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$5.2 million tab for Final Four curtains for U.S. Bank Stadium

Also: Paulsen backs Stras for SCOTUS; White Bear Lake man dies in SunTrust Park baseball stadium beer freezer; ex-Viking reveals anxiety disorder; and more.

U.S. Bank Stadium
MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

Can’t they just go to Pier 1? Rochelle Olson at the Star Tribune reports on the need for curtains on the walls and ceiling of U.S. Bank Stadium per NCAA regulations: “The tab for window treatments to black out U.S. Bank Stadium for the 2019 NCAA Final Four is a doozy — $5.2 million. On Thursday, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), the public board that oversees the $1.1 billion building for the taxpayers, will be asked to authorize spending of $4.6 million, with the potential of another $600,000 for final negotiations on the ‘darkening solution.’ “

Tragedy. Field Level Media reports on the body of a White Bear Lake man found inside a SunTrust Park baseball stadium beer freezer: “According to multiple reports, the body found before Tuesday’s game between the Braves and Cincinnati Reds was that of 48-year-old Todd Keeling of White Bear Lake, Minn. … It was reported later Wednesday that Keeling is the inventor of Draftwell, a technology that was expected to cut down pour times from the tap at SunTrust from an average of 14 seconds to five. Keeling’s aunt, Fran Kuchta, said that police believed Keeling got stuck in the freezer and could not get out.”

Oversight or overdoing it? KSTP discusses Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon’s proposal that Police Chief Medaria Arradondo report to the 13 council members, not only to Mayor Jacob Frey: “‘There’s been issues with the way police operate, police community relations, a lot of things like that and every time an issue like that comes up council members hear back from their constituents, “What are you doing about this, why can’t you set some kind of policy in place,”‘ said Gordon.”

Paulsen emerges. In an interview with WCCO Radio, Rep. Erik Paulsen backed the nomination of Circuit Judge David Stras for the Supreme Court: “Paulsen noted that Stras has a ‘Minnesota background’ and lives in the area. While Stras grew up in Wichita, Kansas, he taught at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2004 to 2010, and was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by then-Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2004.”

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In the pocket of Big Pillow. Amy Unrau of the Fargo Forum covered the recent Trump rally in North Dakota in which the president praised a Minnesota CEO: “He gave one of his biggest shoutouts to Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO, saying ‘I even use them, believe it or not.’ He commented how Lindell has been a Trump supporter since ‘day one.’ He also said how Lindell should be ‘the president’s ad buyer.'”

In other news…

Foul: “Former Lourdes basketball star told not to apply for coaching job” [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

Heads up: “RiverCentre ramp reopens 200 stalls on Thursday – Twin Cities” [Pioneer Press]

Fur flying: “Too many cats? Bitter battle over felines in southern Minnesota town” [Star Tribune]

Endangered species: “Rural Democrats’ Big Problem In Minnesota: ‘Nobody Cares About Us’” [Buzzfeed]

He’s open: “Ex-Vikings, Florida star Percy Harvin reveals anxiety disorder” [Sports Illustrated]

U Got the Look: “The time Prince rented — and redecorated in purple — an NBA player’s house” [Star Tribune]

“It feels like I can’t not do this”: “Groups protest at jail housing ICE detainees” [St. Cloud Times]

Where was a good guy with a shovel?: “Man Injured After Being Struck by Shovel Inside Minneapolis Hotel, Police Say” [KSTP]

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RIP: “Paying tribute to the late Maurice McKinnies, star of the 1960s Minneapolis R&B scene” [Current]