As the boat season peaks this July 4th, local businesses are embracing an influx in boats on Lake Minnetonka after a battered economy and escalating gas prices put a dent in one of Minnesota's biggest industries. The DNR tells the Star Tribune that boater registrations more than doubled between 2009 and 2011.
St. Michael standoff suspect charged, bail set at $10 million
A judge on Monday set the high bail due to "very significant concerns of public safety" regarding Brandon Gardas.
Crisp & Green opening 13th store in Twin Cities in July
The fast-casual salad and grains restaurant has exploded onto the food scene.
Twins to host post-game concert with country star at Target Field
Country singer Cole Swindell is expected to perform for up to 75 minutes after the conclusion of the Blue Jays-Twins contest.
Canton Restaurant closes after nearly 40 years in Burnsville
It's the end of an era in the Twin Cities restaurant world.
Luck strikes in Minnesota: lottery winners in Duluth, Grand Marais
The North Shore just so happened to be a lucky place to be this past weekend.
60-year-old woman arrested after firing shots inside Spicer home
SWAT evacuated nearby residents during the incident.
Florida Georgia Line booked to play at the Minnesota State Fair
The band is the second country music act to be booked this year.
Isolated severe weather in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday
Definitely not a slam dunk either day, but the chance is there.
Hennepin County puts clamps down on intoxicated boaters
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is taking Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) offenses very seriously, and has made 55 arrests this year to date. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek called intoxicated boaters "a serious hazard" who "jeopardize the safety of everyone on the water."
Lake Minnetonka's 'Enchanted Island' becoming dumping ground
Many area residents say it's one of the prettiest places on Lake Minnetonka during the winter, but, Enchanted Island is filling up with trash. Neighbors are furious.
Diver-for-hire finds woman's rings in Lake Minnetonka
Marisa Nelson was shattered when she lost her wedding and engagement bands on the muddy bottom of Lake Minnetonka. But a quick Internet search put her in touch with recreational scuba diver Denny Geffre, who found the rings in about 10 minutes.
Archaeologists discover three unknown shipwrecks in Lake Minnetonka
The nonprofit organization Maritime Heritage Minnesota found the wreckage while scanning the eastern half of the large Minnesota lake last fall. The sonar survey also showed dozens of rowboats and cars are lurking in Lake Minnetonka. The husband and wife team plan to survey the other half in May.
Minnesota DNR, sheriff's officials to target drunk boaters statewide
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and sheriff's officials are stepping up efforts to keep boaters safe on lakes statewide as the 4th of July approaches. The officials are taking part in a nationwide effort called Operation Dry Water, which highlights the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI).
Body found in search for missing boater on Lake Minnetonka
The missing man's empty boat was found circling on Saturday evening.
Lake Minnetonka water levels among lowest in years
Boaters should be wary if they're out on the lake early this year, KSTP reports. And conservation staff will meet soon to decide whether to allow docks farther into the water to give boats more clearance.
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