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Teen's Death, School Fire Investigation and Coyotes: Pick of Our Patches

This week's selection includes veterans' sacrifices, a new plan for Southdale and the possibility that breweries in St. Louis Park could sell beer on-site by the pint.

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.

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Authorities aren't saying whether or not the 15-year-old boy lived nearby or where he is from. Police say his death was neither an accident nor the result of criminal activity.

Deputy State Fire Marshal states in a report: “...it is my conclusion that the cause of this incident is negligence.” No charges were filed as a result of the accident.

While coyotes aren't typically found in urban areas, some have found their way to Richfield and other metro area cities. If you have a small dog, don't live it outside unattended! 


As we prepare to honor fallen servicemen and servicewomen, let’s reflect on why they fight.

$19 Million Southdale Redevelopment Plan Unveiled

The nation's first indoor shopping mall is getting a new dining pavilion and play area, redesigned common areas with upgraded ceilings, new tile flooring, soft seating areas, a redesigned guest services area, new indoor signage and cosmetic upgrades to the facility's texture and color palate. Officials also announced five new tenants, including Lucky Jeans, Madewell, Sephora, Soma Intimates and White House/Black Market.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals Monday upheld a Wright County District Court ruling awarding the family of the late Claudia Calcagno, Albertville, monetary damages for medical malpractice that led to her death at Monticello-Big Lake Hospital in January 2008.

The Golden Valley City Council has asked the Environmental Commission to spend the next six to 12 months looking into the possibility of residents keeping chickens in the city limits.

Garman Gonzalez of St. Paul was out for a ride on the Minnesota River near Valleyfair when his jet ski stopped working Tuesday afternoon.

Following the passage of the "Surly bill" last year, breweries can now sell their brews by the pint on-site.

In addition to all ninth-graders, every 10th-grade student and teacher at Minnetonka High School will be issued an iPad for educational use next school year.

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