka Police Explorers traveled to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., to participate in the 2008 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference July 21 through 26.
ReadyMinnetonka Tip of the Week: Make a plan
Posted July 24, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
This week’s ReadyMinnetonka tip is the second of the four basic emergency preparedness concepts: make a plan.
Housing initiative gives Minnetonka and four other Twin Cities communities help in creating choices
Posted July 21, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Minnetonka, Rosemount, Shoreview, Brooklyn Park and Richfield will get expert help in creating and supporting a full range of housing choices, because they have been selected as participants in the Opportunity City Pilot Program of the Urban Land Institute Minnesota (ULI MN) and the Regional Council of Mayors (RCM).
ReadyMinnetonka Tip of the Week: Get informed and determine your risk
Posted July 18, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
This week’s ReadyMinnetonka tip of the week is the first of the four basic emergency preparedness concepts: get informed and determine your risk.
July Minnetonka Memo articles, resources online
Posted July 17, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
Read the latest edition of the Minnetonka Memo online, so you can easily view all the suggested resources.
Learn to recognize poison ivy
Posted July 17, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Learn about poison ivy, which in Minnesota, grows as a ground cover or a thin, low shrub, ranging from 6 inches tall to 3 feet tall.
News for Neighbors: July 2008
Posted July 17, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
News for Neighbors appears quarterly in the Minnetonka Memo, with news for you about happenings in the Minnetonka Police Department.
Municipal utility fees changed July 1
Posted July 15, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
At its June 30, 2008, meeting the Minnetonka City Council increased municipal utility (water, sewer, and storm water) fees, effective July 1, 2008.
CO detectors required in homes
Posted July 16, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
According to Minnesota state statue, by August 1, 2008, all single-family residences in Minnesota must have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector installed.
Grateful resident donates to Crime Prevention Fund
Posted July 16, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
In May, Minnetonka Councilmember Dick Allendorf and Minnetonka Police Chief Mark Raquet accepted a generous donation to the Minnetonka Crime Prevention Fund from resident George Burke.
Are your trees and shrubs thirsty?
Posted July 16, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
If rainfall is inadequate (less than one inch per week), your trees and shrubs will benefit from summer watering. In most cases, water and mulch are the two surest ways to ensure a tree’s strength.
Life jacket loaner station installed at Gray’s Bay Marina
Posted July 16, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
Minnetonka Mayor Jan Callison attended the June installation of the new life jacket loaner station at Gray’s Bay Marina, as part of the “Kids Don’t Float” campaign to keep kids safe while boating.
Keep grass clippings out of the street
Posted July 16, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Do our lakes, ponds and creeks a favor—keep your grass clippings out of the street!
Business owners, beware of check fraud
Posted July 16, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
Avoid becoming a victim of check fraud by recognizing the indicators of a check fraud scam and by helping employees understand their responsibility in preventing check fraud.
Julie Wischnack named community development director
Posted July 16, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
The city of Minnetonka is pleased to announce Julie Wischnack as the city’s new community development director.
Maintain your landscaping while saving water
Posted July 14, 2008
Updated Thursday, December 4, 2008
Learn how to reduce water consumption in this expanded article from the July edition of the Minnetonka Memo.
July 7 traffic saturations a success
Posted July 8, 2008
Updated Friday, July 18, 2008
On Monday, July 7, the Minnetonka Police Department’s traffic unit conducted three traffic saturations at the city’s busiest intersections.
Crime Alert: Burglaries
Posted July 2, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Since May 7, 2008, there have been 14 occupied residential burglaries reported in various areas of Minnetonka.
Hiring a reputable tree company
Posted June 19, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
The city of Minnetonka’s natural resources staff reminds residents not to hire “fly-by-night” tree companies soliciting door-to-door.
Minnetonka offers new technology for better public access to government
Posted June 18, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
Live online videostreaming of city meetings; a project feedback site; and project and news update feeds—these are three tools the city of Minnetonka is introducing this month on its website at www.eminnetonka.com in order to make city government even more accessible to residents.
June Minnetonka Memo articles, resources online
Posted June 6, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
Have you ever read your Minnetonka Memo and wished you could take a look at the articles online, so you could easily view all the suggested resources? Now you can!
