Minnesota Motorsports Development Group is eying the site of the old Twin Cities Army ammunition plant in Arden Hills. KARE 11 reports the motor sports consortium wants to build a state-of-the-art Motorsports Country Club, which would include a course for road racing and a place to train drivers of emergency vehicles.
Eden Prairie, Woodbury, Eagan, Lakeville and Maple Grove all earned slots in the top 25 best small cities in the United States, according to Money Magazine's annual Best Place to Live list. Eden Prairie is third on the 2012 list -- the highest ranking Minnesota city.
Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett will not advance to the November general election after 16 years in office. Bennett championed the controversial effort to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. The longtime incumbent came in third behind two of his challengers -- Blake Huffman and Frank Mabley. Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher came in fourth.
The Arden Hills-based dairy food producer has reached a deal to buy the popular New York-based pudding maker. Land O'Lakes CEO Chris Policinski said, "Kozy Shack is a strong strategic fit with our value-added dairy foods product portfolio."
The deal is nearly done to bring the Minnesota Vikings to downtown Minneapolis, leaving the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills still looking for a cleanup and development plan. "It was a perfect match but it didn't happen. But we're not going to worry about it. We're just going to move forward," Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett told KARE 11.
Members of the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce wrote a letter to some key state leaders accusing them of holding the Arden Hills site to a higher standard than Minneapolis. They're also questioning why Ramsey County was not invited to tap revenue from electronic pull-tabs and entertainment taxes.
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."
On Monday Ramsey County businessman Mike O'Connor will unveil his plan for how to make an Arden Hills Vikings stadium work. But don't be surprised if it winds up on a scrap-heap of ideas that already includes the Shakopee and Duluth stadium plans.