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Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman honored in new Vikings stadium
When journalists arrive at the new U.S. Bank Stadium, Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman's image will greet them at the media entrance.
23 hours ago - Via - View - Donald Martin : I'm riding the Green Line from St Paul to Minneapolis. Passing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium heading...
I'm riding the Green Line from St Paul to Minneapolis. Passing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium heading into dtwn Mpls.
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I'm riding the Green Line from St Paul to Minneapolis. Passing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium heading into dtwn Mpls.
2 days ago - Via Reshared Post - View - Breaking Duluth News : On a recent Wednesday, Jaime Tincher played one of her favorite games with a group of state government...
On a recent Wednesday, Jaime Tincher played one of her favorite games with a group of state government interns: guess my biography.  Sitting in a large circle, one intern hypothesized that Tincher, the chief of staff to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, grew up in the state, or at least somewhere in the Midwest. Another figured she probably went to Macalester College in St. Paul and got a master's degree in public policy. She looked like a tennis player and dog person, another thought. They went 1 for 5. She has a dog.  The interns didn’t pick up on Tincher’s faint West Virginian accent, where she grew up in a coal mining family. Nor did they know that before getting into politics she worked at a chemical processing facility in Louisiana and as a promotions manager at a classic rock radio station. It’s not the typical background for someone serving in one of the most prominent jobs in state government, a role that includes helping manage two dozen commissioners (who oversee 34,000 state employees) and deciding what information reaches Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith’s ears each day. But Tincher, 39, is more than just a manager — she also serves as one of the governor’s top strategists, going in and out of negotiations with legislative leaders during the final days of the contentious 2016 session as a stand-in for the governor. It’s a role that requires Tincher to balance her astute political instincts with the interests of her boss  — and the entire state of Minnesota, a task that’s not always easy in St. Paul.  The wonk Born in Charleston, West Virginia, the daughter of coal miners, Tincher didn’t have big political aspirations growing up: She wanted to get out of the state and travel the world. In her junior year at Denison University in Ohio, she traveled to Mexico to study the interactions between the government and the Zapatistas, a revolutionary group pushing for social reforms. From there she went to graduate school in Vermont at the School for International Training, where she studied conflict resolution.  “I had plans of being in the Peace Corps or something,” Tincher said. “I had always thought that conflict and war zones — that’s where I was going to be.” But right out of grad school, she bounced around with a series of odd jobs, including her stint as a promotions manager at a classic rock radio station in West Virginia. It was an odd first job for someone with international travel in mind, but Tincher said the experience helped hone her negotiating skills. “I learned a lot working on commission with WWF and rock promoters,” she said. “It takes a certain skill to be like, ‘I'm not going to let you play me.’”  She didn’t get into politics until the early 2000s, and then it was at the urging of her grad-school roommate, who told her she’d be better off staying in America and trying to fix the political system here. Her first job in politics was with America Coming Together, the George Soros-funded group that campaigned in battleground states against George W. Bush. Tincher had taken a few website-building classes in the mid 1990s — the start of the Internet era — which led the campaign to push her toward the unglamorous but critical job of collecting and analyzing field and poll data, work that led to similar campaign jobs across the south.  Then, in 2006, she got a call to work on the Democratic campaign of a promising Senate hopeful — Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar. Tincher had never met a Minnesotan before. “I remember thinking in my head, ‘OK, that’s the one above Iowa,” Tincher said. “I knew the things that people who are not from Minnesota know about Minnesota, you know like Babe the Blue Ox and ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’” From campaigner to staffer Tincher figured her job on the Senate campaign would be like the others. After Klobuchar’s win over Mark Kennedy, she would pack up and move on to the next battleground state, the next campaign.  But after Klobuchar’s big win, the Democratic Farmer Labor Party pulled her in to do more data work. In 2007, she built the state party’s voter file; the following year, she helped campaign for Barack Obama. By the time the 2010 campaign cycle came around, she was a rising star. The then-Speaker of the Minnesota House, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, approached Tincher about helping her mounting a bid for governor.  “I didn’t know her back then, but I was aware of her because she was the data queen of the DFL,” Kelliher said. “She really has a skill around the quantitative side of things. That struck me right away.”MinnPost photo by Briana BierschbachTincher speaking recently to a group of Urban Scholars in St. Paul. Tincher joined Kelliher’s team as campaign manager. After a five-way DFL endorsement contest, Kelliher emerged the first women ever endorsed for governor by a major political party in Minnesota. But she still had to face Democratic challengers in a primary, including Dayton, who had come back to Minnesota after a single, unhappy term in the U.S. Senate. (Tincher was part of the team that blocked Dayton from entering the floor of the DFL endorsing convention because he wasn’t seeking the party’s backing.) In the primary, Dayton beat Kelliher by less than 7,000 votes. It was a tough loss for Tincher and her team, but Dayton soon invited her to move over to