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Vikings stadium worker killed in fall

Plus: Cirrus Aircraft getting into jet business; milling illegal in most of Mill City; Minnesota boasts champion beer miler; and more.

U.S. Bank Stadium
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

Terrible. “One worker was killed and another injured during construction Wednesday morning on the roof at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium,” write Rochelle Olson and Paul Walsh in the Star Tribune. “The workers, from Berwald Roofing, were hurt about 7:45 a.m. on the stadium’s north side, said a statement from John Wood, senior vice president for Mortenson Construction. … One man fell to his death from the roof into a snow gutter 50 feet below, construction officials said during a media briefing, while the other was injured on the roof. Mortenson said it doesn’t yet have information on whether the two were wearing safety harnesses.”

Duluth’s Cirrus Aircraft is getting into the jet business. In the Duluth News Tribune, Peter Passi writes, “Cirrus Aircraft has cleared another hurdle on the path to produce its first jet airplane. … On Tuesday, the Duluth-based company announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Type Inspection Authorization for the Vision SF50, setting the stage for regulators to conduct a formal flight evaluation of the aircraft’s design, airworthiness, performance and handling. … Cirrus now has three working prototypes of the SF50 and is putting them through their paces in an effort to certify the aircraft for production by the end of this year. … The company already has received more than 550 orders for its new jet airplane with a base cost of $1.96 million.

So much for the Mill City. MPR’s Curtis Gilbert tells the tale of a Minneapolis baker with a dream: “Inspired by the growing market for small-batch, locally crafted foods, a local baker wants to open a small-scale grain mill in Minneapolis. … There’s one problem: Milling is currently illegal in most parts of the Mill City. But it’s an obstacle that doesn’t appear to be a deal killer for Steve Horton or some members of the Minneapolis City Council. … Horton, founder of the city’s popular Rustica bakery, hopes to build a milling operation in the Food Building in northeast Minneapolis. The space is already home to high-end sausage and cheese-making businesses and has plans to add a restaurant, bar and deli.”

Not only is “beer miling” a thing, but there’s a Minnesotan who’s really good at it. The Pioneer Press’ Richard Chin clues us in: “In the world of elite-level beer mile runners, the top American in head-to-head competition may be a young Minnesota athlete who used to race for the University of St. Thomas. … Brian Anderson, 23, of Bloomington, was the fastest American and second overall in an international beer mile competition held last weekend in San Francisco. … Beer miling is the not-ready-for-the-Olympics sport in which competitors have to drink a standard 12-ounce bottle or can of beer at the starting gun, run a quarter-mile, stop to chug down another beer, run another lap, and repeat until the runner has drunk four beers and completed a mile.”

In other news…

That would’ve been a really big rifle: “Fargo police ‘apologetic’ after mistaking students’ telescope for a gun”

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The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham, who famously called Red Lake County America’s worst place to live, is paying a visit there tomorrow:

Hope he gets a warm welcome.

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Well, now we know what we’re going as: “Cecil the Lion’s killer dentist Halloween costume is a real thing” [Mashable]

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Bob Dylan mural planned for downtown Minneapolis. [Star Tribune]