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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
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
May 17, 2015
As soon as developers broke ground at the Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan, police began preparing for an uptick in traffic and activity in the ar

Shoplifting arrests at Eagan Outlet Mall raise question of bias

A majority of those cited or charged with shoplifting at Eagan's new outlet mall have been people of color.
South Metro
April 14, 2015

Savage holds inaugural Service Day on Saturday

Shrey Pothini, 11, planned the citywide day of volunteering.
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
April 4, 2015
Logan Conright and second-grade teacher Jeffrey Oppenheim helped Hannah Sweeney find educational games on her laptop during spring break.

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan offers spring break classes for elementary students

The West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan schools offer enrichment classes over break.
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 14, 2015

CityVue apartment project moving forward in Eagan

A 113-unit development in the former Blue Cross building will open this summer.
February 12, 2015

Met Council approves new parks plan

Some suburban park leaders say plan gives the council too much control over spending.
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.
Teen death in Eagan
February 3, 2015
A police officer stood in front of home on the 1700 block of Silver Bell Circle in Eagan Sunday evening.

Teen's death in Eagan under investigation

The 13-year-old boy was found "unresponsive and bleeding" from an unspecified wound after his 15-year-old brother called police. Their 11-year-old sister was also in the home.
South Metro
January 13, 2015

Burnsville parents try to tackle the achievement gap

Spurred on by a concerned mom, a group of elementary school parents is tackling the achievement gap through conversation.
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.
Dakota County parks
December 10, 2014
A hiker walked along a paved part of Lebanon Hills Regional Park. A new plan would add more paths, including 22 miles of trails.

Paving paradise? Some parkgoers oppose Lebanon Hills plan

Lebanon Hills Regional Park's nature should be preserved, say opponents of Dakota County's new plan.
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 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 11, 2014
The Sperry water tower has stood in Eagan since 1967, though it hasn’t held water since 2009.

'Stealth' structure to replace Eagan water tower

The Sperry water tower in Eagan will make way for a slimmed-down design that hides communications equipment
South Metro
October 14, 2014

South school briefs: Property tax levy may increase next year

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Property tax levy may increase next year The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school board approved a preliminary annual operating levy recently that will raise about $34.9 million…
South Metro
October 9, 2014

Burnsville and Lakeville school districts: A study in opposites

  Even though they are neighbors, the south-metro suburbs of Burnsville and Lakeville have dramatically different demographics. So do their schools. Lakeville’s shares of students…
South Metro
October 8, 2014
A rotten structural beam is exposed to the elements at the West St. Paul ice arena in this photo from 2010. West St. Paul is discussing what to do wit

Two cities, school district collaborate to renovate West St. Paul ice arena

Mendota Heights, West St. Paul and the school district teamed up to pledge about $500,000 each to fix facility.