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Crews Start Work On I-94 Expansion Project

A major highway expansion that’s been years in the making finally got underway Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony northwest of the Twin Cities. Construction crews will begin adding a new lane on either side of Interstate 94 between Rogers and St. Michael.

06/30/2014

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Minnesota Launches Work Zone Safety Campaign

Minnesota is launching a statewide campaign asking motorists to hang up their phones and pay attention in work zones. The campaign starts Monday and will continue through the construction season.

06/09/2014

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Stretch Of I-35E Closed From Little Canada To St. Paul

A busy stretch of interstate in the east metro is closed this weekend as crews take down a couple of bridges. I-35E between I-94 in downtown St. Paul, Minn. and Highway 36 in Little Canada, Minn. closed Friday evening and will reopen Monday. Crews are tearing down the Larpenteur Avenue and Gateway State Trail bridges.

06/07/2014

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Minnesota Senate Backs $1B For Building Projects

The Minnesota Senate has passed an $846 million borrowing package for construction projects and sent it to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature, finishing a crucial piece of business as lawmakers work toward adjournment. The bonding bill vote was 47-17, easily exceeding the required three-fifths majority.

05/16/2014

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Adjournment Fever Hits Legislature, Pace Quickens

Last-minute deals are coming together at Minnesota’s Capitol, which means final votes are closing in on $1 billion in construction authorization, a budget bill and tax cuts. The pace quickened Thursday as lawmakers faced a weekend deadline to complete their session.

05/15/2014

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Democrats To Put Public Works Plan Up For Vote

A high-stakes gamble is shaping up over construction borrowing in the Minnesota House. Majority Democrats plan to put an $846 million public works plan up for a vote Thursday despite the lack of clear assurances enough Republican votes will be there. The bill requires 81 votes — 60 percent — to pass.

05/14/2014

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Rise In Lakeville Road Rage May Be Due To Construction

We’ve all felt this way before: annoyed while sitting in traffic, or mad someone cut us off. You may want to honk, but that’s where it usually ends. Some, though, take it a step further. Construction, and frustration with slow traffic, has resulted in a growing number of road-rage incidents in Lakeville.

05/13/2014

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Mall Addition Collapses In South Minneapolis

Crews responded to a partial collapse Tuesday morning at a Minneapolis retail establishment currently undergoing construction. Authorities said the incident happened at the Karmel Square Somali Mall a few blocks north of Lake Street on Pillsbury Avenue.

05/06/2014

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Priorities Planned As House Bonding Bill Advances

In a preview of the floor debate ahead, a Minnesota House committee has advanced a plan to have the state finance $1.1 billion in construction projects amid misgivings over priorities. The plan combines cash financing and borrowing.

05/06/2014

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Senate Pulls Wraps Off $1.1B Construction Plan

The Minnesota Senate’s proposal for publicly backed construction projects totals more than $1.1 billion in combined borrowing and cash-financed projects. The proposal released Monday calls for borrowing of $846 million and about $200 million in cash from the state’s surplus.

05/05/2014

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New 85,000-Square-Foot Cabela’s Opening Soon In Woodbury

If you love the outdoors and all the sports that go along with it, you’ve likely stepped inside a Cabela’s store. It’s known for its hunting, fishing and camping gear — plus, its elaborate displays.

05/01/2014

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Weekend Highway Closures To Affect Twin Cities Traffic

If you are planning on being out and about this weekend, there are a couple of major road closures you should be aware of around the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said both directions of Interstate 94 in St. Paul will close at 10 p.m. Friday and won’t reopen until Monday morning.

04/25/2014

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Metrodome Demolition Reaches Completion Early

The Metrodome is no more. Project leaders for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium says the demolition of the team’s old home was formally completed Thursday. The final remnants were being trucked away a month ahead of schedule.

04/17/2014

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308 Road Construction Projects Planned In 2014

Break out the orange barrels — another road construction season is around the corner in Minnesota. State Department of Transportation officials Thursday unveiled the projects they’ll tackle this year.

04/03/2014

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2 House Bills Contain $975M In Building Wishes

A $975 million Minnesota House construction package released Tuesday loads up on college campus projects, provides for statewide civic center upgrades and makes another Capitol restoration installment. The proposal comes in two parts.

04/01/2014

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Hennepin-Lyndale Bottleneck Getting Revamped, Starting Next Summer

Help is on the way for one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in Minneapolis, where Hennepin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue come together near the Walker Art Center.

03/24/2014

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Officials Break Ground On Mall Of America Expansion Project

Twin Cities leaders are breaking ground Tuesday on a project that will nearly double the size of Mall of America. MOA officials said when the project is done, you can expect a multi-level complex that will connect to the existing mall on all four levels.

03/18/2014

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Lowertown Ballpark Construction Contract Finalized

A contract has been finalized for the construction of the new Lowertown Ballpark in St. Paul, officials announced Thursday. The contact, between the city of St. Paul and Ryan Companies US, Inc., is the next step towards the ballpark’s opening in 2015. The design was finalized in February 2013.

03/06/2014

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Mall Of America Secures Financing For Expansion

The Mall of America, one of the largest malls in the continent, says it will break ground in a couple of weeks to start making the mall a whole lot bigger. The mall has secured financing for a $300 million expansion.

03/04/2014

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Kaler Asks For $299M For University Construction Projects

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler warned that world-famous research at the U could slow down if the legislature does not approve funding to update its century-old laboratories.

03/03/2014

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Minnesota Transportation Group Pushes For Road Money

A new coalition of over 130 businesses, labor unions and advocacy groups is pushing for a large infusion of state money for roads and transit. The group, Move MN, kicked off its effort Thursday. But any proposed transportation tax hikes will face a difficult environment when lawmakers return at the end of February.

01/23/2014

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Supreme Court Tosses Lawsuit Over Stadium Funding

Minnesota’s Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the funding plan for a new Vikings football stadium, eliminating a legal obstacle that threatened a last-minute derailment of the project.

01/21/2014

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Vikings Stadium Construction Off To Swift Start

The big dig is on. Construction on a new Vikings stadium is well underway. In fact, it’s going so fast that the demolition of the old Dome could happen soon. Mortenson Construction Company, the builder of the new stadium, has already removed 100,000 tons of dirt, creating a vast hole that is essentially a foundation for the new facility. Workers are putting in the pilings to secure the outer perimeter. All of this is in preparation for the last Dome event: the Vikings game against the Lions on Dec. 29.

12/13/2013

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Minn. Governor Plots Office Move Amid Capitol Redo

Minnesota’s governor is losing his office — literally. Gov. Mark Dayton and his staff have about six months left in their two-floor suite before a massive renovation to the century-old Capitol displaces them.

12/03/2013

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Officials: Fatal Workplace Injuries Up Slightly In 2012

There was a slight rise in fatal workplace injuries in Minnesota last year compared to 2011, according to a report released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Officials said 70 people died last year in work-related incidents, which is 10 more than 2011’s all-time low of 60.

11/21/2013

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