his campaign to run get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operations. After taking some time to process the loss, Tincher accepted. “That told me a lot about her character and her integrity,” Dayton said. Tincher had a similar reaction to Dayton’s invitation. She thought it said a lot about the man who would later become governor and her boss. “There are not a lot of politicians who would say, ‘Oh yeah, the woman who literally ran the campaign against me, I’ll let her come over and run GOTV for me,” she said. “If you’re talented and smart and a good person, he wants you around him.” Dayton won the election that fall, but Tincher didn’t go to work in his office, at least not right away. Instead, she went to work for the House DFL to oversee its role in redistricting, the process of creating all-new political maps that happens once every decade. In 2012, though, Dayton’s legislative liaison, Michele Kelm-Helgen, left her job to serve on the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the board overseeing construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, and Tincher took her place in Dayton’s office. Over the next two years, she represented the governor on everything from gay marriage to an increase in the state’s minimum wage. As the 2014 campaign approached, Dayton needed a new lieutenant governor candidate. He recruited his then-chief of staff, Tina Smith, for the job — a move that left a conspicuous vacancy in the governor’s staff.  Tincher, said Dayton, was the natural choice. “I’m just amazed at the number of projects she can manage simultaneously,” Dayton said. “And of course, in that job, everything is coming at you from everybody every which way.” Putting out ‘fires’  There’s no typical day in the life of Dayton’s chief of staff, but it usually includes several check-ins with the governor and senior staff across state government. Those meetings are Tincher’s way of getting updates from all 26 of commissioners about what’s on their plate or their legislative priorities. She has to act as traffic cop, too, green-lighting certain ideas or prioritizing what information gets in front of the governor each day. Tincher’s style tends to be all business. If meetings start to run on too long, she makes everyone stand up. She’s also adept at employing the tactics she learned during her time studying conflict resolution. “Sometimes we disagree with the lieutenant governor and governor, but [Jaime] sits us down and says this is what the governor wants and how can we get everyone on the same page,” said Myron Frans, Dayton’s commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget. “And then there’s her capacity to keep track of all these things. There are the big items, but there are all these little dollar amounts and policy issues that she is able to keep in the back of her mind. She represents the governor and agencies well.” Then a fire happens, Tincher said, “sometimes literally.”MinnPost photo by Briana BierschbachJaime Tincher: “I had plans of being in the Peace Corps or something. I had always thought that conflict and war zones — that’s where I was going to be.” “Or it’s ebola or it’s the avian flu or some other problem,” she said. “Some drama happens that day that you could have never expected.” To handle the fires, Tincher has designed her days to include a block of time, usually two hours, where she can simply respond to questions from commissioners or the governor on a breaking development. There are, of course, challenges that go beyond the obvious. A year ago, a Star Tribune story included an accusation that Tincher sought political payback against a lobbyist and former Republican house legislator by blocking $2 million earmarked for broadband infrastructure in Annandale, Minnesota.  Tincher said opposition to the earmarks were based purely on policy, not politics, but she admits to getting frustrated with state legislators during negotiations. And after working for campaigns all those years, she says, it’s sometimes hard for her to shake her instincts. She tries to take a cue from her boss, Dayton, who doesn’t look at negotiations as a “winner takes all” scenario. “Sometimes I remind myself, I’m not being very much of a peacemaker,” she said. “For me, campaigns are very much, there’s a winner and a loser and either you’re going to be the winner or the loser. Sometimes in policymaking, winning is not getting everything you want. It’s giving a little bit so you are moving the ball for people who it matters too.” Diversifying government  At the end of her meeting with the interns, someone asked Tincher what her biggest project is these days. Negotiations with legislators over a possible special session, such as they are, are certainly on Tincher’s mind. But it’s not her top priority. That designation is reserved for the task of diversifying the ranks of the 34,000 people working in state government. Currently, about 11 percent of the state’s workforce come from communities of color. Tincher’s goal is to double that number by January 2019, when Dayton officially leaves office. That has meant the hiring of a chief inclusion officer, James Burroughs, and organizing an independent audit of how the Dayton administration has done over the last five years in creating opportunities for people of color.  The state has hired a firm to do the audit, but it will nevertheless involve a lot of work for the administration, involving collecting a lot of data across many agencies. Tincher is working with the firm to try to get the work done as early as January, when the next Legislature convenes.  For Tincher, it’s a quality of life issue, something that’s become increasingly important to her as she raises her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter in Minnesota (she’s married to Adam Duininck, chair of the Metropolitan Council). “If we don’t figure that piece out and we aren’t a place where people want to immigrate to we are just not going to sustain the quality of life that we have right now,” she said. “In state government we have 34,000 employees and we touch every aspect of life in Minnesota. We can be a very positive driving part of that.” | @MinnPost
A balance of power
Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff Jaime Tincher serves as both a manager and a political adviser, tasks that aren't always easy to reconcile in St. Paul.
