Vikings unveil plans for Eagan practice facility

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Rendering depicting the south football fields at the proposed new Minnesota Vikings headquarters and practice facility in Eagan.

Amazingly, they’re able to do this without any kind of taxpayer subsidy. WCCO reports: “The Minnesota Vikings have released renderings of what their new team headquarters and practice facility set for the southeast Twin Cities metro could look like. … With the move, the Vikings are consolidating three office buildings for employees in Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Minneapolis into one on the Eagan land that will start at 165,000 square feet and could expand to 240,000. The building will house team [executives], staff and administration and will also include the team locker room and full kitchen and dining area for the players and coaches as well as the weight training facility.”

Assuming you can catch a steelhead, the DNR would also like you to collect some DNA from it. The Pioneer Press’ Dave Orrick explains, “To rescue a troubled Lake Superior trout, Minnesota scientists need anglers — to scrape DNA off their catch. … The effort is part of a new study to figure out if years-long efforts to save the fish — wild steelhead — have been helping, or harming. This video shows how to scrape the fish for its DNA. … For decades, biologists with the Department of Natural Resources have tried to restore the North Shore population of wild steelhead — rainbow trout that swim up rivers to reproduce — after overfishing depleted their ranks.”

Police-involved shooting in Burnsville. MPR’s Tim Nelson writes, “Burnsville police shot a person early Thursday morning in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant. The department says the person is dead and officers were unharmed. … Five officers responded at about 6:15 a.m. to a report of suspicious activity in the McDonald’s lot at the corner of Highway 13 and Washburn Avenue in Burnsville. … They ‘discovered a single individual brandishing a weapon. The encounter resulted in an officer-involved shooting of the suspect,’ Burnsville police said in a statement.”

Scientists warning about population declines on Isle Royale were not … uh … crying wolf. John Myers of the Duluth News Tribune writes, “With just two wolves left alive on Isle Royale and little or no hope for the population to rebound naturally, National Park Service officials Wednesday said they are narrowing the focus of a study on whether or not to transport new wolves to the island. … Isle Royale National Park officials in 2014 started the environmental review process on what if anything to do about the big Lake Superior island’s wolf population that has been dwindling for years.”

In other news…

Mayor-on-mayor violence in Watson: “The former mayor of Watson is facing charges of first- and second-degree burglary in Chippewa County District Court for allegedly breaking into the current mayor’s home Sunday.” [West Central Tribune]

Cloquet schools shut down by a virus — computer virus. [Northland News Center]

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade: “Minnesota artist Krista Stout turns Trump’s words into poetry that benefits Bernie” [City Pages]

Five nonabsurd St. Patrick’s Day drinks, courtesy of Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl. [WCCO]

If you’ve been clamoring for doughnut sandwiches, the wait is over. [City Pages]

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/17/2016 - 03:17 pm.

    Isle Royale wolves

    There are only two wolves left.

    From the article:

    “‘At this time, natural recovery of the population is unlikely,’ Valencia noted.”

    and

    “Researchers have said they believe genetic health problems from inbreeding are the primary cause of the wolf decline”

    and

    “Green said there is scientific debate on whether it would be better to allow the last two island wolves to die before restocking, to rid the island of the genetic defaults, or to restock immediately to keep some of the original bloodlines intact.”

    It seems to me that Zoos deal with these kinds of questions all the time in their breeding programs. The whole issue of inbreeding coefficient is central to this dilemma, and zoos track this very carefully among the populations they manage (and this is among many zoos, not just single institutions).

    I know that Isle Royale is not a zoo, but at this point, the central issue seems almost identical to what zoos (the ones who are responsibly breeding to maintain populations while also maintaining genetic diversity) deal with on a daily basis. Perhaps the Park Service should look to the zoo model and see what they can learn (which may require some dogmatic flexibility, but at this point, unless they are willing to let the wolves die out, I don’t really see how many other options they have).

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/17/2016 - 03:51 pm.

    It’s just a guess

    …but my guess is that, in a quite tangible way, just about ANY Vikings facility located in Minnesota is, and will be, subsidized by what Minnesota (and especially Minneapolis) taxpayers are paying to subsidize the gigantic structure now looming over downtown east.

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