Mediation continues over $15 million in disputed Vikings stadium costs

MinnPost photo by Jana Freiband
U.S. Bank Stadium

Odds on taxpayers not getting stuck with this one? The Star Tribune’s Rochelle Olson has the latest on the stadium that keeps on giving: “The $15 million dispute over the division of costs for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will go at least another month. … Three days of closed-door discussions have not yielded an agreement between the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and Mortenson Construction over who should pay the bill for some of the work on U.S. Bank Stadium. … ‘Mediation is underway and will continue for at least the next month. All parties remain committed to the process and continue to be engaged,’ MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said in a terse prepared statement. A Mortenson spokesman said only that the company would ‘concur’ with Kelm-Helgen’s statement.”

Didn’t see this one coming. The Journal Sentinel’s Meg Jones reports that there’s a safety downside to higher speed limits in Wisconsin: “As Wisconsin drivers stepped on the gas after the switch to a 70-mph speed limit throughout most of the interstate system last summer, accidents and traffic injuries increased. … Perhaps it was a learning curve as drivers got used to faster speeds. Or maybe it was a difference between motorists traveling at the new speed while others continued to drive at the slower limit. And it is possible that the 70-mph speed limit had little to do with the uptick in crashes, that other factors played a larger role.”

Just how kid-friendly are the Twin Cities? At Governing magazine, Mike Maciag took a look at the data: “ For years, many large cities have struggled to attract families with children. Some forego city living for houses out in the suburbs, favoring less expensive housing or larger living spaces. Others may balk at living in urban centers plagued by high crime rates or poor public schools. … Of the 100 most populated cities, the only jurisdictions where children resided in more than half of households were Laredo, Texas, and Santa Ana, Calif. Nearly all cities where they’re most prevalent are found in California, Texas and Arizona.” Minneapolis ranks near the bottom, with only 23.6% of households having children. St. Paul is closer to the national average (32%) at 32.2%.

Should Minnesota residential customers pay more for electicity so steel and paper mills can pay less? John Myers of the Duluth News Tribune reports on the issue before the PUC: “Residential customers of Minnesota Power would pay more for electricity each month to help taconite plants and paper mills survive an onslaught of global competition under a plan to be filed today with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. … The rate re-jiggering, authorized by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature, would see the average Minnesota Power customer’s household electric bill go up 14.5 percent, or about $11.45 per month.”

In other news…

Something tells us “Cheerios: sugar” wouldn’t sell as well. [Washington Post]

Local software firm Code42 lays off 30. CEO: “Let’s get the wrong people off the bus.” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Maybe another stadium? “Ramsey County says ex-ammo plant cleanup complete, ready for development” [MPR]

State Sen. Barb Goodwin is retiring. [Pioneer Press]

Does the Timberwolves’ future involve — gaspnon-Minnesotan owners? [MPR’s NewsCut]

New Poliça track. Just. Duhropped. [Minnesota. Public. Radio.]

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 11/13/2015 - 02:02 pm.


    “Should Minnesota residential customers pay more for electicity so steel and paper mills can pay less?” I’m not opposed to this, necessarily, but I’d love to see what The Power Line folks have to say about it, since the notion pretty much turns industrial capitalism on its head, at least in theory. Perhaps power company customers could take part ownership of the steel and paper companies in recompense for subsidizing the utility bills of those companies.

    • Submitted by Tom Anderson on 11/14/2015 - 12:13 am.

      Residential customers will continue to pay more

      As we continue to pay for the wind and solar mandates. What else did anyone expect?

    • Submitted by Bill Kahn on 11/15/2015 - 07:10 pm.

      Residents should only subsidize these mills if each has taken advantage of every conservation measure available and are as efficient as they can be.

  2. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 11/14/2015 - 12:11 am.

    Higher speed limits equal more deaths

    Our own legislature approved this years ago. President Carter imposed (probably too strong a term) the 55 mile per hour speed limit but our own legislature approved increasing it (and the death toll) since our time is worth more than the lives saved. The trend has continued over the years in spite of requiring auto makers to build safer cars and trucks.

    • Submitted by Bill Kahn on 11/15/2015 - 07:12 pm.

      Nope. The 55 MPH limit was imposed by Nixon during the ’73 oil crisis. I wasn’t living here in those days, so I don’t remember the Legislature keeping it higher.

      The Legislature did raise ours to 60 MPH on the interstates inside the I-494/694 beltway from 55 MPH but delayed the signage to save bucks near the end of the Pawlenty administration although it did not include that 45 MPH speed trap on I-35E between I-94 and the Mississippi River. The 60 MPH signs still are not up and many folks driving have forgotten or never knew about the change now, so we have folks like me who drive 60 MPH on the nose and those who go slower; you cannot be cited unless you go well over 60 MPH, so many folks do go faster.

      Maybe transportation folks in Minnesota and Wisconsin should take down all of the signs and direct state patrols to cite only folks driving idiotically, i.e., those threading the needle to go faster than the flow or those driving so slowly that they cause just as big a problem.

      The speed limits and signage are pointless anyways. Unless we take advantage of computer and transponder technology and force manufacturers to provide cars that track the difference between the limits and actual speeds people travel at, enforcement is a joke and nearly impossible. If the data on each car under such a regime was downloaded and provided to insurance companies, we’d see some better compliance; states could even add a registration surcharge for overages since speed does indeed kill.

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