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Flu Continues to Ravage Region, Handgun Permit Applications Soar

In other news from around the South Metro, Pardon My French Restaurant unexpectedly closes its doors and Nicholas David returns to Rosemount for an emotional homecoming concert.

 

 

You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top recent stories from throughout the South Metro region.

Here's a look at stories that may impact your life or be of interest to you. To read the full story, click on the headline link.

 

South Metro

UPDATED: 60 Dead of Flu-related Complications, Almost 2,000 Hospitalized

The health department’s second weekly report on the flu outbreak more than doubles the number of reported deaths in the state.

 

Apple Valley-Rosemount

Apple Valley-Rosemount Real Estate Market Booming

Median prices are way up over previous year's levels, but Realtors say there's now a new problem: Not enough homes on the market to meet demand.

VIDEO: Nicholas David Stages Homecoming Performance at St. Joe's in Rosemount

The musician's homecoming performance at his alma mater in Rosemount included a joint sing-a-long with current students at the school.

 

Burnsville

Sweep Elected Board of Education Chair

In a split vote, Sandra Sweep was elected to be chairperson of the Board of Education, replacing long-standing chair Ron Hill.

MnDOT to Close Five Miles of Southbound Interstate 35E for 30 Days Over Summer 2013

This summer, Dakota County's Interstate 35 Corridor will be riddled with detours and diversions as the state refurbishes one of the most heavily trafficked roads in Minnesota.

Hannah Keirstead and Jack O'Brien, two model students from BHS, have been tapped for the annual ExCEL Awards.

Bridal Accents Brings Dash of Class to Heart of the City

In late December, Burnsville got one posh Christmas present: A couture bridal boutique that is an exclusive supplier of fashion luminaries like Badgley Mischka, Nicole Miller and Martina Liana.

 

Eagan

Eagan City Council Says Yes to Caponi Art Park Purchase

The council unanimously agreed Tuesday to enter into a joint-purchase agreement with Dakota County to buy 27.12 acres of the park. The decision ensures the entirety of the park will remain intact and preserved.

Pardon My French Unexpectedly Closes Its Doors

The bakery, wine bar and cafe closed both its Eagan and Mall of America locations Sunday, after posting a notice to its Facebook page informing customers.

 

Inver Grove Heights

Franken Hobnobs With Veterans, Watches Paramedic Training at Inver Hills Community College (VIDEO)

Sen. Al Franken came to Inver Hills Community College on Tuesday afternoon to meet with veterans enrolled at the school and learn about the college's paramedic and IT programs.

 

Lakeville

Karl Drotning Named Lakeville Chamber 2012 Business Person of the Year

Karl Drotning, president CEO of Lakeville's Crystal Lake Automotive, Inc., has been named 2012 Business Person of the Year by the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Next Year's School Calendar To Have Fewer Educational Days for Students

Students in Lakeville's schools will be going to class two fewer times next year. The move allows teachers to have more time for grading, training, and ultimately, teaching, administrators say.

 

Mendota Heights

Vibrate Your Body Healthy: Goga Studios Opens in Village at Mendota Heights

The workout facility features machines that use “whole body vibration” to provide myriad benefits, owner says.

Most Recent Mendota Heights, West St. Paul Deaths: Jan. 14, 2013

Remember those who have passed away.

 

Northfield

Handguns: 2012 a Record Year for Permits in Northfield and Rice County

Permits to purchase a handgun have doubled in Northfield since 2007.

School Board Nixes August Start Date—For Now

After a large turnout and everyone speaking in opposition of the proposal at the Northfield School Board meeting Monday, the board decided the time wasn't right for the change.

 

Shakopee

Chamber Installs New Board Members, Honors Businesses

St. Francis Regional Medical Center, I Zen Spa receive 2012 Business Awards.

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