Sunday, April 21, 2013
This week's compilation includes voting for Vikings cheerleaders, Gov. Dayton congratulating wrestlers, WhirlyBall opening and a new bakery opens.
Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Marathon Suspect Shootout Witness Is Andrew Kitzenberg from Edina The Breck School alum photographed a clash in Watertown, MA, between police and the men they suspect of bombing the Boston Marathon. Boston Marathon Explosions: Minnesota Runners and Residents Recount Experience, Share Updates Two explosions occurred the afternoon of Monday, April 15, 2013 near the marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, MA. Wayzata Boston Marathon Runner to KSTP: 'Sounded…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Starla Gruber is among 52 candidates vying for a spot on the team.
Starla Gruber of Golden Valley is among the 52 candidates vying for a spot on the 20-woman 2013 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader roster. Fans can vote for between three and 20 women they want to see on the 2013-14 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader roster. Voting ends at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Minnesota legislators are debating a new sales tax on licensed clothing, sports memorabilia and luxury suites to cover the state's share of Vikings stadium construction costs.
Do you want to pay sales tax on Twins, Wild and Timberwolves sports memorabilia and licensed clothing to help the State of Minnesota raise money to build the new Vikings stadium? E-pulltab revenues to fund the new Minnesota Vikings stadium have fallen short, so the Minnesota House of Representatives Taxes Committee is considering a new tax on sales of sports-related items to help fill the gap. Watch the House committee debate the issue at its Wednesday meeting starting at 12:30 p.m. above or at TheUpTake.org. The bill (see PDF) by Rep. Ann Lenczewski (DFL-Bloomington) would tax "'Sports memorabilia' ... items available for sale to the public that are sold under a license granted by any professional sports league or a team that is a …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Golden Valley company must finish work by Aug. 1.
Mortenson Construction is keeping up a swift pace in its expansion and updating of Chicago Bears headquarters Halas Hall. The Golden Valley-based company started work as soon as the NFL’s regular season ended Dec. 30 and must complete work on the Lake Forest, IL, facility by Aug. 1, when the Bears start regular season training camp, according to a Mortenson news release. The project will add 30,000 square feet to Halas Hall’s current 100,000 square feet. There will be a bigger weight room and training room, a new event center, a practice viewing suite, a new kitchen and dining facility and more. “The Chicago Bears are a world-class football team, and Halas Hall reflects that fact. The renovations will ensure the very best in facilities and…
Friday, March 1, 2013
Business news in the west metro Twin Cities for February 2013, including a long-time restaurant closure and new luxury hotel.
The following is a collection of business related articles that appeared on Patch sites in Edina, Eden Prairie, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael for February 2013. Click on the headline to read the full story. Best Buy Cuts 400 Corporate Jobs The company said there are more cuts coming over the next year. Plans Move Forward for Transitional Care Facility on WestHealth Campus in Plymouth The Plymouth Planning Commission recommended the PUD amendment for the new 56-bed transitional care facility. Hurricane Grill & Wings Makes Landfall in Minnetonka on March 4 The chain's second location in Minnesota will be in the …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Golden Valley-based business that has built sports facilities for the Twins, Wild and Timberwolves will now help build the $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis, according to media reports.
A bid to build the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium has paid off for one Golden Valley company. Mortenson Construction was named by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority at its Feb. 15 meeting as the construction manager to build the new sports venue, according to a WCCO.com report. The business will be responsible such items as budget, construction timeline and work schedule. “We are extremely confident with our selection of Mortenson,” Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs Lester Bagley said. Three other bidders tried for the project, according to a StarTribune.com article, which reported Mortenson “is expected to be paid 2 to 3 percent of the stadium’s $682 million construction cost.” “We received proposals from excellent …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Golden Valley-based business remains in the running to lead construction for the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium, according to the Star Tribune.
From initial interest to bidding, the new construction company to lead building the Minnesota Vikings stadium has quickly been narrowed down to two businesses – including one from Golden Valley. Mortenson Construction, according to a Star Tribune report, along with Arizona-based Hunt Construction, have both been named as finalists to build the $975 million sports venue in Minneapolis. "They're both really strong firms and really good proposals," Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen told the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. As one of the biggest construction contractors in the Minnesota, Mortenson has a history of leading construction on projects such as Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium, the Minneapolis/St…
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The Maple Grove hockey team stayed in the news this week. Other looks around the metro include a pot bust in Otsego, a Vikings surprise, and Richfield mourns a baby lost too soon.
Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Services Held for Tabitha Rose Markle Tabitha, 9 months, passed away Monday morning from injuries she sustained in an accident on Lake Minnetonka. Her mother, Amanda, works for Richfield Public Schools. Maple Grove Senior High Shares Action Plan Following Boys Hockey Team Incident School officials: “Following the recent situation involving some members of the hockey team, we know there is additional work to do.” Hundreds of Teachers Rally Against Standards Based Grading …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Mortenson Construction was one of six firms showing interest in possibly building the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
Six construction firms, including one from Golden Valley, met with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Minnesota Vikings Jan. 11 in a pre-proposal meeting about the new stadium. Golden Valley-based Mortenson Construction was among the firms to attend. The firm is “widely considered the favorite to land the job,” according to a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal post. “The meeting was held to answer any questions the construction firms had about the Construction Manager RFP which was released on December 7, 2012,” according to a MSFA press release. “The pre-proposal meeting served as a question and answer session for the firms who have expressed interest in developing a proposal to be the construction manager on …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Submit a photo of your child or pet in Green Bay or Minnesota gear in honor of this Saturday's game.
On Sunday, Dec. 30, the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Green Bay Packers, 37-34. Six days later, the teams will face each other again Saturday during Wild Card Weekend. To cap off the playoff matchup between these two NFC North teams, we're bringing back our Packers/Vikings photo gallery. It is running on Patch sites across Minnesota and Wisconsin. To add your images, click on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button above. Please include your baby or pet's first name, age and hometown. On Thursday, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced he has a "friendly wager" with Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt on the outcome of the game. "Mayor Rybak will wager house-made sausages from Minneapolis restaurant Butcher and the Boar, recently named …