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White Earth tribe proposes Arden Hills casino

I regard this one as inevitable … Kevin Duchschere of the Strib says: “Officials with the White Earth Tribe will announce Thursday morning a plan to build a metro-area tribal casino with the state that would help pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. According to the tribe's ‘Minnesota Wins’ website, backers say the casino would generate enough revenue to pay the public's share of a new stadium without new taxes. White Earth officials say they've already secured financing for development and construction. A news conference will be held Thursday morning at the State Capitol to provide more details. Under the proposal to be released, revenue from the casino would be split equally between the state and the tribe, which would use it for housing, economic development, health care and education. ... At a Senate hearing in December, Erma Vizenor of the White Earth Tribal Council first brought the proposal before policymakers. She said that a tribal casino adjacent to an Arden Hills stadium would raise $300 million yearly.”

At The Huffington Post, Ron Dicker takes his shot at news that the Vikings will not be moving … this year: “Opponents of taxpayer-funded sports stadiums — and fans of the Minnesota Vikings — could celebrate a small victory Wednesday. Despite fears that the Vikings would leave town if a deal for a publicly subsidized new stadium wasn't finalized … One state senator, Julie Rosen, had said the Vikings would leave if a plan for a new stadium isn't reached. The team, whose Metrodome lease has expired, hasn't made any specific threat to leave, though it and the NFL have spoken of the urgency to move to a new facility. So far, several proposals floated would stick taxpayers with a hefty part of the bill for new digs — a tough sell in a state with a projected $3.8 billion deficit this year. Some plans for a $1 billion stadium in downtown Minneapolis or in the suburbs called for hundreds of millions public dollars. The Vikings are expected to contribute about a third of the total cost.” Follow the link on the $3.8 billion number.

ESPN’s Kevin Seifert wonders why the Vikings don’t play the threat to move card? “Circumstances, as they stand today, are ripe to attempt a move or at least to maximize the leverage that a legitimate threat would bring. The Vikings' lease at the Metrodome has expired, eliminating all legal entanglements that could challenge their departure. State leaders have quashed a suburban stadium plan the Vikings spent nearly a year developing, and alternative proposals from downtown Minneapolis remain in development while political support remains uncertain. It's true that the NFL hasn't endorsed any of the stadium plans percolating in Los Angeles, the Vikings' ostensible destination. But if they wanted to enjoin a ruthless and cutthroat issue with a similarly cold strategy, the Vikings could have sought out a relocation agreement with one of the Los Angeles groups and at least used it as leverage to apply substantial pressure to state leaders who have said ‘no’ far more often than ‘yes’ when faced with this issue. That approach would have hurt some feelings and caused some rage, but it's also a proven formula for bringing such debates to a productive conclusion.”

At The Atlantic, Emily Richmond adds her thoughts to the Anoka-Hennepin decision on gay “neutrality”: “Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely's comprehensive and emotionally charged narrative painted a picture of a school system where students openly mocked their peers who were thought to be gay. For some of the students, the hostile environments seemed to have become unbearable: Nine students committed suicide during a two-year period, beginning in 2009. According to Erdely's reporting, the district's now-overturned policy had been crafted ‘to not only help teachers navigate a topic as inflammatory as homosexuality but to appease the area's evangelical activists.’ The story prompted a backlash by the Anoka-Hennepin administration, which argued it had been unfairly depicted as unresponsive to allegations of bullying and failing to help students in crisis. ... I asked Erdely what she thought of the school board's decision to drop the controversial policy, and replace it with one intended to support considerate classroom discussions when volatile topics arise. ‘They're finally digging out from their denial,’ said Erdely. ‘I think they've been trying for a long time to convince themselves that the neutrality policy was harmless, but it was actually anything but harmless.’ Hopefully, Erdely said, the new policy ‘sends a signal they intend to do better.' "

Cupcake, the popular coffee shop on University Avenue, will not be opening a branch office on Grand Avenue. Says Frederick Melo of the PiPress: “Kevin Vanderaa's plans to open a Grand Avenue cupcake bakery, restaurant and wine bar died a slow death Wednesday night as St. Paul City Council painstakingly dissected his parking proposal and then voted 5-2 to reject it. Without 10 guaranteed parking stalls, they said, he can't have a beer and wine license. And without a beer and wine license, the Cupcake proprietor said, he can't pay Grand Avenue rents. In the end, Cupcake's fate rested on two parking stalls. Vanderaa said he can guarantee 8 of the 10 required parking spots, but he has at least temporary access to two more. Following the council meeting, Vanderaa said he no longer has the time or money to work on the 949 Grand Ave. expansion site, as his University Avenue location in Minneapolis sits along the future route of the Central Corridor Light Rail line. ‘In 15 days, I lose 60 percent of my business to light rail construction. I can't not focus on my business on University Avenue,’ Vanderaa said."

