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Shakopee's Chinese lantern festival lights up the night

The Lantern Light Festival has combined intricate design and thousands of lights to create a wonderland of color and light at Canterbury Park in Shakopee throughout October.

Behind the scenes, building the lanterns requires 50 people and takes about a month.

South metro news briefs: Burnsville moves up start of City Council meetings an hour


Golf courses give way to new housing amid demand for land

More than 900 acres of golf courses have been redeveloped across the metro.


Farms and factories fade in burgeoning metro cities

Three suburbs and two central cities led the metro area in the most acres changed to a new land use between 2010 and 2016. Here's which ones, and why.


Explore how land use has changed in the Twin Cities metro area

Met Council data illustrates how the region has changed after the recession.


Efforts pushing alternatives to four-year degree slow to catch on

As well-paying posts in manufacturing and trades go begging, the American dream of a bachelor's degree dies so hard that public officials find themselves in a culture war.


South metro police blotter, Oct. 15

BURNSVILLE SEPT. 10 Disorderly conduct. A 50-year-old Burnsville man was arrested for disorderly conduct on the 12900 block of County Road 5. SEPT. 24…


Shakopee hopes to maintain 'small-town feel' amid major growth

Residents will help develop a vision for housing, parks and lifestyle in 2040 Comprehensive plan.


Mississippi Dunes golf course up for sale, being pitched for housing

The 185-acre tract along the Mississippi River in Cottage Grove went up for sale at $10 million about two weeks ago.


Edina couple say their California winery escaped the fire

The flames consumed structures within just a few blocks of their Sonoma winery.


Officials identify man who died in Minneapolis apartment blaze Friday night

Royce Wayne James jumped from his window and died. Suspect arrested.


Website shows plans for renovating iconic former Dayton's on Nicollet Mall

Renderings include rooftop terraces and a sidewalk cafe opening to Nicollet Mall.


Reburial rekindles a Minnesota priest's tale

Behind a rusty barbed-wire fence in Washington, D.C., private developers recently discovered an abandoned mausoleum shrouded with ivy. The remains of an early Minnesota pioneer-turned-priest…


Scott County offers Amazon design freedom in pitch for HQ2

Sites in Shakopee and Elko New Market are vying to make the state's cut for regional bid.


South metro police blotter, Oct. 8

BURNSVILLE SEPT. 13 Robbery. A 19-year-old Richfield man and a 20-year-old Bloomington man were arrested for robbery on the 2000 block of Cliff Road…


South metro briefs: Dakota County sheriff awarded $450,000 federal grant to curb domestic violence

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a three-year, $450,000 federal grant to help the department protect women from violent crimes and prosecute their…


Burnsville man arrested in Las Vegas in crash that killed Shakopee student

Ja'Mason Moffett, 16, was killed in the Sept. 14 crash in Jackson Township.


Burnsville mail carrier receives national honor for donating stem cells

Someone needed Deborah Ochetti. She didn't know who. But she didn't hesitate.


South metro briefs: Hy-Vee to add urgent care clinic in Shakopee, Savage stores

St. Francis Regional Medical Center has teamed up with Hy-Vee to set up health care clinics in its Shakopee and Savage markets. The clinics will…