Massive Arden Hills project takes another step forward

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The Star Tribune’s Greg Stanley reports, “The Ramsey County Board forwarded to its partners Tuesday an agreement to develop the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant property that includes the sale of the Arden Hills site to developer Alatus for nearly $63 million. While the framework for the land sale and redevelopment of the 427-acre site has been in place for months, the county, the city of Arden Hills and the developer still need to finalize the cost of the project and who will pay for what. The deal moved forward by the County Board lays out at least some of those details, including total costs and construction timelines, though much of the contract still needs to be written.”

The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany writes: “The Minneapolis Police Department is expected to run $1.9 million over budget this year, driven by overtime costs and extra staff put in place during the Super Bowl and the X-Games. But city officials on Tuesday were fast to point out that the expenses would likely be absorbed by a Super Bowl sales taxes bump.”

The AP and MPR’s Tim Nelson write, “The National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis., says as much as a foot of rain has fallen in a swath from near Lanesboro east to the Wisconsin Dells. … Meanwhile, in southeast Minnesota, powerful winds downed trees and power lines. No injuries have been reported, but emergency responders cleaning up debris and assessing damage are bracing for another round of storms that the National Weather Service said could drop as much as 5 inches of rain in the region Tuesday night into Wednesday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in six counties, including Fond du Lac, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon and Washington.”

For Politico, David Siders writes, “Rep. Keith Ellison, currently fending off domestic abuse allegations, says voters aren’t asking about the controversy, only reporters. But that hasn’t stopped Republicans from using the controversy to pummel Minnesota Democrats running in congressional and statewide races over their ties to Ellison, leveraging the abuse accusation against him to tarnish opponents up and down the ballot.”

Says Allison Duncan in The New York Times, “On Thursday, I spent seven solitary hours wandering the fairgrounds with 122,694 others. The Minnesota State Fair is the biggest state fair in the United States by daily attendance, and this year it broke the record for the most visitors to ever attend on opening day. And I broke a personal record, for most junk food consumed in a day. … It wasn’t all fun and games. I wandered into the CHS Miracle of Birth Center expecting to witness something uplifting. Instead I found … well … something. A sow was in the throes of delivering a litter of piglets. There was a man using a forceps-like tool to extract a stuck piglet while the crowd watched with bated breath in the bleachers. That particular piglet made it out alive, if bloodied, but the next was stillborn and immediately carted away in a plastic bag. My only solace was a little boy who asked, of the pig in labor, ‘Why are we looking at the butt?’”

In the Star Tribune, James Walsh reports, “On several recent nights, still-to-be-finished Allianz Field has glowed blue, its LED lights making it look like something out of a Steven Spielberg movie. On Tuesday, looking out over the stadium bowl toward the supporters’ section at the north end of the stadium, it wasn’t hard to imagine what this gray-sheathed stadium will be like when its 20,000 voices roar. … On track for ‘substantial completion’ by Feb. 22, 20,000-seat Allianz Field is substantially farther along than just four months ago.”

In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Craig Gilbert and Bill Glauber write, “Just under half the Wisconsin electorate (48%) thinks the state is heading in the right direction. Just under half (48%) approves of the job GOP Gov. Scott Walker is doing. And just under half (44%) backs Walker for re-election against Democratic challenger Tony Evers. … Republican Walker is in greater danger of losing his job right now than the other big-name incumbent on the Wisconsin ballot this fall, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin leads her GOP opponent Leah Vukmir 50% to 42% in the Suffolk poll.”

Madeline Happold in the Strib writes about Minneapolis’ last movie rental store: “On Aug. 2, three minutes before closing time, Movies on 35th Street rented out its final film, the 2017 drama “The Glass Castle.” The next morning, the store that had become a staple of the Powderhorn neighborhood announced it was closing its doors after 15 years. ‘I feel like it’s run its course,’ said owner Tim Hanson. ‘It wasn’t making it like it used to.’ In a Facebook post, Hanson cited the ‘constant barrage’ of technology that made it hard to keep the store open. He’s selling off his stock of DVDs, and is planning to close sometime in September.”

Yahoo Finance survey of what an average date costs in each of the 50 states puts Minnesota on the pricier end at $109. But nowhere near the $297 for New York.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 08/29/2018 - 11:27 am.

    Do we know how much the Super Bowl bump is?

    And is it really a “bump” if the event that caused it generated expenses that exceed it? I mean its great if the Super Bowl generated say 10 million in extra tax revenue, but if it caused 20 million in expenses that’s not so great. When you factor in the tax holiday given everything with an NFL logo on it, it could turn out that the tax payers of Minneapolis paid Billionaire owners and Millionaire players for the privilege of hosting their event. The cynic in me thinks that given a fair accounting, that is exactly what happened.

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