Using water wisely in landscaping
Posted June 6, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
If you enjoy landscaping but also want to conserve water and protect local water quality, attend “Water Smart Landscaping” Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgedale Library.
Conserve water throughout the summer
Posted June 6, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
Although it’s too soon to tell if the metro region will experience the same drought conditions as the last two years, it is still a good idea to use water resources wisely all the time, not just during dry periods.
Join the Minnetonka Explorers Program
Posted June 5, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
Minnetonka Police Explorers Post 884 is an exciting program for young people who not only have an interest in law enforcement but also in volunteering in the community.
Turtles crossing roads a common sight in spring
Posted June 5, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
Many of the turtles crossing roadways in late spring are pregnant females looking for suitable upland areas in which to lay their eggs.
Grants available for home repairs
Posted May 14, 2008
Updated Friday, September 19, 2008
If your home is in need of repairs and you meet program income restrictions, you may be eligible for a $5,000 emergency deferred loan with no interest and no payments.
City names Snowplow Operator of the Year
Posted May 14, 2008
Updated Friday, May 30, 2008
Minnetonka Public Works employee Harold Johnson has been named the 2007–08 Minnetonka “Snowplow Operator of the Year,” becoming the second winner of this new annual award.
Traffic tip: Rules for skateboards and motorized scooters
Posted May 12, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
It’s spring time, and everyone wants to be outside! If you have a skateboard or a motorized scooter, please remember the following rules.
Traffic tip: Motorcycle instruction permits
Posted May 12, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
Thinking about buying a motorcycle? Remember, you must have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license in order to legally operate a motorcycle.
Online auction set for late May
Posted May 9, 2008
Updated Friday, June 13, 2008
The Minnetonka Police Department will be auctioning surplus, found, unclaimed and seized items in an online auction at www.propertyroom.com starting no earlier than May 19, 2008.
New bus route 612 to serve Minnetonka and Hopkins
Posted May 9, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
Beginning May 31, West metro residents will have a new east-west bus route traveling between Minnetonka and Hopkins, providing job seekers access to employment centers in both cities.
Detective Steve Owens named Glen Lake Optimist Officer of the Year
Posted May 2, 2008
Updated Thursday, May 15, 2008
Minnetonka Police Department Investigator Steve Owens has been selected as 2008 Officer of the Year by the Glen Lake Optimists.
An organics recycling update
Posted May 2, 2008
Updated Friday, May 30, 2008
Last year, Minnetonka received a Waste Abatement Incentive Grant from Hennepin County to encourage residential refuse haulers to offer organics collection to their customers.
Minnetonka residents get organics out of the trash and give back to nature
Posted May 2, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
The city of Minnetonka is celebrating the first anniversary of the organics recycling program.
Receive crime alerts via email
Posted May 2, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
Want to receive crime alerts, crime prevention tips and information about Minnetonka Police Department programs and events via email?
Bus route 612 service starts in June
Posted May 2, 2008
Updated Friday, May 9, 2008
Bus Route 612, running from Minnetonka Heights Apartments to the 7-Hi shopping area, then along Excelsior Boulevard to Hopkins, will be reinstated in June 2008.
Spring load restrictions lifted May 8
Posted March 10, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
Spring load restrictions for area roads went into effect Friday, March 14, at 12:01 a.m. and were lifted May 8 at 12:01 a.m.
Know who to call about potholes
Posted April 24, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
It’s spring, and many motorists want to know who to call about potholes on their local streets.
Recreational fire permits available
Posted April 24, 2008
Updated Friday, December 19, 2008
With the arrival of spring, the fire department begins receiving calls about recreational campfires in the city: a recreational fire permit is required.
Free wood mulch available to residents
Posted April 24, 2008
Updated Friday, August 15, 2008
Free wood mulch is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in a bin on the east side of Minnetonka Public Works.
Help keep Minnetonka clean!
Posted April 26, 2007
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
If you’d like to do your part to give Minnetonka a spring cleaning, and keep it clean year-round, consider adopting a park, trail, wetland, neighborhood or roadway.
