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    September 17, 2014

    Vikings Banish Adrian Peterson: Top Tweets

    For those of us in the habit of catching up with what's going on in the world each morning via Twitter, this was what today was like (minus the "Go back to bed" part for yours truly):Wake up. Entire Twitter feed is Adrian Peterson. Go back to bed.-- Kevin Hoffman (@panopticon13) September 17, 2014 B ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Zygi Wilf on Adrian Peterson: "We Made a Mistake"

    During a news conference this morning addressing the indefinite banishment of Adrian Peterson from the Vikings, Zygi Wilf directly acknowledged his organization made a mistake in originally deciding to let Peterson play while the child abuse charges he faces in Texas are pending."We made a mistake a ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Can politicians walk and chew gum too?

    Our post about Rep. Betty McCollum calling on Vikings owner Zygi Wilf to publicly denounce the Redskins nickname elicited a lot of comments of this sort:But in response to that reasoning, Stefanie Megan Brown made a case that it just might be possible for politicians to work on more than one issue a ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Betty McCollum calls on Zygi Wilf to publicly condemn Redskins nickname

    One surprising revelation in Chris Kluwe's nuclear account of alleged homophobia within the Vikings organization is that Zygi Wilf is actually a staunch supporter of gay rights.Kluwe wrote that before a September 2012 game, right as the marriage amendment he was so outspoken in opposing was becoming ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Mark Dayton doesn't take credit for Minnesota's $1.2 billion surplus... sort of

    This morning, the Minnesota Management and Budget office announced the state is projected to have a budget surplus of $1.23 billion in the current biennium and $2.6 billion in the next. SEE ALSO: The Zygi Wilf/Mark Dayton photo people can't get enough of: Top 10 tweetsHours later, Gov. Mark Dayton r ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    The 5 most dispiriting revelations in Chris Kluwe's nuclear Deadspin piece

    Chris Kluwe just went nuclear on Deadspin, accusing members of the Vikings coaching staff by name of homophobia.The lengthy piece, which was written contemporaneously and reads like a legal document, lays out in stunning detail the behind-the-scenes machinations within the Vikings organization durin ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Star Tribune editor scolds Senate MNGOP for doctoring classic Dayton/Zygi photo

    Today, Star Tribune political editor Patricia Lopez and Strib photographer Glenn Stubbe took issue with the MNGOP Senate communications team for doctoring Stubbe's classic Mark Dayton/Zygi Wilf photo in the tweet at the top of this post.SEE ALSO: MNGOP moving to one of Mpls's crunchiest neighborhood ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    The Zygi Wilf/Mark Dayton photo people can't get enough of: Top 10 tweets

    Zygi Wilf and Gov Dayton toss dirt at Vikings Stadium Groundbreaking. Glen Stubbe (@gspphoto) December 3, 2013 During yesterday's Vikings stadium groundbreaking ceremony, Star Tribune photographer Glen Stubbe captured a photo of Zygi Wilf and Mark Dayton that's worth som ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Zygi Wilf looks exactly like Wario [PHOTO]

    To those who grew up playing Super Nintendo, Zygi Wilf has always looked vaguely familiar.But it was at the groundbreaking for the new Vikings stadium that the connection finally came into focus.Those bushy eyebrows, that silly mustache, the maniacal look ...Zygi Wilf is Wario!

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    October 31, 2013

    Zygi Wilf and family decry "anti-wealth bias"

    It's not exactly breaking news, but Zygi Wilf and his family are stinkin' rich.They don't want you to know exactly how rich they are, however. And in a court filing where they make their case as to why their net worth shouldn't be publicly revealed, their attorneys argued that the same judge who bla ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Vikings officials threaten to delay stadium construction at taxpayer expense

    Zygi Wilf's heel turn continues.In the wake of courtroom revelations that the Vikings owner used "bad faith and evil motive" to bilk his business partners out of $51 million, the state launched an investigation into Zygi's finances to make sure there weren't similar shenanigans involved in the stadi ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Following Wilf revelation, Dayton open to reevaluating Vikes stadium in special session

