Public Officials, Police, Schools, Public Weigh in on Newtown Killings

In other recent news from around the region, Eagan's Nicholas David comes in third on "The Voice," and a wave of influenza hits Northfield schools.

You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top recent stories from around the region. Here's a look at news from the past week that may interest you or have an impact on your life.

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Dakota County

The second district's Congressman John Kline has been a consistent supporter of gun rights.

Gun Permit Requests Soar in Dakota County; Sheriff Questions State's Gun Laws

Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said Thursday that Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law allows some people with serious mental health issues to acquire firearms.

Apple Valley-Rosemount

Firefighters Respond to Blaze in Apple Valley Office Building

It took firefighters less than an hour Sunday evening to extinguish a blaze at the Cedar Valley office building at 7630 145th St. W.


In a split vote, the Burnsville City Council approved a request from The Arc Twin Cities, but passed a one-year moratorium on new thrift stores, which "effectively kills the deal" for a new location in Burnsville, officials at the non-profit say.

UPDATE: Crash at I-35W at Cliff Clogs Up Traffic Throughout Area

Tuesday morning northbound lanes of I-35 backed up past Burnsville Parkway due to an accident at a trouble spot near the Cliff Road ramp.


'The Voice' Results Are In: Did Nicholas David Deserve to Win?

It was a tight race between the former Eagan resident and soul singer Nicholas David and Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott on the NBC television talent show.

Nicholas David's Eagan Fans Cheer Him On at Ansari's Viewing Party

David's fans and high school classmates came to Ansari's Grill Monday evening to watch his final live performance on "The Voice."

Inver Grove Heights

IGH Schools Superintendent Responds to Newtown School Shooting

Wells: “It is our intention to assure our students and our staff that we will do whatever we can in our environments so that in the end each child will be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.”


Lakeville Police Contract Negotiations With City Faltering

After more than a year of talks, the police officer's union and the city may go to arbitration.

Lakeville Schools to Create Security Task Force in Wake of Newtown Shootings

The task force will look at security and make recommendations to the school board if needed.

Both of Lakeville's high schools will be creating new and different "pathways of academic concentration" focusing on engineering and business.

Mendota Heights

Check Out the Best ‘Decked’ House in Mendota Heights

You voted and this house was the top local vote-getter in our Deck the House contest.


Influenza Strikes Northfield Classrooms

Schools must report when 5 percent of the total student enrollment in a building or when three or more children from the same elementary classroom are absent or sent home due to “influenza-like illness.”

Hundreds of residents took part in the 11th annual Northfield Jingle Bell Run and Walk Saturday morning.

People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents after Friday's horrifying mass shooting. Post "I want to help" in this comment thread to get updates on what you can do.


Adult Day Care Center in Savage Declares Bankruptcy

This week, bankruptcy claimed Sarah Adult Day Services, a company founded by Deborah Delaney, a woman honored twice by the National Republican Congressional Committee as its "Business Woman of the Year."


Shakopee Police Train Regularly for Active Shooter Situations

The police department has devoted three officers to the school district, an arrangement that has been in place for several years.

Shakopee Man Found Dead in Snow Identified

The preliminary report lists hypothermia with alcohol intoxication as a contributing factor as the cause of death.

Superintendent Assures Parents of Safety at Shakopee Schools

The letter includes tips on ways parents can help children cope with news about the school shooting in Connecticut and about safety at Shakopee schools.

Students Tackle Ethics at Workshop Hosted by Shakopee Rotary

The participating students had positive things to say about the workshop.

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