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April 21
Dakota County officials chalk up the rising cost to the age of the Cannon River dam and the project’s complexity. The dam needs a new powerhouse and

Dakota County seeks additional $9 million to update Byllesby Dam

In 3 years, the projected cost of updating Dakota County's 110-year-old Byllesby Dam has risen by the millions.
South Metro
April 13
Colleen and Jon Juffer made their way on a trail around Staring Lake in Eden Prairie on Sunday, April 12.

April snowfall brings as much as 10 inches to parts of state

The snow let up in the metro area before 7 p.m., leaving behind totals between 4 and 8 inches rather than the initial forecast of 3 to 6 inches. Numerous crashes and spinouts were reported as plows struggled to keep up.
Coronavirus
April 12

Dakota County opens hotel shelter for homeless

About 45 people moved into Eagan lodging to curb the spread of COVID-19.
South Metro
April 12

30-year term for S. Minnesota man who kidnapped, raped woman

He choked her until she passed out at least once, according to authorities.
South Metro
April 11
A chase suspect was arrested Saturday in Shakopee not far from the crash scene near Hwy. 169.

Minnesota BCA: 2 officers fire shots as chase suspect apprehended in Shakopee

The chase began when a car passed a State Patrol vehicle on Interstate 494 near Dodd Road going 100 mph.
South Metro
April 11

Twin Cities metro police blotter, April 12

BLAINE MARCH 13 Animal complaint. A resident reported that a squirrel was stuck in the fireplace at their home in the 11900 block of…
Coronavirus
April 7

Confessions with social distancing

Pastor Lundgren would normally be holding a day of confessions for hundreds of Catholic school children and parishioners to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation in his area, but because of Covid-19, he came up with confessions via drive-up in a car or on the sidewalk.
South Metro
April 4

Twin Cities metro police blotter, April 5, 2020

ANDOVER MARCH 6 Theft. A generator was reported stolen from outside a garage in the 13300 block of NW. Marigold Court. Blaine MARCH 2…
South Metro
April 4

Authorities identify man and boy, 11, killed in Scott County crash

Wycliff Mose Chacha, 36, of Eagan, and Maxwell Araka Chacha, 11, died in the crash, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.
Coronavirus
April 3
Amahle, an African black-footed penguin, led Cupid and BJ through the Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory next to the Como Zoo in St. P

At Como and Minnesota zoos, the animals must adjust, too

With no visitors to interact with, the animals are getting extra attention from their handlers to keep them alert and active.
South Metro
April 3

Man dies in Inver Grove Heights apartment fire

Firefighters found the victim in the unit where the fire started.
South Metro
April 3
“This appears to be another senseless act of domestic-related violence that has claimed one life and left another person seriously injured,” Dakot

Charges: After social media beef, Maplewood teen killed rival with shotgun in South St. Paul

Marcelino Santiago Lopez, 19, killed a man who had been dating his ex-girlfriend, according to the charges.
South Metro
April 2
A semi traveling at highway speed collided with a turkey in Eagan, leaving the truck’s windshield badly damaged. Credit: Eagan Police Department

Turkey busts through semi windshield on I-35E, then goes on its merry way

The driver was not hurt and the turkey went back into a wooded area, police said.
South Metro
April 2
A man was shot and killed Thursday in South St. Paul/

One dead, one critical, one in custody in South St. Paul shooting

The adult male suspect called authorities shortly afterward and surrendered to West St. Paul police.
Data Drop
April 2
Minnesota welcomes you sign at the state border

How and where Minnesota's population grew in the last decade

New population estimates data from the U.S. Census Bureau shed light on what's driving the state's population growth, and where it's occurring.
South Metro
April 2

2 people in car killed in collision with semi near Prior Lake

A boy in the car was seriously injured, authorities said.
South Metro
March 28

Twin Cities metro police blotter, March 29, 2020

COLUMBUS MARCH 2 Theft. Two snowmobiles were reported stolen off a trailer in the 14000 block of NE. Lake Drive. EXCELSIOR FEB. 15
South Metro
March 21

Twin Cities metro police blotter, March 22

AFTON FEB. 19 Suspicious activity. A resident in the 3000 block of Penfield Avenue reported that a cargo van had pulled into his driveway…
South Metro
March 19
A tow truck at the Minneapolis city impound lot. A towing license ordinance has been left to Minneapolis and St. Paul. But the suburb of Savage is joi

Fed up with complaints over bad operators, Savage will begin licensing towing companies

The city is likely the first metro area suburb to require a license.
South Metro
March 18

Inver Hills, Dakota County Technical College get new president

Michael Berndt has worked for Minnesota State for 20 years, and has held the role of interim president of DCTC and Inver Hills since 2018.