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How the Twin Cities can cure its stadium-building addiction



ON AUGUST 16, two weeks after the collapse of the I-35W bridge, a labor leader, a former Republican operative, a retired state senator, and one of Minnesota’s most influential lobbyists gathered in a conference room about eight blocks from the steel-and-cement ruins clogging the Mississippi River. They met to discuss their next move on a pressing infrastructure issue.

No, not that infrastructure issue. It was the monthly meeting of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, whose members were convening to talk about what had come to be known as “the Vikings problem.” With a $1 billion vision of a new stadium dancing in team owner Zygi Wilf’s head and his team’s lease at the Dome set to expire after the 2011 season, the seven commission members had to figure out how could they even whisper about a new stadium—one that could cost up to three times as much as a new bridge—while recovery efforts were still ongoing. Plans to kick off a “listening tour” to rally statewide support for a new stadium were put on hold, while a proposal to examine a “reconstructed” Metrodome—a massive renovation, in other words—was also put on the back burner. “We, in a sense, are in limbo,” said commissioner Loanne Thrane, the former chief of staff to former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz.

This was appropriate. Limbo is good. Back burner is fitting. For if there is anything good that can come of the crumbling bridge, it could be instilling a sense of perspective about one of the Twin Cities’ most conspicuous public-policy issues: the construction of area sports palaces. Local stadium and arena boosters need a slap upside the head—and political leaders need some guidance—when it comes to what I like to call our Sports Edifice Complex, our tendency to build ever more expensive, and often unnecessary, facilities. A moment of reflection following the bridge collapse, in fact, may offer our only chance to pull back and think about how we can tackle this addiction. We just need a little help. So here, drawing on some inspiration from other recovery programs, is a plan to cure our craving for publicly financed stadiums. We won’t even need 12 steps.

Step 1: In order to shed our sense of powerlessness over our addiction, and to move toward sober, socially responsible action, we have to admit we have a problem: The Twin Cities metro area’s landscape when it comes to publicly-funded sports and entertainment venues—is out of whack.

American City Business Journals regularly analyzes the capacity of metro areas to support sports franchises, and the Twin Cities are always considered overextended; there’s not enough disposable income in the region to adequately support four major league teams and a Big Ten sports program. We need to be honest about this.

Step 2: Let’s solve our biggest, if least noticed, problem first: the Target Center vs. Xcel Energy Center death dance. We now have two, 18,000-seat multipurpose arenas 10 miles apart; both are owned by their respective cities and carry substantial debt. They compete with each other for concerts, a dynamic that benefits performers, promoters, and agents—but not taxpayers.

The 17-year-old Target Center now sustains operating losses of roughly $2 million per year, a situation that has caused Minneapolis finance director Patrick Born to look at the arena as a proverbial canary in the coal mine. “All the other facilities in town should look at us and see what’s going to happen,” he says, referring to the annual public subsidy from the city of Minneapolis’s coffers required to keep the arena solvent.

We need to end the madness—and stop flushing money down the drain—by merging the management and operations of the two arenas.

Step 3: We need to tackle the other big redundancy, too: football stadiums. The prospect exists that a new Vikings stadium will be built one long punt away from the new Gophers stadium, currently under construction on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus. That means we could have two structures hosting fewer than 20 football games a year with a combined price tag of $1.3 billion, most of which would be paid for with public dollars.

Can’t we revisit the idea of having the Vikings and Gophers share the new TCF Bank Stadium? If not, we surely need to reduce the cost of the Vikings’ new sandbox.

Step 4: We should establish a power greater than ourselves to restore sanity to the situation. I would call that power the Minnesota Sports and Public Assembly Facilities Agency, or MSPAFA.

It doesn’t exist yet, but it should. It would be a regional—or even statewide—oversight board charged with implementing a unified plan to oversee the future construction, funding, maintenance, and capital improvements of all metro sports facilities, from a new NFL stadium in Minneapolis to youth hockey rinks in Farmington.

Step 5: We need to reorganize. Right now, the existing Sports Facilities Commission owns and operates the Metrodome. The U’s football stadium will be run by the university’s Board of Regents and funded by the state. The Target Center is owned by the City of Minneapolis. Xcel Energy Center is run by the St. Paul Arena Company (though it’s owned by the City of St. Paul). The new Twins stadium will be owned by the new Minnesota Ballpark Authority and funded by the team and Hennepin County.

It’s freakin’ anarchy out there. In order to save money, time, and effort, everything should be placed under the watchful eyes of the new MSPAFA.

Step 6: Let’s bring the Metropolitan Council—the Twin Cities planning agency—into the mix. Besides its major areas of responsibility (regional mass transit and wastewater management), it already oversees the planning, acquisition, and funding of the regional parks and trails system. Sports facilities would be a natural fit for the Met Council, though chairman Peter Bell isn’t exactly thrilled by the idea. “We’ve got enough to do,” he says, arguing that stadium issues often get “sorted out by the market.”

