Tim Nelson Feature Archive

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed that a collared research bear near Ely was shot and killed by a hunter. The DNR asks hunters not to shoot collared bear, but it's not illegal. (09/30/2013)
By now, the state of Minnesota and its NFL franchise were supposed to have sealed a 30-year deal to live happily ever after in a new downtown stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the team were scheduled to sign a final deal Friday morning. But something happened on the way to the altar. (09/28/2013)
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is putting off the final, formal approval of what was expected to be the long-term use and development agreement between the state, city and the team. They've rescheduled a meeting for next Thursday. (09/27/2013)
Citing rib fracture, the Vikings say they will be starting their backup quarterback, Matt Cassel, against the Steelers in London. The move follows a disappointing loss to Cleveland last week. (09/27/2013)
Protesters said the $24 million the state put in a stadium reserve fund would have been better spent on the poor this year. The Dayton administration has earmarked part of a one-time tobacco tax to stadium financing, as a backup to debt service expected to come in from new corporate taxes. (09/25/2013)
Zygi Wilf, Mark Wilf and Leonard Wilf will have to pay damages of $84.5 million to a former real estate partner in a dispute dating back to the construction of a 764-unit New Jersey apartment building in the 1980s. That includes $36 million in punitive damages, and about $48 million in compensatory damages, an attorney for the Wilfs said. (09/23/2013)
Investigators say a son shot and killed his father, then took his own life. (09/23/2013)
Minnesota Management and Budget has just issued a request for proposals for firms looking to issue the state's stadium debt. (09/23/2013)
The electronic pulltabs that debuted a year ago today are no longer expected to pay for the state's share of the new Vikings stadium. But lawmakers opened the door to a new era of gambling in Minnesota that's paying off in smaller ways. (09/18/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton told the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority that he wants them to stick up for Vikings fans and put a lid on the new seat fees the team is planning at the new stadium. But there may be good reasons for fans to gamble on paying those fees, which are better known as personal seat licenses. (09/17/2013)
Gopher football coach Jerry Kill is back at work after a seizure during Saturday's game against Western Illinois. (09/16/2013)
Gamblers would love electronic pulltabs. Cash would flow and the state's cut from the new games would pay the public share of a new Vikings stadium. That's what Gov. Mark Dayton and other politicians predicted. A year later, that billion-dollar promise has mostly been a bust. (09/13/2013)
A construction worker has been killed at the site of the new Lowertown Ballpark in downtown St. Paul. A reported partial collapse of the former Diamond Products plant apparently buried an equipment operator. (09/10/2013)
Eight people were killed in road crashes since Friday afternoon, making this Minnesota's second-deadliest weekend of 2013. (09/09/2013)
The driver of a car pursued by the Minnesota State Patrol had a suspended license. The high-speed chase led to the death of a driver of another car that was not involved in the chase. (09/09/2013)