Plymouth is quickly becoming a great place to get well, with expanded clinics, the presence of medical device companies and senior living developments creating both jobs and diversified healthcare options for residents.
"Certainly there are more jobs that will be coming to Plymouth because of those expansions and because of the commitments that those organizations and companies have and will continue to make to Plymouth," said Steve Juetten, community development director for the city.
Medical fields are growing with an aging population, thus creating jobs within a relatively stable industry. In Plymouth, medical growth contributes to the city's already-strong employment statistics. Of additional note is the fact that none of the current, planned or completed construction will be reflected in tax increases, as all of the projects have been privately funded. Monday, December 2, 2013
The owners of the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres made a major change recently when they went from renters to land owners. The current ownership team, which bought the business in 2010, entered into a contract-for-deed agreement with the Bloomberg Companies.
"The main thing is it secures that we are going to stay here in Chanhassen," said owner and artistic director Michael Brindisi. "There has always been speculation that we were moving. Financially, the rent was scheduled to go up at the end of the lease and in about five years, it would have been prohibitive. Monday, December 2, 2013
In flush times and recessions, the Westonka Food Shelf has been serving many of the community's most vulnerable citizens. This is more apparent than ever, as the holidays approach. Many local families are feeling the cut in federal funding for food stamps, and they turn to the Westonka Food Shelf to make ends meet.
While Westonka has a rich and storied history, the beginnings of one major force of the community, the Westonka Food Shelf, was a complete mystery. Monday, December 2, 2013
Since the early 1900s, the Friday following Thanksgiving has marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season, though the time keeps getting pushed up to allow for more bargains.
Black Friday, as it is commonly called, has been recognized as the largest shopping day of the year, bringing in more than $59 billion in 2012, up drastically from the $27 billion spent by consumers in 2005, according to the National Retail Federation. The numbers are based upon sales for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as projected sales for Sunday.
While stores originally opened around 6 a.m. Friday, doors have been opening earlier and earlier; In 2012, many retailers began their sales at midnight. The trend has continued, with many stores opening Thursday night, a decision that is often debated among retail workers consumers alike.
The first retailer to open its doors on the Thanksgiving holiday was Walmart, making the decision in 2011 to start the sales at 10 p.m.
Several retailers followed suit, and now, more than 15 stores in Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka will be opening Thursday evening, including but not limited to, Express, Ann Taylor, Sears, Hollister, Macy's, Bath and Body Works and H&M. Monday, November 25, 2013
Approximately $1.5 million in 65 years, and all from Christmas tree sales.
This accomplishment belongs to the Glen Lake Optimist Club, which each holiday season sells, on average, of about 750 Christmas trees. This year, as in past years, a majority of the proceeds will go to a major cause of Optimists worldwide: Youth and youth activities.
"The Christmas tree program began in 1948," said Optimist member Bob Gerlicher. "It is held at Optimist Field at Excelsior Boulevard and Glen View Drive." Monday, November 25, 2013
Excelsior farmers market's new location this summer was a huge success, according to Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura Hotvet.
To capitalize on that success, the chamber has introduced a winter farmers market.
"We had a very successful farmers market this year on Water Street, and I think this winter market is sort of a chance to see if those customers that were so visible every week at the farmers market, are interested in carrying on," Hotvet said. Monday, November 25, 2013
It's the first football game of the Minnetonka Skippers 2012 season. At a balmy 92 degrees, some fans are basking in the sun. Others may be uncomfortable in the heat.
Peter Kluzak is simply trying to stay on his feet and not faint.
Kluzak is operating in near-blistering temperatures. As the Minnetonka Skippers mascot, the oversized costume head is essentially a mobile furnace.
"In the summer, there are about 15 pieces. In the winter there are about 12," Kluzak said. "It's more in the summer because inside I wear an ice vest and a CamelBak. Then I never have to take the head off to rehydrate."
Depending on the amount of gear and weather conditions, mascot costumes can be upwards of 40 degrees warmer than the air temperature, according to Patrick Hruby, former contributor of ESPN.
But it's a labor of love for Kluzak - a 17-year-old Minnetonka High School Senior. (2 comments) Monday, November 18, 2013
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the motive behind the killing of a well-known doctor in his home last weekend.
Dr. Stephen Larson was found dead in his home in Orono last weekend, after another man was killed in an officer-involved shooting outside of the doctor's home.
The shooting occurred outside a residence on the 1000 block of Heritage Lane on Friday, Nov. 15 around 8:55p.m.
When Orono police officers arrived on the scene, they encountered a man in the front yard who was armed with a handgun. Subsequently shots were fired, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. Monday, November 18, 2013
The Nov. 19 open house at Plymouth City Hall will provide information on the I-494 rehabilitation project slated to begin this summer.
The stretch of 494 concerned passes through Minnetonka and Plymouth to Maple Grove, between I-394 and I-694/Fish Lake Interchange. The $61.5 million, two-year project will potentially include reducing I-494 to a single lane in both directions during off-peak hours and two lanes in both directions during rush hour.
Maintenance will consist of repairing seven miles of pavement and reinforcing and widening several bridges, constructing storm water ponds, re-paving road surfaces and potentially erecting several noise walls at various locations throughout the stretch. Monday, November 18, 2013
As iPads began to slowly be integrated into school curriculum over the last few years, Amy Timm, director of Excelsior Covenant Preschool, hoped someday that technology could also be integrated at the preschool level.
About a year ago, Timm got her wish. A family approached Timm and told her they wanted to make a significant contribution to the school, and asked Timm what the school needed.
Timm said the school needed iPads. The family donated eight iPads, which cost about $4,300.
"I had iPads on my wish list for a number of years. So I mentioned to [the family], 'we would love an iPad to use in our school and with our curriculum' and they just were really generous and said, 'why don't we buy you eight,'" Timm said.
The Minnetonka School Board has approved construction of 13 additional rooms for all-day kindergarten, music and anticipated future classes at all six district elementary schools.
"Going from half day to full-day Kindergarten drives some facility needs, and also some opportunities," said board Chair Lisa Wagner.
While an influx of resident students partially accounts for the district-wide need to expand, all-day kindergarten means additional space will be needed to accommodate more students occupying the buildings for longer periods. Monday, November 11, 2013