Sunday, January 27, 2013
In other headlines from around the region last week, South Metro school districts are losing students to open enrollment, and Shakopee makes a guest appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.'
You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top recent headlines from throughout the South Metro region. Here's a look at last week's stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors, that may interest you or affect your life. To read the full stories, click on the headline links. UPDATE: Death Toll Now at 75, But Flu On The Wane Across Minnesota Department of Health says there were an additional 15 deaths last week, but that number of people hospitalized with flu-like symptoms has fallen dramatically. Authorities Identify Apple Valley Woman Killed in Savage Crash Authorities are still investigating an accident that left a 35-year-old south metro woman dead Wednesday …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Elevator Advisory Group, a woman-owned consultant, will support stadium architect HKS Sports & Entertainment.
Apple Valley-based Elevator Advisory Group will be among the 18 Minnesota subcontractors participating in the construction of the new Vikings Stadium. The firm, headquartered at 14530 Pennock Ave., will ensure that the stadium has enough elevators and escalators to meet state codes for disability access, and that they're ideally placed to meet safety standards for the movement of crowds. "We're honored to have been chosen," said Kathy Markwell, president and owener of the firm, which moved its headquarters to Apple Valley from St. Paul three years ago. "The whole team just got off a major conference call ... to get up to speed." In May 2012, the Minnesota Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council approved funding for the new $975 …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Loeffler Construction of Lakeville is one of six contenders vying for the $975 million stadium deal.
A Dakota County construction company could become the lead contractor on the "People's Stadium," the controversial new venue for the Vikings in downtown Minneapolis. Lakeville's Loeffler Construction is one of six firms shortlisted for the project, which is expected to run from $675 million to $975 million. Two other Twin Cities companies are contending for the contract, Kraus-Anderson and Mortenson Construction. The project has also attracted three other firms from out of state: Gilbane Building Companies of Rhode Island, Skanska of New Jersey and Hunt Construction of Arizona. Loeffler, a construction and consulting firm founded five decades ago, is owned by Tammy Loeffler, who also served as the court reporter for the Mdewakanton …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
In other news from around the South Metro, a construction worker is killed at Fort Snelling and two more Minnesotans contract fungal meningitis.
You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the week's top stories from throughout the region. Here's a look at recent stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors, that may interest you or have an impact on your life. To read the full stories, click on the headline links: Rosemount Man Pleads Guilty in Hit-And-Run Death of Apple Valley Woman A retrial for Eric James Hunter, 44, was scheduled to begin Monday. Rosemount, Eastview Boys Go 1-2 in Section 3AA Cross Country Meet Rosemount, Eastview teams qualify for the state cross country meet by finishing first and second in the Section 3AA meet at Valleywood on Thursday. It's Official: Burnsville, We Have A Walmart At …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Dakota County's focus has shifted to negotiations with Hennepin County to partner with them on morgue and medical examiners services.
- Tom Egan
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Editor's Note: Dakota County Commissioner Tom Egan represents Mendota Heights, Lilydale, Mendota and a portion of Eagan. He was elected to office in 2004 and is now serving his second four-year term. The days when Dakota and the other seven counties of the Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office (MRMEO) conduct morgue and medical examiners services out of the cramped, windowless 4,000 square feet of basement space in the Regina Medical Center in Hastings may soon be over. Early last year, I reported that Dakota County was exploring its options for morgue and medical examiner's services because we were busting out of the seams in the space provided at Regina. After an exhaustive analysis by Dakota County staff, we believe we may …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The plan was approved by the Senate on Thursday.
With Senate approval coming on Thursday by a 36-30 vote, a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is on its way. After plenty of twists and turns throughout the legislative session, debate intensified this week, as the House and Senate both held several late-night sessions to discuss the bill. All that remains now is a signature from Gov. Mark Dayton, who has been an ardent stadium supporter. Dayton is holding a press conference at 5:45 p.m. today with stadium bill authors, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and team owner Zygi Wilf, and Dayton could sign the bill then. The new stadium will cost roughly $975 million, with the team slated to pay a little less than half. The state will pay about $348 million by expanding gambling. The city of Minneapolis …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Sen. Chris Gerlach, who represents Apple Valley, voted no on the plan that passed 38-28 on Tuesday.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Write on Patch The Minnesota Senate on Tuesday approved a public subsidy package for a new Vikings stadium with a 38-28 vote. Sen. Chris Gerlach, a Republican who represents Apple Valley, voted no on the bill, which would provide the team with about $350 million in state money to build the $975 million facility, with the other funding sources being the City of Minneapolis and the Vikings ownership group. Tuesday's vote follows the Minnesota House's approval on Monday of its version of a Vikings stadium bill with a 73-58 vote. A conference committee made up from members of the House and Senate will need to negotiate a final bill and get approval from their respective bodies. …
The Minnesota Senate on Tuesday approved a public subsidy package for a new Vikings stadium with a 38-28 vote.
The Minnesota Senate on Tuesday approved a public subsidy package for a new Vikings stadium with a 38-28 vote. Sen. Chris Gerlach (R-Dist. 37) voted against the measure. Tuesday's vote follows the Minnesota House's approval on Monday of its version of a Vikings stadium bill with a 73-58 vote. A conference committee made up from members of the House and Senate will need to negotiate a final bill and get approval from their respective bodies. If approved, it could be to the governor's desk by the end of the week.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
State Reps. Kurt Bills and Tara Mack voted against a proposal for a new football stadium on the current Metrodome site, which passed the Minnesota House of Representatives on Monday and should go to the Senate on Tuesday.
While the Minnesota House of Representatives on Monday passed a plan for a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium, both of Apple Valley's state representatives voted no the proposal. State Reps. Kurt Bills (R-District 57B), of Rosemount, and Tara Mack (R-District 57A), Apple Valley, cast no votes in yesterday's 73-58 passage of the plan that proposes a new stadium on the current Metrodome site. Monday's passage of the bill in the House, however, doesn't guarantee a new home for the Vikings. The Senate is expected to take up its version of the bill on Tuesday. If the Senate approves the measure, a committee made up from members of the House and Senate will need to negotiate a final bill and get approval from their respective bodies. If …
The Minnesota House passed the bill by a 73-58 majority—a margin much larger than many expected.
The Minnesota Vikings are safe ... so far. At 10:34 p.m. Monday night, the House of Representatives passed the Vikings stadium bill 73-58. Passage came as a surprise to some lawmakers who were predicting a much closer vote before 42 amendments were added to the House version. Among the amendments was a change authored by Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) which called for the Vikings to put up $105 million more than originally offered. Rep. Kurt Bills (R-Rosemount) voted against the measure. Interviewed after the vote, Vikings vice president Lester Bagley called the additional $105 million "problematic" and said it was a condition that is "unworkable." The Minnesota Senate is scheduled to take up its deliberations on the stadium bill early…