Pick of Our Patches: Ethics Complaint, Ice-Out and Road Rage

Also this week: a golf course opening, singer Alison Scott, a sewage lift station, a nearly vacant mall, a diversity summit, a food shelf fundraiser and famous St. Louis Park residents.

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, Shakopee, St. Louis Park and St. Michael.

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This year Brookview Golf Course in Golden Valley entertained golfers earlier than it has since it opened in 1927.

"You don't see this kind of weather in March in Minnesota," Golfer Jason Mord said who came into the clubhouse with sunburn after golfing 18 holes.

On Wednesday, March 21, the Freshwater Society officially declared ice-out on Lake Minnetonka. That was a day after the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said the ice was out.

Following more than two hours of discussion, the Senate Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct was forced to go into recess on Friday without making a decision on an ethical complaint against Sen. Geoff Michel (R-Edina).

Residents around Oakes Park in Hopkins are fighting back against a plan to build a sewage lift station in the park as part of a complicated trade-off that would expand Cottageville Park.

Plymouth landmark Marcello's Pizza & Pasta closed its doors Feb. 29. Now only one business remains in the Four Seasons Mall property owned by Walmart. What do you think should replace the businesses in that mall?

Maple Grove residents Tuesday were invited to have a meal of soup, bread and coffee and, in return, make a donation to support CROSS Food Shelf during the seventh-annual Empty Bowls event.

Wright County Sheriff's Deputies and Rogers Police followed three suspects who threatened a driver by flashing a gun. The chase on March 18 extended from St. Paul to St. Michael.

Richfield resident and soul singer Alison Scott and her bandmates invited Richfield Patch to see her in action at one of her two concerts at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant downtown.

More than 140 people attended a summit to create awareness and promote the great cultural diversity in the community on March 22 in Shakopee. Mayor Brad Tabke said that was a number beyond his wildest dreams.

Have you been voting in the St. Louis Park bracket of famous residents? Another round of voting starts today, so you still can get in on the action.


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