You can't be in front of your computer 24 hour a day, so each weekend, Patch brings you the past week's top stories from around the region. Here's a look at recent stories, first reported on this Patch or those of our neighbors, that may interest you or affect your life.
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This New Year's, Dakota County has plenty to offer, even for complete teetotalers.
Police say Apple Valley resident Michael V. Sovis had a blood-alcohol level of .28—more than three times the legal limit.
What began as a small business to raise money for a school trip now has a multi-media ad campaign.
It's almost certain now that 2012 will be the best year for home values in almost a decade.
This week saw the passing of Kenneth Alan Day, Sr.— a former lawman and controversial figure in Burnsville's history.
Two of Burnsville's largest apartment complexes have changed hands over the last month.
From humble beginnings, the Ames family has built a construction empire over the last five decades, building countless bridges, highways, golf courses and more along the way.
The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Board of Education has done away with the leisurely late-start, which will be replaced with two full days off for students.
Sen. Dave Thompson, (R-District 58), of Lakeville, the newly appointed assistant minority leader in the senate, has received his committee appointments.
Plenty of businesses came, went and celebrated milestones. Here's a look at what made news in 2012.
In this week's video, Superintendent Chris Richardson talks about how it is decided if school should be delayed or canceled.
Heinricy received 41 percent of the vote.
Enjoy the winter break at an outdoor ice skating rink.
The votes are in! Who won Shakopee Patch's Person of the Year?