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Flu Kills 112 Minnesotans; Scouts Ordered to Release More 'Perversion Files'

In other big headlines from around the South Metro region this week, a $10 million mansion goes up for sale in Inver Grove Heights and the Kohl's property in Burnsville is sold.

 

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:

 

South Metro

UPDATED: Flu Deaths in Minnesota Now Total 112

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.

Norovirus Bug On the Rise, New Strain Arrives in Minnesota

A new, extremely contagious norovirus strain, detected last year in Australia, is making Minnesotans miserable.

 

Apple Valley-Rosemount

UPDATE: Apple Valley, Rosemount Shrug Off Snow

More wintry precipitation, then severe cold, in forecast.

Most Recent Apple Valley, Rosemount Deaths (Jan. 28)

Remember those who recently passed away.

 

Burnsville

More Boy Scout 'Perversion Files' May be Released

AP report: Case originated with suit against Burnsville Scoutmaster Peter Stibal II, serving a 21-year sentence for molestation.

Burnsville Kohl's Building Sold to St. Louis Investment Firm

Bianco Properties bought the department store building for $12.8 million.

 

Eagan

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

What Does $10 Million Buy You in 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.

 

Lakeville

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.

 

Mendota Heights

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.

 

Northfield

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.

 

Shakopee

Should Women Be Allowed to Serve in Combat?

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.

Shakopee Area Obituaries: Bokern, Grommesch, Gabor and Ginter

Recent deaths in the Shakopee area.

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