Vikings rebirth; Cleaning Lake Pepin; Mines in space

Vikings stadium plan gets another chance at Capitol

MPR News: “The Minnesota Vikings appear to be gaining ground again in their effort to get a $975 million stadium in downtown Minneapolis, now that the House Ways and Means committee has grafted a dead stadium bill from last week onto a new plan to legalize electronic pull tabs and bingo.” Pioneer Press: The bill “would use $550 million in public money to build a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings on the site of the Metrodome is on its way to the floor of the House.”

Hunting. fishing license fee increases pass senate

Union Eagle: Minnesota Senate “passed its game and fish bill, one including proposed hunting and fishing license fee increases.”

Lake Pepin sediment study ready for comment

Rochester Post Bulletin: “The long-awaited draft study of how to slow the sedimentation of Lake Pepin quantifies how farmers and cities must reduce the amount of soil they send into the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers.”

Bolander wins bid for Stillwater bridge test shafts

Pioneer Press: “Crews late this spring will begin boring test shafts into the St. Croix River for structural-load testing that will provide information for the designers of the new bridge south of Stillwater.”

Rev. Bradlee Dean: GOP warns St. Cloud State Republicans about hosting pastor

AP: “Minnesota Republican officials are threatening the St. Cloud State University chapter of College Republicans with sanctions if they host a fiery pastor.”

Minnesota House passes amended fireworks bill

Star Tribune: “The Minnesota House voted Monday to allow Minnesotans to buy and use more powerful aerial fireworks, but only during a five-week fireworks window in June and early July.”

Veepstakes: Tim Pawlenty makes more sense than you might think

Swampland: “Republican insiders say the first priority in selecting a running mate is to ‘do no harm.’ Nobody embodies that mantra better than Pawlenty.”

Twins’ improvement on the field hasn’t translated to more wins

Pioneer Press: “The Twins are one of the majors’ better hitting teams and showing flashes of the defense that was once their trademark, major improvements over last season, when they lost 99 games.Yet they’re still finding ways to lose.”

Op-Ed: No reason to delay mineral lease decision

Mesabi Daily News: “The Executive Council is waiting for the Legislature — which is totally dysfunctional this year — to act on something that isn’t even needed before it can allow mineral leasing rights for four companies that have already had their bids accepted for nonferrous exploration.”

Gizmodo: Space miners poised to snatch Iron Range jobs.

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