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Lakeville North Defense Too Much For Irish
Underdog Rosemount stunned Lakeville North for a quick 7-0 lead, but the Panthers rallied for a 28-7 win in the Class 6A football semifinals Thursday in the Metrodome.
The city said the chemical that leaked from a value Wednesday morning posed no safety risk.
Developers want to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant and a multi-tenant retail building adjacent to the Cub Foods along Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley.
News that the manufacturer, Hostess, is going out of business has sparked a buying frenzy at Burnsville stores.
A Tale of Two Sisters (And One Hungry Moose)
Meet Missy Wettstrom and Amy Bustos, the minds behind Droolin' Moose, Burnsville's newest candy and chocolate company.
City: 25 to 50 Homes Damaged During Twin Tornado Strike
Officials are still assessing the damage from Saturday, when a rare November storm spawned two tornadoes that ripped through the city's central corridor.
Nicholas David's Rise to Fame on NBC's The Voice Stuns Family and Friends
His quick rise to fame on "The Voice" has stunned and delighted his fiancée Krista Balaski and close friend and manager Jackson Eddy.
November Storm Spawns Two Confirmed Tornadoes in Dakota County
The tornadoes touched down briefly in Burnsville and Eagan on Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The global call center company, which recently moved into a 37,000-square-foot facility in Eagan, plans to hire as many as 300 employees through the second quarter of 2013.
Inver Grove Heights
Simley Student Athletes Commit to D-1 Universities
"We are very fortunate that these four young men are fantastic student athletes. All of them have very high GPAs—I believe all above 3.0—and they all take honors and AP courses here at Simley," activities director Will Short said.
Petitions Abound as Target Announces 9 p.m. Opening on Thanksgiving Day
Despite the competitive business spirit being culminated by the huge retailers, it would appear Target employees are not as enthusiastic about the decision.
LaMettry's Unfazed by Spontaneous Winter Storm
According to Inver Grove Heights general manager Chris Nordquist, LaMettry's had been tracking Monday's storm and was prepared.
Bud, who grew up in Lakeville, bought his first and only barber chair in 1958.
UPDATED: Tornado Touches Down in Mendota Heights (Photos)
A Mendota Heights resident living near Pickerel Lake said Saturday evening's storm "sounded like an airplane flying through our backyard."
PHOTOS: Mendota Heights Tornado Confirmed by National Weather Service
The half-mile long twister tore up trees and caused damage to homes and cars.
The mission of the local nonprofit is to bring development, health and education to the poorest of the poor.
PHOTOS: St. Dominic Principal Dances on the Roof in a Duck Suit
Principal Vicki Kalina Marvin dressed up like a duck and danced on the roof of the school on Friday as a reward to the very hard work students put into fundraising this year.
Northfield's Allyson Harris Signs D-II Scholarship to Play Basketball at UMD
Northfield High School senior Allyson Harris on Friday signed and agreed to a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at the University of Minnesota—Duluth.
Northfield Nonprofits See Results on Give to the Max Day
Here's an updated look at Northfield-area nonprofits for Give to the Max Day.
Cause of House Fire Under Investigation
A family escaped when a fire engulfed their home on the 1200 block of East Shakopee Ave. on Thursday night.
Money from Minnesota will help groups in Wisconsin, Dakotas, Montana.
Shakopee Lags on Twin Cities Housing Trend
Median sales price up nearly 15 percent, but Shakopee barely sees an increase.
West St. Paul
avid Edward Westgard has been formally charged with felony theft by swindle, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.