2 days ago - Via - View - mary jo dodd : The federal judge in the dispute didn’t grant the preliminary injunction request because the team hadn’t...
The federal judge in the dispute didn’t grant the preliminary injunction request because the team hadn’t made a good enough case to show what sort of specific damage it would incur otherwise. Then in April, the judge directed both sides to just hash out a settlement already.

That didn’t happen, and yesterday the court granted summary judgment [PDF] in favor of the Vikings, ruling that Wells Fargo is liable for breach of contract because the contract it signed with the team “unambiguously prohibits the roof-top signs that Wells Fargo has installed on the Wells Fargo Towers.”
Wells Fargo Must Remove Signs Built To “Photo Bomb” New Minnesota Vikings Stadium
Our brief regional nightmare is over, after a federal court ordered Wells Fargo to take down two rooftop signs erected to cash in on the impending media coverage of the new Minnesota Vikings stadiu…
3 days ago - Via Reshared Post - View - : The Minnesota Vikings stadium will host the Super Bowl at the end of the 2017 season. |
The Minnesota Vikings stadium will host the Super Bowl at the end of the 2017 season. |

3 days ago - Via - View - WDIOWIRT : Wells Fargo Mulls Options After Ordered to Remove Signs Near Vikings' Stadium
Wells Fargo Mulls Options After Ordered to Remove Signs Near Vikings' Stadium
Wells Fargo Mulls Options After Ordered to Remove Signs Near Vikings' Stadium
Team attorneys called the signs a "photo-bomb" of U.S. Bank Stadium naming rights.
5 days ago - Via - View - Breaking Duluth News : Another one bites the dust. MPR’s Mark Zdechlik reports: “Minnesota's largest health insurer, Blue Cross...
Another one bites the dust. MPR’s Mark Zdechlik reports: “Minnesota's largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has decided to stop selling health plans to individuals and families in Minnesota starting next year. The insurer explained extraordinary financial losses drove the decision. … ‘Based on current medical claim trends, Blue Cross is projecting a total loss of more than $500 million in the individual [health plan] segment over three years,’ BCBSM said in a statement.” Hard to guess what Allina was hoping for here. City Pages Cory Zurowski has a story about Education Minnesota: “The teachers union asked those of their members who are in town for summer break to join nurses' picket lines. Education Minnesota flooded its Facebook and Twitter pages with bright protest photos accompanied with statements like ‘Educators will be there to stand up against Allina,’ and ‘Educators Support Nurses.’  … This was a problem for Allina. The hospital system tapped attorney Grant T. Collins of Felhaber Larson to write the teachers union a cease and desist letter on Tuesday.” We’re used to our Minnesota senators getting along, but MPR’s Bob Collins points out a big point of difference between Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken: “If you ever wanted to assess the difference between DFL senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, this week’s vote to allow authorities to access phone logs, email records, cell-site data used to pinpoint locations, and your browser’s history without a warrant is a good place to start. … Franken is a fan of privacy and warrants. Klobuchar, not so much.” Day brightener! MPR’s Riham Feshir reports: “This summer, 11- year-old Ben Anco gets to do something he's never done before: He gets to go to the playground. No wood chips, steps or rocks to hold him back. … You see, Ben is in a wheelchair. And until now, that kept him from enjoying a typical childhood outside. So as soon as the largest fully accessible playground in the Twin Cities opened, he couldn't wait.” In other news… Great, now what do you build there? “Redevelopment of Former St. Paul Ford Plant Site Can Proceed” [KSTP] First Brexit, now this: “Spam cocktails are the trendy new thing at London restaurants” [Star Tribune] War on bingo: “How the Vikings stadium tax bankrupted a St. Cloud bingo charity” [City Pages] Well, someone’s gotta pay: “ raises fees and asks donors to cover it” [Pioneer Press] | @MinnPost
Blue Cross to back out of Minnesota individual insurance-plan market
Plus: Allina sends teacher’s union cease and desist letter; a point of difference between Klobuchar and Franken; playground-for-all opens in Woodbury; and more.
