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Coach Caught, Traveling Tragedy and Plymouth's Peace Corps Member: Pick of Our Patches

Also in this week's wrap-up: A beloved principal gets rewarded, Menards makes a grand entrance and Edina pets have a new haven.

Editor’s Note: Every week we will bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: EdinaGolden ValleyHopkinsLake MinnetonkaMaple GrovePlymouthRichfield, FridleySt. Louis Park and St. Michael.

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Hill-Murray Football Coach Arrested in Fridley for Allegedly Soliciting Prostitution

Mark Mauer was one of 19 men caught in a police sting operation in Fridley Tuesday

Golden Valley Officials Concerned About Upcoming Bottineau Meeting

In a letter sent to members of the Hennepin County Board and Metropolitan Council, Mayor Shep Harris asked for clarification regarding the purpose of the upcoming Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s community meeting.

Menards Announces Grand Opening Festivities

The official celebration of the new Richfield location begins Saturday, Feb. 23 and features a series of demonstrations, celebrity guests and prize giveaways.

Minnetonka Couple Dies in Monday Crash on I-94

On their way to a funeral in Fargo, a man and woman from Minnetonka were killed in a crash on I-94 on Presidents' Day. Judith A. Reid and Sean L. Ray, both 49, died in the crash. 

District 279 Looks to Cut More Than 70 Teachers in Next Two Years

If the budget proposal is accepted, and no additional revenue is received, Osseo Area Schools will need to reduce staff, leading to larger class sizes.

Plymouth Resident Departs for Peace Corps Mission in Ghana

Krysta Litherland will complete technical, language, health and safety training while living with a host family to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture.

Eden Prairie Man Breaks Wife’s Nose in Assault

Mohyi Saleh Youssef has been charged with third-degree assault.

Beloved St. Michael-Albertville Principal Recognized as State's Best

Jennifer Kelley, head of St. Michael-Albertville Middle School East, has been named Met Life/NASSP Principal of the Year for Minnesota. And for those that know her, it's easy to see why.

St. Louis Park’s Steel Toe Taproom Opens and Remodeling Fair

Since August when Steel Toe received the St. Louis Park City Council's blessing, owner Jason Schoneman has been working on the perfect taproom to compliment the brewery located at 4848 West 35th Street.

Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet Coming to Edina

The new pet supply store will be Minnesota's 19th location for the Twin Cities-based business.

The school district is investigating videos that show apparent students smoking and damaging property, but Patch wants to hear your thoughts on what our role as a community is.

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