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Mike Kaszuba

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Mike Kaszuba has been a reporter at the Star Tribune for 29 years and has covered a wide range of topics, including sports, government agencies and the state of Minnesota.
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Section at new Vikings stadium will target fantasy football fans

Section at new Vikings stadium will target fantasy football fans

Hoping to capitalize on next week’s National Football League draft — and with still more seats to sell in their new stadium — the Vikings have unveiled even more seating options.
Stadium board meeting erupts into feud over roles, salary

Stadium board meeting erupts into feud over roles, salary

Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen said she felt threatened in her role, but board member denies making threat.
Stadium head Kelm-Helgen under fire by House Republicans

Stadium head Kelm-Helgen under fire by House Republicans

Gov. Mark Dayton reacted angrily after a Minnesota House committee tried to eliminate Kelm-Helgen's salary from the state budget.
Finding funding for proposed soccer stadium is complex

Finding funding for proposed soccer stadium is complex

There are daunting obstacles to using a ballpark tax, but other avenues are possible.
McGuire's 'gut move' is bold bet on Minnesota soccer

McGuire's 'gut move' is bold bet on Minnesota soccer

Bill McGuire has celebrated scooting past the Vikings to land an MLS franchise.
Kelm-Helgen's stadium role duplicates Mondale's, critics say

Kelm-Helgen's stadium role duplicates Mondale's, critics say

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chair called the criticism “a big distraction.” The criticism was a rare instance of the board’s members arguing among themselves over the role they play with the stadium.
Not yet 10 and risking football concussions

Not yet 10 and risking football concussions

Children are not immune from head injuries, forcing hard choices.
MLS expected to announce deal to add Minnesota expansion team

MLS expected to announce deal to add Minnesota expansion team

What’s unknown at this time is whether Bill McGuire will reveal at the Wednesday announcement that he has finalized plans for an outdoor downtown stadium.
Empty seats in huge arenas a losing game for prep tourneys

Empty seats in huge arenas a losing game for prep tourneys

Venue expenses have surged 55 percent in the past 10 years to about $2 million in 2013-14, according to the Minnesota State High School League. During that same span, ticket sales for all tournaments with paid admission rose about 5.2 percent.
Nonprofit paid to help with minority hiring at stadium is short of goal

Nonprofit paid to help with minority hiring at stadium is short of goal

So far, of the more than 800 minorities who have worked on the Vikings stadium, only 48 trained workers have been hired through Summit Academy.
United owner McGuire group has MLS backing for expansion team

United owner McGuire group has MLS backing for expansion team

Former UnitedHealth boss, with Pohlad family and Glen Taylor backing, wants to build a new soccer stadium near Target Field.
Bill McGuire keeps after MLS franchise, new soccer stadium

Bill McGuire keeps after MLS franchise, new soccer stadium

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says there’s no legislative support for building the stadium.
Skyway linked to new Vikings stadium also will imperil birds, activists say

Skyway linked to new Vikings stadium also will imperil birds, activists say

The proposed span connecting to the Vikings stadium could pose a danger, advocates say.

Longtime Twin Cities and NYC media figure David Carr dies

David Carr, a media columnist for the New York Times with deep Minnesota roots, collapsed Thursday at work and died a short time later at…
David Carr: A reconstructed life

David Carr: A reconstructed life

The New York Times columnist recalls his wild years in Minnesota in a memoir that's getting critical acclaim.
Is fourth grade too early for ultracompetitive sports?

Is fourth grade too early for ultracompetitive sports?

Edina has plunged into fielding fourth-grade traveling basketball teams — a trend fueled by parents, not kids. In a state where youth hockey has long held a reputation for competitiveness, youth basketball might be closing the gap.
Timberwolves' pain extends far beyond the basketball court

Timberwolves' pain extends far beyond the basketball court

Though all of Minnesota’s professional sports teams seem now to be stuck in neutral — or reverse — the Timberwolves in particular are struggling with relevancy.
Wilfs try to pull off comeback for their image

Wilfs try to pull off comeback for their image

A year after the owners of the Vikings were hit with a $103 million civil judgment for defrauding business partners in New Jersey, Zygi Wilf and his family are trying to improve how they are viewed.
No. 10: NFL had a long, pricey and secret Super Bowl wish list for Minneapolis

No. 10: NFL had a long, pricey and secret Super Bowl wish list for Minneapolis

The National Football League had a long and expensive list of confidential requests before it awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis.
United owner: Public money might be needed for MLS stadium

