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Boston Marathon Witnesses, New City Manager, Terminations and Resignations: Pick of Our Patches

This week's compilation includes voting for Vikings cheerleaders, Gov. Dayton congratulating wrestlers, WhirlyBall opening and a new bakery opens.

Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael.

Marathon Suspect Shootout Witness Is Andrew Kitzenberg from Edina

The Breck School alum photographed a clash in Watertown, MA, between police and the men they suspect of bombing the Boston Marathon. 

Two explosions occurred the afternoon of Monday, April 15, 2013 near the marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, MA.

Wayzata Boston Marathon Runner to KSTP: 'Sounded Like a Cannon'

'I just wanted to get out of there,' Susan Vickerman said.

(Updated) Plymouth Runner Was Near Boston Marathon Bomb Site: Star Tribune

Kevin Schooler, 42, was two blocks away according to his mother, the newspaper reported. Tobin Johnson of Plymouth was also there and told MPR News he is lucky.

Richfield Family Makes it Home from Boston Marathon

Nadine Brown participated in the race while some of her family members cheered her on from the sidelines. She finished the race before the blasts.

Southwest Sports Store is HQ for Runners Showing Support for Boston Marathon Victims

The Southwest Minneapolis shop is a regular Tuesday night meetup spot, but this Tuesday was special, KSTP-TV reported.

Fridley City Council Picks New City Manager: Walter Wysopal

Vote was unanimous after second round of interviews Monday for current North St. Paul city manager.

School Board Terminates Employment of Longtime Technology Specialists

The Edina School Board unanimously voted Monday, April 15, to terminate the employment of 10 technology specialists working throughout the district. The move is part of a larger realignment process, including staffing changes in the district's human resources and communications departments.

Dr. Julie Carter to Leave Minnetonka Schools

After leading Minnetonka's efforts to ensure reliable technology as an accelerator of learning, Carter has announced her resignation as Executive Director of Technology, effective June 30.

Principal Ann Swanson Announces She's Leaving Shirley Hills Primary School

She is taking another principal position in the Eden Prairie School District 'with a heavy heart.'

Plymouth Women Seek Your Vote to Become Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

The Minnesota Vikings will form a 20-member cheerleading squad from 52 candidates.

Photos: Gov. Dayton Congratulates STMA High School Wrestling Team on State Championship

The team was named 3A co-champ in the 2013 Minnesota state team championships.

Photos: WhirlyBall Scheduled for April 22 Opening in Maple Grove

The entertainment facility will also have party rooms and a full sports bar and grill.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Plans June 11 Opening in Minnetonka

The restaurant will be located in Westwind Plaza on County Road 101 and Highway 7 in the former Bruegger's Bagels.

New Bakery: Fred's Bread in Eden Prairie

Specialties at Fred's Bread include hodge podge bread, cinnamon rolls, travel cakes, oatmeal bread and Kalamata olive bread.

New Fiat Dealership Approved for Previously Vacant Property

A conditional use permit for a new Luther Fiat dealership received unanimous support from the St. Louis Park City Council Monday, April 15.

Where is the Worst Driving in Golden Valley?

Share the locations of problem spots on Patch’s interactive map.

How Long Before ‘The Great Hopkins Snow Pile’ Finally Melts?

Leave your best guess for when you think the 11th Avenue snow dump will be gone.

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