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Pat Pheifer

Reporter | South Metro
phone: 952-746-3284
Pat Pheifer covers cities of the south Twin Cities metro area.
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South arts briefs: Auditions ahead for 'Christmas Belles'

Expressions Community Theater will hold auditions for the play “Christmas Belles” at the Lakeville Area Arts Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31 and…
Dakota County briefs: Ride the MVTA bus to the Minnesota State Fair

Dakota County briefs: Ride the MVTA bus to the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority will have special buses running between the south metro and the Minnesota State Fair from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7.…
Dakota County arts briefs: Ames Center sets fall lineup

Dakota County arts briefs: Ames Center sets fall lineup

The Ames Center in Burnsville’s Heart of the City has announced its fall lineup of musicians and performers. For more information, visit www.ames-center.com or call…
Dakota County news briefs: Burnsville choir holding reunion, concert

Dakota County news briefs: Burnsville choir holding reunion, concert

Choir alumni from Burnsville High School classes of 1980 to 1983 will hold a reunion and concert Friday and Saturday. Rehearsals will be Friday evening…
Bikers wrap up 2,100-mile ride to erase stigma of mental illness

Bikers wrap up 2,100-mile ride to erase stigma of mental illness

A dozen or so friends and supporters climbed on their bicycles and accompanied Lakeville banker Tom Mork and his three companions Thursday on the final leg of their 2,100 mile ride to raise awareness of mental illness and raise money for the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Dakota County news briefs: 'Fill the backpack' campaign underway in South St. Paul

Dakota County news briefs: 'Fill the backpack' campaign underway in South St. Paul

The South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force began its “Fill the Backpack” campaign last week, and is asking neighborhoods, groups and residents to buy…

Dakota County arts briefs: For kids and parents, a chance to make Raku pottery

Children 6 and older and their parents can create a Raku vase at a workshop from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Lakeville Area…
Burnsville's leaky, aging Bicentennial Garden fountain to get a facelift

Burnsville's leaky, aging Bicentennial Garden fountain to get a facelift

The Bicentennial Garden fountain was the city’s first piece of public art.
Apple Valley readies for growth with expanded water treatment facility

Apple Valley readies for growth with expanded water treatment facility

The expanded treatment plant will allow the city to keep up with growth, officials said.
DNR shut down walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs on Monday

DNR shut down walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs on Monday

In historic first, walleye fishing on Mille Lacs ended midseason as limits were surpassed.
Residents fight back after Burnsville says their carports have to go

Residents fight back after Burnsville says their carports have to go

An attorney for residents of Rambush Estates says the city shouldn’t issue code violations in mobile home park.
Minnehaha Creek cleanup yields 4 tons of trash

Minnehaha Creek cleanup yields 4 tons of trash

About 1,600 people participated in the ninth annual cleanup around Minnehaha Creek.

Arts briefs: Apple Valley Live! Theater Company to perform 'Twelfth Night' at Kelley Park

Apple Valley Live! Theatre Company will present “Twelfth Night” through its “Uponor Shakespeare Under The Stars” series starting Saturday. The shows from 7 to 9…

Briefs: Hanifl Family Wild Woods nature play area opens at Minnesota Zoo

The grand opening is Sunday for the Minnesota Zoo’s Hanifl Family Wild Woods, a 30,000-square-foot nature-based play area adjacent to the zoo’s Conservation Carousel. The…
Downed trees in the thousands after storm whips Twin Cities

Downed trees in the thousands after storm whips Twin Cities

Traffic lights and power were out in some metro area spots.

