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Marriage Amendment Arguments, Cleaning up after Sandy, and Farm Fires: Pick of our Patches

Also this week: Minnetonka's best, reflecting on the 1991 blizzard, and the development of Hopkins' cool new commercial center.

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

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Golden Valley Pastor Preaches Against Gay Marriage Amendment
Edwin DuBose of Golden Valley's Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church says Minnesota's marriage amendment will only "hurt a select group of people." Out of thousands of sermons, for the first time last month, DuBose shared how he will vote on a particular issue in an election. DuBose told his congregation that he's voting 'no' on Minnesota's marriage amendment.

Minnesota Marriage Amendment: Why I'm Voting 'No' and Why I'm Voting 'Yes'

Local Patch readers weigh-in on why they've chosen to vote "no" on the proposed marriage amendment. Click on either link above to see readers' respective opinions.

Yvonne Selcer Files Complaint Over Republican Mailer
A mailer sent out last weekend by the House Republican Campaign Committee claims the Minnesota House District 48A candidate did not pay her taxes on time. Selcer says that is a lie.

St. Louis Park Clinic Changes Name After Better Business Bureau Warning
A St. Louis Park hormone replacement center recently changed its name as the Attorney General's Office in Tennessee prepared to file a lawsuit against it. HRC Medical Center is now New Leaf Wellness, PLLC, according to the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota.

Construction Starts on New ALDI Grocery Store in Maple Grove
The store is being built on three acres of land in the northeast quadrant of Maple Grove Parkway and Grove Circle North.

REPLAY: Edina Hornets Defeat Blaine Bengals 30-27

The Edina Hornets defeated the Blaine Bengals 30-27 Friday, Nov. 2, to advance to the Class AAAAAA state football tournament. Listen to a full audio replay of the game, courtesy of our friends at Minnesota Sports Broadcasting Network.

Top 9 Most Popular Minnetonka Patch Articles in October
Peanut butter recall, marriage amendment and presidential debates: Check out what people were reading on Minnetonka Patch last month.

From BP to Bruegger’s: How the Knollwood Crossings Project Happened
There’s been no shortage of excitement since Hopkins learned about the tenants who’ll be moving in to the Knollwood Crossings retail center being built at the old BP site on 525 Blake Road N. But the project isn’t just exciting because of the new restaurants and stores setting up shop on a parcel that’s long been an eyesore. It’s thrilling because it marks the end of a development process that has seen several stops and starts along the way. Here’s a look at how it happened.

Was This Baby the First Born in Giant Blizzard 21 Years Ago?
Southwest Minneapolis mom says she may have had the first baby of the great Halloween blizzard of 1991. "When I went into labor, it was 50 degrees and drizzling outside," she told Patch. When she was finished, the Twin Cities were buried under tons of snow—and her husband still had to get to work the next day.

Albertville Farm Burn: Saying Goodbye to a Place of Memories
St. Michael-Albertville’s Dahlheimer family, a cornerstone of the community decided it was time to get rid of the abandoned buildings on their farm, and St. Michael, Albertville and Monticello fire departments conducted fire training before the burn.

Excelsior Fire Chief Deploys to Assist East Coast with Hurricane Sandy Aftermath
This is not the first time Chief Gerber has deployed to a disaster zone. He was also part of a team that was dispatched to the northeast last year in response to Hurricane Irene and was among Minnesota's nearly 500-member task force sent to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Public Gives Input At Wayzata School Attendance Boundary Meetings
The Wayzata School District had two public meetings Oct. 29 and 30 about school attendance boundaries for elementary schools where more than 100 people each night worked in groups to offer suggestions, ideas, concerns and questions about proposed boundary changing scenarios and more. 


A firewall and firefighters kept a Fridley fire from spreading to a house from the attached garage just after midnight Wednesday.

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