Arden Hills Rated Among “Best Places To Live”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 25, 2011 – 6:27 am

In May of 2011 the Vikings and Ramsey County announced a partnership to build a new multi-purpose stadium on the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP) property in Arden Hills. The site in Arden Hills is just 10 miles from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and it offers tremendous benefits to the State, the County, the Vikings and the fans.

And, according to CNNMoney, Arden Hills is also among the best places to live in America in 2011. The website compiled a Top 100 places to live in 2011 list and Arden Hills came in ranked at #14, the second-highest ranking among all Minnesota towns (Chanhassen was ranked 10th).

On the page describing Arden Hills, it says families are attracted to Arden Hills by “a top-rated school district and a trail system that connects parks, playgrounds, and lakes.” It also says Arden Hills is known for strict tree preservation laws that even the newest developments “seem like long-established neighborhoods.”

The only negative CNNMoney listed with Arden Hills was the presence of a “Superfund” site, but the website also cites the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as saying the cleanup process at the site is “almost complete.”

Despite the Vikings partnership with Ramsey County and the team’s patience over the past several years, legislators chose not to address the stadium situation during the 2011 Legislative Session. The Vikings have done everything State leaders have asked, including finding a strong local partner, identifying the best stadium site and contributing significant private money into the project. The team continues to stand ready to complete the deal for a new stadium.

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24 Responses to “Arden Hills Rated Among “Best Places To Live””

  1. By CA Norwegian on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Move to the ammunition dump! It’s a gas, It’s a blast!
    Wasn’t Chiily talking about explosives in some of those interviews?

  2. By Frederick Jones on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    @CA Norwegian,

    The Arden Hills population is going to explode now that they’ve advertised the city being ranked #14 in the nation! Expect over 100,000 people living there by 2020.

  3. By ohiovikesfan on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Thats great, so get the new stadium going already!! its long over due and there’s been too many set backs. get it done!! the number one most important thing to the vikings is staying in minnesota….I dont think any viking fans are gonna root for them if their in L.A. or any other state either!! ALWAYS PURPLE AND GOLD!! ALWAYS THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS!!

  4. By Frederick Jones on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Musgrave said the offensive line is judged as a group. Perhaps that’s why they didn’t want to bring anybody in to help out. The Vikings must feel that this is an area where “the kids” must know each other.

  5. By Frederick Jones on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Speaking of “kids” Marcus Sherels is a good guy in addition to being a great football player. He will not be one who gets into off field problems.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Sherels also must be recognized for the things he did not do, like spike the ball in the end zone, or dance. He gave the ball to the official.

    The Hall of Famer Barry Sanders always handed the ball to the official after a score. And B. Sanders had a lot of touchdowns !

    Coach Priefer said he expects his players to hand the ball to the refs after a score.


  7. By VegasVike on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    I think that’s what the great Robert Smith #26 said about the end zone.”act like that’s where you belong” or “act like you’ve been there before”
    Robert was one class act that’s for sure

  8. By Titus on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Amen to that VegasVike and Fred the Great

  9. By Arrow86 on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Class is something that Frazier exudes. Calm confidence, that will shape some who may have a few rough edges into better people. I do hope the Vikings get their new stadium deal in the coming months so the entire organization can put their undivided attention into building a champion.

    Good to hear from Ohio, Vegas, Fredrick, and Titus. I’m only thinking of this as a hypothetical. The Steelers have said they won’t negotiate Troy Paoulamalo’s contract until the season is over. As Viking fans, would any of you entertain a sign and trade of A.P. for Paoulomalo if the Steelers threw in a first and two second round picks? I’ve agreed with Frederick about the need for our line to continue to improve, but prior to A.P. Chester Taylor was a 1,000 yard back. Possibly Booker or Gerhardt would step into A.P.’s role. (I’m not inferring that our backups would be as good, only that they would do a more than adequate job of toting the pigskin.) Your thoughts…. Or as Billy Joel would say, “You may be right, I may be crazy!”

  10. By Arrow86 on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    @CA Norwegian:

    “You’re the bomb!” Oh yah!!!!!!!!! GO VIKES!

  11. By Carl K on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Any body have a” time share” in Arden Hills they would like to sell me. I hear it is beautiful in the fall. The leaves turn PURPLE.

