Cold-Case Arrest, Gay Marriage and Man Attacks Market: Pick of Our Patches

This week's selection includes a missing necklace from a memorial site, a woman's Walk for the Cure story, a ghost hunt and middle school choice changes.

Editor’s Note: Every week we will bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro.

 Michael Joseph Scott was charged with two felony counts of murder this week for an incident that happened 14 years ago. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the key to getting the arrest was "good old-fashioned" police work.

Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke said in a recent blog post that he struggled and sought advice about whether to go public about a proposal for the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. He ultimately said he decided to get involved because as Mayor of Shakopee, he represents many gay couples and believes it is right to stand up for them.

 Police say Matthew Aaron Christenson believed the store was selling poisoned cigarettes when he smashed the convenience store's windows with a hammer. Christenson has not been charged in the three other attacks made against Kyle's Market and another nearby business owned by the same family. 

A necklace that had been placed on the memorial that has sat at the site where Michaela Olson fell on July 1 is missing. Saturday afternoon Robin Olson wrote on the In Loving Memory of Michaela Olson Facebook page that whoever took it please return it.

Local Woman Walks For Her Mom One Last Time

Wayzata School District employee Colleen Erickson will walk in the Twin Cities Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure 3-Day for the last time in August.

If a proposed change goes through, fifth-graders at Highlands Elementary School might not have a choice this fall over which Edina middle school they'll be attending. Rather than have the option of attending classes at Valley View Middle School or South View Middle School—Highlands was the only elementary school still offering a choice—students will simply be assigned to South View.


Two Maple Grove residents are investigating reports of the paranormal at Fridley's Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.

Dana Litman has opened Araya Clean, a franchise that steam cleans properties like gas stations and parking garages. The chemicals used are biodegradable and most of the water needed to clean things like oil stains can be reused.

A new cable franchise agreement would put programming directly into the City Council’s hands, which could lead to fewer community-produced shows. It's rolling through the relevant city councils—despite pushback from some of the groups that use produce programming.

The fashion jewelry and accessories retailer is one of the new businesses at The Fountains at Arbor Lakes.

The Minnetonka School Board unanimously approved the appointment of John Holcomb to the Minnetonka School Board, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Erin Adams in April of this year.

With help from St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts and its "Our Town: Beats & Streets" program, drummers Chico Perez and Stanley Kipper are taking drumming workshops to a number of groups in the community.



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