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South Metro Roundup: Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Booted After Just Six Months

In other news from around Dakota County, the developer of a new outlet mall and the city of Eagan agreed on a $14.73 million purchase price.

Though you might live or work in Burnsville, chances are you're curious about what's happening in your neighboring communities.

Here are some of the stories posted on our neighboring Patch sites last week that could impact, help or be of interest to you. Read each story by clicking on the headline link.

Dakota County

The St. Paul Crime Lab, which has been used almost exclusively in Dakota County drug cases for the past five years, may have used "questionable testing practices."

The court case against Sciota Township's Dayna Bell has renewed calls to overhaul a system that activists characterize as "broken every step of the way."

Burnsville

2 Burnsville Residents Arrested in Connection with Major Heroin Ring

Natashia Lashaye Daniels and Marquis Demon Bettis were arrested July 12.

A local family is bringing a hot new pizzeria chain to Burnsville-Apple Valley, starting July 28, with four more Twin Cities stores to follow in the next few years.

Eagan

Blue Cross CEO Gone After Investigation into Business Disclosures

Kenneth Burdick was hired in January to lead the organization.

VIDEO: Dogs Get First Crack at Off-Leash Dog Park

Plenty of dogs were in attendance at the opening ceremony of Eagan's first off-leash dog park on Tuesday evening.

EDA Agrees to $14.73 Million Purchase Agreement with Outlet Mall Developer

As part of the deal, the Eagan Economic Development Authority will finance the construction of a multi-level public parking ramp.

Lakeville

Wording of Ballot Amendment Causes Uproar; Thompson Takes on Ritchie

State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-District 58, said the secretary of state's rewording of the Voter ID initiative is part of an active campaign against the measure.

Doug Anderson Announces Candidacy for Lakeville City Council

The senior business officer at Hamline University pledges to support economic development, conservative financial planning and sustainable long range planning.

Apple Valley-Rosemount

Jon Rechtzigel has been tapped as the new permanent chief, replacing former Chief Scott Johnson, who retired in December.

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