I would beg to differ. Every major sports facility in this town built since construction started on the Met, in 1955, has received public subsidies, as have most stadiums nationwide. It’s not about “the market.” It’s about managing public resources, sustaining and refurbishing what we’ve got, and planning for the next phase.

Step 8: If the Met Council won’t step in, the Legislature should examine the feasibility of an ongoing funding stream to pay down public debt on arenas and stadiums. There are myriad options: It could piggyback fees on an arts and environmental sales-tax increase; or there could be an ongoing sports-user fee that funds facilities into the future. We need to do something to maintain and retool our facilities so they don’t become obsolete after just a few decades.

Step 9: In the wake of the 35W tragedy, an obvious question arises: Why worry about stadiums and arenas when we can’t afford safe bridges?

Because we’ve got a serious public-policy problem with these sports facilities, and hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, most of which is public money. And it’s possible to have solid roads and bridges and mass transit even as we create a new socially responsible, cost-effective model for planning and funding stadiums and arenas.

Step 10: We need to use 2008 wisely. Put consideration of a Vikings stadium on hold. Develop a more comprehensive solution. Everything about sports facilities must be on the table. The public will be best served if serious people take a creative look at saving us from more disasters in our sports-infrastructure system. We know the problem. Now it’s time to seek the cure.

Jay Weiner lives and writes in St. Paul. He has covered local stadium issues for more than a decade. Reach him at jay@jayweiner.com.
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July 7 – July 18 Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills development. For four...

Cost: $300-$800

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Cost: $650.00-$850.00

Where:
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14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Local residents will have their shot at fame as the Aha Moment Tour makes its way to St. Paul. The Aha Moment Tour features a one-of-a-kind mobile television studio in a 34’...

Cost: Free

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Raspberry Island
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
St. Paul, MN  55107
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

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Kennedy Senior High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Bloomington, MN  55420
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Cost: $650.00-$850.00

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14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

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Local residents will have their shot at fame as the Aha Moment Tour makes its way to St. Paul. The Aha Moment Tour features a one-of-a-kind mobile television studio in a 34’...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raspberry Island
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha

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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Telephone: 952-913-8412
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Cost: $125

Where:
Kennedy Senior High School
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Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
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As Urban Homeworks celebrates 20 years of People Oriented Development, we want to invite you to participate in some of the deep-rooted, heart-changing, narrative shifting conversations that have...

Cost: FREE

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The Capri Theater
2027 W Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Telephone: 712-830-7826
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14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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July 7 – July 18 Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills development. For four...

Cost: $300-$800

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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Cost: $125

Where:
Kennedy Senior High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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Cost: Free

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Patagonia St. Paul
1648 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Cost: Free

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1010 Nicollet Mall
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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

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Academy of Russian Ballet
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Cost: Free

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Cost: $12 at the door, $10 if purchased in advance or with fringe button

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Comedy Fiends
Telephone: 320-493-0769
Contact Name: William Sommers
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In space, no one can hear you scream. But, can they hear you laugh? Probably not, which is unfortunate because you will be doing a lot of it during this show. So set your phasers to hilarity and...

Cost: $12 at the door, $10 if purchased in advance or with fringe button

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Comedy Fiends
Telephone: 320-493-0769
Contact Name: William Sommers
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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder engages the services of legendary matchmaker Dolly Levi, he gets much more than he bargained for. Under Dolly’s clever guidance, a swirl of innocent...

Cost: Preview tickets: $25-$35; General admission: $38- 58; 30 & under: $19; Seniors 6

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
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Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
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All Originals Jazz Series presents the James Buckley Trio: James Buckley, bass; JT Bates, drums; Bryan Nichols, piano. All Originals is a weekly jazz concert series at Studio Z featuring select...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
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View map »


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Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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View map »


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Telephone: 952-913-8412
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

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View map »


Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
Website »

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Cost: Free

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
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View map »


Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
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Cost: Free

Where:
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Cost: $12 at the door, $10 if purchased in advance or with fringe button

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Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Comedy Fiends
Telephone: 320-493-0769
Contact Name: William Sommers
Website »

More information

In space, no one can hear you scream. But, can they hear you laugh? Probably not, which is unfortunate because you will be doing a lot of it during this show. So set your phasers to hilarity and...

Cost: $12 at the door, $10 if purchased in advance or with fringe button

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Comedy Fiends
Telephone: 320-493-0769
Contact Name: William Sommers
Website »

More information

Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
Website »

More information

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Cost: Preview tickets: $25-$35; General admission: $38- 58; 30 & under: $19; Seniors 6

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
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Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
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TC is very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz https://soundcloud.com/itsbeargrillz...

Cost: $15/ $20 @ door

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Beer aficionados can sample flavorful pours from the best regional brewers and watch live entertainment by a local Duluth band, Big Dave and the Ripples.  Lodging and beer fest packages are...

