Apple Valley

Incorporated in 1969, and previously named Lebanon Township, this Dakota County city is home to the Minnesota Zoo. The city's name came from a local developer who said the city reminded him of Apple Valley, Calif.

South Metro
September 5

Apple Valley seeks trees for park on former quarry site

Officials and volunteers will plant more trees Sept. 19 with the help of nonprofit Tree Trust.
South Metro
August 25

South metro high schools start new year with more classes, high-tech tools

South metro schools add more classes and high-tech tools for students.
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August 11

Neighbors upset about proposed District 196 bus hub in Apple Valley

The facility would be loud and bring in too much traffic, residents say.
South Metro
July 31

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan considers scheduling $180 million referendum

The referendum would seek money for a new elementary school, new technology and other items.
South Metro
July 7

Lakeville lowers some activity fees, caps total family cost

The school board reduced fees for the costliest sports and capped the total cost per family.
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June 23

Farmington, South St. Paul and Burnsville schools plan budget cuts despite additional state funding

Officials in three south metro districts say the money is too little, too late.
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June 1

Girls on the Run after school program teaches running and life skills

Teams from several south metro schools participate in Girls on the Run, which encourages teamwork and self-confidence.
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May 26

Echo Park Elementary and Oak Ridge Elementary to become magnet schools

Oak Ridge and Echo Park campuses will emphasize STEM, leadership.
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April 7

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan debates ending class rank

Student rankings by GPA would be replaced with Latin honors based on percentiles.
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March 22

Feb. 1: Rosemount, Hastings districts deemed racially isolated by state

State education officials have named the district “racially isolated” compared to neighboring Hastings.
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February 12

A look at how Minnesota's school-issued credit cards are used

  From running classrooms to maintaining schools, educating students is costly and requires many supplies. Districts issue some employees credit cards to make purchasing items…
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February 10

Apple Valley's School of Environmental Studies marks 20 years

At Apple Valley’s School of Environmental Studies, the 400 juniors and seniors say the school’s appeal is as much about the environment inside the building as it is the theme that unites their studies.
South Metro
February 8

White House to honor Apple Valley teacher for environmental lessons

The Apple Valley instructor goes outside the classroom to teach students about climate change.
January 31

Minnesota Zoo pushes ahead with agenda despite budget shortfall

If anything, there’s new urgency to the plans: New animals and exhibits are seen as crucial to driving attendance
January 18

Apple Valley 'apparent murder-suicide' involved two adults, one child

A next-door neighbor who discovered the bodies and notified police said Sunday that the deceased were David Crowley, his wife and their 5-year-old daughter. Police said they didn’t know how long the bodies had been there, but the neighbor theorized it may have been since before Christmas.
South Metro
January 6

Enrollments generally rise in Twin Cities south metro

Numbers are generally up in south metro districts.
January 2

South metro districts get political

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan has approved legislative priorities for three years, while Lakeville began creating resolutions this year.
South Metro
December 27, 2014

Emerald ash borer found in Dakota County

The insect’s spread to a regional park means Dakota County is added to a quarantine list.
South Metro
December 23, 2014

Prior Lake attorney suspended for professional misconduct

A Prior Lake attorney has been suspended from practicing for at least two months for professional misconduct. Cameron Tario, 34, failed to competently and diligently…
South Metro
December 9, 2014

Rosemount district talks facilities in preparation for tax request

A task force asked the community to weigh in on facilities, security and technology in preparation for a 2015 referendum.
South Metro
December 8, 2014

With planned bridge, more visitors could walk to Minnesota Zoo

The crossing over busy road will link trails to Minnesota Zoo.
South Metro
December 5, 2014

'Fab Labs' bring creativity to south metro schools

Three of the new labs have opened in the south metro, helping students ‘build their own future.’
South Metro
November 29, 2014

'Fab Labs' bring creativity to south metro schools

Three new labs have opened in the south metro. Students are learning to ‘build their own future.’
South Metro
November 20, 2014

$10 million fix to Red Line busway will save time and money

The money goes for a new Red Line busway station, saving time and expense by removing a detour that has annoyed passengers and been a major stumbling block.
South Metro
November 18, 2014

Golf courses rebound from rough spring

South-metro area courses generally fared well in 2014, though some are adding footgolf and taking other steps to sustain business.