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Man Drowns in Pond, Governor Heckled and Book Burning: Pick of Our Patches

This week's compilation includes a Red Cross Hero, 'unemployment is a very boring existence,' MCA issues, profitable liquor store, superintendent search and light rail.

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

Brooklyn Park Man Pulled From Maple Grove Pond Dies

The 20-year-old man was pulled from the pond near the 12300 block of Elm Creek Boulevard.

Freshwater Society Officially Declares Ice Out on Lake Minnetonka

The call came at 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning; Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol uses a different standard.

Gov. Mark Dayton told a Shakopee audience that "I’ve been all over the state and I’ve never had people behave this rudely."

Obama Jokes about Burning Books with Michele Bachmann

Also last week, the congresswoman led the year's first Tea Party Caucus meeting.

Red Cross Recognizes Plymouth Man with 2013 Good Samaritan Award

Geoffrey Racette was directly responsible for locating and helping to rescue a missing woman whose vehicle was submerged in a frozen pond off the road.

Richfield Police Officer Named 'Red Cross Hero' for Efforts to Save Drowning Children

Sgt. David Kromshroeder was given the honor for his efforts to save two children drowning in a pool last December.

Unemployment Sucks; or You Should Really Give Me A Job

Blogger Emmaline Westlund: "This recession is slowly destroying my hopes at actually not being a waste of space. It's also slowly destroying my dream of travelling. Unemployment is a very boring existence."

Minnetonka Schools Suspended State MCA Testing for Additional Day

The district said "the data from these online tests will be largely unreliable based on the technical difficulties."

Burnsville, Shakopee and a host of districts across the state have experienced persistent technical difficulties with the online tests, which are the basis by which the students, teachers and schools are judged.

Sobriety High to Close After School Year Concludes

After 21 years of service to students struggling with addiction, Sobriety High is calling it quits.

Edina Municipal Liquor Stores Among Most Profitable in Minnesota

The City of Edina's three municipal liquor stores brought in $1.445 million in net income during fiscal year 2011.

7 SLP Superintendent Semi-Finalists Announced

The semi-finalists were interviewed Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-2, in the school district offices at St. Louis Park High School.

The Southwest Light Rail project needs park and rides so commuters can use the trains.

Four Hopkins Sites Shortlisted for Southwest LRT Maintenance Facility

Hopkins officials worry that a maintenance facility could take away from the tax base and eliminate development opportunities.

Photos: Schulte's Greenhouse and Nursery 50th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting

I-94 West Chamber of Commerce members joined with the St. Michael business April 26 to celebrate the milestone year.

Public Boat Launch Opens at Lake Harriet

The launch needed repairs after sustaining damage during the winter season.

Only Experts Have the Right Guts

Get a professional second opinion on your investments, says blogger and investment expert Ric Lager.

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