By BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Backers of the controversial $1 billion Vikings stadium regularly hold the project up as an economic driver that will boost the state construction industry and rely heavily on Minnesota-derived materials. Construction planners demonstrated last week that those goals are easier stated than achieved. Take the steel that will Read more

The Strib’s Eric Roper says the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission has turned back a staff recommendation to approve tearing down the newspaper’s Portland Avenue offices to make room for a new $400 million multi-use development near the new Vikings stadium. The 10-member panel, which includes former Star Tribune staff writer and architecture critic Linda Mack, Read more