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Monday roundup: Stadium pitch rises, park board discrimination complaints, Catholic educator mourned

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government Updated: January 9, 2012 - 11:16 AM

The momentum toward a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis seemed to gain last week as legislators and Dayton administration reportedly told the team that its preferred site in Ardens Hill wouldn't work, Baird Helgeson reports. The Vikings have shown renewed interest in the so-called Linden Avenue site, even meeting with Father John Bauer, rector of the nearby Basilica of St. Mary. Said Ramsey County's chief lobbyist: "Frankly, if it is Minneapolis, so be it."

The local chapter of the NAACP has collected 160 complaints from workers and park users who accuse the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of discrimination, Nicole Norfleet reports. A meeting is scheduled for later this week about the NAACP's investigation, which was first reported in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. The park board said it has only received two complaints about discrimination recently, but the superintendent acknowledges that the workforce needs more diversity.

A Somali-American cab driver worries for the fate of his family now that the hawala money-wiring services have been shut down, Allie Shah reports. Mohamed Muse is one of thousands of East African immigrants who are scrambling to find ways to get money to desperate kin in the homeland.

On Tuesday, voters on the East Side and South Side will head to the polls in two special elections for the Legislature, Eric Roper reports. Also happening this week: the Public Utilities Commission will hear public testimony and likely make a ruling about Xcel Energy's controversial plan to put a new electric transmission line along the Midtown Greenway, Steve Brandt reports.

The many grateful and successful students of Brother Michael Collins are mourning the loss of the Catholic educator, who rose from being one of the first black graduates of DeLaSalle High School on Nicollet Island to becoming its president, Neal St. Anthony reports. Collins died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 74.

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