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What Minneapolis gave away for the Super Bowl; an interactive Green Line map; what's behind the moose abandonment?

Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Super Bowl: The cost of doing business with divas
    Bob Collins writes in NewsCut: There were so many jaw-dropping factoids in the weekend Star Tribune article revealing what Minneapolis gave away to get the 2018 Super Bowl game that it's hard to know where to begin. So let's begin with the conclusion: Politicians either don't know what's going on in their own city, or they're disingenuous in their denials
  • Critics: Stadium park isn't public enough
    The Vikings will have dibs on the public park for all home games -- two pre-season games and eight home games, and possibly more if the NFL expands its schedule. In addition, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the agency that is building the new stadium, will have rights to use the park for an additional 40 days a year.
  • Walk, bike and drive safely along the Green Line
    When the Green Line launches on Saturday, June 14, people driving, bicycling or walking along the 11-mile route between Minneapolis and St. Paul can expect to see more police officers and stepped-up traffic enforcement. Use this interactive map to explore the line's history, landmarks and traffic challenges.
  • What's behind the moose abandonment?
    Moose mothers have abandoned their calves at surprisingly high rates during the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's ongoing study into the iconic animal's population decline in the northeast corner of the state. But researchers have now found a way to place GPS collars on newborns that doesn't seem to lead to mothers leaving them behind.
  • Economy surges, yet food stamp demand remains high
    Nearly 504,000 Minnesotans still rely on food stamps, more than double the number of 10 years ago. For many recipients, that financial assistance isn't enough to keep food on the table.
  • Heavy weekend rain recharges SW Minnesota
    After experiencing a rather dry spring, generous rainfall has occurred in June over southwest Minnesota, where totals have already exceeded over 4 inches in some locations.
  • Former church chancellor reveals little in deposition
    St. Louis archbishop Robert Carlson — who served in the Twin Cities for 24 years — testified last month that he wasn't sure whether he knew it was illegal for priests to have sex with children when he served as chancellor of the Twin Cities archdiocese in the 1980s, according to a transcript released Monday.
  • Photos: At Lanesboro's rhubarb festival, it's about more than pie
    The annual Rhubarb Festival in Lanesboro marks the start of our weekly photo gallery of Minnesota festivals. Whether you want a rhubarb fashion show, rhubarb soups and beverages, or even rhubarb facials, Lanesboro was the place to be on Saturday.
  • Political parties fight to manipulate voting times across US, and in Minnesota
    Election Day is approaching, and you've made up your mind. There's no need to wait. In many states, you now can vote early. Yet what's convenient to you is increasingly an opportunity for political gamesmanship to the candidates on the ballot.
  • Wis. judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban
    Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel statehouse reporter, has been covering the news this weekend. He joins The Daily Circuit to give us the latest developments.

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