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Company Pays Penalty, Activities Director Gone and Gas Leak: Pick of Our Patches

This week's selections include a legislator's regret about gay-marriage, suburb sirens, long emergency room waits, Running Aces complaint and new business openings.

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.

Wayzata Company Agrees to Pay More than $400k for Violating Clean Water Act

DMH Partners North, LLC, agreed to pay a $75,000 civil penalty to the U.S. and to purchase wetland credits valued at approximately $340,000.

Westonka Activities Director Resigns in Wake of 'Harlem Shake' Suspensions

Dion Koltes came under heavy fire from parents in the Westonka community following the suspension of several students for performing the "Harlem Shake" during a lunch hour.

Edina Hornets Bring Home 11th State Hockey Championship

Following three periods of intense, physical play, the Edina Hornets emerged from the Minnesota state tournament with the district's 11th class 2A hockey championship.

Parents in Uproar Over Minneapolis Schools' Handling of Gas Leak

Gas line in Linden Hills breached Wednesday afternoon, but parents left in the dark over whereabouts of their kids.

VIDEO: Ex-Plymouth Legislator: 'I Blew My Vote' on Gay Marriage

Lynne Osterman 'implores' Minnesota legislators not to cast 'no' vote on same-sex unions that they'll later regret.

Minnetonka iPad Project Expands to All Students Grades 8-11

Students will be issued iPads for the school year, just as they have been traditionally issued textbooks. Next year's iPad Project also includes eighth graders in Minnetonka.

What Were All Those Sirens About?

Numerous emergency vehicles could be heard in the eastern portions of St. Louis Park and Edina Wednesday afternoon.

Which Nearby Hospital Has the Longest Emergency Department Wait?

If you go to the Fairview Southdale emergency department, it’ll take nearly an hour on average before you’re seen by a health care professional. On the other hand, those who go to North Memorial will be seen in less than 15 minutes. Check out how local hospitals compare.

Canterbury Park Horse Owners Take Gripe about Running Aces to State Board

North Metro harness-racing track stopped making payments to Canterbury, media outlets report.

St. Michael Native Matt Spaeth Released by NFL's Chicago Bears

The former Minnesota Golden Gopher tight end was released after completing the second year of his three-year contract in Chicago.

WhirlyBall Twin Cities Prepares for Maple Grove Opening

The new entertainment venue is located at the former Mann Theatre building.

Tavern 4 & 5: A New Restaurant Comes to Eden Prairie

Easy to remember how to find the place, Tavern 4 & 5 is located on County Road 4 and Highway 5. The restaurant opens for dinner on April 30.

Environmental Commission Says ‘Yes’ To Chickens in Golden Valley

In a council manager meeting Tuesday, the Environmental Commission made a recommendation to the council to allow Golden Valley residents to keep chickens on their property.

Kickstarter Funds Wayzata High School Grad's Debut Independent Film

"How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song" was completely funded by a Kickstarter campaign, and is being screened in several cities throughout the US. The soundtrack is currently available on iTunes.

Sen. Barb Goodwin 'Hesitant' but Backs MN Gay-Marriage Bill

With 'yes' vote from Fridley's senator, the Minnnesota Senate Judiciary Committee sent same-sex marriage bill to the full Senate on a 5-3 vote. A House committee later followed suit with its version.

PHOTOS: Richfield Falls Short in Semifinal Game Against Red Wing

Richfield's run for state champions ended Thursday afternoon.

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