5 days ago - Via - View - Breaking Duluth News : It was a routine briefing of a Minneapolis City Council committee on a seemingly unrelated topic, but...
It was a routine briefing of a Minneapolis City Council committee on a seemingly unrelated topic, but it offered the chance to rouse a long-simmering issue in Minneapolis: What can the city do to rid itself of the acres of surface parking lots in and around downtown? While development activity has seen many of those lots disappear, many remain — too many, according to Council Members Lisa Goodman and Jacob Frey, who used the May 11 briefing to press city assessor Patrick Todd to do something about it. Like what? Goodman thinks the city should use state requirements that require property be assessed on its "highest and best use" — and not on its current use — to incentivize owners to either develop the land or sell to someone who will. So when Todd explained that the Duffy Paper Co. building in the North Loop was assessed as though it contained a luxury condo rather than a commercial business, Goodman asked: “If that’s the case, and I’m glad it is, then why wouldn’t we see high evaluations on all of these surface parking lots downtown that seem to be WAY undervalued?” Goodman has argued that the lots remain lots because they make plenty of money for their owners with few expenses. If property taxes on surface parking lots were increased, those same owners might act differently — and the downtown would lose more of its asphalt fringe. “If they’re making enough money by selling parking downtown,” she said, “then they’re not being taxed high enough, and they’re certainly not being taxed high enough for a potential Class A office use.”  Surface Tension? It is a long-running issue in Minneapolis, as it is in most cities: How can less land be devoted to parking cars and more to the types of uses that attract businesses and residents? Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor at MIT, estimates that there are 800 million parking spaces in the United States. In some places, there are 30 spaces for each car. In 2013, amid planning for the new Vikings Stadium, the group HR&A Advisors conducted a $40,000 study of ways to reduce the number of surface lots in Minneapolis. Several council ordinances have sought to force beautification of parking lots, something that could have also increased the costs associated with operating them. And a bill introduced by state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, would allow Minneapolis and St. Paul to impose a per-stall fee on parking, with revenue going to public plazas, transit lines, bike facilities and pedestrian improvements. What's more, for nearly two decades, the city has banned conversion of existing buildings to surface parking, which explains why cars can park around the foundation lines of a former Ramada Hotel at 10th Street and Hennepin Avenue but not where the building once stood. (The hotel was notorious for being the monthly meeting place for a Twin Cities swingers club.) But some owners of surface parking in the city question both the premise of Goodman’s tax arguments and the advisability of government intervening in the market — a market that the city plays an important role in as the owner of many downtown parking ramps.MinnPost photo by Peter CallaghanFor nearly two decades, the city has banned conversion of existing buildings to surface parking, which explains why cars can park around the foundation lines of a former Ramada Hotel at 10th Street and Hennepin Avenue but not where the building once stood. “The underlying premise that if they raise real estate taxes something else will happen is, at best, wrongheaded,” said Brian Short, chief executive of the family-owned Leamington Co., which has interests in trucking, community banking and, in downtown Minneapolis, parking lots. In fact, one of those lots — bounded by 10th Street and Third Avenue — was singled out by Goodman as one that should have higher property tax assessments. “There isn’t any, I believe, surface parking lot owner in the city of Minneapolis that would rather have a surface parking lot as opposed to having the next IDS Center built on his or her piece of real estate,” Short said. “It isn’t parking lot owners that refuse to sell land that stymies development. It’s demand. If there is somebody who thought they could make money on an office building, there would be an office building under construction at this moment.” And Short, an attorney, said he thinks it would be unconstitutional for a city to use increased taxes to force a type of land use it doesn't like out of existence. “It makes business people nervous when people like the assessor become politicized,” he said. “The assessor should call them as he sees them.” Short said Leamington owns a vacant lot where a motor