Nick Ferraro / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—With hotels booked and parties planned, it sure seems like a lot of people are descending on the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl. Just how many remains to be seen. The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee has said the Sunday, Feb. 4, game and the hoopla leading up to it will draw more than 1 million visitors to Twin Cities. A pregame report by Rockport Analytics, a Pennsylvania-based firm hired by the Host Committee, estimates how many of those visitors will come from out of town. They put that number at 125,400.
HASTINGS, Minn.—The last remaining industrial building in downtown Hastings could soon be turned into a riverside hotel and banquet facility. A 67-room hotel, 22 apartments, restaurant and retail space are planned for the former H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Co. building. The estimated $25 million project would bring the first modern-day hotel to the city's historic downtown, which has undergone a redevelopment resurgence in recent years.
ST. PAUL — A state highway that stretches from Minnetonka to Inver Grove Heights has an identity crisis. It's Minnesota 62 from Interstate 494 in Minnetonka to just west of Fort Snelling, when it becomes Minnesota 55. Across the Minnesota River in Mendota Heights, its name changes yet again: to Minnesota 110, which ends at Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — Thomas Hilpisch wasn't scheduled to work as a St. Paul firefighter on Saturday morning, so he was doing yard work at his Lake Elmo home. At about 11 a.m., while driving a skid-steer loader, Hilpisch looked up and saw a man in his front yard frantically waving his arms, trying to flag him down. The man, who was wearing sunglasses and had a drawstring bag on his back, approached him. "I was like, 'What the heck? Who is this guy?' " Hilpisch recalled. " 'What does this guy want?'"
MANKATO, Minn. — The Vikings made it official Tuesday: They’ll be leaving Mankato and moving training camp to Eagan starting in 2018. The team announced July 18 what many fans considered was inevitable. Beginning next summer, camp will be held at its sparkling new state-of-the-art practice facility under construction in Eagan. “We’re excited about the next step in our franchise,” said Kevin Warren, the team’s chief operating officer.