News from Twin Cities south metro, including Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley and Shakopee I

South metro news briefs: Dakota County land conservation program seeks applicants

South metro police blotter, Aug. 20

Minnesota Zoo envisions itself as a gateway to state parks

Repurposing monorail to aerial treetop walk is one of many ideas to revitalize the Apple Valley zoo.

Personal info revealed for thousands of east metro students in mass e-mail

Back-to-school e-mail in east metro errantly sent with private information.

Dakota County Fair visitors upset by Confederate flags as prizes

Midway prize angers some fairgoers; game booth pulls "symbol of hatred."

Way cleared for Southwest LRT project to seek nearly $1B from feds

Talks with Met Council clear way for project to apply for $929 million in federal money.

Goodhue County crash kills 22-year-old Iowa man

Authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor in the semi-car crash.

Dakota County Fair offers more intimate experience than huge State Fair

At popular heritage village, nostalgia mingles with education and fun.

South metro police blotter, Aug. 13

BURNSVILLE JULY 3 Drugs. A 20-year-old Burnsville man was arrested for possession of marijuana on Burnsville Parkway and Knox Drive. JULY 7 Assault.

South metro news briefs: Shakopee sells former burial ground back to tribe

The City Council last week approved selling a 3-acre parcel back to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) for $100,000 after an archaeological survey indicated…

St. Francis slashes ER wait times with online check-in

St. Francis hopes system will reduce wait times.

Charge: After moving in to help aunt in West St. Paul after surgery, niece kills her

The defendant admitted to the killing, according to prosecutors.

Charge: Driver's BAC was 0.266 when going wrong way, killing bride-to-be

The victim, an Iowa attorney. was heading home from the Bruno Mars concert in the Twin Cities.

Wrong-way SUV driver near Northfield kills bride-to-be in car

Alcohol use by the man driving the Lincoln Navigator is cited by the patrol as a factor in the crash.

ID'd: Twin Cities motorist who fatally rear-ended SUV driver in N.D.

A Twin Cities motorist in North Dakota struck an SUV from behind, killing the driver, on a North Dakota interstate, authorities said.

On a Jordan hilltop, young man puts together pieces of family he never knew

Jesse Richard had gone through life never knowing his father, a Marine killed in a barracks fire at a Japanese training base in October 1979.

A late reprieve from Abraham Lincoln saved Dakota elder

Round Wind's conversion to Christianity, his age (about 65) and the sketchy testimony of two young German boys at his murder trial were among the factors.

Park placards inform the public about Shakopee's lesser-known history

Heritage Society is installing signs highlighting the city's little-known history.

South metro police blotter, Aug. 6

JORDAN JULY 17 Nuisance. Officers responded to the 200 block of Broadway Street on a report of juveniles breaking bottles behind a business. The…