Gray’s Bay Marina and public launch now open
Posted April 24, 2008
Updated Friday, May 30, 2008
The Gray’s Bay Marina and public launch opened for the 2008 season Monday, April 21.
35 residents attend Earth Day tree care clinic
Posted April 24, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
The evening of April 22, 35 residents arrived at Big Willow Park to learn the best practices for tree planting and small tree care.
Minnetonka firefighter honored by American Red Cross
Posted April 24, 2008
Updated Friday, May 9, 2008
On Tuesday, April 22, the Twin Cities Area Chapter of the American Red Cross honored Minnetonka Firefighter Ted Juern  for his outstanding work on the ReadyMinnetonka program.
Minnetonka City Council adopts U.S. Conference of Mayors climate protection agreement
Posted April 24, 2008
Updated Friday, May 30, 2008
At its April 21 regular meeting, the Minnetonka City Council adopted the U.S. Conference of Mayors climate protection agreement, which includes pledging to strive to meet or exceed Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing global warming pollution.
Glen Lake streetscaping plan presented April 22
Posted April 23, 2008
Updated Friday, May 30, 2008
The city of Minnetonka hosted a meeting Tuesday, April 22, at the Glen Lake Activity Center for public comment and feedback on the planned streetscaping, plaza, and pedestrian improvements in Glen Lake.
Get a discount on membership fees when you workout at Williston!
Posted April 15, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
The Williston Fitness Center is proud to announce their partnership with MEDICA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, HealthPartners, UCARE of MN, and Definity.
Snow removal on Minnetonka trails
Posted April 1, 2008
Updated Friday, April 4, 2008
Several Minnetonka trails will not be cleared of snow from the Monday, March 31, storm, because of the damage plows may cause to the aggregate surface of the trails.
Take a stand against crime: join a Neighborhood Watch
Posted March 21, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Town Watch, Building Watch, Crime Watch—whatever the name, it’s one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear
Summer recreation registration underway
Posted March 5, 2008
Updated Friday, May 9, 2008
Summer recreation registration started March 10  for residents and March 24 for non-residents.
Tax notices set to be mailed in March
Posted February 22, 2008
Updated Friday, April 4, 2008
Residents will receive two notices in March related to property taxes.
Recreation and Public Works summer and year-round employment opportunities now available
Posted February 22, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Recreation and Public Works summer and year-round employment opportunities are now available.
Street sweeping delayed one week
Posted February 22, 2008
Updated Friday, April 25, 2008
Due to weather conditions, Minnetonka Public Works began limited street sweeping the week of March 31, with full street sweeping starting April 7, a week later than originally planned.
Traffic tip: Warming up your vehicle? Be careful!
Posted February 22, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Did you know that Minnetonka has an ordinance against leaving vehicles running unattended?
Wanted: history lovers
Posted February 22, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
If you’ve thought about being a tour guide, consider volunteering at the Burwell House this year.
Adult softball and kickball registration underway
Posted February 14, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Spring is just around the corner, and now is the time to register your adult summer softball or adult summer kickball team.
Minnetonka Police Department hires 58th officer
Posted February 14, 2008
Updated Friday, March 7, 2008
The Minnetonka Police Department is pleased to announce the hiring of its 58th sworn officer, Jake Wenmark.
Restoration cutting continues along Minnetonka Boulevard & Minnehaha Creek
Posted February 7, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
In recent weeks, as part of Minnetonka’s natural resources stewardship program, buckthorn and invasive species cutting has resumed on city land between Minnetonka Boulevard and Minnehaha Creek.
February Minnetonka Memo articles, resources online
Posted February 1, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Have you ever read your Minnetonka Memo and wished you could take a look at the articles online, so you could easily view all the suggested resources? Now you can!
Has your email address changed?
Posted February 1, 2008
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
If your email address has changed, please notify the city of your new email address so you can continue to receive important city news.
Minnetonka Police receive award for successful traffic enforcement efforts
Posted February 1, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Successful traffic safety activities conducted by the Minnetonka Police Department warranted a federal grant of $3,000 from the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).
Planning a building project? Go green!
Posted January 30, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
If you’re planning a home building or remodeling project this winter, consider using “green” building techniques!