United owner: Public money might be needed for MLS stadium

In his first lengthy comments on his competition with the Vikings to bring Major League Soccer to Minnesota, Bill McGuire left open the possibility of seeking government help to build his own soccer stadium.
No. 1: Behind Adrian Peterson's perfect image lay an imperfect person

No. 1: Behind Adrian Peterson's perfect image lay an imperfect person

Adrian Peterson was the face of the Vikings and marketing magic, his brushes with the law and personal life ignored – until suddenly no one could look away.
Two Twin Cities proposals in play today for MLS owners to discuss

Two Twin Cities proposals in play today for MLS owners to discuss

Two soccer groups are in play, but a vote is unlikely when league owners convene today.
Vikings say MLS, NFL teams would be equals in their new stadium

Vikings say MLS, NFL teams would be equals in their new stadium

The Vikings’ owners explained how the new stadium — now fewer than two years from opening — could morph from a 65,400-seat football stadium into a 20,000-seat soccer stadium by “curtaining” seats with large panels and advertising boards.
ESPN's 'College GameDay': Part circus, part marketing, full experience

ESPN's 'College GameDay': Part circus, part marketing, full experience

As the visits to Fargo show, TV's football streetfest is a 1-ring circus.
McGuire-Pohlad soccer group gets big supporter in Opat

McGuire-Pohlad soccer group gets big supporter in Opat

Hennepin County Board member backs faction seeking separate stadium.
Nov. 15: Mpls. lands '19 Final Four after '18 Super Bowl

Nov. 15: Mpls. lands '19 Final Four after '18 Super Bowl

The Final Four, the premier event in college basketball, will return to Minneapolis in 2019, and this time it will be played at the Minnesota Vikings’ new $1 billion stadium.
Two Minnesota groups to make bids Thursday for MLS team

Two Minnesota groups to make bids Thursday for MLS team

The Minnesota groups are vying with Sacramento and Las Vegas to become the 24th MLS franchise. The league could make its decision as early as Dec. 6.
With Adrian Peterson suspension, NFL signals a tougher stand

With Adrian Peterson suspension, NFL signals a tougher stand

At the same time, the league looks to be trying to rebuild its tarnished image. “It’s a brave new world,” said Marshall Tanick, a Minneapolis employment lawyer.
2014 All-Star Game was a hit, but not up to the financial hype

2014 All-Star Game was a hit, but not up to the financial hype

Four months removed from the glow of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, the economic benefits that the event was supposed to bring to Minnesota appear to have shrunk.
As plea agreement talk swirls, Peterson faces court date in Texas

As plea agreement talk swirls, Peterson faces court date in Texas

The star player goes to court amid questions about his legal fate and his future with sponsors and the Vikings.
Moguls vying for Major League Soccer team look at stadium sites

Moguls vying for Major League Soccer team look at stadium sites

High-stakes development deals depend on shootout for MLS franchise.
Auditor questions destruction of notes as MSU, Mankato investigated Hoffner

Auditor questions destruction of notes as MSU, Mankato investigated Hoffner

Legislative auditor's report does not take sides in controversial firing of Mankato State coach Todd Hoffner but finds process troubling.
College football mystery: Why don't students go to games?

College football mystery: Why don't students go to games?

School officials insist they are chipping away at the problem and point out that student season ticket sales are up this year by more than 25 percent.
Aug. 26: Gophers football student-section forecast: More, but still not many

Aug. 26: Gophers football student-section forecast: More, but still not many

Even with modest increases, the U still is battling student apathy.
Child abuse trial for Adrian Peterson likely to start Dec. 1

Child abuse trial for Adrian Peterson likely to start Dec. 1

Vikings running back enters no plea as Dec. 1 trial date hinges on the Texas prosecutors' motion for the judge to step aside.
Peterson likely to miss season; future with team in doubt

Peterson likely to miss season; future with team in doubt

Facing a revolt by its corporate ad partners, the team abruptly reversed course Wednesday and announced the star running back had accepted a voluntary suspension — with pay — while he faces criminal charges that he beat his 4-year-old son. He is likely to miss all of the 2014 season.
Local stores pull Peterson jerseys; Dayton calls for him not to play

Local stores pull Peterson jerseys; Dayton calls for him not to play

Fallout over the Adrian Peterson situation continued on Tuesday, with sponsors taking stands, the governor rebuking the team and an appearance by players canceled.
Adrian Peterson back on team; Vikings lose large sponsor