Panhandlers are bringing their heart-rending signs to the south metro

Apple Valley officials discussed adding a law to stop the practice.
Interim archbishop gives 1st mass since taking over in Twin Cities

Interim archbishop gives 1st mass since taking over in Twin Cities

Archbishop Hebda mingles with the faithful in his debut leading worship.
MN Zoo director refocused mission on conservation, dealt with budget woes

MN Zoo director refocused mission on conservation, dealt with budget woes

Leaving for Houston, director says Minnesota Zoo “is on a great course.”
South news briefs: Hastings launches Zagster bicycle sharing program

South news briefs: Hastings launches Zagster bicycle sharing program

The Zagster bicycle-sharing program launched Monday in Hastings, offering the public a chance to ride a bike anywhere and anytime — mostly for free. Users…

South metro arts briefs: Burnhaven Library offers time to share crafts, artwork

The Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, holds a drop-in session the second Saturday of every month to share homemade artwork and crafts. The…

All-day bus service between Burnsville, downtown Minneapolis is on track

Stretching from Burnsville to Minneapolis, Orange Line is expected to be up and running by late 2019.
Court ruling gives joyful jolt to Mpls. Pride celebration

Court ruling gives joyful jolt to Mpls. Pride celebration

Thousands — possibly hundreds of thousands — of marchers and observers, lovers and friends and supporters jammed Hennepin Avenue for the biggest Pride parade veterans can remember.
Burnsville has a superhero with special power of sustainability

Burnsville has a superhero with special power of sustainability

Videos of Burnsville’s Sustainability Man explain environmental issues with a sense of humor.

Burnsville to get its first craft brewery

India pale ale will be featured at the new establishment, named Nutmeg.

Dakota County arts briefs: Scandinavian celebration is coming up

The Pleasant Hill Library will hold a Scandinavian midsummer celebration with games, songs and traditions from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. The library is at…
Dakota County news briefs: Lakeville residents can weigh in on e-cigarettes

Dakota County news briefs: Lakeville residents can weigh in on e-cigarettes

Lakeville residents who want to express their opinions on the length of the mayor’s term and extending restrictions on indoor smoking to e-cigarettes can do…
Burnsville first brewpub will focus on IPA, British Colonial cuisine

Burnsville first brewpub will focus on IPA, British Colonial cuisine

India pale ale will be featured at the new establishment, named Nutmeg.
Two Minnesota men prep for a 2,100-mile bike journey to benefit mental illness

Two Minnesota men prep for a 2,100-mile bike journey to benefit mental illness

Tom Mork and Doug Anderson of Lakeville will bike 2,100 miles to raise money for NAMI.

Arts briefs: 'Wine & Designs' session coming up in Lakeville

“Acrylic Poppies” will be the subject of the latest Wine & Designs workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Lakeville Area Arts Center,…
Briefs: Scotch tasting at LeDuc Historic Estate

Briefs: Scotch tasting at LeDuc Historic Estate

A Bottom of the Barrel Scotch Tasting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. June 19 at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St.…

Lakeville considers changing mayor's term from 2 years to 4

If approved, the change would go into effect with the 2016 election.
Mexican consul in St. Paul strives to build links, partnerships

Mexican consul in St. Paul strives to build links, partnerships

Mexico’s top official in the state has worked to build ties with local colleges. On Monday, Alberto Fierro will preside over a reception of the 10th anniversary of Consulado de Mexico in Minnesota.

Arts briefs: Apple Valley's Kelley Park music series starts June 5

The Music in Kelley Park series will begin its 2015 season Friday evening with the band Pho. Free concerts will be held each Friday except…
Briefs: Cascade Bay opening for a preview weekend

Briefs: Cascade Bay opening for a preview weekend

Cascade Bay, Eagan’s outdoor pool and fitness/entertainment center at 1360 Civic Center Dr., will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for first-time…
Burnsville uses native plant sale to encourage more of the gardens

Burnsville uses native plant sale to encourage more of the gardens

Burnsville will host the city’s first Native Plant Market on Saturday.
Burnsville uses native plant sale to encourage more such gardens

Burnsville uses native plant sale to encourage more such gardens

Burnsville will host the city’s first Native Plant Market on Saturday.
Cyclists attack PedalPubs with squirt guns in Minneapolis; six arrested

Cyclists attack PedalPubs with squirt guns in Minneapolis; six arrested

  They came armed and on bicycles, planning a “Mad Max”-style attack. Their target was PedalPubs in downtown Minneapolis. Their weapons of choice were squirt…

Dakota County arts briefs: Hastings setting up public-art task force

The Hastings City Council recently approved plans for a grant to support public art that is free and accessible to everyone. To further that effort,…
Burnsville uses native plant sale to encourage more of the gardens

Burnsville uses native plant sale to encourage more of the gardens

Burnsville will host the city’s first Native Plant Market on May 30.

