Updated: 02/05/2014 10:57 PM
Created: 02/05/2014 9:19 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
Officials with the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority were in Duluth Wednesday to give a progress report and gather input.
The meeting got underway at the Duluth Sheraton Hotel where a PowerPoint complete with video updates and designs was shared.
About a dozen people showed up to the public listening session and some shared ideas at the end of the meeting. A Duluth city councilor took another whack at trying to move the Vikings' training camp up north.
"They're looking for climate and what better place to hold training camp than in Duluth, Minnesota with our 70 degree temperatures instead of 100 degrees in Mankato," Councilor Howie Hanson said. "Let's compete."
Vikings officials said they still have a commitment with Mankato for the next three years, but they're not ruling out the possibility of a move.
"We got a strong pitch for training camp in Duluth which we have taken seriously and we evaluated," Minnesota Vikings VP of Public Affairs Lester Bagley said. "We have a very strong relationship in Mankato with the university there for many, many years. It would be tough to top."
Another idea brought up Wednesday was for solar panels on the stadium. Lionel Coulomb from Allete Clean Energy was there and suggested the use of panels from Silicon Energy on the Iron Range.
Stadium officials said panels would not work on the roof of the stadium because of its design. They're not ruling out panels on the parking ramp.
Duluth was the first stop for public listening sessions in the state. They will most likely venture to Moorhead and Rochester.
Police: Search Warrant Executed, 5 Children in Protective Custody
Duluth Police executed a search warrant at a Windwood Townhomes residence on Monday morning. Police said five children were taken into custody. They said they found a handgun and about a pound of marijuana at the residence.
Saint Louis County Board Forum Gets Heated
There were some tense moments during a candidate forum for the Saint Louis County Board Monday. Two sets of candidates answered some tough questions during the forum set up by the Duluth News Tribune. In District One, Jim Booth is challenging incumbent Frank Jewell. Former state legislator Tom Rukavina and Christina Hujanen are fighting for the District Four seat.
Grand Rapids Man Charged in Wife's Overdose Death
Prosecutors have charged a Grand Rapids man with murder in his wife's drug overdose death. Terry Wayne Richards, 49, appeared in Itasca County court Monday on a third-degree murder charge.
Dayton Directs Changes in Child Protection System
Minnesota's central social service agency will conduct random screenings of child protection decisions made by county officials who receive allegations of abuse.
Gaming Revenue to Play Big Part in Vikings Stadium Funding
Charitable gaming is expected to generate more than 25 percent of the revenue the state to pay for the new Vikings stadium even though electronic pulltabs haven't been the boon Minnesota was anticipating.