Sunday, September 16, 2012
This week's selection includes a State Fair talent show winner, a lawsuit between a church and city, a Burger King closes and teachers support their striking colleagues.
Editor's Note: Every week we provide a recap of the top stories from the following Patch sites: Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Plymouth Woman Identified in Golden Valley Pond Death The Golden Valley Police Department confirmed the identity of the woman who died in the car that plunged into a pond on Sept. 6. Chief Stacy Carlson told Patch that she was Plymouth resident Danielle Brousseau. Edina Athletic Director John Soma Resigns Following Allegations Athletic Director and Assistant Principal John Soma has resigned from his position at Edina High School, following a district investigation into undisclosed …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Here's what you need to know to gear up for the Great Minnesota Get-Together Aug. 23, through Sept. 3, 2012.
Nearly two million people are expected to descend on the Minnesota State Fair’s 320-acre grounds starting Thursday and the following 11 days for concerts, contests, cows and corn dogs. Here’s Maple Grove Patch’s rundown on what you need to know to get to the fair and find your way around: Hours Admission gates open daily at 6 a.m. Ticket sales end at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Labor Day). Grounds close at midnight (10 p.m. on Labor Day). Most buildings are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cost Adults (13-64) pay $12, seniors and children 5 and older pay $10, and children younger than 5 are admitted for free. Promotional days are offered throughout the fair. Pre-fair discount admission is available for purchase through Aug. 22. Transportation The Minnesota …
Sunday, July 29, 2012
The Maple Grove based choir won the medals in the 2012 World Choir Games, which features choirs from around the world.
The North Star Boys' Choir won silver and bronze medals at the 2012 World Choir Games. The choir won the silver medal in the Children's Choir category and the bronze medal in the Barbershop category. A nonprofit organization, based in Germany, called INTERKULTUR organizes the Games every two years and compares the competition to the Olympics. The organizers call it a venue where choirs from around the world can come together in peaceful competition. Participants in the 2012 World Choir Games came from 64 countries. This year the competition occurred in Cincinnati, Ohio from July 4 to July 14. The North Star Boys' Choir competed on July 12 and 13. The choir began in 2011 and consists of boys aged 8 to 14. Directors Francis D.C. Stockwell …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The Maple Grove business invites people of all artistic levels to have fun and paint.
Katie Peine says she has no artistic talent. Yet now she's making paintings for Christmas gifts, and she's having fun while she's painting them. Peine was attending a class at The Paint Pub for the second time on July 25. Paint Pub offers more than just art classes. Participants can socialize and have food, beer, and wine while receiving step-by-step instructions on how to complete the painting of the day. "Creative, meet people, wine and beer. What more do you want?" said Lyle Svendsen, another participant at Wednesday's class. Owners Tom and Jill Tufano opened The Paint Pub in May. They enjoy the challenge of running the business, but they especially enjoy getting to know their customers and seeing customers leave the class with a sense…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Two Maple Grove residents are investigating reports of the paranormal at Fridley's Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Cory Miller and Scott Roschen, paranormal investigators, arrived at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley last Tuesday afternoon armed with nearly $3,000 worth of gear—a noise-cancelling microphone, an EMF detector, cameras (both still and video) and a device known as an sv-7 spirit box, which scans the radio spectrum’s white noise in search of the speech of the dead. Miller, the founder of Twin Cities Paranormal Research and Investigation, believes his equipment can detect spirits, “orbs,” “electronic voice phenomenon” and other signs of the occult. Miller and Roschen came to Banfill-Locke at the request of Marion Robison and other arts center volunteers who believe the 165-year-old East River Road building to be haunted. (Lia …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Thomas Sullivan is a Pulitzer nominee who has written seven novels.
“What excites me,” said writer Thomas Sullivan, “is to write every day, anything from email, to a column, to a book.” Sullivan, a Maple Grove resident, earned a Pulitzer nomination for his second novel, The Phases of Harry Moon. In all he has 90 publishing credits, including novels, short stories, and guest columns for Dearreader.com. His seven novels are in 21 foreign and domestic editions. For Sullivan, writing has always come naturally. He called it a way to empty the well of words inside him and even to de-stress. Writing, said Sullivan, is about more than simply content; it’s about style. His style defies genre labels. Others have alternately described his novels as fantasy, mystery, and thriller. Sullivan doesn’t care for labels. “I…
Friday, July 20, 2012
The Cross Community Players production of "My Son Pinocchio" begins tonight at Maple Grove High School.
Watch Alec Fisher, 11, and his brother, Austen, 17, talk about their roles in the Cross Community Players production of "My Son Pinocchio," a take on the classic that adds family intrigue. Their sister, Meghan, plays a fairy in the show. Performanes begin tonight and run through July 29.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
This week's selection includes a new member of the Vikings Stadium committee, raising funds for cancer research and a runner who won't be going to the Olympics.
St. Michael Girl, 16, Collapses, Dies After Sunday Morning Run First-responders, including the Wright County Sheriff's Department, St. Michael Fire Department and Allina Ambulance, were called to a tragic scene Sunday morning along County Road 119 in St. Michael. Michaela Olson, 16, collapsed to the pavement and later died after a morning run near Gutzwiller Park. Honeywell Sends Aid to Colorado Fire Victims In an effort to help those effected by the wildfires burning in Colorado, the Golden Valley based company is sending donations to those in need. UPDATE: Ron Clark Changes Mind On Optioned Land Yet another twist in Pillsbury Commons' epic story. Just hours after the City of Richfield confirmed the option agreement was void, the …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
A roundup of news that headlined Patch sites across the West Metro last week, including a visit from Erin Brockovich, the rescue of a trapped construction worker and the shutdown of the Hopkins Dispatch center.
Editor’s Note: Every week we will bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. (Click on the headline to read the full story.) Freed Construction Worker 'Lucky to Be Alive' After two hours of complex work, crews with more than a dozen local agencies successfully freed a young construction worker from beneath a massive concrete slab in Edina's Rolling Green neighborhood. Fire Chief Marty Scheerer said the young man was "doing extremely well" throughout the lengthy rescue, but noted he was "lucky to be alive" given the circumstances. Scars Remain, But Holy Family Looking to Work With Neighbors on …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Patch and the Hopkins Center for the Arts are partnering together to celebrate 'The Art of Motion' as part of the art center's Velocity 2 exhibition.
For many people, summer marks a return to the great American highways—reveling in the freedom of the open road and the excitement only a beloved automobile can inspire. June 30 through Aug. 3, the Hopkins Center for the Arts will be celebrating this excitement with an automotive-themed exhibition called Velocity 2: The Art of Motion. The exhibition features works from contemporary artists that rejoice in all things automotive, as well as three unique car shows. In conjunction with this event, Patch and the Hopkins Center for the Arts have joined together to offer you a chance to show off your most beautiful automotive photos—and possibly win a prize. Entering is easy: Of course, we encourage you to share the link with your friends and …