Bears, Lynx and a Dejected Wolf: Pick of Our Patches

A bear-sighting at a popular park in Maple Grove has people on edge; the Lynx, still undefeated, stop in Minnetonka; and the author of a bill to change teacher layoffs is laid off herself in this week’s look around the West Metro.

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.  

Pillsbury Commons Project Effectively 'Dead'
The Richfield City Council denies the sale of two additional parcels needed for the project, however, the developer can still choose to close on the land held by an option agreement.

Signs have been posted around the Elm Creek Park District recreation and swimming area alerting patrons to the bear sightings. 

Plymouth Man Runs For His Father
Rick Trueman of Plymouth is running a half marathon to raises funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to honor his father John who was diagnosed, fought the disease and was recently diagnosed with it again.

Minnesota Lynx players Seimone Augustus, a 2012 Olympian, and Erin Thorn stopped by to help 70 local girls improve their basketball skills, answer questions, pose for pictures and sign autographs.

To celebrate Golden Valley's 125th Anniversary, a time capsule will be buried near city hall on June 24.

The Republican Senator who tried helped usher a change in teacher layoff through legislation last session has, herself, been laid off.

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While he was not ultimately crowned the Hottest Dad in the nation, Shakopee resident Marc Patefield came close on Tuesday as he appeared as a contest finalist on the NBC Today Show.

Tuesday evening, the St. Louis Park Fire Department celebrated the opening of its recently constructed  with two ceremonies: one a somber reminder of the dangers a firefighter faces, the other an optimistic look toward the future. The first ceremony unveiled a wall in the new firehouse with a memorial dedicated to St. Louis Park firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

St. Michael dad, Mark Worms, has started a good old-fashioned Saturday baseball league for his son and friends.


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