Friday, January 11, 2013
Holly Ryan, a school psychologist at Lakeville's Kenwood Trail Middle School, flew to her hometown of Newtown, CT, along with a service dog, to help victims of the tragedy cope.
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog For Holly Ryan, Dec. 14, 2012, started out as a typical, busy Friday. It wasn't until later that she learned half a country away, her hometown of Newtown, CT, had become the site of the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Ryan, 40, a school psychologist at Lakeville's Kenwood Trail Middle School, says text messages from her mother and sister first alerted her to the tragedy that unfolded. "I think the events are still unimaginable in their entirety," Ryan said. "There are just so many personal accounts—families directly and indirectly affected—it's overwhelming." Ryan grew up in Newtown. She lived there until she was 20, she said. And while she …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows says he supports a ban on high-capacity assault weapons. What do you think?
Last week, Patch published an article about Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows' support of a ban on the sale of high-capacity assault weapons. The article prompted a heated online discussion, with several commenters vigorously opposed to the sheriff's statements. One commenter, identified as Patrick Lynch, called for the election of a new sheriff; another, Jim Christian, said Bellows' response was "reasoned" and "multi-faceted." In light of the controversy and the Newtown shooting, Patch wants to know whether you support or oppose Bellows' position on assault weapons. Answer our poll below, then take the time to tell us how you feel in our comment section.
Monday, December 17, 2012
People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook families after Friday's horrifying mass shooting. The Newtown Patch has several ideas.
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy at Sandy Hook School last week, people from all over the world have been expressing support and asking how they can help. That includes people in the Twin Cities, including Apple Valley and Rosemount. If you want to be notified via email of ways to provide comfort and support during this difficult time, please click on to this post from our sister Patch in Newtown, Connecticut; then in the comments section of that article say, "I want to help." The Newtown Patch staff says: "Patch will continue to update this original article with ways to help—posting updates to the story as well as in the comments thread, triggering …