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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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Vikings Fans are Weighing in on Stadium Efforts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 28, 2011 – 10:36 am

Vikings Stadium Development/Grassroots Coordinator Eric Durkee checks in with this blog entry regarding the Vikings on-going push for a new stadium in Arden Hills:

As the Vikings continue to work with Governor Dayton, legislative leaders, and Ramsey County on developing final legislation to build a new stadium in Arden Hills, the team’s biggest supporters continue to weigh in on the public conversation surrounding the issue.

Shortly after a Shoreview city councilman posted an online petition against a new stadium in Arden Hills, Vikings fans countered with their own petition in support of the plan. Despite the councilman’s petition receiving media coverage from outlets like the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and ESPN.com, Vikings fans’ support of the plan that creates jobs and secures the team in Minnesota has clearly outpaced opponents. In only five days, the fan petition has over 5,400 signatures and continues to climb every hour. You can view and sign the petition here.

Grassroots efforts such as this truly show how passionate Vikings fans are about keeping their team in Minnesota and seeing a new stadium become a reality. And given that the Vikings still believe when the budget issue is resolved, new stadium legislation will also be heard during a Special Session, these efforts could not come at a better time.


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New Stadium Update

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 15, 2011 – 2:04 pm

In my estimation there are 3 significant issues surrounding the Vikings right now that should capture fans’ attention. The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and upcoming NFL draft are a couple. The other is the status of the new stadium issue, which has been a frequent subject in news headlines recently.

So what is the latest on this front? That’s a loaded question and one that requires a complex and difficult answer. So let’s keep it simple and focus on recent events.

Earlier this week the Vikings sent a non-exclusive and non-binding letter of intent to Ramsey County expressing interest in a potential partnership in redeveloping the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) property in the City of Arden Hills as a potential stadium site.

More importantly, though, is what happened on Tuesday. The 7-member Ramsey County Board of Commissioners took a necessary and important step in the stadium issue by passing overwhelmingly (by a 6-1 vote) a resolution that allows the Ramsey County manager to move forward and complete the due diligence required to begin negotiations with the Vikings to build a publicly-owned stadium at the TCAAP property.

Basically, both the Vikings and the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners believe that the TCAAP property has great potential for a new stadium site and therefore both parties are willing to explore the viability of this idea.

“The breadth of our responsibilities runs the gamut,” said Commissioner Jim McDonough prior to Tuesday’s vote. “It’s important for us to work on this opportunity to say, ‘Yes, it’s good for Ramsey County,’ or ‘No, let’s move on.’ We need to invest some time and some energy on this.”

The decision was a “Yes” and now the process will continue to progress, which is good news for Vikings fans.

“Today’s vote was a very positive development on the stadium front,” said Vikings VP of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “We believe the TCAAP property is a viable site. We greatly value our relationships with the Ramsey County Commissioners and County staff, and we look forward to those continuing.”

Bagley went on to say: “This is moving in the right direction. We’re going to have a good, hard run at it this year and we’re encouraged by the progress and the leadership of the Governor (Mark Dayton), (Chair of the Minneapolis Sports Facilities Commission) Ted Mondale and Republicans in the Legislature, particularly Senator Julie Rosen and Representative Morrie Lanning. It’s a bi-partisan effort and we’re trying to push the pieces forward and move into a position where we can tie them together in the not-too-distant future.”


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