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Animal rights groups celebrated a small victory this week in a federal lawsuit alleging that the practice of killing dairy cows to increase the cost of milk -- known as "herd retirement" -- violates anti-trust laws Filed in September 2011, the suit alleges Cooperatives Working Together, a dairy con ... More >>
Six myths the mainstream media perpetuates
Minnesota VikingsIn another step toward a dystopian future, Ramsey County wants to sell parking lot naming rights.First we had the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Then, in order to capitalize on revenue from naming rights, we had Mall of America Field at the Metrodome.Soon, if Ramsey County officia ... More >>
A half-million cows were worth more dead than alive, and now we're all paying the price
We've been hearing for months about how the Vikings' expiring Metrodome lease means it's urgent for lawmakers to get a stadium deal done early this legislative session.Los Angeles is ready and willing, so goes this logic, to have the team play in the Rose Bowl for a couple years while a new stadi ... More >>
The train wreck that is the Vikings stadium drive went a little more off the rails Monday afternoon.Governor Dayton told Zygi Wilf that the only workable site this session for a new stadium is the Metrodome, which happens to be the site least favored by Vikings ownership.With the team's Metrodome ... More >>
A rendering of the Saints' proposed Lowertown ballpark. The project is one of many in Gov. Dayton's $775 million bonding proposal.It isn't $500 million for a new Vikings stadium, but today, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a bonding bill that would allot $27 in public funds for a new St. Paul Saints bal ... More >>
As far as the Vikings stadium controversy is concerned, the time for talk is nearing an end.Today, Minneapolis and Ramsey County -- the two leading contenders to serve as the site of a new public-private NFL stadium -- submitted their final stadium funding proposals, less than two weeks before th ... More >>
Maybe the the mayor of Shakopee simply misread his calendar by a year.That's because today -- one day before the Governor Dayton-imposed deadline for final stadium proposals -- Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke plans to hold a news conference at the State Capitol to announce the suburb is "going after th ... More >>
Minneapolis leaders are mounting a last-minute drive to keep the Vikings in town. Governor Dayton wants Minneapolis and Ramsey County to deploy hurry-up offenses in hopes of bringing closure to the Vikings' stadium drive.Today, he sent the Ramsey County board and Mayor R.T. Rybak letters setting ... More >>
After months of insisting that Arden Hills is the team's preferred site for a new Vikings stadium, it appears ownership is warming to the idea of staying in downtown Minneapolis.During meetings with state political leaders yesterday, owner Zygi Wilf reportedly displayed maps showing how a new sta ... More >>
Vikings stadium, State Capitol: What's important to us?The Minnesota Vikings need a new stadium, and they need lots of money the state doesn't have to build it. But now, they're not the only state institution that needs a pile of cash. Yesterday, Mark Dayton spoke about two separate issues, both ... More >>
The Metrodome is for sale: Can anyone lend Zygi a quarter?In the hectic lead-up to the proposed special session that will or will not approve a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, all things are on the table. The latest proposal is no crazier than the other ones -- for example, gettin' in the ... More >>
Want this stadium? Fine, just keep dumping quarters in that slot machine.As of this morning, Minneapolis is a city with one professional football team, and zero casinos. Some day soon, that could be the other way around.The new push for a special session to finance the Vikings stadium in Arden Hi ... More >>
Zygi Wilf is very excited to be doing business with you, Minnesota.Zygi Wilf, Minnesota Vikings owner and official mustache, knows business strategy. He also knows football bravado. Lesson one: Never show weakness. Even when you're out of leverage on a deal, or doctors have stapled your arm to yo ... More >>
Who cares if you want to pay for the new Vikings stadium?The Minnesota Vikings new stadium will be a $1.1 billion monument dedicated to the death of democracy. That's what taxpayers learned last night, when the Ramsey County Charter Commission voted not to allow a vote on the tax that will build ... More >>
The Minnesota Vikings are basically in the worst possible position to be asking for money right now. The team isn't just 0-3, it's choked on big leads in all three games. The NFL's new owner-friendly labor agreement has left each franchise flush with cash from television deals. And the state of M ... More >>
We can't afford to buy tickets to this beautiful building.It's bad enough all of Minnesota's sports teams stink. Now, it turns out we can't even afford them.Minneapolis-St. Paul is about $40 billion too poor to host four professional teams, according to a new study by the Business Journal. That d ... More >>