    Mark Dayton is "deeply concerned" about courtroom revelations that Zygi Wilf demonstrated "bad faith and evil motive" in bilking his partners in a New Jersey apartment development out of $51 million.NOT THE FIRST TIME DAYTON'S THOUGHT TWICE: Dayton's angry letter to Wilfs means "Vikings could be bac ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Dark Clouds: Embedded with Minnesota's misfit fans

    How Minnesota United FC's diehard soccer fanatics became a force to be reckoned with

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    May 14, 2013

    Mpls unveils $400 million plan to convert Star Tribune land into downtown's biggest park

    Zygi Wilf isn't the only one whose wallet got fatter as a result of the Vikings stadium deal. Another big winner was the Star Tribune, as the paper stands to make a pretty penny selling the right-next-to-the-new-stadium property it owns for redevelopment.SEE ALSO: New Vikings stadium design revealed ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Your guide to Minnesota United FC's home opener

    Only six months ago, it seemed unlikely that Minnesota's second-division soccer team would even see a 2013 season. Yet here we are, one day away from the home opener, with a new team owner, new name, and new logo. Given all that's happened since last fall, when Minnesota -- then called the Stars - ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Bill McGuire announces Stars ownership deal

    The Minnesota Stars are officially here to stay. Twin Cities businessman Bill McGuire announced that he's buying the second-division soccer team during a press conference at Brit's Pub this afternoon. Previously owned by the National American Soccer League, the Stars were in jeopardy of being disba ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Vikings party bus for sale on Minneapolis Craigslist (No, it's not Paul Allen's) [PHOTOS]

    How much would you pay to own a Vikings party bus?SEE ALSO: Brett Favre pubes salesman shares most hilarious correspondence with would-be buyers Some of you might be thinking, 'you'd have to pay me to take that thing off your hands,' but one Stillwater resident is asking for $6,000 for a purple-and- ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Vikings stadium proposal isn't for the "people"

    Six myths the mainstream media perpetuates

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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 >>

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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 13, 2011

    Zygi Wilf, ignoring report, is "very, very optimistic" about a new Vikings stadium

    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 >>

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    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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    August 15, 2011

    Minnesota can't afford its sports teams

    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 >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Massive opposition to taxpayer-funded Vikings stadium

    Minnesotans don't want to pay for a new Vikings stadium.​If this morning's Minnesota Poll is accurate, roughly 70 percent of Minnesotans are opposed to their tax dollars being used to help Zygi Wilf pay for a new Vikings stadium. Would the result have been different if Brad Childress and Bret ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Leslie Frazier named Vikings head coach

    Leslie Frazier gets the job.​Confirming what was fast becoming an open secret over the weekend on the interwebs, The Minnesota Vikings named Leslie Frazier as the team's head coach on Monday. That's one mystery solved as the team goes on hiatus for thew winter. Taking over as interim head co ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Metrodome collapse survivor: Maintenance man escaped roof deluge in fork lift [VIDEO]

    Who or what escaped the Metrodome collapse? Now we know the answer.​It was one of the most-viewed videos of the weekend: Fox Sports' exclusive footage of the collapse of the Metrodome from inside.Producers suspected the Dome was going to give-way and wisely left their cameras running overnight, wh ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Brad Childress fired by Vikings [UPDATE]

    The guillotine falls on Chilli.

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    November 22, 2010

    Leslie Frazier to lead Vikings as interim head coach [UPDATES]

    The longtime assistant and head coaching candidate finally gets his shot.

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    November 8, 2010

    "Fire Brad Childress" now has an online petition

    Brad Childress: Around for the second half of the season?​Brett Favre's hurry-up offense saved the day for the Vikings in that 27-24 squeaker over the Cardinals on Sunday, but the "Fire Brad Childress" chorus is growing louder. There's now an online petition you sign, if you support such a thi ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Minnesota Vikings dropping in value

    Will the Purple head West to some fancy new digs?​There's another warning sign that we'd better figure out a way to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. The value of the team has dropped 7 percent compared to last year in a new survey of NFL franchises. The sobering news comes via Forbes magazine's ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Vikings stadium bill is dead

    No one's going to see this view any time soon​Fans of giving the Minnesota Vikings another shot at the public trough to finance a new stadium saw their dreams die on Monday as the Legislature adjourned for the biennium without moving on a last-minute bill. Under the plan as it was introduced, ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    New stadium plans unveiled - with a Vikings twist

    Rebuilding the Metrodome would cost $870 million, less than previously estimated, according to a report presented today.

