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Top Schools, Tribes and Another Coyote Surprise: Pick of Our Patches

Also in this week's update: A couple cancer clowns; Cheerios gone up in flames and a Hammerin' Sen. Franken.

Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, St. Louis Park and St. Michael


Minnetonka students continue to excel academically by scoring among the top districts in the state on the MCA-II (Minnesota Comprehension Assessment) reading test and the MCA-III math test.
Overall, 92 percent of Minnetonka students are proficient in reading and 85 percent are proficient in math. In Metro area rankings, Minnetonka students are #1 in math and a close second to Edina in reading. Scores exceeded the state totals of 76 percent proficiency in reading and 62 percent proficiency in math.


An unknown woman makes the "Drive Thru Difference" to inspire another to commit a random act of kindness and make a difference in someone's day.

William Elijah Carter, 27, of Plymouth is one of seven men indicted for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was also charged with one count of carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. If convicted, each defendant faces a potential penalty of life in prison. Carter also faces a potential penalty of five years in prison if convicted for carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

in St. Louis Park
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) came home and helped build a home Wednesday in St. Louis Park. Returning to the city where he grew up, the senator helped celebrate Habitat for Humanity's 2,000th home in Minnesota, which is going up in the 3300 block of Texas Avenue and should be finished by October.

The well-dressed man is believed to have robbed five local grocery store banks since late March. 

In an act to protest General Mills' support of same-sex marriage, Michael Leisner took a blowtorch to a box of Cheerios in front of the cereal maker's Golden Valley campus.

The  is the nation's richest tribe, according to a story in The New York Times. Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year.

Members of the group, which has ties to Fridley, are worried about a racial dimension to the fatal shooting in Wisconsin.

 
National Night Out got a little more exciting for some residents of Minneapolis' Linden Hills neighborhood when a coyote wandered through. Find out what happened, plus get coyote safety tips, and add your sightings to our map! 

Edina's  is set to undergo massive renovations early next year to bring it in line with its master plan, thanks largely to a $695,000 fee paid as part of the Waters Senior Living Development. The renovations at the park will include a new 165-foot hockey rink, a wetland overlook and much more. 

When Tammy Evans’ cancer came back, she didn't let it get her down, her and her best friend Pam Pitman formed the Rad Pack instead. 

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