  12. By Parody on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Arrow – I would be one to give that trade serious consideration. Troy’s 30-years old, so it would be safe to assume he has at least 4 good years left in the NFL as a Safety. Then we have one of our weaker positions turned into a strength while getting 3-quality draft picks to address other needs.

    AP’s great, but if his contract needs become too high, we won’t be able to put together a respectable enough team to complement his abilities. A well rounded team is almost always more successful than a team that has one or two of the best players at their positions.

  13. By Parody on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll be interested to see how the Cardinals perform this year. They have Fitzgerald, but do they have anyone else on the team? After paying him $15M a year, it’s hard to believe they can afford anyone else.

    Kolb is a joke. His stats will improve this year because he’s throwing to Larry, but the Cardinals will eventually see how severely they got swindled by the Eagles. At first glance, this looks like a signifcantly worse trade than the Bears made to get Jay Crybaby Cutler on their roster, and I’m still laughing at the results of that move.

  14. By VegasVike on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t think Paoulamlo is the answer personally. I would of rather seen them take a safety or corner in their (Prince?) first pick and then traded up to get Ponder, which they probably could have. I’d hate to see them move AP out and create a possible weakness to address a different weakness. Mox nix, we know what we got now

  15. By VegasVike on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Plus Sharper is still out there….

  16. By Carl K on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    I love AP, but I don’t think he is worth Troy P. a 1st and a 2nd round pick. Yes, I would take that trade in a heart beat. However, I don’t see Pittsburg as a team that would be willing to pay AP the money he is after.

    Will AP and Chris Johnson try to get a new contract in the range of Fitzgerald’s new deal?

  17. By New York Vike on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Everey day I log on hopeing to see the news all us Viking fans are waiting for. That being, the Vikes are staying in Minnesota and the new stadium has been approved. I cant speak for the tax payers of Minnesota being a New York state resident myself, but it seems the approval of this new stadium would be nothing other than a positive addition to your state and community. I hope to see some encourageing news in the near future. Please tell you law makers the PURPLE and GOLD need to stay in Minnesota. I couldnt fathom the alternative.

  18. By Arrow86 on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    New York Vike

    Keep the faith. Times are tough for a lot of Vikings fans, who would have to help pay for part of the stadium through taxes. That being said, Minnesotans have historicly bitten the bullet and paid the price to keep a good thing. It looked like the Twins were leaving, now they have arguably the best ballpark in baseball.

    More importantly, if you live near the coast we’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers in hopes the hurricane weakens or changes course.

  19. By steve on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    if i owned the vikings there is not another player i would trade AP for, seriously he has quietened all the nay sayers first it was he doesn’t catch the ball out of the backfield in 09 with favre 50 cathes for 500 yards, then it was he fumbles too much and he did then last year 1 fumble in 16 games, AP will help the vikings win a superbowl and i’m shocked at all the trade talk with his name in it. ok frazier do what you said you was going to do this year and that’s feature AP and then we will see how much trade talk there is after the dust settles.

  20. By Parody on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Steve – do you want to keep AP for one last year and watch him choose the team who will pay him the most money next year, or get as much value for him now before it’s too late? Some of us are just tired of seeing good players leave the team without any compensation for it.

  21. By Parody on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    IF we can’t afford to extend AP a new contract, we need to find a good deal in a trade before he ends up finding his new team on his own.

  22. By Carl K on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    I think AP will get the franchise tag next year then hit free agency. Or he will get a new contract now and finish his career as a Viking. I don’t think AP wants a trade… and I think the Vikings will respect that.

  23. By Carl K on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    Finding a trade partner that is a perfect deal for all three parties is a tall order.
    Plus you mix in the fact that C Johnson is in the same boat/market…

    This is a tough nut to crack.

  24. By GM on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    So why is there no talk of a local corporation stepping up to fill in the financial gap between the the state government and the Vikes? Are the Vikings pursuing this? If they were able to find a corporate sponser/ partner for the stadium, would they even need to monkey around with the state government? I DO NOT want to see them gone and I WILL NOT support an out of state VIkings Team. I’m still chapped over the Northstars leaving. Sorry for all the questions but I don’t live there anymore and don’t hear everything.

    Here’s to many future NFC championship games hosted in Land O’Lakes Stadium in Arden Hills. (or 3M, or Cargill, or General Mills, etc…) I put LOL first since they are from Arden Hills and the name represents the state.

    Anyhoo. SKOL Vikings!!!

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