900-kilometer bike trip benefits Kids 'n Kinship nonprofit

  Next week, semiretired businessman John Elder will climb onto his bicycle and set off on his 10th consecutive nine-day, 900-kilometer journey to raise money…
Eagan finance director is crossword constructor extraordinare

Eagan finance director is crossword constructor extraordinare

Finance Director Tom Pepper’s crosswords have been published in the New York Times.
Farmington man who killed 3 brothers while driving drunk faces another DWI

Farmington man who killed 3 brothers while driving drunk faces another DWI

Farmington man served time in prison for criminal vehicular homicide in the 2004 deaths of brothers.

St. Paul event benefits earthquake relief for Nepal

A Minnesota group rallied in St. Paul to raise hope and funds.
Arts briefs: Peter Yarrow slated to perform at Ames Center in Burnsville

Arts briefs: Peter Yarrow slated to perform at Ames Center in Burnsville

Folk singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 21 at the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Av. S. “His music and songs with Peter,…

The Garage in Burnsville set to reopen in July as all-ages music venue

The nonprofit Twin Cities Catalyst Music is taking over operations of the Burnsville facility.
LEAP High School teacher wins Minnesota's 2015 Teacher of Year award

LEAP High School teacher wins Minnesota's 2015 Teacher of Year award

Amy Hewett-Olatunde says her success is built on listening to and learning from her students.
Arts briefs: 'Narnia: The Ballet' hits Ames Center stage

Arts briefs: 'Narnia: The Ballet' hits Ames Center stage

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota will perform “Narnia: The Ballet,” based on the C.S. Lewis book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” from Friday…
Briefs: Burnsville seeks members for city advisory commissions

Briefs: Burnsville seeks members for city advisory commissions

Burnsville residents and business and property owners who are interested in city issues are invited to apply for advisory commissions and committees by Friday. The…
Blast won't keep Lakeville food truck owner down

Blast won't keep Lakeville food truck owner down

Despite the explosion that destroyed his Motley Crews Heavy Metal Grill truck, Marty Richie is busy with plans to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant in downtown Lakeville come June 1.
HQ staff of Sweet Harvest Foods moves to Rosemount

HQ staff of Sweet Harvest Foods moves to Rosemount

The company, which makes Mel-O honey and other goods, ran out of space at its old base.
Arts briefs: Reinventing at retirement is topic of talk at Lakeville library

Arts briefs: Reinventing at retirement is topic of talk at Lakeville library

Minnesota artist and author Lucy Rose Fischer will give a talk titled “Close Encounters of the Third Age — Reinventing at Retirement” at an event…
Briefs: Dakota County deputy, canine partner among top dogs

Briefs: Dakota County deputy, canine partner among top dogs

Dakota County sheriff’s deputy Matt Schuster and his canine partner, Ace, recently completed recertification for narcotics detection through the U.S. Police Canine Association. Among 60…
Minnesota is next stop in quest for justice for missing students

Minnesota is next stop in quest for justice for missing students

Family members of 43 missing Mexican students are touring U.S. to educate and spur action.

Arts briefs: Classic rock tribute bands play Ames Center

A Led Zeppelin and Bad Company tribute show will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Av. S. Madd Company…
Briefs: Trees for sale at Eagan Maintenance Facility

Briefs: Trees for sale at Eagan Maintenance Facility

Starting Monday, Eagan residents can reserve one or two trees to be picked up May 9 at the Eagan Maintenance Facility. Prices vary by species…
Eagan approves back-yard beekeeping

Eagan approves back-yard beekeeping

Residents must complete a beekeeping course or prove they have experience before they can set up hives.
Mom of 4-year-old Burnsville murder victim pleads guilty to role in death

Mom of 4-year-old Burnsville murder victim pleads guilty to role in death

Sha’reese Miller pleaded to manslaughter while her boyfriend is accused of murdering the child.
Briefs: Apple Valley tree and shrub sale starts April 17

