Minneapolis news today:
Despite his demand for $30 million from any sale of the Metrodome, Mayor R.T. Rybak isn't against the Vikings leaving town for Arden Hills, he says, he just wants the city to get its fair share for supporting the team for thirty years, Kevin Duchschere and Rochelle Olson report.
Some of the students attending the college on Hennepin Avenue called Art Institutes International were lured there by paid recruiters - a big no-no in the world of student aid, according to a lawsuit against the college's parent company by Attorney General Lori Swanson, Paul Walsh reports.
Armed with a mace, the newly installed University of Minnesota president, Eric Kaler, said he'll judge faculty by some standards many of them might find unsettling: they can't be boring, and they have to be engaged in the real world, Jenna Ross reports.
Public safety: after nine days of often gruesome testimony and evidence, the trial of Mahdi Ali in the Seward Market triple murders is now in the hands of a Hennepin County jury, Abby Simons reports.
Finally, a rare of bit of illuminating sports news on this blog. A huge crowd is expected tonight at Southwest Stadium at Pershing Field when the magic of playing high school football under the lights makes its first-ever appearance. Host Minneapolis Southwest takes on rival Washburn in a 7 p.m. game that has conference title implications. The temporary lights are the result of a school alumni foundation effort led by Jodi Wishart, Southwest class of ’90. “This event has really tripped everyone’s trigger,’’ she said.
Staff writer David La Vaque sets the stage here. He’ll cover the spectacle and write about it online tonight and in Saturday’s paper. If you miss the game, the lights will be on again Saturday night for a boys’ soccer match between Southwest and Minneapolis South.