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Walmart Opens, Eagan Outlet Mall a Big Step Closer to Reality

In other news from around the South Metro, a construction worker was killed at Fort Snelling and two more Minnesotans contracted fungal meningitis.

You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the week's top stories from throughout the region. Here's a look at recent stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors, that may interest you or have an impact on your life.

To read the full stories, click on the headline links:

Apple Valley-Rosemount

Rosemount Man Pleads Guilty in Hit-And-Run Death of Apple Valley Woman

A retrial for Eric James Hunter, 44, was scheduled to begin Monday.

Rosemount, Eastview Boys Go 1-2 in Section 3AA Cross Country Meet

Rosemount, Eastview teams qualify for the state cross country meet by finishing first and second in the Section 3AA meet at Valleywood on Thursday.

Burnsville

It's Official: Burnsville, We Have A Walmart

At least 100 people showed up to welcome Burnsville's first Walmart into town—a prototype store that runs leaner and greener than those that came before.

Is the Local GOP MIA? Burnsville-Eagan Conservatives Absent from Forum

At a transportation forum Wednesday night, the south metro's DFLers outnumbered GOP candidates 9 to 2, with only one incumbent legislator in attendance.

Burnsville Woman Records 'Zombie Attack' on Minneapolis Light Rail

Metro Transit is investigating an incident recorded by Burnsville resident Beth Houston, who was on the Minneapolis light rail when a fight broke out among a herd of zombie pub crawlers.

Eagan

Paragon Outlet Mall Plan Clears Eagan Planning Commission

Local residents raised concerns about increased traffic on the roads around the proposed, 441,300-square-foot outlet mall. The project could come before the Eagan City Council on Nov. 20.

Eagan Officials Begin Hunt for New City Administrator

On Monday, Eagan officials met with a representative to lay out a road map for the recruitment and selection of a new administrator. The council expects to choose finalists as early as Dec. 11.

Anderson Leads Eagan Girls to Cross Country Crown and to State

Senior Danielle Anderson blazed past the field to win the Section 3AA cross country individual championship Thursday; Eagan girls win team title and qualify for state.

Eagan House Fire Started by Lit Cigarette, Fire Chief Says

Over the last six months, Eagan firefighters have responded to eight patio fires—seven of which were caused by lit cigarettes.

Inver Grove Heights

Lawmakers Reach Across the Aisle to Save a Woman's Life

A 47-year-old woman suffering from breast cancer is going to get the treatment she needs after a bipartisan effort from Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) and Rep. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska). 

PHOTOS: What Does a $12 Million Home Look Like in Inver Grove Heights?

A photo tour of a luxury Inver Grove Heights home situated on a private lake.

Lakeville

Death Notice: Kaitlin Marie Augusta Beske, 22, of Lakeville

Kaitlin was a 2009 graduate of Lakeville South High School where she was involved with the dance team and DECA.

Mendota Heights

Construction Worker Killed by Toppled Backhoe in Fort Snelling State Park

The construction worker was putting down planking to drive across the muddy ground.

Drkula's, Lucky's 13 and Moose Country Among Businesses Blazing Trail for Vikings Stadium

While just 40 locations in Minnesota feature e-pulltab terminals, Minnesota gambling authorities say popularity is increasing steadily.

Northfield

PHOTOS: Sen. Amy Klobuchar Visits Northfield

Klobuchar was joined by DFL candidates Kevin Dahle (Senate District 20), David Bly (House District 20B) and Mike Obermueller (Second Congressional District).

PHOTO: Carleton Students, Faculty Form 'Vote No' on Bald Spot

With this demonstration, Carleton community members joined the voices of others at St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota, among others, in opposition to the proposed voter ID amendment.

Bly Fined $600 for Campaign Violation

Bly is the second Northfield candidate to be fined this campaign season.

NHS Teachers Stand Against Bullying

Each Wednesday in October staff members are wearing "We Stand [United] Against Bullying" T-shirts for National Anti-Bullying Month.

Shakopee

Two More Minnesota Men Have Fungal Meningitis

One patient is in his 60s, the other in his 50s. The infection is tied to steroids used at clinics in Fridley, Edina, Shakopee and Maple Grove.

Crash on County Road 21 Kills Shakopee Woman; Injures Child

Trachanda Hamilton, 26, lost control of her car in the wet road conditions. 

Early Literacy to Receive Extra Boost at Shakopee Library

The Scott County library branch received a grant from the Minnesota Children’s Museum for an interactive area that will encourage a joy for reading in young children.

Marriage Amendment Spurs Debate at State House and Senate Candidates Forum

State House District 55A candidates Mike Beard (R) and Chuck Berg (DFL) tackled the same-sex marriage issue early on in theiir debate.

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