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Top 10 Stories of 2012: Eagan Coach Kurt Virgin Charged with Swindling School District

Fatal car crashes, robberies, sports scandals, big business developments. Eagan Patch looks back at the Top 10 stories of 2012.

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Editor's Note: As the New Year approaches, Eagan Patch will review the Top 10 most significant stories of 2012, in terms of total pageviews and impact to the community. Disagree with our assessment, or have other stories you think should've made the Top 10? Please post your feedback or thoughts in the comment stream below.

#3: Kurt Virgin Charged with Stealing Money from the School District

In 2011, School District 196 officials put longtime Eagan High School sports coach and summer camp coordinator Kurt Virgin on paid lead, citing an ongoing investigation.

The mystery deepened in January 2012, when , citing financial concerns as the subject of their inquiry.

Finally, in May, the Dakota County Attorney's Office charged Virgin with six felony counts of swindling money from the district. Virgin, investigators say, siphoned money from camp registration fees and team fundraisers, stealing roughly $29,000 from the district.

But the controversy didn't end there. In November, Virgin's defense attorney fired back, saying the prosecution broke rules in its handling of the case and claiming that Virgin didn't steal a single dime from the schools.

Eagan Patch will continue our countdown of the biggest stories of the year tomorrow. Check out the other articles that have already made it into Eagan Patch's Top 10 of 2012:

  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: Suburban Homelessness Rising in Dakota County
  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: Day-Care Provider Charged After Infant Dies Under Her Care
  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: Lockheed Martin Shopping Center Plans Hit Unexpected Obstacle
  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: Death Threat Issued to Eagan City Council
  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: All Three of Eagan's Sitting Legislators Overturned in November Election
  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: Eagan Teens Charged in Connection to Armed Robbery
Val La Brie January 01, 2013 at 10:21 AM
YOU HAD A SINGER ON THE X-FACTOR FROM EAGAN THAT DID VERY WELL HOW COME YOU DON'T HAVE A STORY ABOUT HIM. IT SEEMS ALL YOU WRITE ABOUT IS BAD STUFF AND NO GOOD STUFF.
David Henke (Editor) January 01, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Hey Val~ I'm guessing that you're referring to Nicholas David, the Eagan singer who performed on NBC's "The Voice". We did write about him. In fact, he made our Top 10 Stories of 2012 list, too. We gave him the #2 spot on our list, ahead of Kurt Virgin. Here's a link to that post: http://patch.com/A-0Hst. I hope that helps clear things up for you. I am very committed to covering both the positive and negative news that happens in Eagan. In the future, if you know of any great local news stories happening in the community, please email me at david.henke@patch.com, and I'll do my best to get the word out to the community. Thanks!

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