Minnesota Vikings

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    June 1, 2012

    Twin Cities radio personality Dark Star dead at age 66

    Longtime Twin Cities radio personality George Chapple, known affectionately by his friends and fans as Dark Star, was found dead at his Minnetonka home earlier today. He was 66 years old. Dark Star worked at WCCO-AM for a quarter of a century, echoing the plainspoken, honest voices of the passionate ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Vikings stadium receives final approval from Minneapolis City Council on 7-6 vote

    Kevin Reich, in the end, didn't want to risk going down as the man who ran the Vikings out of Minnesota.The drama is done, folks. This morning, on a 7-6 vote, the Minneapolis City Council gave final, official approval to a funding plan that will construct a new Vikings stadium on the Metrodome site. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Taxpayers League's poll says majority of Minneapolis opposes Vikings stadium plan

    Would you want to go down in history as the city official known for running the Vikings out of Minnesota? Probably not. But what if a majority of your city's residents stood behind you when you voted "no"?This morning, just two days before the Minneapolis City Council is expected to rubber-stamp the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Mark Dayton very popular, MNGOP-controlled legislature about as popular as kick in the pants

    Gov. Mark Dayton will probably have a friendlier legislature to work with next year. A new SurveyUSA poll of 600 Minnesotans found that only 21 percent of respondents approve of the job the MNGOP-controlled legislature was doing during the last days of this year's session, compared to 67 percent dis ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Support growing for gay marriage in Minnesota, new polling suggests

    Mark Dayton dreams of Vikings stadiums and Minnesota becoming the first state to vote down a constitutional amendment against gay rights. This year, both dreams may be fulfilled.A new SurveyUSA poll suggests there is more support for gay marriage in Minnesota than there was four or six months ago. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Metrodome is the worst stadium in America, says Time Magazine [VIDEO]

    Just a day before the Minnesota legislature approved a bill that will fund a new, nearly $1 billion Vikings stadium, Time Magazine named the Metrodome the worst stadium in the whole country.And while many of us have fond memories of watching the Twins and the Vikes under a Teflon roof while sitting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Vikings stadium bill receives final legislative approval; Mpls City Council vote last step

    Rejoice, Vikings fans! A bill for a new NFL stadium in Minneapolis today surmounted its last legislative hurdles -- final approvals by the House and Senate following the completion of the conference committee's work early this morning.The bill now heads to Gov. Mark Dayton, who, as one of the new st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Vikings stadium bill: Representatives 'pull rabbit out of hat,' proposal advances to full Senate

    On April 16, the Vikings stadium bill seemed to die an anticlimactic death in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, which seemingly killed it with a 9-6 vote. Afterward, the chief author of the House bill, Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said it would require someone to "pull a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    House Speaker Kurt Zellers wants Vikings stadium bill to pass... but won't vote for it?

    House Speaker Kurt Zellers, like many Minnesota legislators, is trying to cover his ass best he can in advance of next Monday's House floor vote on the Vikings stadium bill.During an appearance on Dan Barrerio's KFAN radio show yesterday, Zellers offered up this shining example of Orwellian Doublesp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Dayton: Vikings stadium bill needs to be approved this session, or it's too late

    Monday night, the Vikings stadium bill seemingly died an anticlimactic death in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, where it was defeated in a 9-6 vote.Following the bill's defeat, the chief author of the House bill, Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said it would require someone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Stadium bill deader than Vikings' postseason chances, but Dayton hopeful for another shot

    Remember that Vikings stadium bill? That thing now looks like it's in worse shape than Adrian Peterson's knee.The bill was sacked last night by the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, which killed in with a 9-6 vote. Afterward, the chief author of the House bill, Rep. Morrie Lanning ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012
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    March 30, 2012

    House shoots down Sunday liquor sales, Twittersphere groans

    ​Today, a pair of GOP Representatives -- Stephen Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, and John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove -- introduced amendments to allow Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.Both amendment went down in a ball of flames, with about four times as many nays as yays.Who are these Minnesotans who don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Pro-Vikings stadium group releases pro-stadium poll, sparking Twitter controversy

    ​Today, a pro-stadium group named Home Field Advantage released an opinion poll showing that 61 percent of Minnesotans support construction of a new Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site. 72 percent of 1,000 Minnesotans polled say the new stadium is "somewhat or very important" to keeping the Vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Senate committee kills racino bill

