You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top recent stories from throughout Dakota County.
Here's a look at some of the stories—which first appeared on this Patch or those of our neighbors—that may interest you or have an impact on your life. To read the full story, click on the headline links.
Dakota, Ramsey and Washington county attorneys announced Wednesday that they are revising their drug-testing procedures in the wake of possible problems associated with testing by the St. Paul Police Department crime lab.
Eagan provider Beverly Greenagel is facing criminal charges after a three-month-old died while under her care. But that incident is just part of a larger trend that has state officials questioning whether regulations are strict enough.
Fellow GOP Congressman John Kline said Michele Bachmann may have "stepped a little bit over the line" when she named prominent D.C. politicians and staffers as agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, but that her intentions were good.
Several new Minnesota state laws that will go into effect on Aug. 1.
Rosemount resident Peter Hausmann was one of the 13 people who died as a result of the I-35W bridge collapse on Aug. 1, 2007. Apple Valley resident Andy Gannon survived the collapse.
The rebuilt fast food outlet has many upgrades compared to the building that was demolished, including two drive-thru lanes.
Apex Companies is a Maryland-based firm with a presence in 24 states.
The city will soon be on the prowl for a new top cop.
One of Burnsville's largest employers is going through a period of intense change.
The substructure of the closed Black Dog Road bridge is in poor condition.
Eagan teenagers Joey James Brown and Paul Earnest McWilliams Jr. were formally charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
The western half of Dakota County is getting grayer, and that could have a substantial impact on local schools, according to Independent School District 196 officials.
The fast food chain plans to open 59 locations in the next five years, according to City Pages.
Inver Grove Heights
The county is asking for $3 million to pay for eight miles of trail in Rosemount and Nininger Township and three trailheads.
Northfield pilot Benny Harris Svien, 61, was flying back home after a brief flight when he attempted to land on the runway located on his property.
The 154th Dakota County Fair kicks off Monday, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 12.
Jason Alan Styrbicky of Buffalo was driving a semi truck on Interstate 35 in Lakeville in May 2010 when he crashed into two cars, killing two women and an unborn baby.