South Metro News Roundup: Eagan, Lakeville on 'Best Places to Live' List

In other Dakota County news, a new strain of pig flu is discovered and foreclosure strikes Burnsville's Heart of the City.

You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top stories of the past several days. Here's a look at several recent stories, which first appeared on this Patch site or those of our neighbors, that may interest you or have an impact on your life.

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Dakota County

A freeway rollover  claimed the lives of both Frederick J. Alexander, 16, of Burnsville, and Alesha Roehl, 17, of Northfield.

Eagan and Lakeville Among Best Cities to Live in America

Three other Minnesota cities made the CNN/Money list.

Health officials are urging caution after two Twin Cities children fell ill with a new strain of the disease after having contact with pigs at a Dakota County animal market.

West St. Paul Councilman Charged With Misconduct

If convicted of the most serious charge against him—misconduct of a public officer—Edward Everett Hansen, earlier criticized for flying Confederate flags, could face up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Apple Valley-Rosemount

Say Goodbye to Minnesota Zoo Dolphins During Farewell Week

The dolphins will soon leave Discovery Bay so the zoo can repair the exhibit.

District 196 ACT Scores Beat State Average, Exceed 2011

Minnesota students' average ACT score is the highest score among all 50 states.

New Sandwich Shop Coming to Cobblestone Lake Shopping District

The Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs is slated to open in September.


Country Village Apartments: Back in Business?

In spite of stringent dissent from Council Member Mary Sherry, the Burnsville City Council agreed to give the troubled property management company a provisional license.

Foreclosure Strikes 'Heart of the City'—Grande Market Square Sold at Sheriff's Auction

Last week, the one of the key developments in Heart of the City was sold to an acquisitions firm in Delaware.

'Top 500' Engineering and Design Firm Opens Satellite Office

Apex Companies is a Maryland-based company with a presence in 24 states.


After 20 Years, Eagan's Video Update Closing its Doors

The business, located at the intersection of Diffley and Lexington, is owned by brothers Jim and Dave Lozinski.

Construction Begins on $5.6 Million Affordable Housing Complex

The Dakota County Community Development Agency plans to complete the 47-unit Northwood Townhomes next summer.

Eagan City Officials Eyeing 3.3 Percent Preliminary Tax Levy Increase for 2013

Despite the proposed increase, many property owners may actually see a reduction in the amount they pay, thanks to declining property values.

Inver Grove Heights

Klobuchar Endorses Atkins at B-52 Campaign Kick-Off

The Minnesota senator addressed the crowd and lauded Sen. Metzen and Rep. Atkins for their bipartisanship.

Tonda Pleads Guilty in Attack on Inver Grove Heights Hockey Coach, Sentencing Set For October

The charge against Thomas Angelo Tonda carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.


Stanley Cup Coming to Lakeville

The trophy will be on display for the public at Lakeville Ames Arena from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Bond Refinancing Could Save Taxpayers Millions in Debt Service

The District 194 Board of Education is considering refunding bonds, which could lower the district’s borrowing costs by more than $10 million over the next decade.

Container Firm to Open Lakeville Plant

Plans for Consolidated Container Company’s facility in the city still are in development, but local jobs are expected to be created.

MOM Brands to Call Lakeville Home

The family-owned cereal maker—formerly known as Malt-O-Meal—will move its headquarters from Minneapolis to the Fairfield Business Campus over the next two years.


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