Habitat restoration expands in Purgatory Park
Posted January 30, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Once again, Purgatory Park is abuzz with chainsaws and wood chipper activity.
Traffic tip: Understanding HOV lanes
Posted January 30, 2008
Updated Friday, March 7, 2008
Learn more about the high occupancy vehicle lanes along I-394 from Wayzata to downtown Minneapolis.
Personal safety for children
Posted January 30, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Parents, learn how to teach your children about safety and protection measures.
Don’t forget the photo contest!
Posted January 30, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Keep your digital cameras handy throughout the seasons and continue to take photos with the city’s fall photo contest in mind!
Planters may harbor emerald ash borer
Posted January 28, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Did you purchase a “Nature’s Own Planter” at a Lowe’s store this year? If so, it may be harboring the invasive emerald ash borer.
Questions about I and I inspectors
Posted January 25, 2008
Updated Friday, February 8, 2008
All SL-serco contractors involved in inspections in Minnetonka have undergone and passed a background check by the Minnetonka Police Department.
Minnetonka Community Development Director announces retirement
Posted January 18, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Ron Rankin, community development director for the city of Minnetonka, has announced his plans to retire May 31, 2008.
Public notice of municipal stormwater programs
Posted January 11, 2008
Updated Friday, February 8, 2008
On Tuesday, January 8, 2008, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued public notice of request for comments on 14 municipal stormwater pollution prevention programs (SWPPPs) and applications for coverage under the general permit for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s).
January Minnetonka Memo articles, resources online
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, February 1, 2008
Have you ever read your Minnetonka Memo and wished you could take a look at the articles online, so you could easily view all the suggested resources? Now you can!
City welcomes new K9 Ringo
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, January 18, 2008
In November, Minnetonka Police Department Officer Troy Denneson and his new K-9 partner, Ringo, graduated from the St. Paul Police Department’s Police Service Dog program.
City names Snowplow Operator of the Year
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, February 1, 2008
This year, the Minnetonka Public Works department debuted its “Snowplow Operator of the Year” program, designed to become an annual event.
A message from Mayor Jan Callison
Posted January 1, 2008
Updated Friday, January 18, 2008
This message from Mayor Jan Callison appeared on the front page of the January Minnetonka Memo.
A reminder about fire alarm fees
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, March 28, 2008
If your home or business is monitored by a private alarm monitoring company, and they initiate an automatic fire alarm to the Minnetonka Fire Department, be prepared to pay the city a $250 service fee.
Fire department reports 2007 service calls
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, January 18, 2008
Learn what the fire department responded to for service calls in 2007.
ReadyMinnetonka tips for cold weather
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Now that we’re in the thick of winter, ReadyMinnetonka offers the following cold weather tips.
Share your musical talent!
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, February 8, 2008
Start the new year on the right note by joining a Music Association of Minnetonka (MAM) instrumental or choral ensemble!
Ask Minnetonka Mike: Identifying “hazard” trees
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, July 25, 2008
Learn what hazard trees are and what to do about them.
Reducing sand and salt use on Minnetonka roads
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, February 8, 2008
Over the past few winters, the city of Minnetonka has changed the way it controls ice on city streets. Learn about the city’s new ice-control regimen.
Traffic tip: stop before turning right on red
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, February 1, 2008
Learn why it is important to stop before turning right on red.
Tips to improve your home security
Posted January 2, 2008
Updated Friday, February 8, 2008
Here are some tips to get you started on improving security at your home or business.
Update on tree pruning, diseased trees
Posted October 31, 2007
Updated Friday, March 21, 2008
Learn why November through March is the ideal time to prune oaks and other trees.
Minnetonka Police Department concludes successful traffic enforcement effort
Posted December 20, 2007
Updated Friday, January 25, 2008
During the week of December 9, the Minnetonka Police Department continued its dedication to making the roadways safer by coordinating a traffic saturation effort with several neighboring communities.
Watch for gypsy moth eggs
Posted December 14, 2007
Updated Friday, February 1, 2008
On Monday, December 10, 2007, four agencies joined together to conduct a survey in the city for the gypsy moth survey, a non-native insect that feeds on the leaves of over 300 species of trees and shrubs: your help is needed. Learn what to look for and watch a video of the search for gypsy moth eggs!
