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Velodrome proposed for Shoreham Yards site in Minneapolis

The gray areas in the upper left are existing buildings: The roundhouse chunk at the right would be the history center and plaza cafe, the rectangle commercial/industrial space. The curved gray chunks would be covered cafe seating and grandstand for skate park and reflecting pool. The colored areas between are assumed too far gone, and would become “plaza under open air. Rehab roof structure.” The velodrome is the multicolored oval. It would have a second story with skyboxes and classrooms. New retail buildings front on Central, and the green parking buffers are indicated as “future development potential.”

One Gear. No Brakes. That’s what velodrome bike racing is all about, that’s the slogan in a promotional video. I did not know that. They have to keep pedaling, though they can slow down by holding back.

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Summit Academy OIC gets stadium contract

Summit Academy OIC has been chosen by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to be the Employment Assistance Firm for the construction of the Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. This means Summit Academy is going to identify qualified workers to help the project meet its goals of employing a diverse workforce.

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Walleye BLTs? Minnesota Wild court foodies with new concourse offerings

For the last year or so, Global Groceries has been mostly about exploring ethnic grocery stores and community gardens, searching for the interesting, the foreign, and the exotic. Recently, I had what for me was one of the most colorful adventures since I started writing this column: a few hours inside the world of professional sports.

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The sounds of silence

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the moment that we lose perspective of the future. It is entirely possible that in three or four years from now we will be reading about the sale of the Vikings football team for a profit of $100 or $200 million as a result of the new stadium financed virtually entirely by the taxpayer and the fans. And, yes, there will be stories of how Zygi Wilf outfoxed and outmaneuvered those representing the interests of the public.

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State bill aims for athletic concussion protection, prevention

A bill that would establish education and return-to-play standards for youth athletes following a concussion currently is moving through the Minnesota Legislature. Five states this year already passed such laws: South Dakota, Iowa, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. Bill supporters are optimistic that it will be passed before this year’s session concludes in May.

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White professionals already cashing in on 'People’s Stadium'— But promises that construction will benefit communities of color remain unkept as deadlines approach

While there is much talk about possible delays in the construction of the “People’s Stadium,” it appears that the Vikings and MSFA are still confident it will be built. And according to a recent Associated Press (AP) article entitled, “Many already cashing in on Vikings stadium,” lots of white collar professionals have already profited from the proposed stadium.

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MN VIDEOS | Running Wolf: Healthy community, healthy life

From kick boxing and yoga to nutrition classes, Running Wolf Fitness emphasizes community heatlh and fitness. Running Wolf Fitness Center's mission is to bring health and wellness to the Native American community. It's not a strictly Native fitness center, as anyone can sign up regardless of ethnicity. American Indians suffer from a variety of health disparities, including high rates of diabetes and heart disease. Running Wolf Fitness Center is among many individuals and organizations currently working to end these disparities and improve the health of the American Indian community.

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E-DEMOCRACY | Capitalism = Feudalism?

From: David Tilsen Date: 2:25pm, Aug 25

I see it a little different. Capitalism is much closer to feudalism from which it came then we are led to believe. We are the surfs, the peasants, and occasionally the merchants. We exist to feed the desires of the men in the castle. These people like their lives of pleasure with their sports teams, their private boxes, their private jets, their multiple homes around the world, their yachts etc. We come into their lives only when they want something from us, sex, a stadium, votes, labor, a war to protect their interests etc.

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Minneapolis city council candidate Alondra Cano on education disparities, the Phillips neighborhood, and the Vikings stadium

The Minneapolis City Council may see some significant changes in the coming election, as incumbents have been challenged strongly by newcomers. In the city’s 9th ward, neighborhood activist and Minneapolis Public Schools communications staffer Alondra Cano is running against five other candidates. She recently sat down with KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart, who asked about the most important issues facing the city. Cano put educational disparities at the top of her list. [Audio below]

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