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Judge Judy, Revamped Mall and Santa's Little Helpers: Pick of Our Patches

This week's roundup includes a new clinic, answers to some light rail questions, a man's fifth DWI-related charge and concerns about a bandshell's location.

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, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael.

A disagreement about a man's loan to his then-girlfriend for Homeowner Association dues was featured on the popular TV court show. See the video for Judge Judy's no-nonsense attitude and her ruling.

Take a Digital Tour of the Revamped Southdale Center

Just in time for holiday shoppers, extensive renovations at Edina's iconic Southdale Center are nearly complete.

The mall has been open for business all along, of course, but Southdale officials provided an early glimpse of what the shopping center looks like following the $19 million project. Enjoy this early gallery of photos, courtesy of the Southdale Center Facebook Page.

HCMC Picks Minnetonka Site for New Clinic

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has chosen a site in Minnetonka for its newest $53 million clinic located at 10955 Wayzata Boulevard.

Special Delivery: How Local Elves Turn Christmas Trees into Lasting Memories

Delivering Christmas trees dressed as elves, Santa’s Tree Delivery is making spirits bright.

On Dec. 18, the Golden Valley City Council will vote on a resolution that will move studies forward on the D-1 alignment. Learn more about the D-1 and D-2 alignments, both paths under review in the Draft Environmental Impact Study.

Does Light Rail Need Its Own Tax?

Whether an increased sales tax or a new taxing jurisdiction, advocates say a reliable funding stream could insulate transit from political winds.

Lyndale Gardens Developer 'Disappointed' By Bandshell Location Recommendation

The Richfield Community Services Commission recently recommended the proposed music venue should be at Veterans Memorial Park. 

VOTE: Lyndale Gardens or Vets Park for Richfield's Music Hot-Spot?

Where should the performance venue be created in the city?

St. Louis Park Man Faces Fifth DWI-Related Charge

Darren Gile Hoffman was charged with first-degree DWI after police say he refused to submit to an alcohol test.

WhirlyBall Continues to Prepare for Maple Grove Opening

The new business received liquor license approval recently from the Maple Grove City Council and shared opening information.

City Manager Rick Getschow gives an overview of projects the Eden Prairie City Council recently approved and discussed.

Another Scenario Proposed For Wayzata Elementary School Boundaries

The Wayzata School Board could approve changes to the district's elementary school attendance boundaries tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 10 at its meeting in Wayzata. Another scenario was proposed after its Nov. 26 work session and will be part of the discussion for making a decision.

Kingfield Bakery-Cafe Offering "Extravagant" 13-Course Tea Party

The famous Patisserie 46 is charing over $100 per person for what should promise to be a very grand affair.

VIDEO: A Tumbleweed Crosses Main Street

Soft-hitting news on a windy Thursday in Fridley.

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