Friday marks the two-year anniversary of Adrian Heath feeling as if the rug was pulled out from underneath him in his surprise firing as Orlando City’s head coach. “That was a blow,” Heath told the Pioneer Press during a half-hour interview in his office this week. “I think it makes you a little bit more cynical.” Heath coached 50 MLS games at Orlando City, going 16-18-16 from the start of the franchise’s 2015 expansion season to the halfway point of 2016. Heath has coached 51 MLS games for Minnesota United, and heading into Saturday’s match at Houston, the Loons are 16-28-7 since the start of their 2017 expansion season. Like he did in Orlando, Heath set out at the beginning of his Minnesota tenure with a three-year master plan that accounts for the time he feels necessary to take a growing club from the lower levels of U.S. soccer to success in the top flight. On June 15, Orlando City sacked Heath’s replacement, Jason Kreis, less … [Read more...] about Adrian Heath has a vision for Minnesota United. What he wants is time to execute it.
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Mitra Jalali Nelson and her husband, Dan, rent an apartment near Raymond and University avenues in St. Paul. In a special election this August, she’s seeking the Ward 4 seat on the city council with a platform that goes against St. Paul’s political grain: renters’ rights. That’s a rarity in a city that until recently has been composed primarily of homeowners. Within the past decade, according to U.S. Census findings, the numbers flipped, and St. Paul’s population became 50.5 percent renter and 49.5 percent homeowner, putting Nelson and her peers in the rental community in the majority by a percentage point. RUNNING AS A RENTER Despite their numbers, renters remain an almost exotic presence at City Hall. If elected, Nelson — who won the St. Paul DFL endorsement in April — would be the only renter on the seven-member city council. “I’m running as a renter to be a voice on our council for over 50 percent of our city who rents, and to … [Read more...] about St. Paul City Council candidate is running as a renter — with two-dozen housing goals
Hey Midwestern millennials, Wisconsin wants you. To move to Wisconsin. Last month, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill approving $6.8 million for efforts to attract workers, including an ad campaign that will highlight the perks of Wisconsin life in the hopes of attracting millennials from other Midwestern states. The Badger State’s hoping to keep its economy chugging along by recruiting young people to settle there, as it faces low unemployment and an aging workforce. Wisconsin and Minnesota are in pretty much the same boat that way. And that boat is headed into choppy waters. Both states have populations that aren’t growing particularly quickly.But Wisconsin might be worse off. Its median age is 39.1, compared to Minnesota’s 37.8, and its unemployment rate is even lower than Minnesota’s. Most years, Minnesota gains a lot more Sconnies than Wisconsin gains Minnesotans. Putting a dent in that might be a tall order. Moving to Minnesota In 2016, the most … [Read more...] about Wisconsin is coming for Minnesota’s millennials
By Josephine Marcotty Star Tribune May 19, 2018 — 7:31pm When a massive rainstorm blew a chest-deep gully through Don Stocker’s sloping cornfield in Scott County four years ago, it created a torrent of water, dirt and farm chemicals that rushed into Sand Creek and the Minnesota River downstream. “It makes me mad,” he said of the land his family has farmed for 150 years, “that my grandparents had to land in this hilly place.” There was a time when Stocker's only option would have been to plow up that ravine and keep right on farming it. But now his dirt stays where it belongs, thanks to a $36,000 grass waterway that winds through his fields like a giant green Slip ‘N Slide — a project made possible by Minnesota’s Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment. It has been 10 years since Minnesota voters agreed to change the state constitution with one of the most sweeping environmental mandates in … [Read more...] about Minnesota’s big water ambitions yield benefits, no simple answers
Contemporary Christian: Mercy Me Friday: Led by Texas native Bart Millard, Mercy Me formed in 1994 and broke through in 2001 with their major-label debut, “Almost There.” Fueled by the No. 1 single “I Can Only Imagine” — which holds the record as Christian radio’s most-played song — the record went double-platinum and is one the genre’s biggest sellers of the ‘00s. “I Can Only Imagine” also inspired filmmakers Andrew and Jon Erwin to write a biopic based on Millard’s life. Released last month, the movie was a hit, grossing $70 million against a $7 million production budget. Florida’s Tenth Avenue North, winners of the best new artist Dove Award in 2009, are also on the bill. 7 p.m.; Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls.; $77-$27; 888-929-7849 or targetcenter.com.— Ross Raihala Pop: Echosmith Friday: The Sierota siblings — Sydney, Noah, Graham and Jamie — grew up making music together … [Read more...] about Here’s the best in Minneapolis St. Paul entertainment this weekend (and into next week)