Each week, Patch users contribute numerous insights, opinions and observations. The following is a collection of the most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments that appeared on Patch sites in Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield, Shakopee, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Click on the headline to read the full story and join in the conversation.
(The comments below are not meant to reflect the opinions of Patch or its staff.)
Cover Your Butts? Leggings and Yoga Pants Debate in Minnetonka Continues Online
It's become a nationwide topic: What are people saying about the Minnetonka High School principal asking for modesty?
Melanie Lundheim explained the situation in simple terms:
Sounds catchy to say the school is "banning yoga pants," but that's not the story. Rather, the school is asking girls to cover their butts if they wear tight leggings. Just sayin'.
Jane Anne Hill agrees with the school:
What's all the fuss about? As a Minnetonka mom of 4 boys, I completely support Mr. Adney's call for modesty. Why is there such a "need" to put it all out there leaving nothing to the imagination? Grow up people!
Menards on Schedule to Open by Spring 2013
Despite its outward appearance, the new Richfield Menards is still a little ways from opening. But that's not stopping Richfield residents from getting excited early.
A reader, only going by the name Laura, asked rhetorically:
Is it sad that I'm almost as excited for this to open than I was when our Target opened?
Joe Hoover said:
Very much looking forward to it opening. Getting very tired of walking into Home Depot and getting assaulted by their sales people over and over again.
A new pet store is opening — making it the only one in the area. Sean Riley was especially enthusiastic that Lucky Pets would also house a dog daycare and boarding facility.
Now my sister can come visit us and leave her dogs somewhere....other than my garage....ya!
I wish you well in your new business endeavor.
Edina Police Ditching Razors for Worthwhile Cause
More than 30 members of the Edina Police Department are taking part in Movember—an annual, month-long event that sees men all over the world grow mustaches to raise awareness of prostate and other male cancer—for the first time in the department's history. Officers will be sporting goatees, beards, fu manchus and anything else imaginable in an effort to get Edina talking about cancer.
Police Chief Jeff Long said the idea of taking part in Movember came to him after hearing about members of the Minnesota Wild doing it last season. Long saw it as a fantastic way for Edina police to serve as "walking, talking billboards" for men's health issues during the month of November.
Patch reader John Bean was fully in support of the department adopting the cause:
I love it! I'm particularly happy to see the women take this, as well. I'm proud of the whole bunch!
2 Charged with Burglarizing St. Louis Park Home
Police say Dalon Anthony Fowler and Terrance Lee James broke into a home in the 3900 block of Dakota Avenue South and stole items ranging from laptop computers to socks. A neighbor became suspicious after observing some of the men's actions and reported them to the police.
In response, Rob said:
Tip of the hat to the observant neighbor. It's good to know people are still watching out for one another.
You Decide: Too Many Apartment Buildings Coming to Golden Valley?
Over the last few months, Planning Commission and City Council members have reviewed three separate plans for new apartment construction in Golden Valley. User Kathleen Guerrero is nervous that more apartments could increase crime rates:
I work in Brooklyn Park with its many apartment complexes and have heard on TV and the radio about increased crime rates there. I would be OK with one new apartment complex in Golden Valley, hopefully with no Section 8 housing in it, but not more than that. I would be in favor of more apartments for seniors; there is already an upswing as the population ages.
Hopkins voters marked yes on the voter ID and marriage amendments at one of the most even rates in the communities Patch covers. The voter ID amendment saw 37.62 percent of votes marked yes—just 2.33 percent more than the 35.29 percent yes votes that the marriage amendment received.
Said Bruce Rowan:
I think it's interesting that only a single one, just one, Patch community voted to pass the Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment. Remind me to stay out of St. Michael.