U of M gets $25 million pledge from Land O’Lakes

That’s a lot of butter. Land O’ Lakes is giving $25 million to the University of Minnesota, one of the largest corporate gifts the school has ever received. “The $25 million will be given to the U between 2015 and 2024,” reports MPR’s Peter Cox. “The Center for Excellence, part of the U’s new Athletics Village project, will get $15 million. The center will focus on academics, nutrition and leadership development for student athletes and other students. Around $3.3 million will go toward supporting programs at the center, which is expected to open in 2016. Land O’ Lakes will receive naming rights to the new center.”

Not just another Edina teardown: The Strib’s John Reinan reports on the Edina City Council’s approval of a somewhat controversial housing project for homeless youth: “The $9 million project would create 39 studio apartments in an existing TCF Bank building off W. 66th Street in the Southdale area. It’s sponsored by St. Paul-based Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, a group of 50 congregations working to end homelessness in the Twin Cities.” 

The manhunt moves on: The search continues for Lyle ‘Ty’ Hoffman, the man suspected of killing Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station last month, write the Pioneer Press’ Sarah Horner and Joseph Lindberg: “A search was also conducted at a nearby bus garage after Blaine police received a report of an attempted break-in there, [Ramsey County sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. John] Eastham said. … ‘We looked for him today and we are going to keep looking for him. … As you can see from our response today, we take all leads seriously, so if anyone has any information, please call 911.’ The sighting came on the heels of a Sunday armed robbery at a TCF Bank in Blaine in which Hoffman is the lead suspect.”

The war at home. The Strib’s Abby Simons reports that U.S. Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concern about the Justice Department’s efforts — or lack of efforts — at combatting the recruitment of terrorists, especially in Minnesota. “The letter was drafted in the wake of news that a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, was purportedly beheaded by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and one week after former Robbinsdale Armstrong and Cooper student Douglas McArthur McCain was confirmed killedin Syria while fighting with ISIS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A second man, also from Minnesota, is believed to have been killed in Syria.”

Massive amounts of oil. Trains. What could possibly go wrong? According to MPR, public officials from across northwest Minnesota are increasingly worried about the possibility of an oil train accident, and they are urging Gov. Mark Dayton to do something about it.  “More than 50 oil trains a week now pass through Minnesota, and other rail traffic is increasing as well. But local officials and emergency response personnel also are troubled by traffic congestion caused by more frequent trains blocking streets and highways.”

Is there any way we can blame this on the Twins? For at least this season, the Lynx’s reign is over, thanks to the Phoenix Mercury, who beat the WNBA champions 96-78 Tuesday night in Phoenix. The Mercury won the best-of-three WNBA Western Conference finals, ending a three-year run in which the Lynx had reached the league finals, writes the Stribs Kent Youngblod.  ‘We wanted a chance to defend our title, but it just didn’t work out for us,’ Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.

Are we sure this didn’t happen in Wisconsin? According to the Forum News Service: “Cathy Sanchez, 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cass County District Court to one felony count of driving while intoxicated. Court documents say Sanchez was pulled over by Glyndon police after she was seen swerving on U.S. 10 about 2 a.m. May 31. An officer found three alcoholic Jell-O shots in her pockets when he searched her after noticing she smelled of alcohol and had failed a series of field sobriety tests.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Robert Gauthier on 09/03/2014 - 09:25 am.

    LOL grant

    Great job for Pres. Kaler’s team getting the foundation grant. There is a huge infrastructure in sports and it needs to do well for the U’s budget to be healthy. This should help. This training and nutrition teaching facility is right in the U’s mission wheelhouse as well as the major industry in Minnesota, food. Irrespective of thoughts about value of sports in academic institution, the facilities are there, let’s maximize their economic benefit.

  2. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 09/03/2014 - 10:27 am.

    University of Minnesota Scoreboard

    Athletics Department 84
    All Other Departments 16

    From the Periodic Table:
    link: http://ow.ly/B2t0N

    The U of M administration has announced a $25 million donation from Land O’ Lakes. Of the total amount $21 million (84%) goes to the athletic department and $4 million (16%) goes to all other (academic) departments.

    “This new commitment and innovative model of support . . . will further position the U as a continued leader in addressing society’s pressing challenges.” President Eric Kaler

    Especially that pressing challenge of winning football and basketball games.

  3. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 09/03/2014 - 02:10 pm.

    See, this is the problem

    The U. gets it’s biggest gift in history… and it’s for the athletic dept. Because the mission of a land grant university is to produce… athletes?

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