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Andy Gifford

St. Paul, MN
Commenter for
6 years 7 weeks

Recent Comments

No, James. LRT did not make Minneapolis a destination. But that's besides the point. What it did do, however, was make mass transit more palatable.

Case in point: Target Field. Metro Transit was able to extend the line down to the gates of the ballpark and also connect the Hiawatha Line to the Northstar line. And when the Southwest Corridor is built, we'll have a full-fledged transit hub.

That's all it takes sometimes. I seem to remember former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles...

Posted on 04/25/11 at 11:21 am in response to News break

You'll be in my thoughts, David. Here's hoping you're back on the muckraking circuit soon.

Posted on 04/05/11 at 09:22 am in response to Timberwolves moving radiocasts to WCCO

Dark Star did confirm w/ Paul Allen this morning that the Wild will indeed be moving to KFAN.

Posted on 03/14/11 at 11:39 am in response to Advertising that's radioactive!

KFAN has been playing Bechtel radio ads for a few weeks now. Certainly sensed the irony over the weekend.

Posted on 02/17/11 at 11:04 am in response to What's the cheapest way I can watch the cable-only Twins?

I'll admit to going the, ahem, "less-than-legal" route in order to see the Twins' home opener last year. I believe it was a broadcast of ESPN International, so it actually had the announcers from Target Field.

Having said that, this is still a bad move on the part of the Twins (not as bad as 'Victory Sports Network', mind you). A lot of people can't afford cable or dish; nor do they want either of those. I mean, the conversion box bit was difficult enough for a lot of people....

Posted on 12/14/10 at 10:02 am in response to City Pages' new mini-pages

So, VVM is taking the zine approach, via attrition?

I understand the costs of running a print operation, but I wonder if there's a "hipster" component to this move.

Posted on 10/17/10 at 01:05 pm in response to Star Tribune endorses Horner; ignores Vikings, client conflicts

Excellent article, David. Aside from the financial romance that may develop between the state's largest newspaper and a Horner administration, it really parlays well into what the Strib has become: a soft news network with an editorial interest in not upsetting people, or slyly admitting that there's a monetary interest in how they write their editorials.

And how about Ron Shera doing a commercial for Horner? I know he's not a regular writer for the Strib, but there's another tie...

Not being a journalist, is this SOP? Or is this just another case of the Post (and other Murdoch-owned outlets) doing a typical sleaze-job? It's as if "Page 6" doesn't have enough crap to write about...

Posted on 09/07/10 at 02:32 pm in response to Star Tribune to deliver Sunday paper without all that pesky news

So let me get this straight:

The Star Tribune is opting for a "NY Times Magazine"-ish supplement why? Are they not going to get the same stories/information from their regular Sunday edition?

Don't get me wrong; it's a gutsy, smart move on the part of the 425 Portland brain trust, but how is this going to benefit them? Are advertisers *cough*Target*cough* going to flock to reach people they are already reaching?

Why not step out of the proverbial box and prove that...

Posted on 08/19/10 at 07:56 am in response to Only journalist on Arts Commission votes against Sid Hartman statue

"I also stated that the logos of WCCO Radio and the Star Tribune, who commissioned the statue, are clearly visible on the statue, even if they don't qualify as advertising. And I asked rhetorically whether CBS and the Star Tribune would have commissioned the statue if they didn't think their logos were going to be clearly visible."

I wonder if Mr.Gihring has any problem with "Nick at Nite" brandishing their logo on the Mary Tyler Moore statue on 7th & Nicollet.

Oh wait......