Minneapolis can do better than a plan to build landscape-scarring parking lots around the new Vikings stadium, writer Sam Rockwell says. The city should reinvent tailgating so that it complements, rather than detracts from, the urban environment, he argues.
Tow truck workers struck by hit-and-run driver on I-35
The driver was in a black 2006 Lincoln MKZ.
Walz, DFL, GOP reach agreement on state surplus spending
The framework deal includes spending on education, health care, human services and public safety, as well as tax cuts.
St. Paul to close road in anticipation of Mississippi River flooding
River levels are expected to rise through the week.
Former Mormon church leader convicted of sexually assaulting boy, 13
It emerged that the church leader was a registered sex offender.
Lost 1-year-old reunited with parents in Brooklyn Park
The girl was found by a concerned citizen around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
For 2nd time, Minnesota farm devastated by deadly fire
Around 1,000 goats and a litter of puppies were killed when a barn caught fire on Friday.
Fleeing suspect crashes, killing innocent driver in Brooklyn Park
The suspect fled police in Osseo and was going south on County Road 81.
Body found tangled with debris in the Mississippi River
The individual's name has not yet been released.
Around 100 kids run from carnival fight into Northtown Mall
Police say a large fight was happening on the ferris wheel before kids fled into the mall.
Former state senator Scott Jensen endorsed by GOP for governor
Jensen beat to multiple other hopefuls for the endorsement at Saturday's convention.
2 men die at the scene of shooting in north Minneapolis
Both men died at the scene.
NWS already monitoring Thursday for severe weather in MN
Monday-Wednesday should be fantastic weather in Minnesota.
Racino supporters up the ante, pledge $23M more towards Vikings stadium
The Minnesota State Lottery says that slot machines at horse racing tracks Canterbury Park and Running Aces will raise enough annual revenue to build a Vikings stadium with money left for education.
Vikings stadium at "4th and long"
Media outlets around the state are suggesting that it will be an uphill battle for a new Vikings stadium to get approved this session after there were little to no developments on it Thursday at the capitol. The most recent bill appears to be hung up in the Senate tax committee.
Vikings stadium foes left with few options
The Minneapolis City Council remains the last significant hurdle to the $975 million, 65,000-seat Vikings stadium approved by the Legislature, and the panel is expected to approve it this week. Foes note that the Minneapolis City Charter prevents the city from devoting more than $10 million to financing pro sports stadiums without a public referendum. But that is not a showstopper, the city attorney says.
Five things they're not telling you about the Vikings stadium
While our leaders aren't flat-out lying about the plan, they are glossing over a few bullet points, according to this report in MinnPost. Among the facts you might not know: It will cost quite a bit more than the price tag says, the loan to cover it will come with a higher interest rate than you might expect, and tucked into the plan are some extra expenses and giveaways.
Republicans pitch two more stadium plans
The first proposal would plant the facility in Arden Hills and significantly up the state's contribution, which would be covered at least partly through electronic bingo and pulltab machines, a plan that Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley says might be "viable." Bagley tells the Star Tribune the second proposal, which would have the team and its partners cover 80 percent of the stadium's costs, "would not allow the Vikings to be competitive."
Minnesota charities concerned with pull-tabs funding Vikings stadium
More than 1,200 nonprofit groups generated about $80 million from paper pull-tab games in 2009. The Pioneer Press reports the state Department of Revenue predicts electronic pull-tabs would produce $72 million in new tax money. Charities are told they'll benefit from a significant tax relief, but the amount remains uncertain because it's still unclear how much of that $72 million will be needed to help finance a new NFL stadium in Minnesota.
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