Summary now available for Nov. 27 shoreland ordinance listening session
Posted December 7, 2007
Updated Friday, January 25, 2008
Read the summary of the November 27 listening session held by the Minnetonka City Council to solicit additional feedback on the proposed shoreland protection ordinance.
Recreation winter/spring registration underway
Posted November 1, 2007
Updated Friday, December 21, 2007
Winter/spring recreation registration began Dec. 5 for residents and Dec. 19 for non-residents.
Keep watering trees through the fall season
Posted September 28, 2007
Updated Friday, December 7, 2007
Watering your trees into the autumn until the ground freezes will increase tree vigor and reduce the chance of winter damage.
December Minnetonka Memo articles, resources online
Posted November 30, 2007
Updated Friday, January 25, 2008
Have you ever read your Minnetonka Memo and wished you could take a look at the articles online, so you could easily view all the suggested resources? Now you can!
Implementing a shared vision for the Upper Minnehaha Creek Corridor
Posted November 30, 2007
Updated Friday, February 8, 2008
In September 2007, the Minnetonka City Council and Park Board, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board, Three Rivers Park District Board and Hennepin County’s area commissioner joined together in an historic meeting to discuss a partnership to implement a shared vision for Minnehaha Creek.
2008 budget and your property taxes
Posted November 30, 2007
Updated Friday, June 27, 2008
Learn how Minnetonka’s 2008 budget will affect your property taxes.
City of Minnetonka’s 2008 budget
Posted October 31, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
Learn about the city of Minnetonka’s 2008 budget!
Traffic Tip: Keep your ears clear while driving
Posted November 30, 2007
Updated Thursday, December 13, 2007
Learn about  a Minnesota law regarding the use of headphones while driving.
Follow these holiday fire safety tips
Posted November 30, 2007
Updated Friday, January 25, 2008
Help prevent a visit from the Minnetonka Fire Department this holiday season by following these fire prevention tips!
Sign up for skating lessons today!
Posted November 30, 2007
Updated Friday, January 11, 2008
It’s that time of year—time to sign up for skating lessons with the Minnetonka Ice Arena’s All-Season Skating School!
Minnetonka police plan holiday traffic enforcement
Posted November 29, 2007
Updated Friday, January 25, 2008
Learn about a statewide traffic safety campaign this December.
Do you live near a lake or a creek? These changes may affect you!
Posted July 9, 2007
Updated Friday, December 7, 2007
If you live within 1,000 feet of a lake or 300 feet of a creek, then changes to the city of Minnetonka’s shoreland ordinance may affect you!
Celebrate a green holiday
Posted November 21, 2007
Updated Friday, January 25, 2008
Learn how to choose holiday gifts that create less waste and are less resource-intensive to manufacture.
Issues and opportunities presented for comprehensive guide plan updating
Posted November 9, 2007
Updated Thursday, December 13, 2007
View the issues and opportunities involved in the updating of the comprehensive guide plan for 2030, which were presented at the recent comprehensive guide plan open house, on Nov. 8, 2007.
Traffic Tip: Don’t Veer for Deer
Posted November 8, 2007
Updated Thursday, December 13, 2007
While encounters with deer are a year-round hazard on Minnesota’s roads, the danger peaks in early to mid-November when herds are most active: improve your driving safety with these tips.
November Minnetonka Memo articles, resources online
Posted November 2, 2007
Updated Thursday, December 13, 2007
Have you ever read your Minnetonka Memo and wished you could take a look at the articles online, so you could easily view all the suggested resources? Now you can!
2007 Photo Contest winners announced
Posted November 2, 2007
Updated Thursday, December 13, 2007
View the winning entries in the 2007 Photo Contest!
Open House a success for all ages
Posted November 2, 2007
Updated Thursday, December 13, 2007
Take a look at pictures from this year's Fire Department and City-Wide Open House!
