You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top stories of the past week from around the South Metro region.
Here's a look at recent 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:
Department of Health says there were an additional 36 deaths last week, but that number of people hospitalized with flu-like symptoms much lower than previous week.
A new, extremely contagious norovirus strain, detected last year in Australia, is making Minnesotans miserable.
More wintry precipitation, then severe cold, in forecast.
Remember those who recently passed away.
AP report: Case originated with suit against Burnsville Scoutmaster Peter Stibal II, serving a 21-year sentence for molestation.
Bianco Properties bought the department store building for $12.8 million.
All Eyes on Cedar Grove Bus Station
Eagan city officials want a direct connection between the Cedar Grove bus station and nearby Cedar Avenue to improve access to the soon-to-be-built Paragon outlet mall.
Eagan Construction Hit Five-Year High in 2012
Eagan city officials issued 2,699 private sector building permits in 2012 for construction projects worth a total of nearly $110 million.
Inver Grove Heights
A tennis court, a water slide, a 500 gallon aquarium, a 350 gallon aquarium and two customized Michael Jackson statuettes are among the amenities at this luxurious Inver Grove Heights estate for sale through Sotheby's Realty.
These were the most read stories on Lakeville Patch in January.
Roz Peterson Meets With Congress to Discuss Education Funding
Lakeville's School Board Chair joined 700 other board members from across the nation to meet with Congress to discuss education funding.
Ashley Kilcher, the co-owner of the Mendota Heights fashion boutique Roe Wolfe, said the proposed sales tax on items of clothing over $100 would hurt small businesses, American-made clothing brands, and Minnesota tourism.
The Rev. Nels Gjengdahl skated the first couple peaks and valley of the Crashed Ice course last week, at the invitation of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss iPads for Students
In this video, Superintendent Chris Richardson talks about the upcoming public meetings to discuss leasing and distributing tablet computers to the district's students.
Rock 'n' Roll Revival X—“Take a Ride” Ticket Information
Find out when and where to get your Rock 'n' Roll Revival tickets.
In this week's Hot Topics conversation, we want to know how you feel about the Pentagon lifting its almost 20-year ban on women serving in combat.
Recent deaths in the Shakopee area.