Happy anniversary, Minnesota Vikings. One year ago today, the Vikings announced they had entered into a partnership they hoped would flourish.
There were all the signs of happiness: Smiles, hugs and the big announcement. The Vikings and Arden Hills were moving in together. All they had to do was clean up their fixer-upper and get a great big wedding present from state of Minnesota.
Only, now, one year later, the partner has changed, counselors have become involved and, well, things have gotten pretty high-maintenance.
This was the scene May 10, 2011: The Vikings were in a large room in the City of Arden Hills announcing their partnership with Ramsey County to build a "world-class facility" the oft-spoken phrase of owner Zygi Wilf. The Vikings committed 407 million (44 percent of the stadium cost and 39 percent of the overall cost) to a total land project that would cost 1.057 million 884 million for the stadium and 173 million for infrastructure costs, including parking and env...