Duluth Flooding, Fake Phones and Liquor Violations: Pick of Our Patches

This week's selection includes a controversy over funding for field lights instead of classrooms, a teen collecting underwear for women in Honduras, and in-town bee hives.

Here's a look at some of the headlines from last week around the Twin Cities West Metro areas. Click on the links for the complete story.

Shakopee Patch Local Editor Lisa Baumann couldn't keep her mind off Duluth, as her former home dealt with a tragic deluge.

Plymouth Man Charged For Selling Fake Phones

Mario Samson, 39, of Plymouth faces a charge of one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods for selling refurbished and counterfeit cellular telephones on the Internet, claiming they were brand new. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in jail.

The 50th & France restaurant violated Edina's 60-40 food to liquor ratio and sold liquor to a minor within a six-month period. The City Council voted 4-1 to reduce the penalty against the operation to a $1,000 fine and a one-day liquor license suspension.

The Richfield School Board recently voted to install lights on the high school baseball field as part of a revamp project. Two board members voted against it and with pressing budget and achievement gap issues, many have spoken out against the decision.

Seventeen-year old Anna Nielsen is passionate about providing the women of Honduras with dignity by bringing them underwear.

Should your neighbor—or you—be allowed to keep a bee colony in the backyard? That's a question that has the St. Louis Park City Council buzzing these days, as council members discussed the issue at length during a Monday night meeting.

 After the Richfield City Council refused to sell two city-owned parcels of land to Ron Clark Construction & Design last week, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) further maimed the Pillsbury Commons project by rejecting three other items Monday night, despite the developer's pleas.

 Tuesday, restaurateurs Peter Ireland and Jay Peterson posted a note on their blog saying they would be opening a new restaurant in the Patina building at 50th and Bryant, to be called "The Lynn on Bryant."

After months of debate and studies, the Golden Valley City Council voted against the proposed Bottineau Transitway that would run through the city.

Tens of thousands in money for Meadow Creek Condos improvements has caused a bitter internal dispute within the condo association to boil over to City Hall. 


Three businesses laying claim to the four-tenant building on County Road 101 near Target are Massage Envy, T-Mobile and Pro-Cuts. Only the space at the end of the building next to Pro-Cuts had remained empty and unidentified. So, what will be the fourth business?

Cedarcrest Development wants to build 62 single-family lots on residual land that the City of Maple Grove acquired for the County Road 10/Bass Lake Road alignment.

Did you miss the parade? Check out the city's video of the entire event.


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