New Laws Take Effect Across State; Sheriff Proposes Assault Weapons Ban

In other news around the South Metro area, the Rosemount Marching Band is selected to appear in next year's Tournament of Roses, and the Burnsville School Board hires an executive search firm in its quest for a new superintendent.


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

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South Metro

New Laws in Minnesota for 2013

Here's what you need to know to start the year off right.


Dakota County

Dakota County Sheriff Calls for Ban on High-Capacity Assault Weapons

Also, Sen. Al Franken will be at Eagan's Dakota Hills Middle School on Monday to discuss school safety.


Apple Valley-Rosemount

'Significant' Damage Reported at Site of Jan. 1 Fire

Authorities say that a property on 134th Street West may not be a total loss, though the luxury home has lost at least half its value.

Rosemount Marching Band Selected for 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade

Rosemount band is one of only 12 high school bands to march in the parade.



Burnsville School Board Opts for Executive Search Firm with Local Connections

In spite of concerns about insider influence, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Board of Education agreed to hire School Exec Connect, a company with extensive ties to the Twin Cities.

Real Estate Roundup: The 10 Hottest Listings of 2012

Burnsville-Savage's buzz-worthy properties featured this year include a Victorian-era diamond in the rough, a swinging 1960s party pad and, of course, the Castle House.



The company behind the development of the proposed Connexion data center has put the 87,000-square-foot Taystee Foods distribution center on Neil Armstrong Boulevard under contract.

The owner of the Diffley Marketplace wants to build a 5,580-square-foot, sit-down restaurant and a 9,424-square-foot retail building just west of the existing development.



UPDATE: Lakeville North Athletic Director Pleads Guilty to DWI

Robert Ertl, the activities and athletic director at Lakeville North High School, pleaded guilty in December to driving with a .13 percent blood-alcohol content in June. It was his second alcohol-related arrest in less than five years.

After more than a year of talks, the police officer's union and the city are going to arbitration to settle contract depute.

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We're giving away a $25 gift card to Lakeville's Mainstreet Afterhours Wine Bar to one lucky reader who signs up for our daily newsletter.


Mendota Heights

House Hunt: What's New on the Market in Mendota Heights?

New listings offer new opportunities for house hunters in Mendota Heights.



For his quiet, yet steady contributions to Northfield, Heinricy has been voted the 2012 Northfield Patch Person of the Year.

Oil and Vinegar Store Opens in Downtown

Husband and wife, Joe and Sherry Morgan, have found success with their new business, Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars.

Northfield Welcomes a New Year's Day Baby

Fiona Flannery was born at 5:17 p.m., Jan. 1, 2013.

Minnesota Twins Caravan Coming to Northfield

The visit in Northfield will be part of the first day of the 53rd annual trip.



St. Francis Announces First Baby of 2013

The girl was born at 2:24 a.m. on New Year's Day.


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