Pictured: The proposed stadium in Arden Hills. Some assembly required. A resolution on the tax to fund the Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills looks headed for a 7-0 shutout in the St. Paul City Council today. If it's approved by the state Legislature, the current proposal would raise sales ... More >>
The Ramsey county stadium being fought over with cyber-clipboards.After Shoreview city councilman Blake Huffman posted an online petition asking government officials to block plans for a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills, the online backlash was swift and angry. "It's insulting to me that Blake ... More >>
NewtonFamilyFund.comBenjamin Bryan Newton, the little boy tragically killed at the chiropractorThe family of Benjamin Bryan Newton, the little boy killed last week as the result of a tragic accident at a Shoreview chiropractor's office, has set up a memorial fund. Donations will help pay fo ... More >>
The future home of the Los Angeles Vikings?The hoopla surrounding the Vikings' billion-dollar stadium deal with Arden Hills sure seemed to fizzle once everyone realized the thing might actually cost taxpayers a boatload of money. So is anyone truly shocked that the Vikings are entertaining an ... More >>
Sen. Julie Rosen has some buyer's remorse.Two bits of WTF stand out after yesterday's meeting between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and all the parties involved in trying to find the Vikings a new home. The first is that, whatever the final dollar amount the NFL decides to kick in to suppor ... More >>
Wiki.Could this man be the answer to Vikings fans' prayers?With less than a week left to go in the legislative session, the Vikings stadium proposal is still showing some signs of life. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell now says the league is willing to chip in on a new stadium, which in theory ... More >>
Courtesy Savethevikes.org.Vikings superfan Cory Merrifiled, right, has been lobbying for a new stadium since 2009. On Tuesday, a lot of Vikings fans celebrated a victory when team owners struck a deal with Ramsey County to build a new stadium in Arden Hills. But even with a location suppose ... More >>
Ahem. About that $175 million?Ted Mondale, the governor's point man on steering a stadium deal that will keep the Vikings in Minnesota, pointed out today that all this self-congratulatory backslapping between Ramsey County and the Wilf brothers (and SaveTheVikes) over a new stadium in Arden H ... More >>
minnesotavikings.comThe Vikings' new schloss will sit on the laqrgest Superfund site in the country.If the Vikings stay in Minnesota, they're going to do it in Arden Hills. Ramsey County won the bidding war against Minneapolis to help finance the construction of the team's new stadium on what ... More >>
minnesotavikings.comThe Vikings' new schloss.Just hours before a press conference called by the Minnesota Vikings and Ramsey County to announce Arden Hills as the site for a new NFL stadium, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission released a cost comparison chart for the two sites. In ... More >>
Minneapolis makes its case to keep the Vikings.After a week in which the momentum for building a new Vikings stadium seemed to shift from Minneapolis to Ramsey County, the city is set to unveil a proposal today to keep the team west of the Mississippi. The details are sketchy, but it sounds like ... More >>
An artist's concept of how a new Vikings stadium might look at the Metrodome site.Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak pulled the curtain back this afternoon on details for funding the city's share of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings on the site of the Metrodome. The proposal calls for the ci ... More >>
Pipe dream?The Legislature is evidently too busy writing discrimination into the state constitution these days to take up the Vikings stadium bill, but the wheeling and dealing over the facility's location -- and who benefits -- continues behind the scenes. Can you say, "St. Paul Vikings?"
PendoodleFlint Keller's cell phone rang yesterday morning while he was teaching his fourth grade class at Richardson Elementary School. It was his wife, Jenny. She said Roseville police had just called. They thought they'd found the family dog, Pendoodle. The Keller family's hunt for the dog si ... More >>
Photo: banspyThree teens were charged yesterday in the vicious beating of Arden Hills native Dash Johnson. The most violent member of the group was charged with attempted first-degree murder. Walfrid David Ashlie "Dash'' Johnson, a 21-year-old student at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, ... More >>
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning in parts of Hennepin, Anoka and Ramsey Counties. This warning is in effect until 2:45 p.m.
See videos from Franken's speech outside his Minneapolis townhouse.
After extensive searches through dangerous blizzard conditions, search crews recovered the body of a Minnesota climber who went missing in southwestern China last week.
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The Minnesota Zoo showcases a designer dairy
After years of gathering dust on drugstore shelves, the female condom may finally be on its way to finding acceptance among gay men and Third World women.