MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: MSFA Chair says Vikings will be able to come up with money for new stadium
MINNEAPOLIS - The chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says based on information received to date, they have indications that the Minnesota Vikings "will have the financial capability to move forward with the stadium project."
Officials are doing a "due diligence" review of the Wilf family's finances, after a judge ruled in a New Jersey civil case that they defrauded partners in an apartment complex development. The probe comes at Governor Dayton's request. The Vikings said earlier there's "no point" in moving forward with ongoing stadium negotiations until the financial review is finished. That prompted a warning from the Sports Facilities Authority that a delay could affect the planned opening of the new stadium in July 2016. But officials now say they expect the report on the Wilf's finances to be finalized next week.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension continues to seek the public's help in locating 28-year-old Andrew Dikken of Granite Falls. He's a "person of interest" in the Labor Day shootings of 26-year-old Kara Monson of Montevideo and 28-year-old Chris Panitzke of Granite Falls. Monson died at the scene and Panitzke was wounded and is now listed in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. Authorities believe Dikken is driving a 1996 brown GMC Sierra pickup with a topper, Minnesota license plate 032-GGL. Dikken is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911
Businessman Jim Hagedorn officially launched his campaign for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District this afternoon in Good Thunder. The Republican from Blue Earth hopes to challenge four-term DFL Congressman Tim Walz of Mankato next fall. Hagedorn sought the GOP nomination in 2010 but lost to state Representative Randy Demmer. He's the son of former 2nd District Congressman Tom Hagedorn. State Representative Mike Benson of Rochester and Aaron Miller of Byron are also running for the Republican Party's endorsement in 2014.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is on the road trying to get marriage business from same-sex couples in other states. Rybak is visiting Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee and Denver in an effort to generate tourism revenue. It's part of what's been dubbed the "Marry in Minneapolis" campaign. The Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association is co-sponsoring the tour and offering free wedding planning services. Same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota August 1st.