St. Paul Pioneer Press
PHILADELPHIA—Speaking for the first time since it was reported that he will take over the New York Giants, Pat Shurmur said Thursday "is not the time or place to talk about that," adding that his focus is solely on the Vikings' NFC Championship game Sunday in Philadelphia. On Monday, reports surfaced that the Giants will name Shurmur their head coach as soon as the Vikings' season is over. "There's a time and place for everything," Shurmur said. "Our focus right now is to put together a really good plan, get on a plane, go to Philadelphia, and get it on."
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on Wednesday collected on her Vikings-Saints wager with U.S. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. After reliving Stefon Diggs' game-winning touchdown catch -- Klobuchar enthusiastically, Kennedy not so much -- Kennedy offered Klobuchar a king cake -- a traditional Mardi Gras cake, according to a video of the exchange sent out by her office.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- A weeklong lockdown in a unit of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater ended Saturday. The B-West unit of the prison was placed on routine lockdown on Jan. 6 to allow guards to search for contraband, said Sarah Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Fitzgerald said she could not discuss what was found during the search because it is security information.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Vikings are painting the town purple in preparation for Sunday's divisional playoff against the Saints. They're asking fans to show their support by lighting their houses purple, too. On Friday, Jan. 12, seven landmarks displayed purple lighting: the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the I-35W bridge, the ISD Center, the Lowry Avenue Bridge, the Mall of America, the Nicollet Mall and Target Corporate. Even the newly lit Grain Belt Beer sign got in on the fun.
Ian Redmond recently had a bit of an epiphany: Minnesotans, it dawned on him, don’t say “excuse me.” “Over the holidays, I had a realization that Minnesotans have a certain sound they make instead of just saying ‘excuse me,'” Redmond, of Duluth’s MIX 108, wrote on the radio station’s blog. “Have you ever noticed you or some around saying ‘ope’ instead of ‘oops’ or ‘excuse me’?” he said.
ST. PAUL -- It’s official. A ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace in Rice Park (though some construction had started last weekend).
WASHINGTON, D.C.—When Minnesota's newest U.S. senator, Tina Smith, took the oath of office Wednesday, she laid her hand across a thick, old Holy Bible — a Heilige Bibel actually — held together by a black ribbon. And yes, Smith said, it is literally held together by that ribbon. "I think if you were to open it up it would just sort of disintegrate," Smith said in a phone interview shortly after being sworn in. Here's the story behind it.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jacob Frey was sworn in as mayor of Minneapolis on Tuesday along with five new city council members and eight returning members. “Minneapolis, I am honored to be your mayor,” Frey tweeted later in the day .
MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Thielen's fifth catch Sunday, Dec. 31, was money. By hauling in six more passes in the Vikings' 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears — the fifth one being the difference-maker — Thielen reached an incentive bonus in his contract that will boost his salary by $1 million for each of the next three seasons. His contract called for salary escalators of $500,000 after he reached 70 catches, another $250,000 for 80 total receptions, and another $250,000 for 90 grabs.