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Savage Developer to Bring Country Inn & Suites to Rosemount
KJ Walk, Inc. of Savage will soon begin work on Rosemount's first hotel—a 70 room Country Inn & Suites at the intersection of Highway 3 and County Road 42.
South Metro Woman Crowned Miss Minnesota USA 2013
Miss Minnesota USA 2012 Nitaya Panemalaythong, of Savage, ceded the crown to Danielle Hooper of Inver Grove Heights, who will represent the North Star State at the national pageant next year.
Thanksgiving Day Fire Likely Caused by Stray Cigarette Butt
Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott said fire investigators ruled out every other cause for the blaze, which damaged six apartments and left 20 people temporarily homeless.
Ecolab's New $10 Million Training and Research Building in Eagan Open for Business
The training hub features wet labs, well-equipped classrooms and research and development labs. As many as 2,000 trainees will attend sessions at the facility annually.
Nicholas David's Parents: Our Son Just Wants to Get His Message Out
David and Jennifer Mrozinski, parents of "The Voice" star Nicholas David, reflect on their son's sudden success.
Eagan Parks Commission Reviews Plans for New City Park
The 3.5-acre park will be located to the south of the Paragon outlet mall development, adjacent to Cedar Grove Parkway.
Inver Grove Heights
Hydrocarbon readings are normal both inside and outside the plant, and there are no reported injuries.
The University of Minnesota on Monday confirmed that the Simley wrestlers have accepted scholarships to become Golden Gophers.
Lakeville Boy to Be Part of KS95 For Kids Radiothon
Logan Swedberg and family will share their story with KS95 listeners Dec. 6-7.
Lakeville North Tumbles In State Championship 28-7
Defending state champion, and eight-time state champion Eden Prairie, is too much for the Lakeville North Panthers, who fall in the Class 6A football state title game Friday
Trampoline Park Could Open by March in Mendota Heights
The city council's approved a permit and a Texas developer is looking to finalize a lease on Pilot Knob Road.
Two Employees Exposed in Gas Leak in St. Paul Park Refinery
The employees declined medical attention, and officials did not consider the leak to be serious.
A $64,593 grant, administered through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will help restore 38 acres, about 4 percent of the Carleton Arboretum.
Northfield Organizations Receive Four Legacy Grants
Grants were awarded across the state for projects of 'enduring value.'
Trio of New Businesses Join Downtown
Downtown Northfield is home to three new businesses: an olive oil/vinegar shop, a new studio/gallery, and a dog grooming salon.
Find Toys for Tots Locations in Shakopee
Shakopee schools and local businesses are drop-off locations for the Toys for Tots program.
Maria Hauger Places Third in Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional
The Shakopee cross country runner qualified to compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals.