You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the area's top stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors.
Here's a look at news from the past week that may affect or interest you. To see the full stories, click on the headline links.
Naming contest continues via zoo’s Facebook page.
But don't expect to see picket lines or any signs of a "strike" in Dakota County.
Surf-themed family restaurant opens to a line of people.
New restaurant takes up quarters at former Timber Lodge Steakhouse.
Wonder what the proposed, 441,000-square-foot outlet mall in the Cedar Grove area will look like? Check out developer Paragon Outlet's preliminary plans here on Patch.
Candidates from Apple Valley Rosemount and Eagan House and Senate Districts converged at Black Hawk Middle School for a Tuesday night forum.
A student group at the high school staged a campaign against texting while driving last week, collecting pledges from—and raising awareness—among their peers.
Inver Grove Heights
Chad Mitchell-Peterson and his fishing partner recently won 2012 “Top Gun” honors in the Professional Musky Tournament Trail.
A "small drip" of anhydrous ammonia was coming from a leaky tank inside Pomp's Tire Services.
If convicted, Robert Russel Terrell, 22, could face up to five years in jail.
More than 240 peanut butter and other nut products are now on the recall list, which includes items from Walmart, Target and Trader Joe's.
The owner of a Mendota Heights business says he has received hate mail after announcing his support of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Fashion designer Bri Seeley faced off against 11 other designers.
It’s that special time of year when blood, shrieking and 8-foot tall figures walking on all fours don’t necessarily seem out of the norm.
Thomas A. Rees said Republican Mike Dudley violated state law when he didn’t include a disclaimer on campaign material stating who paid for the material.
About 60 volunteers telephoned South Metro voters from First United Church of Christ of Northfield on Saturday.
One infected Minnesotan remains hospitalized in outbreak that has now killed 14 across United States.