The Spoonful is a weekly roundup of the top stories from across the southwest metro. 

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A Metropolitan Mosquito Control District employee checks for black fly (gnat) larva in Sand Creek near Jordan.

Have you noticed all the gnats lately? The Metropolitan Mosquito Control Division has confirmed what we’ve known for weeks — the gnats are horrible this year. The MMCD found more than 100,000 gnats in a trap in Jordan recently, which significantly more than normal.

You can blame the unusually wet weather we had this winter and spring for the uptick in the number of gnats. And because of the flooding along the Minnesota River, the MMCD had to delay its treatments against gnats. There’s good news though — gnats thrive in clean water, so an abundance of gnats means a balanced river ecosystem.

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A majority of the Twin Cities metropolitan area has been struck by a sophisticated ring of burglary suspects, and that includes several homes in Victoria, Prior Lake, Shakopee and Savage, according to officials.

The suspects seem to get to the goods the same way — by locating unlocked vehicles with garage door openers in them. They’ll steal the garage door opener, then use it to gain access to the garage and/or residence. The suspects often steal a vehicle or vehicles from the garage to continue their crime spree, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office said. Anyone who notices anything suspicious should call 911.

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Orono Chief of Police Correy Farniok introduces Alex Glasser and Pierce Pennaz, who will be junior cadets with the department through the Growth Through Opportunity Program.

The Orono Police Department has hired two new junior cadets for the summer through the Growth Through Opportunity program. Alex Glasser and Pierce Pennaz were sworn in on Monday. The Orono PD is the second department in Minnesota to launch the Growth Through Opportunity program, which is designed to teach young adults with disabilities life and work skills, while also helping the police department learn how to better interact with people who have visible and invisible disabilities. As for the new cadets, Glasser says she’s most excited to ride in a squad car. Welcome to the force, Glasser and Pennaz!

Melissa Turtinen is the community editor for Lakeshore Weekly News and Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.

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