Minnetonka: A 2013 Year In Review

A look back at the most read and talked about stories of the past year.

Happy New Year from Minnetonka Patch!
Happy New Year from Minnetonka Patch!

As we prepare to begin a new chapter in 2014, now is the time to look back on the year that was to reflect on the successes and also the challenges. Here are the top stories of the year on Minnetonka Patch.

Happy New Year! 


Crime Alert in Minnetonka: Six Burglaries Since Dec. 2

Most of the cases occurred during the afternoon and early evening hours and involve the suspect breaking a window to gain entry into the home.

Beer Party! Minnetonka's Lucid Brewery Hosts Their First

The event on Feb. 2 takes place outside and includes food trucks, large fire pits and live music. Guests will sample beer and choose MN’s Top Brewer.

Macy's Stores Combine; Nordstrom Store Comes to Ridgedale

Recent plans announced for Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka will give shoppers more options.


Should Liquor Be Sold on Sundays?

Some local liquor stores have opposing views on a bill to lift the ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. Do you support Sunday liquor sales?

Hurricane Grill & Wings Makes Landfall in Minnetonka on March 4

The chain's second location in Minnesota will be in the former Old Chicago location at Highway 7 and County Road 101.

Can the Skipper Girls Hockey Team Win Their Third State Title in a Row?

Minnetonka is the top-ranked team in the state tournament, and a third state title would be unprecedented.



Minnetonka Neighborhood Fights Senior Housing Proposal

Scott Colehour and others disagree with a senior housing proposal for Minnetonka Blvd. because of the size of the facility. So far, the plan has been rejected by the city.

Parents Talk: Party Buses for Teens

Teens often approach their parents about riding on a party bus with an emotional plea just days before an event. Would you allow your teen to go on a party bus?

Wayzata Developer Plans Expanded ‘Shopps on 101’

The building would be built in the southwest corner of the Cub Foods parking lot.


Parents Talk: Too Much ADHD?

As more and more children are told they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), some doctors and parents wonder if it is over-diagnosed.

Support Builds for Gov. Dayton's Quarter-Cent Tax Increase

The Counties Transit Improvement Board voted to support a local sales tax increase for transit funding.


Letter to Parents: Principal Dave Adney To Leave Minnetonka High School

After 10 years in Minnetonka, Adney has taken a statewide position.

Minnetonka High School Welcomes a Familiar Leader to Replace Principal Adney

It was a year ago when Assistant Principal Jeff Erickson left Minnetonka to become principal at Mounds View High School. He is returning now to replace Dave Adney at MHS.


Hopkins High School Cheerleader Charged with Prostituting Teammate

Montia Marie Parker has been charged with two felonies: sex trafficking in the second degree and solicitation, inducement and promotion of prostitution.

Minnetonka's Alan Bersten Makes Top 20 on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Watch the ballroom dancer's performance from Tuesday night here.

House On Ashborne Road a Total Loss After Lightning Strike

Xcel Energy reported that thousands of people in the Minnetonka area lost power following the high winds, heavy rain and hail early Friday morning.


Update: Missing Teen Home Safe

A missing teenager from Orono is home safe following more than 24 hours of gut-wrenching uncertainty as to his whereabouts.

‘Crazy’ Man Breaks into Big Thrill Factory, Drinks from Tap

Matthew Allen Holler has been charged with third-degree burglary.

Two Men Charged in Hopkins Cheerleader Prostitution Case

Cornell Frank Caston and Oladipupo Ademola Legunsen, both of Brooklyn Park, were each charged with one count of felony prostitution.


Two Minnetonka Residents Involved in Plymouth Three-Vehicle Crash

State Patrol hasn’t said how many were hurt. Two of the vehicles were totaled.

Police: House Cleaner Stole $6,000 Ring, Pawned It for $1,200

The cleaner said she found the ring in her vacuum cleaner bag.


Burnsville Woman Killed in Minnetonka Crash

Her vehicle was broadsided at Highway 7 and County Road 101.

Minnetonka Woman Drives into Lone Lake

Witnesses said they saw the woman accelerating toward a tree before her SUV went into the water.


Local Singer Holly Henry Gets Knocked Off 'The Voice'

Although she is gone from the show, she asked fans to stick with her.

Minnetonka Election Guide 2013

The candidates and issues that voters are considering in the election for Minnetonka City Council, Minnetonka School Board and Hopkins School Board.

Minnetonka Officers Involved in Shooting at Claremont Apartments

A man died. No officers were hurt.


John Bauer, 29 of Minnetonka, Dies In Tragic Accident

Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Nov. 16 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Minnetonka.

Search Ends For Armed Bank Robbery Suspect in Minnetonka

A bank robbery occurred at 10:28 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at Wings Financial Credit Union.

Firefighters Control Fire at Macy's Ridgedale

The were no injuries. Macy’s and the Lakeshore Grill were evacuated but are now back in business.

IHM Church Responds to Former Priest's Sexual Misconduct

The former priest in the middle of the lawsuit is Jerome Kern, who was assigned to Immaculate Heart of Mary for 18 years.


Former Minnetonka Priest On List Of Alleged Child Abusers

The list of priests “credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the archdiocese" was released today.

Minnetonka Fire Department Tackles Fire on Victor Lane

The home was severely damaged, but there were no injuries.

Minnetonka Man Charged with First-Degree Manslaughter

A man was found dead due to mixed drug toxicity in a Blue Earth home owned by Hayden Spencer.

State Rep. Benson Decides Not To Seek Fifth Term

Rep. John Benson will be completing his fourth term in the Legislature before he retires. Candidates are already announcing bids for the seat.

Police: Minnetonka Man and His Mom Sell Stolen MOA Ride Wristbands

Mall officials questioned the validity of receipts from Kay Jewelers in the amounts of $83,000 and $108,000 in order to get free promotional wristbands.

What do you think was the most important news in 2013? Leave a comment below.


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