St. Paul plans to privatize Como, Phalen golf courses but will still run Como ski center

Kathy Zieman was caught off guard when she got news last week that the St. Paul City Council would be voting on a resolution this week that would initiate a request for proposals (RFP) process to find a private vendor to take over the management of the Como and Phalen golf courses by next spring.


The right to control your image: Rethinking mascots

Sometime when a controversial issue just keeps going in circles, it can be helpful to “flip the script” and imagine how it might go down, if the same were happening but the group being impacted was from a different socio-economic class.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Bethune Soccer wins on the field and in the community

Bethune Soccer Team Celebrates Winning Minneapolis Citywide Tournament Championship 

On Tuesday night, October 15, the Bethune Park soccer team won the 2013 Minneapolis Parks citywide 13u tournament championship.  Bethune defeated Kenwood in the tournament finals 3-2 with a come-from-behind overtime victory.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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