inn once stood that, because of the city ordinances, cannot be used as parking. Short said he lets a neighboring church use it for a community garden. He gets no revenue from it but still has to pay insurance and taxes, so he has no incentive to keep it in its current use. “Why isn’t there a building there?” he asked. Short said the lots his company does use for parking produce relatively little profit. And his economics are better than most, since the lots were long ago paid off. Much of the parking owned by Leamington, in fact, was purchased by Short's father, Robert, in the '70s, after the city pushed a plan to surround the downtown with parking and concentrate development in downtown's core. Surprisingly, perhaps, given that many one-time surface lots in and around downtown have been developed, there has not been a resulting increase in demand; Leamington hasn’t been able to increase rates. Short attributes that to increased use of transit, especially since the opening of the light rail lines that meet in the heart of downtown.   'It's just supply and demand' According to Phillip Jaffe, principal and chief executive of Provident Real Estate, the economics of surface parking differ depending on how long the lot has been owned. If they’ve been owned for a long time and carry no debt, they can be profitable. And many owners can make extra revenue from billboard rentals. But if an owner bought a lot recently and is still repaying loans, it might not be a money maker. That is why he thinks, generally speaking, people own surface lots with the intent to develop them eventually. “There’s nothing revolutionary about it,” Jaffe said “It’s just supply and demand. If there’s a use that makes sense on a site and the economics makes sense, the lot’s gonna get developed. In the absence of that, it’s just gonna sit.” Until recently, Jaffe was part of Alatus, a development company led by Bob Lux that has purchased several surface parking lots for development. Parking was an interim use. Two of those lots west of Hennepin Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue at 10th were sold recently, Jaffee said, when someone “made an offer we were willing to accept. We’ll let the next guy decide what he wants to do.” Peter Brown, who consults for both government and real estate developers and is the author of the book, “How Real Estate Developers Think,” said people own parking lots for different reasons: some to develop, some for employees and some for the cash flow they produce. To sell, therefore, “it has to be in the right place and someone needs to make you an offer,” Brown said. And the offer needs to be enough to replace that cash flow. “What’s the sweet spot? Everyone’s got a different one.”MinnPost photos by Peter CallaghanWhat used to be a parking lot on Hennepin Avenue in a photo from January 2015, top, is now a construction site for an AC hotel, bottom. Todd, the city assessor, said his office does in fact increase valuations on property that has the potential to be developed. But it also looks to see which lots are likely to be the next in line. While those might see higher evaluations, other surface lots that are less desirable to developers do not see higher evaluations and, in turn, tax bills. “There’s a pecking order,” Todd explained during the May committee meeting. “Just because it’s got the ability to be built on doesn’t mean that’s going to be the next lot that’s going to be built on. If we’re taking a look at commercial building downtown, there could be six available lots but there’s only going to be one that’s the next lot built on.” “It might be four or five developments away before it is available to be built,” he said. A sampling of Hennepin County property tax records reflects Todd’s statement — that there is a wide range of assessed values on parking lots, seemingly in relation to their location. For example, the parking lot across Nicollet Mall from the Central Library — arguably one of the most desirable sites in downtown — is assessed at $13 million. And it will only increase in value when the city completes a deal with United Properties for the lot across S. 3rd Street from the library. The value of the recently sold site of the former Ramada Inn on Hawthorne, though, where parking capacity is limited by city ordinance, is assessed at $4.6 million. Can government change the economics? That 2013 study of surface lots did find evidence that owners of parking lots in Downtown East sometimes have unrealistic expectations for their land’s value. And it found that owners who might have inherited property also valued the reliable cash flow that comes from parking fees and billboard leases. The report suggested ways the city might “incentivize development” by increasing the costs of running a parking lot. One was to enforce landscaping ordinances (though Short mounted a successful legal challenge a 2014 city demand that existing lots increase plantings and setbacks). The other was to increase taxes. “Taxes (sales and property) currently account for the largest portion of the surface parking lots’ expense burden,” the study said. But because operating costs are relatively low in many lots, the tax hikes would have to be significant and, even then, could be passed on to consumers. At the time, the consultant did not think it made financial sense to convert surface parking lots to market-rate development. But Candace Damon, vice chair of the firm, told Finance & Commerce that could change as the city “amenitized” the area — consultant-speak for adding parks and open space that would make the area more attractive to workers and residents. She said that the then pending Ryan Companies proposal to build office towers and new residential buildings around a new public park, “is a start.” In just three years time, that project — along with U.S. Bank Stadium — has changed the neighborhood. But it was a changing real estate market, more than direct intervention, that led to the city’s desired result. And the half-dozen major projects that have been built, are under construction or are being planned have one thing in common: They are on what had been parking lots. Some have government involvement, such as the Commons Park and the proposed development of the city owned parking lot next to the Central Library. But others are private projects, including the Wells Fargo buildings next to the Commons Park; a hotel at South Fourth Street and Hennepin; the apartments at North Second and Hennepin Avenue, the Latitude 45 apartments on Washington Avenue; the multi-use redevelopment of the Kraus-Anderson headquarters on Portland Avenue; and the Mill City Quarter senior housing project on South Second Street.  For all of the development activity, though, Peter Brown, the consultant, said there is still plenty of surface lots that will remain that way for some time. “There are still 40 blocks of surface lots in downtown,” Brown said. “We have a long ways to go before it’s built out.” But Council Member Frey, who along with Goodman represents downtown, now agrees with Short that there are legal limits to how the city can tax surface parking lots, and said the economy — along with the city’s own projects — is changing downtown. “I came into office with the clear goal of reducing the number of surface parking lots,” he said. “Eighty percent of the downtown lots in my ward are either built on or will be built on.” | @MinnPost
Why does downtown Minneapolis still have a lot of surface parking lots? It's complicated.
Can the City of Minneapolis really use the property assessment process to incentivize owners to either develop parking lots — or sell the land to someone who will?
6 days ago - Via - View - SDS/2 by Design Data : Even if you're not a Minnesota Vikings fan, you can appreciate what 19,000 tons of structural steel ...
Even if you're not a Minnesota Vikings fan, you can appreciate what 19,000 tons of structural steel did for the team's new stadium. Six months ahead of schedule, the project is complete.
Modern Steel Construction
Construction of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is substantially complete and the building is ready for business. Finished six weeks ahead of schedule, the new stadium and home of the Minnesota Vikings features a bold design and new fan-friendly elements and technology, ...
7 days ago - Via - View - Eos Group : Mortenson finishes construction at Vikings' stadium
Mortenson finishes construction at Vikings' stadium 
'Let's play football!' is the cry as Vikings get keys to new stadium
Team, state take over U.S. Bank Stadium from contractor.
8 days ago - Via - View - Kris Lindahl Team : Who else is excited for Vikings football this fall? #Football #Minnesota #KrisLindahlTeam
Who else is excited for Vikings football this fall?
#Football #Minnesota #KrisLindahlTeam
Minnesota Vikings stadium 'substantially complete' six weeks early
The Minnesota Vikings have announced that U.S. Bank Stadium is ready to go
10 days ago - Via - View - : The Minnesota Vikings stadium is nearing completion, and it looks amazing. |
The Minnesota Vikings stadium is nearing completion, and it looks amazing. |
12 days ago - Via - View - Uponor Asia : Vikings stadium w/ Uponor snow melt system for roof, officially move-in ready:
Vikings stadium w/ Uponor snow melt system for roof, officially move-in ready:
U.S. Bank Stadium Ready For Occupation
The new facility is has gotten the green light for folks to start moving in, approximately six weeks ahead of schedule.
12 days ago - Via - View - Breaking Duluth News : Buyer’s remorse. Says Josh Verges in the PiPress, “Six months into a three-year contract, Valeria Silva...
