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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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High Court: Firm Subcontracts Not Public Under Law

The Minnesota Supreme Court says a private business working on a construction project for the St. Louis County School District does not have to provide subcontractor data under open records laws. The decision reverses an earlier ruling by the state Court of Appeals.

11/20/2013

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New Vikings Stadium Groundbreaking Set For Dec. 3

The groundbreaking for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will be on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority confirmed the date Tuesday. It’s the official start of construction on the nearly $1 billion football stadium that will be built at the current Metrodome site.

11/19/2013

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Bicyclist Killed In Otter Tail County

A 75-year-old bicyclist was killed when he was struck by a construction vehicle in Otter Tail County Thursday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash happened along 145h Street.

11/15/2013

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Dayton Administration Approves $300M For Roads

Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration is directing $300 million into ten highway construction projects meant to break up bottlenecks and improve freight movement around the state. Dayton and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced the projects Thursday.

11/15/2013

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Vikes Stadium Construction Costs Greater Than Expected

A price tag of $975 million won’t be enough to cover building the new Vikings stadium the way the team wants it. The team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority may have to cut back some desired perks to stay within budget.

10/10/2013

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Workers Injured In Church Construction Collapse

Crews responded to a church in Nisswa after a collapse occurred while workers were constructing an addition. Authorities said the collapse happened at the Timberwood Church on Highway 371 at about 7:15 a.m. Friday.

09/20/2013

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Crews Strike Gas Line In St. Paul

Construction crews working in St. Paul accidentally ruptured a gas line Wednesday morning. The accident happened at about 10:15 a.m. near the area of Farrington Street and Arlington Avenue.

09/18/2013

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Work Resuming Wednesday At St. Paul Ballpark Site

Officials with Ryan Companies Construction said work will continue at the site of the new St. Paul Saints stadium on Wednesday, eight days after a worker was killed in a construction accident.

09/17/2013

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Shutterfly’s New MN Facility Will Bring 1,000 Jobs

Shutterfly broke ground Tuesday on a $60 million Shakopee facility. The online photo-sharing site will employ up to 1,000 full and part time employees.

09/10/2013

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Demolition Worker Killed At St. Paul Ballpark Site

Rescue crews have responded to a reported partial building collapse in St. Paul Tuesday morning. Early reports say the collapse is near the 300 block of East 5th Street.

09/10/2013

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Most Road Work Done, But Labor Day Travel Still Tricky

If you have travel plans for Labor Day weekend, be prepared for a little traffic. MnDOT Director of Communications Kevin Gutknecht says there won’t be any construction going on, but the road work areas will still mean road closures and slower speed limits. “There are a number of work zones that folks may encounter during their holiday weekend travel,” Gutknecht said. “Work zones can still be dangerous places, so folks should slow down, take their time and proceed cautiously.”

08/30/2013

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Minn. Capitol Lawn About To Go As Renovation Nears

Minnesota’s front lawn is about to be ripped up. As soon as this week, crews working on the state Capitol renovation project will begin taking up big sections of the green space in front of the building.

08/25/2013

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Four Months Later, Portland Ave. Bridge Re-Opens On Friday

After four months of construction, the Portland Avenue Bridge, spanning I-94 and I-35W, is set to re-open at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.Portland Avenue between East 16th Street and East 17th Street will re-open. The direction of traffic on Portland Avenue between East 18th Street and East 19th Street will revert to the pre-construction direction.

08/20/2013

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60-Foot Tall Ferris Wheel-Esque Restuarant Set For NE Mpls.

If you see a new Ferris wheel-like structure in northeast Minneapolis in 2014, it’s not for a carnival. It’s part of new restaurant. Leslie Bock, owner of Psycho Suzi’s, has submitted plans to open Betty Danger’s Country Club, which will feature a “vertically revolving patio” as a seating option.

08/13/2013

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Summer Construction Season At Halfway Point

When your motto is making “freaky fast” deliveries, the last thing you need to see are orange barrels and detour signs. It’s been a tough summer for Jimmy John’s delivery driver Joshua McClain. “The way [the] highway is is just stopping our business from getting here,” McClain said. “So I’m not getting in as many hours of work. And I mean, just to get anyplace, period, 694 is a highway that everybody uses.”

08/12/2013

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Several Highway Closures Hamper Weekend Travel

Drivers traveling around the metro are having to give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations. Several of the major freeways in and around the Twin Cities are off limits until Monday’s morning rush hour.

08/11/2013

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Three Months Of Construction Slated For Grand Round Trails

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is advising bicyclists and motorists to plan ahead due to construction on trails along Brownie Lake, the west side of Cedar Lake, Dean Parkway, and Lake Calhoun.

08/09/2013

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All-Women Construction Teams Build Habitat Homes

You might see a lot more ladies around town wearing hard hats and yellow vests. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is working on two homes built by all-women construction teams.

08/06/2013

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Construction On Penn Ave. Shuttering Businesses For The Summer

Penn Avenue in south Minneapolis is being rebuilt and widened, and the work is taking from May through October.

07/30/2013

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