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Gas Leak, Miss Minnesota Crowned: South Metro News

Here's a look at the news from the south metro in the past week.

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You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top stories from the past seven days. Here's a look at the stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors, that might interest you or affect your life. 

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Apple Valley-Rosemount

Savage Developer to Bring Country Inn & Suites to Rosemount

KJ Walk, Inc. of Savage will soon begin work on Rosemount's first hotel—a 70 room Country Inn & Suites at the intersection of Highway 3 and County Road 42.

Cedar Avenue Construction Slows as Winter Approaches

With the onset of winter, construction along the corridor has slowed significantly.


Burnsville

South Metro Woman Crowned Miss Minnesota USA 2013

Miss Minnesota USA 2012 Nitaya Panemalaythong, of Savage, ceded the crown to Danielle Hooper of Inver Grove Heights, who will represent the North Star State at the national pageant next year.

Thanksgiving Day Fire Likely Caused by Stray Cigarette Butt

Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott said fire investigators ruled out every other cause for the blaze, which damaged six apartments and left 20 people temporarily homeless.


Eagan

Ecolab's New $10 Million Training and Research Building in Eagan Open for Business

The training hub features wet labs, well-equipped classrooms and research and development labs. As many as 2,000 trainees will attend sessions at the facility annually.

Nicholas David's Parents: Our Son Just Wants to Get His Message Out

David and Jennifer Mrozinski, parents of "The Voice" star Nicholas David, reflect on their son's sudden success.

Eagan Parks Commission Reviews Plans for New City Park

The 3.5-acre park will be located to the south of the Paragon outlet mall development, adjacent to Cedar Grove Parkway.


Inver Grove Heights

Hydrocarbon readings are normal both inside and outside the plant, and there are no reported injuries.

The University of Minnesota on Monday confirmed that the Simley wrestlers have accepted scholarships to become Golden Gophers.


Lakeville

Lakeville Boy to Be Part of KS95 For Kids Radiothon

Logan Swedberg and family will share their story with KS95 listeners Dec. 6-7.

Lakeville North Tumbles In State Championship 28-7

Defending state champion, and eight-time state champion Eden Prairie, is too much for the Lakeville North Panthers, who fall in the Class 6A football state title game Friday


Mendota Heights

Trampoline Park Could Open by March in Mendota Heights

The city council's approved a permit and a Texas developer is looking to finalize a lease on Pilot Knob Road.

Two Employees Exposed in Gas Leak in St. Paul Park Refinery

The employees declined medical attention, and officials did not consider the leak to be serious.


Northfield

A $64,593 grant, administered through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will help restore 38 acres, about 4 percent of the Carleton Arboretum.

Northfield Organizations Receive Four Legacy Grants

Grants were awarded across the state for projects of 'enduring value.'

Trio of New Businesses Join Downtown

Downtown Northfield is home to three new businesses: an olive oil/vinegar shop, a new studio/gallery, and a dog grooming salon.


Shakopee

Find Toys for Tots Locations in Shakopee

Shakopee schools and local businesses are drop-off locations for the Toys for Tots program.

Maria Hauger Places Third in Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional

The Shakopee cross country runner qualified to compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals.

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