• Gov. Mark Dayton, in a recent conversation before his successful surgery for prostate cancer, talked about the improved success of Minnesota's pulltab initiative to raise funds to pay for U.S. Bank Stadium. "The electronic pull­tabs have picked up a bit and there's enough money there to pay off the debt and it's going well," he said. "People forget, they built that stadium on time and on budget and it's operating very smoothly from the very first day, so it's been a really remarkable accomplishment to put it all together."

• Dayton said there's no question that without this stadium, the Vikings franchise would no longer be here. "You look at the two teams now that have moved to Los Angeles [the Rams and Chargers], one is thinking of going to Las Vegas [the Raiders]. The Vikings would not be in Minnesota if we had not built that stadium, and now we have a Super Bowl on top of it."

Chase Roullier, the Burnsville High School product who was a first team All-Mountain West offensive lineman at Wyoming, had a great NFL combine, finishing first among offensive lineman in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.47 seconds and eighth in the three-cone drill with a time of 7.60 seconds. Roullier, who played guard in college, is listed as the eighth-best center prospect in the draft, according to CBS Sports. He told that teams like his position flexibility. "I was successful at multiple positions. I think that's allowed me to stand out over other players here," he said.

• The Northwestern men's basketball team is going to make its first NCAA tournament, and one big reason for that is Sanjay Lumpkin, the former Benilde-St. Margaret's standout who averaged 6.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 27.9 minutes per game this season, when he served as a co-captain for the second year in a row. Northwestern lost to Purdue 69-65 last week on senior day, but the 6-7 Lumpkin had one of his best games with 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds.