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South Metro
July 7, 2015

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.
South Metro
June 23, 2015

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.
South Metro
June 1, 2015
A runner crossed the finish line at the Girls on the Run practice 5K.

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.
South Metro
May 26, 2015

Echo Park Elementary and Oak Ridge Elementary to become magnet schools

Oak Ridge and Echo Park campuses will emphasize STEM, leadership.
South Metro
April 7, 2015

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan debates ending class rank

Student rankings by GPA would be replaced with Latin honors based on percentiles.
South Metro
March 22, 2015
Glacier Hills Elementary fourth-grade teacher Heather Houlding meets with a small group of students in her class on Tuesday afternoon.

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

State education officials have named the district "racially isolated" compared to neighboring Hastings.
South Metro
February 12, 2015

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…
South Metro
February 10, 2015
Teacher Craig Johnson, who was honored by the White House for his work on climate change education and said the school’s purpose is to help students

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, 2015

White House to honor Apple Valley teacher for environmental lessons

The Apple Valley instructor goes outside the classroom to teach students about climate change.
Minnesota Zoo
January 31, 2015
Savannah Grandits, 10 months, was fascinated by the fish around the Tropical Reef at the Minnesota Zoo while her mom, Christa, watched Jan. 30, 2015.

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
3 dead in Apple Valley
January 18, 2015
Two adults and one child were found dead Saturday, January 17, 2015 at this home in Apple Valley in what police are calling an 'apparent murder-suicid

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, 2015

Enrollments generally rise in Twin Cities south metro

Numbers are generally up in south metro districts.
State + Local
January 2, 2015

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
An emerald ash borer suspended in alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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
School officials say that nobody is more enthusiastic about the newly installed “Fab Labs” than the students.

'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.'
Dakota County
November 29, 2014
Students at Valley Middle School, Apple Valley, inside a new Fab Lab.

'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.'
Twin Cities transit
November 20, 2014
Red Line users boarded buses at the Cedar Grove station in Eagan on Wednesday. Currently, the route has to detour onto city streets around the station

$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
Inver Wood Golf Course in Inver Grove Heights recorded 47,000 rounds in 2014. “We feel like we had a good year,” said parks and recreation directo

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.
Dakota County
October 25, 2014
Rosemount High School homecoming king Erich Hoffmann, center, had “the week of his life,” after he was chosen for the role.

Schools name homecoming royalty with special needs

At high schools like Rosemount and Simley, a new type of student is winning popular honors.
South Metro
October 5, 2014

St. Paul man charged with dumping nails down toilets

Suspect accused of causing plumbing damage in Eagan.
Health
October 1, 2014

Aging suburbs: Apple Valley plots a change

Suburb prepares for a "silver tsunami" with an initiative that could become a pilot program.
South Metro
September 23, 2014
Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Charlie Vig (Class of 1979) will be inducted into the Shakopee Public Schools Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 26, a

South school briefs: Free admission offered to Shakopee events

Shakopee Free admission offered to events This year, Shakopee students will be admitted to all home athletic and activity events for free. This includes volleyball,…