    ​A bill that would've allowed Minnesota's horse-racing tracks to install slot machines died yesterday following a 8-5 rejection by the Senate Government Innovation and Veterans Committee. The bill would've used the additional gambling revenues, which were estimated to be between $87 and $120 milli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    John Kriesel, pro-gay marriage MNGOP Rep., won't seek reelection [VIDEO]

    ​Last May, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, gave one of the most remarkable, well-delivered speeches in the history of the Minnesota House.Kriesel, 30, lost both of his legs in Iraq in 2006. During his speech, voice breaking with emotion, he recalled gay military colleagues of his who had died ... More >>

  • News

    March 14, 2012

    Vikings stadium proposal isn't for the "people"

    Six myths the mainstream media perpetuates

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    March 1, 2012

    Vikings, Rybak, Dayton, pro-Vikes legislators finally unveil stadium plan

    ​After months of hearing lawmakers carp that they couldn't speak to whether they support using public money for a new Vikings stadium without seeing a detailed proposal, a plan has finally emerged.During a news conference earlier today, Gov. Dayton and the Vikings unveiled a $975 million stadium p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Vikings stadium: Parking lot naming rights centerpiece of Ramsey County's revised plan

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    NFL: No Los Angeles Vikings in 2012

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Dayton to Vikes: Metrodome site or bust

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Sad Packers Fan video: Is it wrong to enjoy it this much?

    ​Sunday was a sad day in Packer nation, as Green Bay's bid for back-to-back championships was rudely ended by the visiting New York Giants.But after all, it was just a football game. Nothing to cry about, right?Wrong. A video has surfaced of a female Packer fan pathetically whimpering about how he ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Shakopee, out of nowhere, announces Vikings stadium bid

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    It's election night in Minneapolis

    Cleveland LeaderTwo special elections for legislative seats happen tonight in Minneapolis. ​"Election 2012" doesn't just refer to November 6.Ready or not, two Minnesota legislative seats, both in Minneapolis, are actually up for grabs tonight. One is House District 61B, which includes the south Mi ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Vikes stadium: Dayton asks city, Ramsey County to play hurry-up

    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 >>

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    January 4, 2012

    Vikings warming to idea of staying in Minneapolis

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Rick Spielman named Vikings GM

    ​Following a disastrous 3-13 season that prompted calls for a power shake-up, Rick Spielman is now the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings.The move essentially represents a promotion of Spielman from Vice President of Player Personnel -- a position he has held since May 2006 -- to the undispu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Jared Allen knows how to stop Calvin Johnson: Optimus Prime

    Optimus Jared Allen is hoping to transform the Vikings into a winning team.​As the struggling Minnesota Vikings prepare to face the surging Detroit Lions this weekend, Jared Allen is thinking outside the box.The biggest deep threat on the Lions is wide receiver Calvin Johnson, AKA Megatron (which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    San Antonio Vikings? Say it ain't so, Lester Bagley!

    ​Another city is trying to lure the Vikings from Minnesota, according to Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley.Although Los Angeles has long been rumored to covet our football team, Bagley recently dropped the bombshell that another city has also been wooing the Vikes during the past year. However, he w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Vikings stadium won't get a special session

    This stadium will have to wait until the legislature's New Year's hangover wears off.​The Minnesota Vikings are, putting it kindly, not a very special football team right now. Fittingly, the team won't get a special session from the legislature to rule on its new stadium(s?), and will have to wait ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Should Minnesota pay for a new Vikings stadium, or fix the State Capitol? [POLL]

    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 >>

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    October 28, 2011

    AFL-CIO endorses block E Casino site, lawmakers condemn it

    Big labor wants the casino, but big government doesn't.​The AFL-CIO wants more labor jobs, and it's not above endorsing a little vice to get things rolling.Yesterday, the Minnesota chapter of the AFL-CIO endorsed the planned Block E Casino, which has resurfaced as a possible method to fund a new V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Meet the Minnesota Vikings All-Arrested team

    ​By Andy Mannix and Mike Mullen This week began with a bit of news that finally gives cause to celebrate the Minnesota Vikings: Since 2000, the Vikings are leading all other NFL teams in arrests. This was too good to be ignored, or judged on its face. So City Pages has gone deeper, investigating ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Citywide sales tax, statewide pull-tabs might pay for Vikings stadium