Buyer’s remorse. Says Josh Verges in the PiPress, “Six months into a three-year contract, Valeria Silva may be on her way out as superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools. School board members said Wednesday that they, along with Silva, are ‘presently exploring’ options for moving her out of the role she’s held since December 2009. That likely would mean a six-figure buyout as the district grapples with a $15.1 million deficit for the coming school year.” This is good. Says Martin Moylan at MPR, “The job market seems to be improving in Minnesota, at least for people like [Joe] Novitzki. The state's unemployment rate is about at pre-recession levels and the average wage for private-sector jobs has been growing at a healthy clip. But if times are good for workers, it means many employers are struggling to find people. They're not only spending more on wages — employers are turning to other strategies to procure the skills they need.” Is there an agency to fine legislatures for “sub-par performance”? Also from the Strib's Olson: “Minnesota hospitals have lost millions in penalties to the federal Medicare program over the last three years for sub-par performance, though they’re in much better shape than hospitals elsewhere.” Wait a minute. They’re just starting construction? Tim Nelson of MPR reports, “A year after it closed, the Nicollet Mall is finally ready for a $50 million makeover. Leaders kicked off construction of the mall's new design on Wednesday. The 12-block project will update sidewalks and streetlights, as well as add trees, a place for art and an LED light display. City officials acknowledge the revamp will be a difficult, disruptive process, but they're confident it will be worth it when it's finished. … There's still a lot of construction work left, but city officials say the new street will start taking shape later this year. Final touches are expected to be complete by 2018.” Cable news will be on this. Mary Lynn Smith of the Strib says, “A former Miss North Dakota was found dead Tuesday in a Minneapolis home. Investigators are waiting for the Hennepin County medical examiner to determine the cause of Samantha M. Edwards’ death, Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said. …  Edwards, 37, who was known as ‘Sami’ by her friends, was crowned Miss North Dakota USA in 2003.” But we can “control conduct” within our own borders, right? The story at, by Sonal Patel, says, “A Minnesota law that bans power imports from new out-of-state coal-fired power plants is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court has deemed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on June 15 upheld a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota that found that the statute’s prohibitions had the effect of ‘controlling conduct’ beyond Minnesota’s state boundaries. The Next Generation Energy Act was passed in 2007 primarily to place a moratorium on the construction of new coal plants in Minnesota, but it also barred state entities from importing power from new ‘large energy facilities’ or entering into long-term power purchase agreements that would contribute to statewide power sector carbon dioxide emissions.” Want to see what you’re getting for your money? Thanks to Cork Gaines and Business Insider, you can ogle the almost finished Vikings stadium. Related. Rochelle Olson of the Strib: “U.S. Bank Stadium contractor Mortenson Construction and subcontractor Berwald Roofing face fines of $173,400 for 'serious' and ‘willful’ safety violations in the death of one worker and injury to another last August. … The reports don’t provide an explanation of the accidents, but the largest fine — $70,000 — and most serious alleged violation faults Berwald for willfully failing to have workers use proper fall protection while working at heights above 6 feet.” Also in the Strib, food writer Rick Nelson gives Duluth area dining some love. This one is right on. “Ten years ago, Steve and Susan Knauss converted a retrofitted creamery into fun-loving Thirsty Pagan Brewing [in Superior], instantly making it a Mecca for those in search of the Badger State Holy Grail that is beer and pizza.” Or, stop in at Superior Meats and grill your own. Here’s the latest dream about turning little old us into “the next Silicon Valley.”  Says Elizabeth Segran at Fast Company, “[Atif Siddiqi] just gotten a step closer to his goal because Branch Messenger is one of 10 startups selected to be in Techstars' first retail accelerator, which it is launching in partnership with Target. Starting on June 20, these startups will spend 12 weeks in Target's headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they will receive mentorship from Target's leadership as well as through the Techstars network. … The startups won't necessarily end up selling their products or services to Target, but for many teams, like Siddiqi's, that would be a dream come true.” Stuff he probably didn’t learn at the police academy. Matt Cory and Audrey Zimmerman of the Forum News Service report, “The City Council of Blackduck voted to fire Chief of Police John Wilkinson earlier this month for violating city and state policies and for conduct unbecoming of a law officer. … According to city documents, Wilkinson, 35, was fired for violating city policies, as well as for possibly violating state laws by allegedly giving an 18-year-old female an alcoholic drink at a July 4, 2015, party, and at a different time, boasting loudly of a sexual relationship between the two. He also purchased illegal fireworks for the July 4 party, according to an investigation done by a member of the Grand Rapids Police Department.” So, wait, it was it the fireworks that did him in? | @MinnPost
St. Paul school board looking to part ways with Superintendent Valeria Silva
Plus: officials 'kick off' reconstruction of Nicollet Mall; former Miss North Dakota found dead in Minneapolis; another look inside the almost-completed U.S. Bank stadium; and more.
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Ped bridge construction near Vikings' stadium will take light-rail trains off line Monday through Wednesday nights
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