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East Metro Cities Team Up to Keep Hockey Arena Operating

Hockey rinks throughout Minnesota are scrambling to find the funding to move away from using freon as a cooling agent for the rink - but it isn't cheap.

However, one metro community has found the funding to keep its rink running.

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City to Break Ground on Activity Center in Rosemount

Construction of a new activity center in Rosemount will begin Dec. 2 when the city council breaks ground at the site.

The center will provide space for community activities, especially those geared toward older residents. It will have three meeting rooms and a more casual seating area overlooking a patio.

Fire Breaks Out at Eagan BP Gas Station

Photo: KSTP-TV/Jeff Ganahl -

Firefighters were on the scene of an Eagan gas station fire overnight.

The fire happened just after 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the BP gas station near Nicols Road and Diffley Road. A KSTP photographer on the scene said the service area and the car wash were the areas that were on fire, and smoke could be seen pouring out of the car wash.

Valley Middle School gets 'Fab Lab'

Valley Middle School in Apple Valley is getting some high-tech help in the classroom. The school's new "Fab Lab" is designed for young students. 

"Fab" is short for fabrication lab, and it has everything from 3-D printers to vinyl cutters.

"It's a place you can make almost anything," said teacher Luke Podmers.

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Man gets 10 Days for Crash that Killed Passenger

A 33-year-old Farmington man has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for a van crash that killed a passenger.
    
Salomon Galacia Adorno also was given a year of probation and ordered to pay restitution.
    

Missing Eagan Woman Located Safe in Worthington

Marlene Harriet Ness - Photo: BCA

An 82-year-old Eagan woman who had been missing since Tuesday has been located safe in Worthington.

Authorities issued a missing person alert for Marlene Ness shortly before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday asking the public to keep an eye out for her vehicle. The alert said she has significant memory issues and will sometimes get lost or confused and drive around until she finds her way.

Minnesota Firearms Hunters Register 102,000 Deer

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Minnesota hunters have registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of the main firearms deer season.
    
The Department of Natural Resources says that's down 31,000 through the same period last year. Adding in special hunts and archery, the DNR says the total harvest so far this season is 115,000 deer, down 32,500 from the same point last season.