    Just 20 more ideas, and we'll get this stadium thing figured out.​The Minnesota Vikings new stadium has led to a stack of ideas from public officials on how to get the thing built and paid for. Tax on Ramsey County? State legacy funds? Block E Casino downtown? Now, there are two more ideas: One, f ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    The Minnesota Vikings are the NFL's most arrested team

    Chris Cook is on this list... twice!​The Minnesota Vikings could not pull off a miraculous comeback against the Green Bay Packers yesterday.The loss drops the Vikings to 1-6 on the season. But, as it turns out, there is one statistic in which Minnesota is leading the NFL: arrested players.Accordin ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Minnesota might sell Zygi Wilf the Metrodome for $1

    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 >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Gambling on football: How the Block E Casino might build the Vikings stadium

    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 >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Mark Dayton plans special session for Vikings stadium [POLL]

    The Vikings stadium will be agreed upon before the stuffing is served.​Mark Dayton announced yesterday that he's so excited about a new Vikings stadium, it doesn't even matter what the damn thing looks like, or costs, or whatever -- just build it, man, we'll figure it out later! After a meeting wi ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Vikings stadium won't go to a vote

    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 >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Bernard Berrian gets in Twitter fight with Rep. John Kriessel

    ​Bernard Berrian had only one catch yesterday for the Vikings, which means he had as many catches as he did Twitter fights with Minnesota legislators. Berrian got into it yesterday with Republican Rep. John Kriesel. Kriesel started the fight, lobbing a pretty snappy insult Berrian's way. Berrian, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Angry taxpayers shout "No!" to Vikings stadium money

    ​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 >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Adrian Peterson's dad: Give the ball to Adrian Peterson

    Adrian Peterson: Too polite to demand the ball -- fortunately, his dad's not.​Adrian Peterson is one of the most exciting running backs in the history of the NFL. And, after the Vikings cut a gigantic check on the eve of this season's first game, he's on track to be one of the best paid NFL player ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Kevin Williams returns to Vikings after suspension, says he'll play Sunday

    Kevin Williams isn't going to let his ailing foot keep him from playing.​Kevin Williams, the Vikings' gigantic run-stuffing defensive tackle, is back with the team today after a two-week suspension for performance enhancing drugs.Williams' return will be a welcome one for the Vikings, who've built ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Minnesota Vikings 28th-most valuable NFL team

    Sorry Donovan McNabb, we're still not worth a damn.​The Minnesota Vikings are worth a lot compared to, say, a car, or a turkey sandwich. But compared to other NFL teams, they're not doing well.Just in time for tonight's opening kickoff of the NFL season, Forbes Magazine has compiled its annual ran ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Donovan McNabb introduced at Vikings training camp, says he has "five or six" years left

    McNabb was all smiles, even if he's facing a contract cut.​Donovan McNabb was officially introduced as Vikings quarterback at the team training camp in Mankato yesterday, stealing the show with his big laugh and by announcing he has "five or six more years left." A new version of McNabb's contract ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Donovan McNabb and Vikings work on contract details

    McNabb had a great career before his last year in Washington.​Donovan McNabb will be the Vikings' new quarterback if he and the team can agree on the details of a new contract, sources told ESPN late last night. With Tarvaris Jackson reportedly bolting for Seattle, the Vikings are close to trading ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Tarvaris Jackson signs with Seattle, Vikings call Donovan McNabb, reports say

    Jackson looks headed west without ever getting a chance.​Tarvaris Jackson, the unproven heir apparent to Brett Favre as Vikings' quarterback, has signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks, according to reports out of Seattle.If the rumor's true, it means Jackson, a 2006 Vikings draft ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    St. Paul City Council opposes Vikings stadium tax [UPDATE]

    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 >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Wilfs sweeten Vikings Stadium pot with extra $30 million

    Will this concept ever see the light of day?​Friday was supposed to be deadline day for the Minnesota Vikings owners and the Legislature to reach a deal for a billion-dollar stadium in Ramsey County supported in part by taxpayers. They blew the deadline, they're still talking, and the state i ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Vikings stadium bill deadline may be Friday

    Does this stadium have a purple hue?​Minnesota legislators and the governor already don't seem likely to reach a July 1 agreement on whether to raise taxes to keep the state's government functioning. Now they've set themselves a Friday deadline to try and resolve the $130 million gap between ... More >>

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