City council sets priorities for 2008 budget
Posted September 14, 2007
Updated Thursday, December 13, 2007
The Minnetonka city council recently set priorities and guidelines for preparing the city’s 2008 budget, which will be reviewed and adopted later this year.
Take a stand against crime: join Neighborhood Watch
Posted November 1, 2007
Updated Thursday, December 13, 2007
Learn how you can start your own Neighborhood Watch!
Traffic tip: Provisional drivers and cell phones
Posted November 1, 2007
Updated Thursday, December 13, 2007
Provisional license holders, typically those who have reached the age of 16 but are under the age of 18, are not allowed to operate a motor vehicle while using a cell phone.
2007 Photo Contest: Picturing Minnetonka
Posted October 5, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to the 2007 Minnetonka Photo Contest! View the entries and vote for your favorite at Open House!
Minnetonka City Council candidate forum
Posted October 3, 2007
Updated Thursday, November 8, 2007
View a forum for the Minnetonka City Council candidates sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
October Minnetonka Memo articles, resources online
Posted September 28, 2007
Updated Friday, November 30, 2007
Have you ever read your Minnetonka Memo and wished you could take a look at the articles online, so you could easily view all the suggested resources? Now you can!
Hopkins Crossroad, Highland Road now open
Posted September 28, 2007
Hopkins Crossroad (County Road 73) from Minnetonka Boulevard to Cedar Lake Road officially opened the afternoon of Monday, September 24.
Fire Prevention Week: Practice your escape plan
Posted September 28, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
The city encourages residents to practice both of the ReadyMinnetonka emergency plans—a fire escape plan and an emergency plan.
Minnetonka firefighters, police respond to I-35W bridge collapse
Posted September 28, 2007
While Minnetonka residents are well aware of the August?1 collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, residents may not know that responders from Minnetonka helped in the rescue effort.
Get into shape at Williston Fitness Center
Posted September 28, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
Check out what the Williston Fitness Center has to offer this fall.
Traffic tip: Keep your windshield clear!
Posted September 28, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
Did you know that in Minnesota it is illegal to operate a vehicle with objects of any kind hanging from the rear view mirror?
Traffic tip: avoid theft from your vehicle
Posted September 28, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
Follow these tips to help avoid theft from your vehicle, wherever you park.
Buckthorn workshop set for Oct. 4
Posted September 14, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
Learn about buckthorn removal at a free workshop Thursday, Oct. 4.
Primary election results announced
Posted September 12, 2007
Ward 4 voters participated in a primary election September 11, 2007, to select the two Minnetonka City Council candidates whose names will appear on the November 6 general election ballot.
Burwell House regular tour season ends; special tours may be scheduled
Posted September 7, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
While regularly scheduled Burwell House tours have ended for the 2007 season, we are happy to schedule a special tour for you and your group.
The police reserves need you!
Posted September 4, 2007
Updated Friday, December 7, 2007
Are you interested in volunteering with the Minnetonka Police Department? Then consider serving as a police reserve volunteer.
Remember to obey school bus stop arms
Posted August 30, 2007
With children headed back to school, the Minnetonka Police Department reminds motorists to be on the alert for school buses and school children, and to obey school bus stop arms.
Interactive crime map available
Posted August 30, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
The Minnetonka Police Department offers an interactive crime map that allows residents to see where various incidents are happening in the city.
Metro Transit Route 675 service improved
Posted August 30, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
Metro Transit has improved service on Express Route 675, which operates seven days a week between the west metro and downtown Minneapolis.
New tree ordinance proposed
Posted August 17, 2007
Updated Friday, December 7, 2007
In order to protect remnant woodland ecosystems and protect trees that are of higher value and important to a particular site or neighborhood character, the city plans to update its tree ordinance.
Yield for pedestrians!
Posted July 12, 2007
Updated Thursday, July 19, 2007
Keep in mind these important tips regarding pedestrians crossing the street: following these tips is mandated by state statute.
Be wary of Minneapolis bridge collapse scams
Posted August 9, 2007
These tips can help you avoid scams that may be associated with the Minneapolis bridge collapse.
