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Controversial Quilt, Bad Bus Driver Decision and Frankenstein: Pick of Our Patches

This week's selection includes a new gallery/gift shop, a levy rejected, school boundaries issue, DFL wins and good news for Southwest Light Rail Transit.

Editor’s Note: Every week we will bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden PrairieEdina, FridleyGolden ValleyHopkinsLake MinnetonkaMaple GrovePlymouthRichfield, Southwest MinneapolisSt. Louis Park, and St. Michael.

District 281 Bus Driver Asks Student to Pick Up Gun

A Robbinsdale Area Schools spokesperson said a bus driver asked a seventh-grade boy to pick up a gun he spotted along the road. The district is shocked by the incident and has communicated with parents and students.

Bus Driver Fired After Asking ISD 281 Student to Pick Up Gun

The incident occurred on Nov. 8 around 8 a.m. The district immediately took action after the driver notified school employees about the weapon.

A Hillary-minder? 'It Takes a Village' Quilt Ticks off Voter

Sometimes, it takes a complaint. The church said it's only an African proverb but later flipped up a quilt with the slogan "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child" after a voter in complained it caught her eye while she waited to vote and made her think of President Obama's secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

If a few Edina children had their way, Frankenstein and Tucker the golden retriever would win seats on Edina City Council. Edina students too young to officially take part in Election Day were still able to cast ballots, as the third-ever Kids Voting Edina took place at the city's 20 polling places Tuesday evening. 

DFL Wins Mean Good News for Southwest Light Rail Transit

For the past couple years, the road ahead for the Southwest Light Rail Transit was uncertain. It faced steeped opposition from leaders in the Republican-controlled Legislature who oversaw key transportation committees. But all that changed Tuesday night when the DFL took control of both the House and Senate—sweeping in more light rail supporters and handing the reins to a party that’s historically been a bigger backer of public transit.

New Pop-Up Shop Coming to Nicollet Ave 

A famed Minneapolis gallery and artsy gifts shop is coming to Southwest Minneapolis for the holidays, and they've given Patch a visual preview of what you'll find there.

The Catholic churches at the center of both St. Michael and Albertville were instrumental in bringing out a "Vote Yes" campaign locally.

Osseo School District 279 Levy Requests Voted Down

An operational levy and technology levy request were on the 2012 general election ballot.

More Feedback Given At Third Wayzata School Boundaries Meeting

The last of three public input meetings on school attendance boundaries had the largest turnout yet and included two new scenarios proposed that seemed to get more positive feedback than previous scenarios.

Elementary Students Cast Their Votes for President

Election Day in Richfield wasn't just for those 18 years and older.

DFL Sweeps District 46 Seats

Incumbents Latz, Winkler and Simon all won their re-election races.

Two incumbent City Council members were re-elected Tuesday night.

Minnetonka Election Results Are In: Who Will Represent You?

Who won in the State Legislature? Only one Republican in the bunch.

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