Vikings to build addition to stadium, will charge the public rent

It seems big of the Vikings to pay $7.5 million of their own money to add an event center to that new stadium we’re building for them, till you read that they’re also going to charge the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority $300,000 per year to use the space. The Star Tribune’s Rochelle Olson writes, “The Minnesota Vikings already want to add on to the new stadium and will pay $7.5 million to do so. … The space, called the ‘northeast expansion area,’ will be an event center at U.S. Bank Stadium. … Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen announced the agreement for the new event space at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. … She and executive director Ted Mondale still must work with the team to arrange usage rights, but it’s expected the authority will have complete access to the area.”

Well, you can still get the thrill of reeling in a wet sock, at least. The Pioneer Press’ Dave Orrick reports: “All walleyes caught on Lake Mille Lacs this spring and summer will have to be released, and no live bait will be allowed to fish for them, Minnesota officials announced Monday. … The rules are the strictest ever imposed on the massive central Minnesota lake, but are designed to avoid what happened last summer: shutting down walleye fishing in mid-season.”

Evidently we haven’t quite reached the tipping point on gratuity in restaurants. WCCO’s Jason DeRusha writes: “Remember the big experiment about Upton 43 and Victory 44 abolishing tipping and including service in the price? … Consider it over. … Both restaurants have resumed a traditional style of pricing, where the customer adds a gratuity.”

Duluth gives in to the all-powerful bee lobby. The Duluth News Tribune’s Peter Passi reports: “A newly adopted policy could make the city of Duluth a more inviting place for bees and other pollinators in the future. … By a unanimous vote last week, the Duluth City Council resolved to stop using neonicotinoid pesticides on city property and instructed staff members to do their best to steer clear of plants that have been treated with the insecticide.”

In other news…

Sheesh, watch whom you invite over: “MN court: Police can enter home where subject of arrest warrant is visiting” [MPR]

Surely the two sides can BRIDGE their differences: “Censorship or bad writing? Behind MnDOT’s scuttled book deal on St. Croix bridge” [Star Tribune]

“St. Paul Residents Work to Save City’s Oldest Fire Station from Demolition” [KSTP]

Toy cars. Toy cars. “Church discovers 30,000 cars in donated house” [KARE]

We’re guessing some Minnesotans are going to want to pick up a copy of this: “Prince Announces Coming Memoir at Performance” [New York Times]

Bird seems remarkably chill about all this: “Photos: Minnesota trooper rescues bald eagle” [MPR]

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/21/2016 - 01:06 pm.

    Headline

    “Vikings to build addition to stadium, will charge the public rent” You mean that same public that’s contributing about 1/3 of the cost of the building to which this “event center” will be an addition?

  2. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 03/21/2016 - 03:38 pm.

    Branding

    And they wonder why they can’t get the street name changed.

  3. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 03/21/2016 - 08:19 pm.

    We can count on Kelm-Helgen and Mondale to…

    … find sneaky new ways to get the Public’s money into the pockets of the Wilfs. There will be more along these lines as time goes by, you may be sure.

    By the way, what provisions are there in the enabling legislation for the Public to remove persons sitting on the MSFA for malfeasance or corrupt practices ??

  4. Submitted by Jim Million on 03/22/2016 - 01:10 pm.

    Well, former fans…

    This is what we got when the mob went “legit, strictly legit” as Michael Corleone declared in that slightly veiled docudrama “The Godfather.”

    Maybe all the stuff we read about these affronts to common decency and respect for patrons is 21st century model for the age-old syndicate practice of “skimming.”

    These guys seem to take a little off the top (concessions), a bit off the side (parking, sometimes…the dependable cash of unseen profits) and now a publicly subsidized venue for entertainment.

    It couldn’t be so good…certainly not in Michael’s dreams.

    We can only hope these guys are satisfied with current pieces of the action, and will resist temptation to further invade our sensibilities. [As for their local “bag men,” …]

    That, friends, would be “personal,” not “just business.” Right?

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