Rediscovering Minnehaha Creek
Posted August 9, 2007
With the help of several partnering agencies, the city hopes to open up Minnehaha Creek for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
Water demand at a peak; remember watering restrictions
Posted May 17, 2007
Updated Friday, August 3, 2007
Minnetonka Public Works reports that the city is approaching maximum pumping capacity on city wells.
Conserve water while you shower
Posted August 2, 2007
Updated Friday, November 2, 2007
CenterPoint Energy residential heating customers who live in homes constructed before 1992 may receive a free low-flow, multi-setting massage showerhead to save water and reduce natural gas water heating costs.
Feed your appetite for Minnetonka news
Posted July 27, 2007
Updated Friday, July 25, 2008
Learn about a new way to receive Minnetonka news, as it is posted on eminnetonka.com, by subscribing to our news feed.
Driving around construction zone barricades
Posted July 27, 2007
During road construction season, it’s important to remember that it is illegal to drive around or through areas that are specifically barricaded for the construction project.
Matching grants available for infiltration and inflow repairs
Posted July 27, 2007
As part of a five-year effort to reduce the flow of clear water into the sanitary sewer system (infiltration and inflow), homes are being inspected to ensure sump pumps and foundation drains are not connected to the sanitary sewer system. For those residents who may need to make corrections to remove clear flow from the sanitary sewer system, the city of Minnetonka is offering matching grants of up to $500.
Solicitors and peddlers must be registered with the city
Posted July 27, 2007
The Minnetonka Police Department asks residents to be aware of unusual or suspicious activity and to report unauthorized solicitors and peddlers to the city.
Online auction began August 13
Posted July 20, 2007
The Minnetonka Police Department will be auctioning surplus, found, unclaimed and seized items in an online auction at propertyroom.com, which began August 13, 2007.
Dynamic signs: tentative settlement and adopted ordinance
Posted July 2, 2007
A negotiated agreement with Clear Channel Outdoor allows limited use of dynamic (electronic) billboards in exchange for the permanent removal and restriction of other off-site signs.
Summer Festival race results
Posted June 28, 2007
Results are now available from the Summer Festival’s 8K races.
City receives award for 50th anniversary celebration
Posted June 7, 2007
Minnetonka was recently recognized for the city’s 2006 50th anniversary events and the efforts of the 50th anniversary volunteer committee.
Be aware of motorcycles and scooters
Posted May 23, 2007
Remain alert and watch the roadway at all times for motorcycles and scooters.
2007 community survey results presented
Posted May 14, 2007
Results are now available from the 2007 Resident Survey, presented by Bill Morris of Decision Resources, Inc. to the Minnetonka City Council Monday, May 7.
Hennepin County Curfew for Juveniles
Posted May 4, 2007
Updated Thursday, December 4, 2008
Kids have curfews in Hennepin County. And it’s not just to keep your kids out of trouble—it’s to protect them from becoming victims as well.
Minnetonka designated a Governor’s Fit City
Posted April 26, 2007
Governor Tim Pawlenty and Commissioner of Health Dianne Mandernach announced that Minnetonka has been designated a “Governor’s Fit City.“
More senior services info now available online
Posted April 12, 2007
Residents 55 and over are invited to visit the new and improved senior services website.
Members needed for Minnetonka Community Commission
Posted March 30, 2007
The city of Minnetonka is seeking members for the Minnetonka Community Commission, whose primary responsibility is fostering partnerships that encourage community engagement.
Attend a Minnetonka Senior Services event
Posted March 22, 2007
Don’t miss out on the fun and friendship at Minnetonka Senior Services!
Home inspections for I and I
Posted March 1, 2007
In March, home inspections began in those areas of the city of Minnetonka identified as having increased sewer flow after rain events.
Planning a concrete driveway?
Posted March 1, 2007
Learn what to do if you are a Minnetonka resident planning to install a concrete driveway at your home, and the road you live on does not have concrete curb and gutter.
City partners with businesses to receive tree pruning in parks
Posted February 21, 2007
The city has partnered with a local business to prune a number of large trees for free.
Minnetonka joins the Minnesota Energy Challenge
Posted February 2, 2007
Updated Friday, October 12, 2007
Learn how Minnetonka has joined the Minnesota Energy Challenge in order to save both energy and tax dollars.