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Friday P.M. Report

Mayo Clinic to build cancer center in Northfield: Mayo Clinic is making a foray toward the Twin Cities with a $10 million outpatient cancer treatment center planned in Northfield. The clinic would serve about 200 cancer patients a year and would be based about halfway between the cities and Rochester’s main campus in Rochester. Mayo expects construction to be completed by summer 2011. Read full story

Minneapolis outperforms other big markets for commuting: Twin Cities commuters spend just more than 24 minutes getting to work — making the market one of the nation’s fastest among big cities. It takes an average of 24.13 minutes for a typical commuter in metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul to get from home to his or her workplace, according to a new analysis of the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The fastest commuting market in the country is Rochester, N.Y., at 20.37 minutes. Milwaukee ranks No. 5. Read full story

Wilf still hopeful on Vikings stadium deal, but time’s running short: Minnesota Vikings owner and President Mark Wilf told an audience of business leaders today that he’s still hopeful a stadium deal can be reached, but he provided few details about the team’s late-session push at the state Legislature. Speaking at a St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon toiday, Wilf said he remains “confident we can reach a resolution this year.” He declined to address specific funding models for a potential bill, but indicated that ownership plans to pay for about one-third of the total price tag of an open-air stadium. Read full story

Cat Auction sets two Twin Cities dates: Bidders from around the country are expected at two public heavy-equipment auctions in the Twin Cities area scheduled for the first week of May. Shakopee-based Cat Auction Services, a Caterpillar Inc.-endorsed Cat dealer partnership, will hold the unreserved auctions in Harris on May 5 and Blaine on May 6. Read full story

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