Predictably, the GOP’s Voter ID bill took another step ahead Wednesday. Tim Pugmire of MPR writes: “Members of the Senate Local Government and Election committee advanced the bill on an 8-6 vote along party lines. The bill now goes to the Senate state government committee. A similar bill has been introduced in the House, but a committee hearing has not yet been scheduled. After a five-hour hearing of public testimony two weeks ago, the committee took up a slightly modified bill. Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, moved back the effective date for the voter ID requirement one year to June 30, 2014. He also added a new provisional ballot procedure, which would allow voters as many as 10 days after the election to show a valid ID.”

At The New York Times, Andrew Rosenthal notes the ACLU’s $1,000 “bounty” on voter fraudsters and says: “The Minnesota ACLU has offered a $1,000 reward for an example of voter impersonation, which a proposed amendment requiring ID at the Minnesota polls would have prevented. Anyone looking to compete for the cash should know the following restriction:  the case must have been prosecuted in Minnesota within the last 10 years. I’m eager to see if the ACLU will have to start mailing checks. My guess is they won’t. The proposed Minnesota amendment is part of a larger story … There is a campaign around the country to impose ID requirements on voters. Opponents of these measures, including me, say they are onerous and unconstitutional since they discriminate against the elderly, minorities, rural populations and poorer, less educated voters. … In South Carolina, state authorities have been investigating allegations that more than 900 dead people voted in recent elections. But last week, a spokesman for the South Carolina State Election Commission, which is spending taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars on this nonsense, said a name-by-name review was about a quarter done and had turned up no evidence that ‘something funny was going on.’ So far, officials have found clerical errors and one example of a voter who cast a valid absentee ballot and then died before election day.”

The Strib’s Rachel Stassen-Berger’s  report on Gov. Dayton’s State of the State address says: “The speech was a sharp contrast with his first address last year, when Dayton praised the ‘constructive relationships’ he and Republicans had, calling it ‘unthinkable’ that the state would face a shutdown over partisan differences. Since then, he survived a historic government shutdown and his poll numbers have soared while theirs have tanked. … Although the tone of the speech was gentle, the words were barbed. ‘I found it to be a cry for bipartisanship, while at the same time taking shots at Republicans,’ said Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville. ‘I don’t know that that’s helpful.’ ”

The Strib’s Jill Burcum looks at Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack’s thinking on the federal probe of pay-outs for Medicaid patients: “On Tuesday, as state legislators held a hearing on the issue and news broke that there’s a federal investigation of Minnesota’s Medicaid program, Reps. Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack sent a letter to key Republican legislators highlighting their concerns. … Bachmann and Cravaack deserve credit for weighing in on a complicated issue, and their timing couldn’t be better. Their concerns should add momentum to efforts underway at the Capitol to increase HMO transparency.”

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Mr. Lambert,
While I enjoy reading the Daily Glean, I continually find it extremely annoying that when I click your link to an article, it replaces my MinnPost tab instead of opening a new tab. It is VERY EASY to change this. You change one simple setting when creating the link. I'm sure anyone at MinnPost could show you how.


Use your middle mouse button.

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And, if you don't have a middle mouse button?

Constructive Junction

"[…] the Vikings could have sought out a relocation agreement with one of the Los Angeles groups and at least used it as leverage to apply substantial pressure to state leaders who have said ‘no’ far more often than ‘yes’ when faced with this issue. That approach would have hurt some feelings and caused some rage, but it's also a proven formula for bringing such debates to a productive conclusion.”

Apparently, Kevin Seifert of ESPN hasn't yet learned that there's nothing productive about threats. It only entrenches the positions of both parties. In this case, the greater threat is from the taxpayers saying 'F-U' to the Vikings, leaving them high and dry, with nowhere to play.


Cupcake-Would love to see you in the Coon Rapids Riverdale area. Plenty of parking and customers.

You can have them.

I lived a block away from Cupcake for five years, in a neighborhood that is not served by any other neighborhood cafes. It was consistently disappointing.


I guess that explains why they were looking to expand. Good riddance, eh?

Mouse buttons

Or if you don't have a "middle" mouse button, right-clicking on the link should get you a dropdown menu with choices available to open in a new window or a new tab.

Great Idea

This is the best idea I have heard yet. Completely paid for with out tax payer money. Why wouldn't our great government give them the go ahead to build?