Cost: $29/advance, $40/door

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN  55912
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Sponsor: Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
Telephone: 507-437-7519
Contact Name: Larry Dolphin
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COOK COUNTY, Minn., (June 16, 2015) – Northwest of the Coolest Small Town in America of Grand Marais, Tour de Fox, a program of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, is inviting teams to climb Eagle...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Grand Marais, MN


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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Swim, bike, and run in the Lifetime Tri Minneapolis to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Participate as an individual or compete in the St. Jude Corporate Team Challenge for the...

Cost: Multiple Entry Point Levels

Where:
Lake Nokomis
Lake Nokomis
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Telephone: 952-893-0442
Contact Name: Matthew O'Shea
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The 81st Annual Hopkins Raspberry Festival® will take place the third week of July in various locations throughout the City of Hopkins. Events are family-friendly and include: Royalty...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Hopkins, MN  55343

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  The St. Paul Gus Macker 3on3 Basketball Event (StpMacker15) is ready for the second year back in St. Paul. American Royalty Group (ARG) & The Gus Macker Planning Committees (GM...

Cost: $160.00

Where:
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Dr. Rev Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: American Royalty Group
Telephone: 651-200-5708
Contact Name: Orlando Walker
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On July 11, we'll hike up to the top of Eagle Mountain in northern Minnesota as part of the High Hopes Challenge, a summer-long quest to reach the high point in every state! Proceeds from this...

Cost: $50

Where:
Eagle Mountain, Minnesota
, MN


Sponsor: Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania
Telephone: 612-790-4549
Contact Name: Matea Wasend
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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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  ART AT ST. KATE’S the exciting 8th annual ART FAIR of local artists presented by Artists’ Circle and Textile Center   Art at St. Kate’s, a juried art fair of...

Cost: free

Where:
St. Catherine University
Randolph and Cleveland
Saint Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Artists' Circle
Telephone: 651-222-2483
Contact Name: Marit Lee Kucera
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Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council and Friends of LeDuc will be sponsoring a home and garden show, "Sanctuaries - Homes, Churches, & Gardens." This event will feature 4...

Cost: Tickets are available at local businesses and online at www.hpaac.org

Where:
Hastings
, MN


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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with the knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. You’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Telephone: 612-843-4444
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Groove to live jazz music with the vineyard as the backdrop of our first annual Jazz in July Festival. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relax among the dragonflies, enjoying wine, beer,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dancing Dragonfly Winery
2013 120th Avenue
St. Croix Falls, WI  54024
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Telephone: 715-483-9463
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Arts | Music | Food | Games A community arts festival celebrating arts for all ages! The community is invited together for an intergenerational day of art performances, artist...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Lyngblomsten
1415 Almond Avenue
St. Paul , MN  55108
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Saturdays June 27, July 11, August 15, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. Toe-tapping family fun in our Earthen Amphitheater amidst the sculpture exhibition. Bring a blanket, grab a bite or beverage from onsite...

Cost: Free, $5 parking per vehicle

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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Celebrate Bastille Day with the French! On Saturday the 11th, from 2 to 8 pm, Alliance Française and the Dakota will host an outdoor Bastille Day celebration. Stroll the West 7th Place...

Cost: $10, free for children under 12

Where:
West 7th Place Pedestrian Mall
Wabasha St N & 7th Place W
St Paul , MN  55101
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Sponsor: Alliance Française
Telephone: 612-332-0436
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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International Festival Burnsville! Burnsville is a city that truly values & celebrates cultural diversity! Join us at the eighth annual International Festival of Burnsville in...

Cost: Admission is Free!

Where:
Nicollet Commons Park
12550 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Dodge of Burnsville
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Saturday July 11th, 2015 Skyway Theatre is Excited to announce the 711 Festival Feat: **TROYBOI** (London) One of South East London's most closely guarded secrets...

Cost: $15/$20

Where:
The Loft
Minneapolis, MN

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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder engages the services of legendary matchmaker Dolly Levi, he gets much more than he bargained for. Under Dolly’s clever guidance, a swirl of innocent...

Cost: Preview tickets: $25-$35; General admission: $38- 58; 30 & under: $19; Seniors 6

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
View map »


Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
Website »

More information

TC is very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz https://soundcloud.com/itsbeargrillz...

Cost: $15/ $20 @ door

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Enjoy a free movie under the night sky! Big Sandy Lodge and Resort will be showing a film on their sand beach volleyball court at dusk on Saturday, July 11th (weather permitting). Bring a lawn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
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Over 70 local and regional artists set up by the glistening shores of Lake Superior for two days during the peak of summer to showcase their unique fine art and provide insight into their artistic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: 55604
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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Beer aficionados can sample flavorful pours from the best regional brewers and watch live entertainment by a local Duluth band, Big Dave and the Ripples.  Lodging and beer fest packages are...

Cost: $29/advance, $40/door

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
View map »


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
Website »

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All day Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 visitors can enjoy viewing art at the 25th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival in Budgets Travels 2015 Coolest Small Town in America with over 70 local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Grand Marais
Grand Marais, MN


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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