Good News: Smart Santas and Blue Skies with 'Clouds' in the Twin Cities

Gathered from around our Twin Cities metro sites, here's some happy news, Minnesota.

Good news from the past week from our Patch sites in the Twin Cities.

We’re assured it will be a white Christmas next week, for those of you who look forward to that sort of thing.

For others who think winter has “come on a little strong,” this December has packed a bit of a punch, for sure.

But here are a few stories from around the Twin Cities that will warm you up inside, and maybe keep those subzero wind chills away for just a little while this weekend. 


Feel-Good Stories

Chuck Clausen Taking Santa to Higher Degree This Season

The Oakdale resident and former Stillwater prison corrections officer earned a 'SantaClausology' diploma last spring.
Holiday 'Shout Out' from Spc. Brett Anderson to Friends and family  - Stillwater Patch

5 of the Happiest Places in Plymouth

Jetpac City Guides put the app in happy.

Which Place in Shakopee Has the Bluest Skies?

A new app thinks it knows the '9 best views' in Shakopee.

Five Local Campaigns that Could Use Your Support

Northfield giving back as Patch teams up with GoFundMe

TEDx Lakeville: Betsy Goes Off Script

Here’s a highlight from the recent TEDx in Lakeville we wanted to share.

Former STMA Homecoming Queen, Miss Albertville Turning Heads in Grand Forks

The former girls’ hockey goalie is following her passion for sports at the University of North Dakota.

Awards and Accomplishments

Edina High Student Publishes Historical Fantasy Novel She Wrote on Lunch Breaks

The Edina senior wrote a first draft of her novel, "Two Broken Birds," while she was in sixth grade.

Fridley Lake is Setting for ‘Worst Ad of 2013’

Minneapolis mayor Jeff Wagner used Moore Lake as the setting for a bizarre ad that includes swim trunks, strip clubs and F-bombs.

Hopkins Basketball Teams Rack Up Wins at Tip Off Classic

The boys beat St. Michael-Albertville, and the girls beat Anoka.

Apple Valley Boys Win Tip Off Classic Matchup

The Eagles beat DeLaSalle 73-63.

Plymouth Native, Wayzata Grad Making Romantic Paintball Movie

Ryan Stockstad has started a Kickstarter for his new film, ‘Walk-Ons.

Give Back this Holiday Season

Mall of America 'Clouds Choir' Version of Zach Sobiech Song on iTunes

It's already available as a single. And proceeds go to a very special cause.

Hockey Jamboree Will Honor Memory of 8-Year-Old Edina Boy

Guides and Information

Where are the Twin Cities’ Best Holiday Lights?

Touring local streets for brightly lit homes is a holiday tradition, and the Twin Cities has no shortage of festive houses.

Where Can You Visit Santa Claus in the Twin Cities?

Yes, Minnesota, there is a Santa Claus. A whole slew of them in fact. 

Best Sledding Hills in the Twin Cities

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area offers plenty of options for sledding and tubing.

Where Do You Go for Christmas Eve Services?

Share your holiday worship locations with your neighbors.

Where Do Tourists Go in Golden Valley?

A new app thinks it knows the ‘7 places tourists go.’


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