Monday, May 13, 2013
The community had 88.3 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2012 election.
Minnetonka had a high voter turnout in the 2012 election for a state that is itself already well above the national average. Minnesota fell to third in the country—behind only Mississippi and Wisconsin, according to data the U.S. Census Bureau made public Wednesday evening. Although it had the highest levels in the country of voter turnout in the 2008 election, the 73.2 percent of citizens who voted here in 2012 is still comfortably above the national average of 61.8. (The Census Bureau’s rates are different from those from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, which lists a 76.11 percent voter turnout rate. The Census Bureau’s rate for Minnesota is listed as having a margin of error of ± 2.1 percent.) The Census Bureau didn’t provide…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The owner of the Minnetonka facility grew up near Hinsdale, IL
The owner of ADOGO Pet Hotel in Minnetonka is considering opening a location in Vernon Hills, IL, the Daily Herald reported Friday. John Sturgess grew up near Hinsdale, IL, and thinks the Twin Cities’ west metro is similar to the suburbs of northeastern Illinois, he told the newspaper. ADOGO is a full-service canine experience that offers boarding and day care. It has a 7,000-square-foot outdoor play space, aromatherapy, soothing music and more. The investment in the 17,000-square-foot Vernon Hills facility could reach $1 million. But pet boarding and day care are not currently allowed at that location under the village’s ordinance, according to the Daily Herald. Click here to read the full story.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Jillian Rae Neimeyer pleaded guilty Thursday to drunken driving.
A Minnetonka woman who left her 6-year-old alone all night so she could go out drinking pleaded guilty to drunken driving Thursday and had a gross misdemeanor child-endangerment charge dismissed, the Star Tribune reported. A Hennepin County District Court sentenced 26-year-old Jillian Rae Neimeyer to 30 days in the workhouse—but stayed the sentence for two years. On Dec. 1 at about 8 a.m., Minnetonka Police were called to Hunters Ridge Apartments to investigate a case of child neglect. They met a woman who said that a 6-year-old boy had come to her apartment that morning claiming that "mommy was gone." At about 8:35 a.m., Neimeyer drove into the apartment complex lot, according to police. Police say she smelled like alcohol and that she …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Minnetonka-based company was ranked 17th on this year’s list.
Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group is once again the highest-ranked Minnesota company on the Fortune 500 list. The company came in at 17th on this year’s list, which was released Monday. It posted $110.6 billion in revenues for the relevant time period—51 percent greater than 36th-ranked Target, the next biggest Minnesota company on the list. That’s also $9 billion greater than the $101.9 billion revenues that UHG tallied in last year’s list. Those gains helped the company climb five spots from the 22nd-place ranking it had in 2012. Fortune noted that UHG’s membership grew 6 percent—thanks in large part to its acquisition of XLHealth, a provider of Medicare Advantage plans, and Amil, Brazil’s largest health insurer. In all, 19 Minnesota …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect -- and improve -- our planet. Provided by Jobs at AOL.
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* If you’re looking for a green job in Minnetonka, check out our jobs page…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A large quantity of rare wildflowers from Big Willow Park have been dug up and taken.
From the city of Minnetonka: A thief has recently dug up and taken a large quantity of rare wildflowers from Minnetonka’s Big Willow Park. This incident has been reported to the Minnetonka Police Department. If you are a park user, here’s how you can help: This is a reminder that the city’s parks are the property of all of its residents and maintained for the enjoyment of everyone. Taking wildflowers, plantings or other property from any of the city parks is considered theft.
The students were selected from a pool of 15,000 finalists.
Two Minnetonka students are among the winners of $2,500 National Merit Scholarships released Wednesday, the organization announced. This year’s local winners are: The National Merit Scholarship Corporation selected the Minnetonka students from among 15,000 finalists in the 2013 National Merit Program. The winners are judged to have the best combinations of “accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.” The number of winners in each state is proportional to the number of graduating seniors in the state. A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors selected the winners using: This year’s competition began when 1.5 million juniors across 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/…
Monday, May 6, 2013
The last day is May 14.
Residents only have a little bit longer to drop off leaf and yard waste at the Minnetonka Public Works facility. The leaf drop-off is open to Minnetonka residents, but the last day it’s available is May 14. Residents can drop off leaf and yard waste on the west side of the building, near the Big Willow ball fields. You will need proper identification to verify you are a Minnetonka resident—such as a driver’s license, state I.D. or Minnetonka utility bill. There will be expanded drop-off days during the busiest times. In addition to the normal operating schedule, the site will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, May 5 and May 12, and from noon to 6 p.m. May 10. Truck and trailer loads of leaves will be accepted only at Minnetonka Public …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The students came over as part of an exchange program through Minnetonka High School’s International Studies program.
About 25 students from Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet—a school in Den Haag, The Netherlands—visited Minnetonka in April as part of an exchange program through Minnetonka High School’s International Studies program. The Dutch students toured the high school, shadowed local students and visited sites like St. Paul, Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. The Minnesota and Dutch teens won’t have to wait long before they reunite; Minnetonka is sending a group of students there in June. Check out highlights of the recent trip in the video above, courtesy of YouTube user TheKLCproductions.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Many communities along the line worry about the loss of tax base and redevelopment potential should the site move in.
Minnetonka has just one site on a short list of possible locations for a Southwest Light Rail Transit operation and maintenance facility that will service trains along the corridor, according to a list the Metropolitan Council released Thursday. The project’s draft environmental impact statement identified just six possible sites where the facility could be located—five sites in Eden Prairie and one in Minneapolis. However, planners decided that the start of preliminary engineering was a good time to take a look at more sites and they eventually identified 18 sites. The latest list narrows the candidates to nine sites. Those sites are: The maintenance facility is the site where light rail vehicles will be cleaned, stored and undergo light …