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Mediation continues over $15 million in disputed Vikings stadium costs

Plus: Wisconsin sees more traffic injuries after speed-limit increase; how kid-friendly are the Twin Cities?; steel, paper industries seek to shift electric burden to residential consumers; and more.

U.S. Bank Stadium
MinnPost photo by Jana Freiband

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]

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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.]