As the nation celebrated its 236th birthday last week, Dakota County sweltered under a seemingly endless heat wave.
The combination of heat, humidity and holiday led to a slower-than-average news week, but there were several important developments throughout the county. Here's a review of the biggest news stories from the past several days, on this Patch or those of our neighbors, that may be of interest to you, or will affect you. Click on the headline links to review the stories.
A total of 13 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations have been declared eligible for disaster relief funding after last month's severe storms and flooding.
Attendance totaled 1,369,515 from July 1 last year through June 30 this year, the most attendees in the zoo's 34-year existence.
Police say Timothy Richard Bedford had failed to keep authorities informed of his whereabouts after his 2009 conviction for kidnapping.
While the call center company was looking to relocate its headquarters and start a call center in Apple Valley, it hasn't yet been able to nail down locations that will work.
The Burnsville company is the latest to be bought by Massman Automation Designs, LLC—a Villard, Minn., packaging company that is in the middle of a boom.
In an effort to double its payroll, Viking News Service is adding onto its offices in Minnesota and Iowa. Viking is a Burnsville-based customer service company that serves as a mediator between consumers and magazine publishers.
After losing the right to rent in January due to hundreds of unaddressed code violations, Lindahl Partnerships has requested a provisional rental license.
Liquor stores in Eagan can now remain open until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The city's Economic Development Authority approved an environmental consulting proposal for the potential mall property.
Inver Grove Heights
July 25 will be a soft opening with an official grand opening ceremony scheduled for Sunday, July 29.
According to the city, the high levels of bacteria are likely the result of duck and goose droppings.
For some neighborhoods in Mendota Heights, summer has brought an uptick in damaged mailboxes, broken windows and graffiti.