Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Vikings and virtual reality, Smith talks on hold and more

The Vikings, even their old-school coach Mike Zimmer, are embracing virtual reality to help make practice plays more realistic in the film room.

AM Storms End, Then Hot & Muggy With More PM Storms

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AM Storms End, Then Hot & Muggy With More PM Storms
Storms rumble across the state Tuesday, and a few may turn severe. Dew points in the mid-70s will make it feel like mid-90s by late afternoon. Dew points drop into the 50s tomorrow, taking the edge off the heat. Highs reach 85 to 90F the next 5 days before a stronger puff of Canadian air arrives next week. Hottest days behind us? Probably. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson

Biker pushback likely to kill Queen Avenue bike boulevard

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Biker pushback likely to kill Queen Avenue bike boulevard
Proposal designed as an alternative to Penn Avenue after reconstruciton
Local
July 27

Goodbye, Peg

Obit for a great writer
Vikings
July 27

What you missed at Vikings training camp on Monday, July 27

SETTING THE SCENE: Temperatures were again in the mid-80s for the second day of camp, but a midafternoon string of large clouds kept practice from…
Variety
July 27

Why are bird nests round?

It's about economy
July 27

Suspicious package found at state Capitol, prompting evacuation

A construction worker discovered a suspicious package at the Capitol, currently closed because of renovations. It turned out to be brick mortar and paper products, a spokesman later said.
Sports
July 27

Wild will have 12 nationally televised games

Eleven of the games are on NBCSN, with the Stadium Series game on NBC. Three of the five Wild-Blackhawks games this season will be on NBCSN.
Sports
July 27
FILE -- (NYT1) BOSTON -- March 23, 2009 -- BBA-SCHILLING-RETIRE-1 -- B...

Schilling questions character of Puckett in Hall of Fame rant

The major league pitcher-turned-broadcaster used the Twins' Hall of Famer to draw a contrast to one of the players inducted on Sunday. "For every John Smoltz, there’s a Kirby Puckett," he said.
Local
July 27

Mpls. efforts prompt dropoff in lead poisoning

The city continues to work with homeowners and landlords with the help of millions in federal grant money.
Blogs
July 27

Developer breaks ground on modern all-timber office building in North Loop, Minneapolis

Developer Hines has broken ground on its all-timber office building in Minneapolis' North Loop, the first commercial building in the U.S. to use an engineered wood material for its interior and structure. The Houston-based real estate company announced Monday the start of construction on the 220,000-square-foot, seven-story office building (being called T3 for its emphasis on timber, transit and technology) that has garnered national attention.
Variety
July 27

Minneapolis curator Heywood to run Paul Allen's new Pivot Art + Culture in Seattle

Former Minneapolis curator Ben Heywood will head Pivot Art + Culture, a new non-profit launched Friday by Paul G. Allen, Seattle art collector and Microsoft co-founder.
Vikings
July 27

Vikings longer, deeper at defensive end this summer

The Vikings added a trio of defensive ends this offseason. And while they all took much different paths to Minnesota, they have one thing in…
Sports
July 27

Burnsville's Kamal Martin commits to Gophers

Martin had committed to Eastern Michigan to play quarterback but will head to the Gophers with his future position up in the air.
Variety
July 27

St. Paul-based 'Wits' on MPR is canceled, live shows on hold

Creator and host John Moe said he and his producers are looking at creating a digital "Wits 2.0."
Vikings
July 27
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner and quarterback Te...

Turner ranks Bridgewater highly -- and doesn't care what others think

Offensive coordinator Turner didn’t name any names, but he made it clear that he puts no stock on where the NFL’s talking heads are ranking his QB, Teddy Bridgewater.
Sports
July 27

After months of trying, Lynx finally trade for Sylvia Fowles

The Lynx began trying to trade for the 6-6 center back in the spring, long before Janel McCarville told the team she wouldn’t be playing this season.
Blogs
July 27

Radisson Red coming to downtown St. Paul, its second Twin Cities location

A Radisson Red hotel, the chain's latest brand, is coming to downtown St. Paul across from the Xcel Energy Center. Minnetonka-based Opus Development Company and Minneapolis-based Greco, the joint partnership proposing a mixed-use development on the highly visible Seven Corners Gateway site, also announced Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as a partner and owner of the hotel. The news comes about three months after Ryan Cos. announced it was building a Radisson Red in Minneapolis as a part of its Downtown East project near the Vikings stadium.
July 27

GOP legislators want conceal-carry exemption for Minnesotans on active duty

A group of Republican state lawmakers say active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Minnesota National Guard should be exempt from the state's conceal-carry law.
Variety
July 27

Old "Purple Rain" house for sale as new Prince album announced

The Longfellow neighborhood home used for filming in the 1984 movie needs a little TLC.
July 27

Panel recommends 3 women as choices for state Supreme Court seat

The Commission on Judicial Selection has recommended two state appeals court judges and the Minneapolis city attorney for an upcoming vacancy on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Blogs
July 27

Minneapolis downtown real estate market: Maybe NOT that cheap.

A recent report by the national firm CBRE highlighted 11 attractive Midwestern real estate markets, topped by Minneapolis. The thing is, Minneapolis rents are relatively low, which suggests rents could only be going up.
Twins
July 27

Souhan blog: On Twins trades, Puckett, Yanks, Vikings

Do the Twins deal? Yes, they do