Laurie Blake

Reporter | South Metro
Phone: 952-746-3287
Laurie Blake covers communities in northern Dakota County, including Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Rosemount, South St. Paul and West St. Paul.

Recent content from Laurie Blake

Dakota County Board pays visit to Lebanon Hills Regional Park for trail-paving debate

Commissioners weigh whether to pave a trail or keep park all natural.

Updated: September 14, 2013, - 02:15 PM

Goats gobble up unwanted buckthorn along Mississippi

Flint Hills Resources has trucked in 130 goats to eat unwanted buckthorn on land near the Mississippi River in Rosemount.

Updated: September 07, 2013, - 04:34 PM

A fourth metro lake to be emptied this month

Draining lakes for the winter is the most dramatic tool used in Minnesota’s campaign to restore water clarity. Apple Valley...

Updated: September 05, 2013, - 09:18 PM

Cedar BRT station planning beginning

A study outlines challenges and opportunities for transit-oriented housing, retail and workplaces around bus rapid transit stations in the south...

Updated: August 24, 2013, - 04:08 PM

Native plants blooming in Burnsville

By replacing turf grass with tall grasses and wildflowers, Burnsville is saving money on lawn costs and creating a beautiful...

Updated: August 24, 2013, - 04:07 PM

House values recover in Dakota, Scott counties

But it’s an uneven picture, with some cities and townships still sliding.

Updated: August 20, 2013, - 03:26 PM

Dakota County beat: New library survey allows online comments

Public libraries are often county government’s most popular service.In Dakota County, a recent resident opinion survey showed libraries trump parks...

Updated: August 15, 2013, - 08:46 PM

Aug. 8: Ash borer treatments costing less, working better

The destructive insect, first detected here in 2009, has been found in Hennepin, Ramsey, Winona and Houston counties but still hasn’t reached peak infestation in Minnesota, giving cities time to prepare and study what cities elsewhere have done.

Updated: August 08, 2013, - 10:14 PM

Apple Valley, state at odds over Flagstaff speed limit

Although a Minnesota Department of Transportation speed study suggested a 40 mph speed limit for Flagstaff Avenue as it passes...

Updated: August 05, 2013, - 07:31 AM

Hennepin County medical examiner to open an office in Apple Valley

The new, multi-county medical examiner’s office in Minneapolis will open an Apple Valley satellite on Aug. 1.

Updated: July 30, 2013, - 04:08 PM

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