You should probably focus your search on Richfield, South Minneapolis, Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley.
There's a lot of folks who work in downtown Minneapolis (9-5 M-F) who use the mass transit options which are excellent in Burnsville, Apple Valley, Bloomington. But you would still be within 30 minutes of downtown. Check out metrotransit.org.
Personally I would find the prospects of driving from Brooklyn Park to Bloomington to be quickly tedious.