Adrian Peterson back on team; Vikings lose large sponsor

The Vikings star maintains he is “not a child abuser.” Radisson ends sponsorship with team as second incident surfaces.
Peterson's NFL future in doubt as charges unfold

Peterson's NFL future in doubt as charges unfold

As the explosive legal case against the Vikings star running back was laid out, it left in doubt whether Peterson would play again and touched off a debate over the appropriateness of corporal punishment.
Eden Prairie's dominance in state football could face a stiff challenge

Eden Prairie's dominance in state football could face a stiff challenge

The state’s preeminent program has seen a drop in youth participation that might not recover.
Charges dropped against former Wolves player Cunningham

Charges dropped against former Wolves player Cunningham

The forward had been charged with felony domestic assault.
Part 1: Golf in Minnesota hits tough times for players, courses

Part 1: Golf in Minnesota hits tough times for players, courses

The golf craze that began in the 1990s is over. The golfers are fewer and the challenges are more at Twin Cities courses.
Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner jumps back into position

Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner jumps back into position

It was an uphill battle to clear his name and regain his title. There have been changes, but an awkwardness remains.
Minnesota golf operators making major changes to lure players

Minnesota golf operators making major changes to lure players

On the links, operators are trying out innovative ways — footgolf, anyone? — to attract new players and to keep from sinking during the sport’s slump.
April 18: MSU-Mankato players say they'll return to practice, play for Hoffner

April 18: MSU-Mankato players say they'll return to practice, play for Hoffner

Junior safety Sam Thompson said at a news conference Thursday that the team wanted to “clear up any misconception’’ raised by the team’s refusal to practice Wednesday in what would have been the first spring practice under Hoffner.
City gave league free rent, discounted services for All-Star FanFest

City gave league free rent, discounted services for All-Star FanFest

The city waived $258,850 in rental fees for the 5-day baseball enthusiast event. MLB also got steep discounts for convention center security, audiovisual rentals, vacuuming and food.
Ex-Vikings know NFL concussion deal will prompt hard choices

Ex-Vikings know NFL concussion deal will prompt hard choices

Critics say former Vikings All-Pro linebacker Matt Blair is typical of many of the 20,000 former NFL players who will be asked to endorse the plan: They will have to decide whether to accept it before knowing whether they will ever get a dime from it.
Sept. 5, 2013: Ex-regulator got job at track she oversaw

Sept. 5, 2013: Ex-regulator got job at track she oversaw

Racing Commission must now ensure the industry’s ethics.
Sept. 16, 2012: The truth behind Wally Hilgenberg's death

Sept. 16, 2012: The truth behind Wally Hilgenberg's death

Wally Hilgenberg's family gave his brain for research in Boston. What they've learned has made them uneasy with a sport central to their lives.
Striking out on All-Star tickets? Go (relatively) cheap

Striking out on All-Star tickets? Go (relatively) cheap

Local baseball fans may have to bypass the main game at Target Field on July 15 or get less-desirable seating.
Baseball lessons: The Boys of Bryant Square Park

Baseball lessons: The Boys of Bryant Square Park

Boys of all backgrounds learn America's pastime in south Minneapolis. The 81 youth baseball teams in Minneapolis this summer are an eight-year low.
Taylor: NBA market is boosting value of Timberwolves

Taylor: NBA market is boosting value of Timberwolves

Multiple sales and a deep pool of buyers are part of the reason for the increased value of the Timberwolves, owner Glen Taylor said.
Minneapolis hopes 2018 Super Bowl leads to bigger things

Minneapolis hopes 2018 Super Bowl leads to bigger things

After Super Bowl, more high profile events to be sought.
NHL concussion suit has movie 'Slap Shot' straddling a fine line

NHL concussion suit has movie 'Slap Shot' straddling a fine line

A lawsuit filed by Jack Carlson and eight others is the latest of several legal attempts to link NHL violence to head injuries.
Wilf deal to park Dome dirt solves stadium dilemma – for a tidy sum

Wilf deal to park Dome dirt solves stadium dilemma – for a tidy sum

Officials said the deal could save as much as $1 million in construction costs, but also concede that it included a potential PR headache: the Wilfs, who were already getting significant public subsidies for the new Vikings stadium, won’t have to pay property taxes on the former parking lots while the dirt is stored there.
Mankato school officials ask state to review actions in Hoffner case

Mankato school officials ask state to review actions in Hoffner case

The president of Minnesota State University-Mankato has asked the state's Legislative Auditor to review the process school officials used to deal with head football coach Todd Hoffner.

