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NFL Commissioner pushes for new Viking stadium

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A visit to the capital in St. Paul from NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell, helped push the Viking Stadium bill through the senate committee on Friday.

According to Kare 11, Goodell emerged from the meeting with lawmakers saying there were no threats of the team leaving involved and that it was a productive session.

"The time has come to pass the legislation to assure the Vikings will be here a long time," Goodell told the media. "Let's get this addressed."

WCCO reported that lawmakers put aside the Arden Hills plan and focused on the $1 Billion downtown stadium site where the Metrodome is currently located. They have limited time to pass the bill before the session is done in a little over a week.

Jack Jablonski goes home

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After three and a half months of physical therapy, Jack Jablonksi finally went home on Wednesday.

The Benilde St. Margaret's sophomore was paralyzed in December after being checked from behind in a Junior Varsity hockey game. Doctors initially warned that he would not get much movement back.

But as he said goodbye to a parade of nurses and support at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Center, he was smiling, sitting up straight, and moving his arms around, KSTP reported.

"I've gotten a lot stronger in my movement and strength." Jablonski told Kare 11. "I guess I'm a lot stronger than I thought I was."

His next step will be physical therapy from home four days a week, Kare 11 reported.

KSTP also reported that as a result of Jablonski's injury, harsher consequences will be enforced in Minnesota high school hockey for checking from behind, boarding, and contact with a players head.

Not your typical restaurant

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Dick's Last Resort is the latest restaurant to open at the Mall of America and it gives customer service an entire new meaning, specializing in sarcasm and offensiveness.

Oddly located near Hooters and the Princess Diana exhibit, the restaurant filled the 10 year vacant space previously occupied by Planet Hollywood, reports CBS Minnesota.

According to the Star Tribune, quirky employees of the restaurant go through a series of interviews that are more like auditions and consist of charades, improvisation, and competitions.

The vibe of the place can best be described by a grandmother's tall paper hat that read "I lost my virginity to George Washington."

The menu consists of the standard Southern food in proportionally large sizes of ribs, catfish, burgers and more.

The restaurant is part of chain of restaurants that has been around for 27 years and is doing very well in the land of Minnesota nice, the Star Tribune reported.

Minnesotans rally for Trayvon Martin

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Thousands of people gathered outside of Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Thursday night to show support for slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

According to Kare 11, an estimated five thousand people attended the rally, many wearing hoodies, and spoke out against racial profiling and gun violence.

The Minnesota Daily reported that the rally started as a Facebook event created by student Jenny Belsito, who initially thought it would be just a small gathering.

The event consisted of speeches by numerous speakers that lasted for about an hour followed by a march around the campus.

The university police worked with the rally organizers to help ensure a safe and peaceful gathering, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Minn. senate looks to boost economy with tax cuts

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The Minnesota senate supported a GOP plan to cut taxes on an assortment of tax breaks.
Republicans in the senate voted to reduce property taxes on businesses and grant tax relief for married couples, which will result in a total of $100 million in lost tax revenue according to Marshall Independent.
The GOP considers these tax cuts to be the best way to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
The Star Tribune reports that the bill is the source of conflict between republican's and governor Mark Dayton, with the lost revenue forcing Dayton and his administration to resort to digging into budget reserves.
Dayton also wants to focus on repaying public schools $2 billion the state owes, the Star Tribune reported.

Love putting up the numbers

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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is leading the NBA in playing time, averaging close to 40 minutes per game and is among leaders in points and rebounds.
The All-Star who has rejuvenated a struggling franchise, currently ranks fourth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 26.3 points per game and is second in rebounding, averaging 13.8 per game according to the Star Tribune.
If anyone still needed to be convinced that Kevin Love is the real deal, then his latest performance may have done just that. With the loss of rookie sensation Ricky Rubio earlier this month, Love has stepped up his game.
He recently threw up a staggering 51 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder and sent the game into overtime. He recorded seven three pointers and is shooting 38.1 percent from the three point line, Sportidge reported.

Don Lucia understands the expectations

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Arguably one of the most distinguishable athletic programs in the State, as the head coach, Don Lucia understands the high expectations of the Gopher men's hockey team.
After 13 years as the head coach he has collected two hockey championships and a staggering 595 wins, but the critics still make their voices heard and Lucia understands that, the Pioneer Press reported.
Failing to make the NCAA Tournament the previous three seasons did not boast very well with fans and alumni. Lucia admittedly recalled it as a difficult time when talks of an extension were widely criticized. Lucia acknowledges that showing progress on the ice and job security goes hand in hand.
Aside from the disappointments on the ice, Lucia experienced a string of unfortunate events in the past few years personally. He overcame an illness and last July his father passed away the Star Tribune reported.
On the eve of the first NCAA Tournament game in over three years, Lucia still hears the critics. Lucia told the Pioneer Press that you should not be here if you can't handle the expectations.

The Legacy of Joel Maturi

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Since Joel Maturi announced the end of his tenure as the athletic director at the University of Minnesota's intercollegiate athletic program, his achievements and shortcomings over the past ten years have been recognized.
Some of his most notable accomplishments include the new TCF Bank football stadium and the merging of both the men's and women's athletic programs according to MPR News.
And though Maturi brought gopher football back to campus, the lack of success on the new field is just one of the many difficulties he faced during his stretch as athletic director. The men's basketball program has also struggled to win conference games with acclaimed head coach Tubby Smith.
Maturi plans to stay with the University next year as a faculty member in helping with the transition. University president Eric Kaler announced an advisory and search committee that will help look for a new athletic director and plan to have the position filled by the beginning of May, CBS Minnesota reported.

Dr. Eugene Ott, more than just a physician

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With a desire to help those less fortunate, Dr. Eugene Ott utilized his medical career and knowledge to serve the poor. He died on Jan. 12 at his home in Edina according to the Star Tribune.
Ott ran his own private practice for 22 years, but in 1977 he became a teaching assistant at the Department of Family Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
He spent a large amount of his time volunteering to help those less fortunate. Ott traveled all over the world to places like Haiti, Mexico, South Africa, Iraq, and Cuba to contribute his knowledge to improve the medical care. He also involved locally with Minnesotans. He started the Success by 6 programs in the Minneapolis' Phillips and Powderhorn neighborhoods.
Originally from Milwaukee, Ott grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He had 11 children with his wife Mary Lou Mulcahey.

Man hit by SUV in gas station parking lot

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A 65-year-old man was struck and pinned underneath an SUV at the Super America gas station in Woodbury on Wednesday morning.
The man hit is Kenneth Burke from Little Canada, The Woodbury Bulletin reported.
According to the Star Tribune, Burke is in critical condition at Regions Hospital with head injuries and a broken leg.
The Star Tribune reported that upon waiting for the first responders, numerous bystanders rushed to help and comfort Burke who was crossing the gas station parking lot as a Ford Excursion truck ran him over. Police identified the driver of the SUV as 47-year-old Michael Carroll from Woodbury. Carroll said that he did not see Burke while looking around for an open gas pump.
The incident is still under investigation and the Woodbury Bulletin reports that the Woodbury Police do not believe Carroll was being reckless, but want to verify the exact reasoning for the accident.

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