You can't be in front of your computer 24 hour a day, so each weekend, Patch brings you the past week's top stories from around the region. Here's a look at recent stories, first reported on this Patch or those of our neighbors, that may interest you or affect your life.
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This New Year's, Dakota County has plenty to offer, even for complete teetotalers.
Dakota County Judge Charged with Christmas Eve DWI
Police say Apple Valley resident Michael V. Sovis had a blood-alcohol level of .28—more than three times the legal limit.
What began as a small business to raise money for a school trip now has a multi-media ad campaign.
It's almost certain now that 2012 will be the best year for home values in almost a decade.
Burnsville's 'First Police Chief' Dies at 74
This week saw the passing of Kenneth Alan Day, Sr.— a former lawman and controversial figure in Burnsville's history.
Two of Burnsville's largest apartment complexes have changed hands over the last month.
Ames Construction Celebrates 50 Years in Business
From humble beginnings, the Ames family has built a construction empire over the last five decades, building countless bridges, highways, golf courses and more along the way.
School Board Abolishes 'Late-start' Days
The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Board of Education has done away with the leisurely late-start, which will be replaced with two full days off for students.
Lakeville's Thompson Named Top GOPer on Senate Tax Reform Division
Sen. Dave Thompson, (R-District 58), of Lakeville, the newly appointed assistant minority leader in the senate, has received his committee appointments.
Northfield Business: A Look at 2012's Headlines
Plenty of businesses came, went and celebrated milestones. Here's a look at what made news in 2012.
How Are Northfield Snow Days Decided?
In this week's video, Superintendent Chris Richardson talks about how it is decided if school should be delayed or canceled.
TJ Heinricy is Northfield Patch's Person of the Year
Heinricy received 41 percent of the vote.
Shakopee Outdoor Skating Rinks Are Open – Mostly
Enjoy the winter break at an outdoor ice skating rink.
And the Winner of Shakopee Patch's Person of the Year Is...
The votes are in! Who won Shakopee Patch's Person of the Year?