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Vikings propose Eagan training facility with shops, hotel and stadium

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A rendering of the mixed-use development at the Minnesota Vikings site in Eagan.

Maul of America. Nick Halter at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has the deets on the Minnesota Vikings’ redevelopment of the old Northwest Airlines HQ in Eagan: “A 30-acre Vikings practice facility would anchor the development, with three outdoor grass fields, a roughly 150,000-square-foot indoor training facility and a 7,000- to 10,000-seat outdoor football stadium that could host high school football games. The Northwest Airlines office building, totaling about 275,000 square feet, would be demolished and replaced by shops. The west side of the property would have a hotel with 120 to 150 rooms and a 100,000- to 200,000-square-foot conference center.” So, why did they need that Sandcrawler in downtown Minneapolis?

We’ll always have Merona. Kavita Kumar at the Star Tribune is reporting more changes at Target, as Big Red will drop the Cherokee clothing brand in 2017 that it’s featured since ’97: “In its most recent annual report, Cherokee said it received $15 million in royalties from Target in the last fiscal year, accounting for about 43 percent of its overall revenue. Cherokee also said then that the termination of its agreement with Target would have an ‘material adverse effect’ on its business.” You think? 

Following a protest outside the Governor’s Residence on Wednesday, WCCO-TV reports that Gov. Mark Dayton will not be investigating medical practices at Planned Parenthood Minnesota: “There’s not a shred of evidence to implicate Planned Parenthood Minnesota in what they’re being accused of. I’m not going to call for an investigation. If we investigate everybody every time somebody says something about them, we’d be investigating everybody all over the state for no reason at all.”

War is peace. Garth Kant at World Net Daily posts an interview with former Rep. Michele Bachmann sharing her thoughts on how to keep Iran from producing nuclear weapons: “There is only one tried and true method that stops a rogue nation from getting a nuclear bomb, and it’s this: It is for a country like the United States to take our military superiority and to go into that country and to drop bombs on their nuclear hardware and destroy it. That’s called peace. That’s not called war.

In other news…

Ron Gardenhire “is the heavy favorite” to be the Detroit Tigers’ new manager. [NBC Sports]

University of Minnesota art professor Tom Lane creates an urn to mark the 9/11 attacks. [MPR News]

Stillwater ‘Lumberjack Days’ name, logo now belong to city. [Pioneer Press]

State Sen. Dave Thompson has ruled out a run for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district. [WCCO-TV]

The St. Paul Saints’ Vinny DiFazio named American Association Player of the Year. [Pioneer Press]

The Vikings have a 1% chance of winning Super Bowl 50. [FiveThirtyEight]

St. Paul 2015 sidewalk poetry contest begins Monday. [Pioneer Press]

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Julie Barton on 09/11/2015 - 03:04 pm.

    Vikings Practice Facility

    Just wanted to thank you for the reference to both rugby and Star Wars in the blurb above. Two of my favorite things brought together to make fun of my favorite NFL team — which totally deserves it!

  2. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 09/11/2015 - 08:45 pm.

    Viking Land

    Now how much is this going to cost me?

    It just never ends.

  3. Submitted by ALAN BELISLE on 09/12/2015 - 10:22 am.


    I have to wonder how much this huge development is going to cost the Vikings. As much as the new stadium? So they could have built their own stadium? But I guess you don’t get to be a billionaire by spending your own money. You pry it out of gullible politicians who control the pursestrings to the bottomless money pile that is a tax base. Anyone want to bet they won’t get big tax breaks and incentives from Eagan?

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