Former Vikings head coach Dennis Green dead at 67

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Dennis Green announcing he is no longer the Minnesota Vikings' head coach in a January 4, 2002, photo.

RIP coach. ESPN is reporting former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green as died at 67: “Family friend and former agent Ray Anderson confirmed the death to ESPN’s Adam Schefter after speaking with Green’s wife. Anderson said Green died after a cardiac arrest. Green’s Vikings made eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons from 1992 to 2001, reaching the NFC Championship Game in 1998 and 2000. He led the Vikings to a 15-1 regular season in 1998 and ranks second in franchise history in games coached, wins and winning percentage, trailing Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant in each category.”

Back on track. Janet Moore at the Star Tribune gets reaction following the announcement that the federal government had granted the controversial $1.84 billion project a green light: “‘We’re not breaking out the champagne yet, but this is still outstanding news,’ said Adam Duininck, chairman of the Metropolitan Council, the builder and ultimate operator of the 14.5-mile line slated to link downtown Minneapolis with Eden Prairie.”

Buy ’em in bulk. Zach Kayser at the Brainerd Dispatch is reporting 8th Congressional District Stewart Mills III has hired his third campaign manager this year: “Originally, Charlie Szold was announced as the manager in March for Mills’ GOP campaign to unseat Democrat U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. In May, Szold left the Mills campaign to instead manage the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. David Young, R-Iowa. Szold was replaced by Mike Lukach, who previously served as Mills’ campaign manager during his 2014 bid for the 8th District. [John] Eloranta said on Tuesday he had taken over as manager about a month prior, when Lukach left the campaign to take a different job.”

Summer in the city: Mara H. Gottfried at the Pioneer Press has the details on Wednesday night’s Payne-Phalen brawl: “Police officers who responded to a group of more than 50 juveniles blocking the road in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen area were sprayed with bear pepper spray Wednesday night. There were 21 arrests made… The team arrived to Rose and Greenbrier on a Metro Mobility bus. As the uniformed officers got off the bus, people started screaming “12, 12,” which is slang for “police,” and running away, [St. Paul police spokesman Steve] Linders said. Someone immediately discharged bear pepper spray, and two St. Paul officers and three Metro Transit officers were sprayed in the face and chest, according to Linders.”

In other news…

When life gives you ‘jackass’… ‘#jackass’ shirts raising money for Minneapolis cops’ charities. [MPR News]

Sending you a list of pot holes: Minneapolis City Council approves new public works director. [Southwest Journal]

I feel cooler already: Stanley Cup on display in Fargo-Moorhead. [WCCO-TV]

Good luck: New tactic in the fight against zebra mussels will be tested on Lake Minnetonka. [Star Tribune]

Distrust and hopelessness: BLM gets an ally from the woman who prosecuted protesters. [NewsCut]

Well played (unlike before): Minnesota United FC releases a humorous video explaining goalie’s own goal. [Star Tribune]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 07/23/2016 - 06:42 pm.

    Job Creator

    So, I guess Mills really is a job creator, short term employment not withstanding.

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