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- Avery Gets a Wish to Meet Belle - Apple Valley’s Avery Saari, 4, and her family received a trip to Florida and tickets to Disney World and other attractions from the Make a Wish Foundation of Minnesota.
- Rosemount to Pay Off $1.01 Million in Debt Early - Repayment of the General Obligation Bonds is expect to save the city about $76,000.
- Despite Lingering Divisions, Burnsville Council Approves Dynamic Display Ordinance - The new ordinance allows companies to install digital displays on existing billboards—if they agree to eliminate another billboard somewhere in the city.
- Hurricane Grill & Wings Opens in Burnsville - Family restaurant with tropical surf theme debuts in Minnesota.
- New 1950s Diner and Pie Shop Opening in Eagan - Betty's Cafe and Pies will open Oct. 18 along Silver Bell Road in Eagan.
- Eagan Attorney Planning Three-Building Office Complex Off Highway 55 - Construction on the first building, a 15,000-square-foot facility, may start later this month.
- VIDEO: Marriage Amendment Opponents Get Personal at Eagan Town Hall Meeting - Participants were urged to turn the same-sex marriage debate toward the personal.
Inver Grove Heights
- Council Candidate Urges Support For IGH Small Business Owners - Paul Hark suggests time be set aside at council meetings for business owners to explain their products or services.
- Hometown Girl and MIAC Standout Takes Over Simley Softball Team - Nicole Jung was a three-year letter winner in softball and a five-year letter winner in hockey while at Simley from 2000-2003.
- Exceptional Educator: Rebecca Ney - Ney comes to Inver Grove Heights as a first-year English teacher at Simley High School.
- Obituary: Allison D. Shaw, 16, of Lakeville, Died Oct. 2 - In 1996, the young stroke survivor was expected to live for six months.
- Buyer Found: Lakeville's Old Senior Center to be Sold For $345,000 - Just days after the Heritage Center opened, a buyer was found for Lakeville's old Senior Center.
- Convent of the Visitation Begins Constuction on $10.5 Million Tech Building - The new building will house additional classrooms and should be completed during the 2013-14 school year.
- Simley Holds Off Henry Sibley In Homecoming Tilt - Visiting Simley grabbed a 12-0 lead and then held off a fourth-quarter rally by the Henry Sibley Warriors to take a 12-7 win in Homecoming contest.
- Carleton College Faculty Opposes Minnesota Marriage Amendment - The Carleton faculty joins the faculties from the University of Minnesota, William Mitchell College of Law, Hamline University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Macalester College and St. Olaf College.
- UPDATED: Police Searching for Missing Northfield Man - Authorities are evaluating their search options for Joshua Ben Bohlen ahead of winter.
- Northfield City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Minnesota Marriage Amendment - The symbolic resolution passed 5-0-1.
- Bimbo Bakeries Embarks on Building Project - The company plans to double the size of its facility in Savage to accommodate growing demand.
- SMSC Donates $150,000 to Shakopee, Neighboring Cities - Mayor Brad Tabke has extended his thanks to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for its donation to the city.
- Shakopee Marriage Amendment Discussion Ends Without A Resolution - After passionate remarks from both sides of the marriage debate, the Shakopee city council presented their views on the issue.
- Meet Art Crawl Artist Steven Showalter, Potter - Showalter has spent several years honing his craft.
South St. Paul
- UPDATED: South St. Paul Woman Involved in Fatal Crash on I-35 - A 2000 Mazda Protege was traveling southbound when it came through the crossover and collided with a 2013 International semitrailer, according to the State Patrol.