South Metro Update: Savage Pays Business Owner $600,000 for Blocked Access

In other news from around the region, Nikko, a snow monkey at the Minnesota Zoo, celebrates his 29th birthday, and Burnsville swears in its first female police captain.

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Apple Valley-Rosemount

VIDEO: How Does a Snow Monkey Celebrate His 29th Birthday?
Nikko, a snow monkey at the Minnesota Zoo, is the oldest male of his species in North America.


Burnsville Swears in First Female Police Captain
Capt. Tanya Schwartz, replacement for Eric Werner, could be the only woman to have attained such a rank in Dakota County.

Burnsville Man Works to Transform I-35 Bridge into Tribute to Cancer Victims
Minnesota's most famous bridge will glow purple in honor of those with pancreatic cancer.


Eagan Senate and House Candidates Come Out Swinging at Political Forum
"Obamacare", job creation and education funding were the topics of choice at the forum, held Wednesday night at Rasmussen College in Eagan.

Television Appearance on "The Voice" Brings Whirlwind of Fame for Musician With Eagan Roots
Nicholas Mrozinski, who grew up in Eagan and graduated from Eagan High School, was selected to be a contestant on NBC's "The Voice".

Inver Grove Heights

PHOTOS: IGH Cougars Lose to City Rival Bulldogs
The Bulldogs' blocking and tackling was solid, as was the play of their young 3rd grade quarterback, #20 Devin Robinson.


Police: Lakeville Day-Care Operator Had .30 BAC and Daughter in Car
Brenda Lee Lysholm, already charged with continuing to operate her day-care facility without a license, allegedly caused a three-car accident this week.


Police Searching for Missing Northfield Man
Joshua Ben Bohlen, 39, was last seen Thursday.

Marriage Amendment on Carleton Faculty Meeting Agenda
St. Olaf College’s faculty last month took a symbolic vote to oppose the amendment.

UPDATE: Man Killed by Train Identified
The victim struck by a northbound Union Pacific train in downtown Dundas late Sunday night has been identified as Willem F. van Vliet, 33, of Dundas.


Savage City Council Ponies Up $600K Settlement
Business owner Cory Townsend said his gas station was irreparably damaged after a road closure.

Neisen's Back In Action: Savage City Council Agrees to Reinstate License in Full
A popular bar in downtown Savage will once again have a full-fledged liquor license after making it through a six month probation period.


New Water Lilies Sculpture Shimmers at St. Francis Regional Medical Center
St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee commissioned the sculpture to give patients a pleasant, calming view outside their window.

Meet Art Crawl Artist Kristin Oppold, Jewelry Designer
Oppold makes what she loves and describes her jewelry as earthy urban chic with a modern bohemian flair.


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