Briefs: Apple Valley tree and shrub sale starts April 17

City residents are invited to buy trees and shrubs at wholesale prices through April 17 for pickup on April 25. The sale, sponsored by the…
Craft beer boom continues: Lakeville scores Angry Inch Brewery

Craft beer boom continues: Lakeville scores Angry Inch Brewery

Lifelong friends hope to open their business on Holyoke Avenue by the July 4 weekend.
Food trucks inspections focus on meal prep not propane tanks

Food trucks inspections focus on meal prep not propane tanks

All food trucks are inspected like restaurants for food safety issues at least once a year. Some face additional regulations that apply to commercial vehicles. But nobody is keeping a routine eye on food trucks’ propane tanks.
Food truck explosions are 'amazingly rare'

Food truck explosions are 'amazingly rare'

The food truck explosion late Friday heavily damaged several houses.
Food truck explosions like one in Lakeville are 'amazingly rare'

Food truck explosions like one in Lakeville are 'amazingly rare'

The cause of a food truck explosion late Friday heavily damaged several houses remains unknown, the truck’s owner said Sunday.

Crashes in Burnsville, Anoka County leave two dead

Burnsville crash involved alleged drunken driver.

St. Paul man guilty of trying to kill girlfriend's ex-boyfriend

A 35-year-old St. Paul man was found guilty Thursday in Dakota County District Court of first-degree attempted murder and three other felonies for a shooting…
Hastings police to test body cameras for officers

Hastings police to test body cameras for officers

The department will start with eight cameras and rotate them among the 29 sworn officers.
Arts briefs: Michael Monroe closes out Frozen Apple concert series

Arts briefs: Michael Monroe closes out Frozen Apple concert series

Michael Monroe will perform at the last of the three Frozen Apple winter concerts Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Valleywood Golf Course…
Briefs: Dakota County opts for fewer sirens for severe weather

Briefs: Dakota County opts for fewer sirens for severe weather

Dakota County has changed its policy on when outdoor warning sirens are activated. In the past, the sirens were sounded during tornado warnings and any…

Arts briefs: Ballet dancers will put 'Art in Motion'

The Lakeville Area Arts Center, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota and Ballet Royale Minnesota are teaming up to present “Art in Motion” at 7:30 p.m.…
Briefs: Take a 'Bite of Burnsville' on Thursday night

Briefs: Take a 'Bite of Burnsville' on Thursday night

Food samples from some of the area’s best restaurants, raffles, live and silent auctions and entertainment are the highlights of the “Bite of Burnsville” on…
Prior Lake and South Metro Polar Plunges set for Feb. 21, 28

Prior Lake and South Metro Polar Plunges set for Feb. 21, 28

The Prior Lake Polar Plunge and South Metro Polar Plunge raise money for MN Special Olympics.
Dance team tournament ends with protest, disqualifications

Dance team tournament ends with protest, disqualifications

Other teams say the Faribault Emeralds copied an out-of-state team's moves. The MSHSL determined before the tournament that Faribault did not rip off its dance routine.
Briefs: Dakota County Sheriff's Office to hold annual Citizen Academy

Briefs: Dakota County Sheriff's Office to hold annual Citizen Academy

The annual Dakota County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy will be held six consecutive Thursdays starting March 19. The workshops run from 6 to 9 p.m. The…
Mesothelioma survivor throws party of hope, support

Mesothelioma survivor throws party of hope, support

Mesothelioma survivor Heather Von St. James threw a party in Roseville for more than 100 to celebrate the ninth anniversary of the radical surgery she underwent shortly after she was diagnosed in late 2005.
Meth was downfall of manhunt gunman, those who knew him say

Meth was downfall of manhunt gunman, those who knew him say

David M. Winters, 41, was prohibited from possessing firearms because he was a convicted felon and a gang member with a long history of criminal behavior. He killed himself after a daylong manhunt that started with an exchange of gunfire in St. Louis Park and ended at a house in Jordan.
Medical examiner rules Apple Valley deaths were murders-suicide

Medical examiner rules Apple Valley deaths were murders-suicide

Friends and family members of David Crowley have set up a fund for his wife’s family in Texas.
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