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Authorities: Eagan Fire Victim Died of Smoke Inhalation

In other headlines from around the region last week, South Metro school districts are losing students to open enrollment, and Shakopee makes a guest appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.'

You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top recent headlines from throughout the South Metro region.

Here's a look at last week's stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors, that may interest you or affect your life. To read the full stories, click on the headline links.

South Metro

Department of Health says there were an additional 15 deaths last week, but that number of people hospitalized with flu-like symptoms has fallen dramatically.

Apple Valley-Rosemount

Authorities Identify Apple Valley Woman Killed in Savage Crash

Authorities are still investigating an accident that left a 35-year-old south metro woman dead Wednesday morning.

Apple Valley Firm Selected as Vikings Stadium Subcontractor

Elevator Advisory Group, a woman-owned consultant, will support stadium architect HKS Sports & Entertainment.

Liquor License Denial 'Hardest Thing I've Done,' Apple Valley City Councilor Says

The council denied renewal of Spoon Fusion Cuisine's liquor license after a rash of police calls and fire code violations at the business.

Burnsville

In spring, India Palace will begin an ambitious project that will ultimately double the Burnsville restaurant's capacity.

Report: Burnsville Home Prices Bounced Back in 2012

After five straight years of declines, the average home price in Burnsville is once again on the upswing.

Playground Project Gets Green Light

The site at Cliff Fen Park is now officially known as the Burnsville Lions Playground, in honor of the $50,000 the club contributed to the reconstruction project.

Craigslist Curiosities: Walser Honda Wind Turbine Goes Up on the Block

The small wind turbine at the Walser Honda building is up for auction on Craigslist.

Eagan

Eagan Planning Commission Says No to Parkview Redevelopment Proposal

The battle over a company's controversial proposal to redevelop Eagan's last 18-hole golf course reignited this week during an Eagan Planning Commission public hearing.

Another 58-year-old victim of the Sunday fire was still in critical condition Wednesday at Regions Hospital.

Inver Grove Heights

A University of Minnesota Law School study says Inver Grove Heights loses many more students to open enrollment than it attracts, especially among minority groups.

Life on the Mississippi: The Winter Houseboaters of Hidden Harbor Marina

At Hidden Harbor Marina, just across the river from Inver Grove Heights, 13 houseboat owners are braving the cold and living on their boats this winter.

Lakeville

Lakeville Schools Losing Students, Racial Diversity to Open Enrollment

A University of Minnesota Law School study says Lakeville loses many more students to open enrollment than it attracts, especially among minority groups.

Lakeville School Task Force Ponders Background Checks for Parents

The district already requires background checks for parents who chaperone parties or overnight activities.

Mendota Heights

Rick Hansen at the Inauguration: 'We Were in a Crowd of A Million Happy People'

The Democratic state representative for Mendota Heights, Lilydale and West St. Paul talks about waiting in lines, the president's speech and Beyoncé lip-syncing the national anthem.

Alcohol a Factor in Crash That Seriously Injured Michael Brodkorb

The 39-year-old Eagan resident was listed in critical condition after the accident, which took place on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights.

Northfield

PHOTOS: Northfield Police Officers Recognized

This year, 13 officers and reserve officers were honored during the third annual Northfield Police Department recognition banquet.

Sen. Dahle Pleased with Governor Dayton’s Emphasis on Education and Property Taxes

Gov. Mark Dayton, in his unveiling of his budget Tuesday, proposed reducing property taxes and increasing education funding.

Shakopee

VIDEO: Shakopee back on SNL

"K108 FM" Shakopee radio station makes comeback, this time with guest host Jennifer Lawrence.

Shakopee Group In Washington D.C. for Inauguration

Thirty-nine junior high, high school students left Sunday.

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