The final shoe dropped in the University of Minnesota academic fraud scandal . But it was not as heavy as some Minnesotans feared it might be. Many of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's sanctions against the men's basketball program are adjustments in punishments the university has already imposed on itself.
Hundreds of mourners came to Saint Paul on Friday October 13, to pay a final tribute to Bruce Vento. The former school teacher and 12-term congressman was hailed as a champion of the environment, the working class, and the needy.
Betty McCollum, Linda Runbeck, and Tom Foley have advanced to the November general election in the race to succeed retiring Fourth District Congressman Bruce Vento. DFL endorsee McCollum won a hotly contested primary last night. But a couple of her party rivals are upset about negative campaigning in the primary and are not sure they'll work for McCollum. Republican and Independence Party candidates see the DFL rift as a chance to take a seat the Democrats have held for 52 years.
A $14 million face lift of Harriet Island Regional Park has revived a century-old gathering place on the Mississippi River. The park renovation, combined with this summer's news that new housing and jobs are coming to the river flats, is creating a new momentum for Saint Paul's West Side.
Candidates vying to succeed Bruce Vento in Congress debated on Minnesota Public Radio. The race is developing into the state's hottest contest.
A swan song of summer gets underway today as the 2000 edition of the Minnesota State Fair opens at the grounds in Falcon Heights. The fair's popularity can make transportation and parking a challenge in the area for the 12 days of the fair. Some visitors and exhibitors avoid traffic headaches by camping at the fair.
The Minnesota Twins may try again next year to gain permission to play a few outdoor baseball games at a temporary ballpark. A proposal to put up a temporary ballpark in Bloomington for three games in the 2000 season was rejected by Major League Baseball officials. The commissioners who run the Metrodome also had some reservations about the plan, fearing it could set a precedent that would cause the Dome's other disgruntled tenant - the Vikings - to seek changes in their lease agreement. The situation reflects the tangle of interests intertwined in the Twin Cities stadium landscape.
The president of Minnesota Brewing says newly installed equipment has reduced the odor from ethanol production at the Saint Paul plant. The company is dealing with odor complaints that have plauged the West Seventh neighborhood for the last two months.
Incumbents are seeking re-election in seven of Minnesota's eight congressional districts this year. The exception is in the Fourth District, where Bruce Vento's retirement creates an open seat. The district, which includes Saint Paul and its closest suburbs, has been in Democratic hands since 1948. The four candidates running in September's DFL primary gathered on June 1 for a debate sponsored by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are beginning to face life after Malik Sealy. A few members of the basketball team's staff and front office spoke about the weekend death of Sealy, a starting guard who was killed in a car accident early Saturday.
The race to succeed Bruce Vento in Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District could provide a new snapshot of the political base of Minnesota. Some political wags say changing demographics and urban sprawl have put the Republican Party in a good position to take over a DFL stronghold.
The new Science Museum of Minnesota marks the opening of a new era, not only for the museum but also for its host city. Saint Paul officials say the museum's new location makes it a key to linking downtown with the Mississippi River.
Results of an eight-month investigation released by the University of Minnesota confirm widespread academic fraud and other rule violations in the men's basketball program. U of M President Mark Yudof announced top administrators in men's athletics are leaving the University as a result of the probe.
The University of Minnesota is expected to impose additional sanctions against its men's basketball team this week following a seven-month academic fraud investigation. The new punishment will come on top of the probation and ban on postseason play university President Mark Yudof announced last month. It won't necessarily be the last round of sanctions against the U of M. The U's findings go to the NCAA, which will decide if more penalties are warranted.
The man who brought big league baseball to Minnesota has died at the age of 87. Calvin Griffith died in his retirement home of Melbourne, Florida, of kidney infection. Griffith started the Minnesota Twins when he moved his baseball team from Washington, D.C., to the Twin Cities in 1961.