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News Roundup: A Tragic Death in Apple Valley, and in Lakeville

In other top headlines from the past week, expansion begins at Fairview Hospital campus.

You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the past week's top stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors throughout the South Metro region.

To read the full story, click on the headline link:

Apple Valley Rosemount

Death Notice: 9-Month-Old Olivia C. Kane and Her Mother, Kelly C.

A mother and her 9-month-old baby daughter died on Feb. 8.

Burnsville

Lowering the Bar: City to Open Liquor Licensing to Small Restaurants

The Burnsville City Council has informally agreed to loosen liquor licensing requirements to make the process less daunting for eateries of the hole-in-the-wall variety.

Fairview Expansion Project Picks Up Speed

Tuesday, the city council gave Fairview the OK to begin Phase I of a major expansion project at its Burnsville campus.

Burnsville High Gets In On 'Harlem Shake'

Last week, BHS made its own contribution to the growing dance craze.

Myhra Debuts Tighter Transparency Bill

On Thursday Rep. Pam Myhra (GOP) offered follow up legislation to a transparency bill that passed last year, which was inspired by a controversial $250,000 severance package granted by the Burnsville Board of Education to ex-HR Director Tania Chance.

Eagan

City Has Little Clout in Comcast Fee Dispute

Eagan residents are upset over increasing fees. But thanks to an FCC ruling, city officials' hands are—for the most part—tied.

Eagan Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL) introduced a bill on Tuesday appropriating $8 million in state funding to battle youth homelessness in Minnesota.

Inver Grove Heights

District 197 Kindergarteners 'Take Teachers Home' With Pre-Recorded iPod Shuffles

Watch a video of Somerset elementary kindergarten teacher Kari Redding explaining the 'Take My Teacher Home' curriculum.

Lakeville

Andrea Wallerick, 53, lasted out her illness for years, in spite of the fact that she eschewed medical treatment on religious grounds.

Mendota Heights

In East Metro, District 197 Schools Least Compliant with Lockdown Laws, Says PiPress Study

The Pioneer Press surveyed about 100 schools in six east metro districts and found District 197's schools the least compliant with laws mandating lockdown drills in 2011-12.

Northfield

No Snow Day: Northfield Students React Via Twitter

Northfield Public Schools are open Friday as neighboring districts—Faribault, Randolph, Kenyon—are either closed or have a two-hour delay as a snow system moved through the area overnight and continues to drop snow.

In this week's video, Superintendent Chris Richardson addresses the push from both Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature to move school districts to have all-day, everyday kindergarten for students.

Northfield News Makes Headlines on 'Tonight Show'

The mention of the News can be seen at 2:17 in the video.

Shakopee

Just weeks before his death in August, Crooks granted a rare interview to a Duluth television station.

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