Mike Opat

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    May 3, 2011

    St. Paul Vikings?

    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?"

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    March 31, 2011

    Hennepin County explains the smoking ban

    Hennepin County's smoking ban: Does it go too far? Take the poll below.​We mentioned the other day that Hennepin County Commissioners have now passed a far-reaching ban on smoking in and on all country property. The new rule builds on previous policies that banned smoking in, and within 45 fee ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Hennepin County bans smoking everywhere, even its cars

    Not as popular as it used to be.​Smokers aren't going to be welcome anywhere on Hennepin County property, including in county-owned vehicles, after commissioners approved a smoking ban by a 6-1 margin yesterday. The goal of the measure is to just clear the air uniformly for all county proper ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Target-festooned Twins think another ad lacks civic mindedness

    Image via Sanford HealthWhat you'll see along with Target, Budweiser and other branding.​Let's see if we have this right. The Minnesota Twins play at Target Field underneath a gargantuan Budweiser sign visible from the the entire neighborhood. They are surrounded by advertising logos inside ... More >>

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    February 7, 2007

    Twins Ball Park comment thread

    This week's cover story, A Big Roadblock at Home Plate, by G.R. Anderson Jr., looks at the dispute between Hennepin County and the owners of the land where ... More >>

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    February 7, 2007
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    November 8, 2006

    Odds and ends: Hatch fumes, Kiffie cries, and we will still have Alan Fine to kick around

    Worst news of the night: Rabid GOP dog Alan Fine tells Channel 5's Tom Hauser, "You haven't seen the last of Alan ... More >>

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    October 4, 2006

    Stealing Home

    The Twins ballpark deal hits a snag on one minor detail: Property acquisition

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    September 13, 2006

    Same Old Song and Dance

    People are still accusing Mary Kiffmeyer of election high jinks. But this time, they're after her job.

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    September 6, 2006

    Lukewarm Strib endorsement goes to Erlandson

    Minnesota's largest daily gives Sabo aide the nod in DFL primary against Ellison, Junge, and Ostrow. The vote is September 12.

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    April 19, 2006

    Ballpark battle: Fait accompli edition

    Two Hennepin County commissioners offered no fewer than 13 amendments to the county's proposed ballpark deal with the Twins. The idea was to derail the plan. It didn't work.

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    July 20, 2005

    The Interloper

    Hines Interests joins in the stadium game. What does that mean for Twinsville?

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    June 15, 2005

    City council half-pregnant on ballpark

    The Minneapolis City Council can't seem to get a grasp on the political, uh ... football ... that is the proposal for a new Twins baseball stadium. As reported in today's Star Tribune, the council's Intergovernmental Relations committee has approved several aspects that serve to qualify--but not ne ... More >>

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    May 25, 2005

    You Know You Want It

    The Strib's sometimes-contrarian editorial board joins the pro-stadium chorus

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    May 11, 2005

    Stadium Wars: Back From the Dead

    The ballpark deal that wouldn't die: After a decade of threats, insults, and doomsday scenarios, how did the Twins get the most Pohlad-friendly stadium plan yet?

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    February 23, 2005
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    December 22, 2004

    Meatball Surgery

    Will a management transplant stop the bleeding at HCMC?

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    October 20, 2004

    Kiffmeyer Watch: Party Girl

    Is Mary Kiffmeyer's crusade against the state's biggest counties political hackery?

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    October 13, 2004

    Ten Million Kiffmeyer Critics Can't Be Wrong

    What they're saying about madam secretary

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    November 12, 2003

    The Hospital of Last Resort

    A budget squeeze at HCMC means diminished medical care for those who can't go anywhere else

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    July 10, 2002
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    June 12, 2002

    Make Him an Offer

    Let's all buy the Twins!

  • Books

    May 22, 2002

    Watered Down

    The peculiar politics of watershed management in suburbia

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    March 13, 2002

    R.T.'s Change-Up

    R.T. Rybak alters his stance on a publicly funded ballpark

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    March 28, 2001

    On-the-Job Training

    Mark Stenglein climbed out of a Dickensian childhood to become a business success and one of Hennepin County's most powerful politicians. Now he thinks he's ready to be mayor of Minneapolis.

  • Books

    March 14, 2001

    Jungle Boogie

    Two buildings, one loan: A tragedy in three acts

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    December 16, 1998

    Insecurity Blanket

    Hennepin County asks homeless men to make themselves uncomfortable

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    March 12, 1997
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    October 2, 1996



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    June 19, 1996


    How do you solve a problem as intractable as homelessness?