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    December 16, 2009

    Sports commission fights idea that MN too poor for new stadium

    Fresh on the heels of a report that found the Twin Cities can't afford four pro sports teams, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is set to release a report tomorrow making the case for a new stadium.

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    December 9, 2009
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    February 17, 2009

    Principal could be fired after making student clean toilet

    Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

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    February 12, 2009

    Zygi Wilf: Create jobs and build my stadium!

    Thursday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

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    December 8, 2008

    Vikings celebrate win with on-air nudity

    censored_shiancoe_dong-1.jpg"Bill, are you there? It's me, Zygi."

    Bill Cowher would look great in Purple should the Vikings persist at a .500 level.

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    September 11, 2008

    Forbes to Vikings: You're Still Worthless

    vikings helmet.gifRegardless of fans' optimism over Vikings owner Zygi Wilf's off season spending spree, the bean counters at Forbes say the Purple are worth less than any other team in the NFL.

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    February 1, 2008

    Star Tribune shopping downtown land

    In one of the least surprising developments in recent media history, Star Tribune publisher Chris Harte announced in a memo today that the company is seeking to sell its land holdings in downtown Minneapolis. The Strib's parent company, Avista Capitol Partners, owns roughly five city blocks.

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    December 5, 2007

    Won't anyone think of the owners?

    In these days of budget shortfalls, failing bridges, and strapped public schools; Zygi Wilf would rather see the Minnesota state legislature get down to the real business at hand: bu ... More >>

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    November 25, 2007

    A Giant game today for the up and down Vikes

    The Minnesota Vikings made Zygi Wilf proud today by dismantling Eli Manning and the New York Giants' offense. The 41-17 victory sets up next week's critical NFC north match-up against the Detroit Lions.

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    January 3, 2007

    Eye of the Beholder

    You look at the Vikings and see a football team. Zygi Wilf looks at the Vikings and sees a key that might unlock countless added development deals— here or somewhere else.

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    June 20, 2006

    The other big winner in the stadium "debate"

    The fact that sports moguls like Carl Pohlad and Zygi Wilf stand to benefit from getting the public to foot the bill for their stadiums is news to...well, no one. But there is another big winner in the stadium debate who doesn't get name checked nearly often enough. I speak here of the local media.

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    September 27, 2005

    Taxpayers League on stadium: "Well-organized theft"

    We hate to give any virtual ink to the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, given that their starve-the-beast ideology has become one of the many hollow mantras for the 21st Century. But credit is due: The league has been consistently against public dollars going for private stadiums.

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    September 20, 2005

    Vikings stadium deal: "Preferable to being mugged and run over"

    In recent years, few journalists have followed pro sports stadium shenanigans more closely than Neil deMause, co-author of the acclaimed Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit and proprietor of the website. City Pages contacted deMau ... More >>

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    July 21, 2005

    Zygi gets Vikings PR train back on track

    The Strib is reporting today that Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has reversed the decision to charge fans a training camp entrance fee, and instead (are you sitting down?) has agreed to cover the $100,000 revenue shortage that originally caused Greater Mankato Training Camp LLC to institute the ticket plan ... More >>

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    June 1, 2005

    The Purple Go from Red to Blue

    Does new Vikings owner Zygmunt Wilf play on the left side of the political field?

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    May 26, 2005

    Zygi's Politics: the Purple go from red to blue

    Last year, USA Today examined the political donations made by the owners of major professional sports franchises. Using public records, the paper found that the 153 lords of big sport--in other words, the owners of NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NASCAR teams--pumped approximately $14.6 million into ... More >>

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