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News item: The Fargo Park District will spend nearly $1.3 million to buy the clubhouse at Rose Creek Golf Course, and there might be more costs to come. The 25-year-old building is in need of some upgrades and repairs, although the exact cost and who will pay is not yet decided. News item: Of the 17 outdoor ice skating rinks operated by the park district, only six have operating lights and warming houses this winter. The district says this will save about $30,000 per year.
Minneapolis The Minneapolis Convention Center provided shelter from reality Saturday, while a real Minnesota winter raged outside. Just enough snow fell to make streets and sidewalks slick, slushy and dangerous. The Nicollet Mall a few blocks away featured ice sculptures and wind-blown streets that had people bundling and grumbling. And the traffic around the Twin Cities with the weather the way it was? Don't ask.
ST PAUL—If Minnesota Vikings fans were looking to Carson Wentz for help, they're not going to get it. Many fans who traveled to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship game between the Vikings and the Eagles a couple of weeks ago were appalled—and often frightened—by the behavior of some Eagles fans. Asked about the topic at Super Bowl media day Monday, Jan. 29, Wentz acknowledged some over-the-top behavior occurred but defended Eagles fans as passionate. "Rabid" might be a better word, but you get the drift.
GILBERTSVILLE, Pa.—Pete and Patty Retzlaff's slice of heaven is about an hour west of Philadelphia, among the rolling hills and trees of the Pennsylvania countryside. It is not exactly rural, not exactly suburban, but it is surely not the madness of America's sixth-largest city where Pete made a name for himself and made all this possible.
Philadelphia Eric Naatz might be the outlier in this city—a Minnesota Vikings fan who got harassed by Philadelphia Eagles fans. Naatz is a Wheaton, Minn., native who played college football at Minnesota State University Moorhead in the late 1980s and graduated from North Dakota State University. He was walking down Market Street downtown near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in his purple Vikings hoodie on Saturday, Jan. 20, when a car passed and the passenger rolled down a window to deliver a succinct message.
PHILADELPHIA—Carson Wentz is making progress with his injured left knee. He's discarded crutches for a cane and still makes his way into the NovaCare Complex practice facility in south Philly next to Lincoln Financial Field each day his Philadelphia Eagles are working out.
Minneapolis That was for Drew Pearson's Hail Mary. And Gary Anderson's wide left. And Brett Favre's interception. And Blair Walsh's shank. And the four Super Bowls. Of course, those four awful losses. That was for you, Minnesota Vikings fans. You got one. You finally got one. How does it feel?
Yes, this might be the year. Case Keenum or not, this could be the year the Minnesota Vikings win it all. Or, more likely given history, it could be another year when the team rips out the hearts of its fans and crushes their souls, leaving purple-wearing heaps sobbing by the side of the road—just like it has for the 56 previous years. Happy Sunday!
Yes, this might be the year. Case Keenum or not, this could be the year the Minnesota Vikings win it all. Or, more likely given their history, it could be another year when the team rips out the hearts of its fans and crushes their souls, leaving purple-wearing heaps sobbing by the side of the road—just like it has for the past 56 years. Happy Sunday!
Making America Great Again takes a backseat to Kevin Keeping His Job, apparently.