Arbitrator criticizes MSU-Mankato in his report

An arbitrator’s 72-page report regarding the case of coach Todd Hoffner harshly admonished the school for its actions.
Wed.: MSU-Mankato players refuse to practice

Wed.: MSU-Mankato players refuse to practice

Instead of practicing with returning coach Todd Hoffner, players issued a statement proclaiming allegiance to interim coach Aaron Keen.
In college hoops, ESPN often has the ultimate say

In college hoops, ESPN often has the ultimate say

ESPN had an idea for a showpiece college basketball game, and the way it was pieced together provides a glimpse of how the cable giant can control college sports.
Twins’ losses extend to Target Field ticket sales

Twins’ losses extend to Target Field ticket sales

After peaking at 3.2 million fans in Target Field’s first year, the team’s attendance has steadily fallen.
Outdoor rinks in State of Hockey forlorn, forgotten, disappearing

Outdoor rinks in State of Hockey forlorn, forgotten, disappearing

Some communities are closing or cutting back on skating — and it's not just because of the tough winter.
Students, families push legal limits to be eligible for prep sports

Students, families push legal limits to be eligible for prep sports

For high school athletic directors in Minnesota, figuring out whether an athlete is eligible to play sports has never been more difficult.
Two leave Apple Valley wrestling team, leaving trail of questions

Two leave Apple Valley wrestling team, leaving trail of questions

Among the two to suddenly withdraw is Dayton Racer, who won an individual state championship in 2013.
Bonds with athletes become gold for memorabilia dealer

Bonds with athletes become gold for memorabilia dealer

Shaun Hagglund’s world is a sports fan’s dream in which he is both dream maker and old-fashioned sports hustler.
Dec. 18: 'Package deal' for former Cooper basketball star Vaughn draws scrutiny

Dec. 18: 'Package deal' for former Cooper basketball star Vaughn draws scrutiny

Rashad Vaughn went to Nevada; soon, a coach/mentor was there, too.
Unionizing college athletics is years away, if ever

Unionizing college athletics is years away, if ever

Northwestern football players took the first step Tuesday, but a thousand other steps could be needed to enact change.
Exit of Mounds View's title-winning baseball coach hard to explain

Exit of Mounds View's title-winning baseball coach hard to explain

A resignation at Mounds View on the heels of a state title reignited the issue of who holds sway in prep coaches’ job security.
Eager Dayton kicks off campaign to land 2018 Super Bowl in Mpls.

Eager Dayton kicks off campaign to land 2018 Super Bowl in Mpls.

The governor unveiled a lobbying effort that included three prominent Minnesota business leaders, featuring U.S. Bancorp chief executive Richard Davis.
Exit of Mounds View's title-winning baseball coach hard to explain

Exit of Mounds View's title-winning baseball coach hard to explain

A resignation at Mounds View on the heels of a state title reignited the issue of who holds sway in prep coaches’ job security.
Wilfs formally appeal New Jersey court ruling

Wilfs formally appeal New Jersey court ruling

The Wilfs on Wednesday appealed at least 13 separate court orders, stretching back to 2010, in the long-running case.
Big names back big-time soccer in Minnesota

Big names back big-time soccer in Minnesota

The Vikings have a five-year exclusive right to try to bring a Major League Soccer team to new stadium. Bill McGuire is trying to build support for a soccer-only stadium downtown.
Mike Henry: The U's $199,826 man

Mike Henry: The U's $199,826 man

A study shows the average cost of a Gophers player -- such as fullback Mike Henry, for example -- nearly has doubled in a span of six years.
Mentor — or more? A look at the role of college recruiting advisers

Mentor — or more? A look at the role of college recruiting advisers

When high school athletes seek extra recruiting advice, those offering help sometimes thrill families and irritate coaches.
For $300, cops escort Vikings' buses to airport

For $300, cops escort Vikings' buses to airport

Team officials say the caravan service — common throughout the National Football League and paid for by the team — is necessary for security reasons.
Vikings' deal to play at TCF Bank Stadium was a tough bargain

Vikings' deal to play at TCF Bank Stadium was a tough bargain

E-mails show that despite public statements of a like-minded partnership, the university and the Vikings struggled to find common ground before finalizing the lease in May.
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