Minnesota roundup: Vikings fire Frazier, extreme cold settles in over Northland, more ...
Vikings send Frazier packing
(Eden Prairie) -- The Minnesota Vikings have fired head coach Leslie Frazier after a disappointing 5-10-and-1 season in 2013. Owner Zygi Wilf said in a prepared statement that making a change was best for the organization. General Manager Rick Spielman says he believes a coaching change is needed to help build a successful team moving forward. Frazier has not commented on the termination yet, but did say after yesterday's win over Detroit that he hoped to remain on the job since he was under contract for next season. Frazier took over the Vikings on an interim basis in 2010, led the team to a 3-and-13 record in 2011, was in the playoffs in 2012, and only reached five wins this season.
Hundreds still without power in Minneapolis(Minneapolis) -- Timing couldn't have been worse for about 4,500 Xcel Energy customers who lost power in south Minneapolis late last night. Temperatures were steady at around 11 below zero for most of the night. Many of those who had lost power got it back within a few hours, but as of 10:30 a.m. Monday, more than 200 customers were still in the dark. Xcel expects everyone will have power back on before noon. The utility is blaming the outage on equipment failure.
Mercury sinks to minus-40 in Embarrass(Embarrass, Minn.) -- Folks in northeastern Minnesota woke up to the coldest temperatures of the winter on Monday morning. The National Weather Service in Duluth reports the mercury dropped to 40-below zero in Embarrass, minus-38 at Babbitt, negative 37 at International Falls, 36 below at Orr, and minus-35 in Cook and Ely. Forecasters are expecting a repeat of frigid temps overnight and Tuesday morning. Many areas of Minnesota are under a windchill advisory.
Eagan woman is 10 millionth to attend Wild game(St. Paul) -- An Eagan woman is being honored as the 10-millionth fan to attend a Minnesota Wild game. Emily Gebhart was recognized Sunday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St.Paul. Gebhart received a prize package that includes a custom Wild jersey, a team-signed hockey stick, four tickets to a Wild-Red Wings game in March, and four tickets to the inaugural Big Ten Championship. Sunday's sell-out crowd of 18,851 brought the all-time Wild total attendance to 10,500,259 fans. The Wild host the Blues Tuesday in a New Year's Eve matchup.