Caitlin McGlade Louisville Courier Journal Published 11:19 p.m. UTC Aug 14, 2018 Hundreds of thousands of thrill-seekers will flock to the Kentucky State Fair this month looking for a chance to spin, flip, flop and drop, all in the name of fun. Should parents worry as their children lock their lap bars? The state fair in Louisville, which starts its 10-day run on Thursday, hasn't had a notable ride-related injury since 2004. That's a better record than the Ohio State Fair, where a man was killed and several other people were injured by a ride failure in 2017. In that incident, The Fireball, which swings passengers 40 feet above the midway while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute, broke apart, throwing the man 50 feet to his death. An improved version of The Fireball is one of about 50 amusement rides set up this week at the state fairgrounds in South Louisville. The rides will all be checked by six state ride inspectors and five electricians … [Read more...] about Can you be sure Kentucky State Fair midway rides are safe?
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The former owners of the Midway Pro Bowl are asking a state agency to force the city of St. Paul to pay their relocation expenses. The bowling alley, which was pushed out of a Snelling-University Avenue strip mall last year to make room for Allianz Field, has hired an attorney and filed a claim for relocation benefits with the state Office of Administrative Hearings, which is scheduling proceedings. In response, City Attorney Lyndsey Olson called the lease buyout a private matter between the bowling alley owners and their former landlord, RK Midway, which should not involve St. Paul coffers. “The city denies any liability to Midway Pro Bowl,” said Olson, in an email. The legal to-and-fro is an unusual post-script for an iconic neighborhood hangout that drew generations of bowling leagues, and the latest emblem of change for a community bracing for the arrival of Minnesota United, a Major League Soccer team, in 2019. Within St. Paul’s Midway Shopping Center, Midway Pro … [Read more...] about Midway Pro Bowl seeks relocation money from city of St. Paul, but is it eligible?
Minnesota United team owner Bill McGuire two years ago unveiled a master plan for the land surrounding the future Major League Soccer stadium in St. Paul’s Midway. The 35-acre “SuperBlock” — a combination of the existing Midway Shopping Center strip mall and the blighted vacant land around it — could someday be home to parks, hotels, restaurants, housing and even a movie theater. On Thursday, strip mall owner RK Midway of New York took a major step toward putting that plan in motion. They announced that the Golden Valley-based M.A. Mortenson Co. — the same firm building Allianz Field for Minnesota United — would become master developer for the entire Snelling-Midway site along University Avenue and Snelling Avenue. In the short term, passers-by aren’t likely to notice many changes: construction of the stadium itself, some new green space, street approaches and the relocation of Big Top Liquors. And in the long term? Could hotels and a … [Read more...] about RK Midway picks Mortenson as master developer for Midway Shopping Center ‘SuperBlock’
•Coming up: Fur Fun Run at Noble Rey Brewing and Dallas Pets Alive's annual Pup Crawl in Deep Ellum on May 26; the Dig'n for Dogs volleyball tournament at Sports Garden DFW in Coppellon June 2; Puppy Party! at Chill in Grapevine on June 3; Splash Dogs dock jumping event at Argyle Feed & Hardware June 8-10; Tough MUTTer obstacle course at Mutts Canine Cantina and FC Dallas' Paws at the Pitch at Toyota Stadium on June 9; Brunch With the Pups at Rock & Brews in The Colony on June 10; One-Year Anniversary Pawty at The Shacks at Austin Ranch in The Colony on June 16; Paws in the Pool-ooza in Cedar Hill's Crawford Park on Aug. 11.Send tips for B.K. on dog-friendly happenings and places to [email protected] Find more by searching for "Dog About Town" on Facebook, where we post event photos, and next Saturday in Briefing and at dallasnews.com. To subscribe, call 214-977-8333 or go to dallasnews.com/briefing. You can also follow us on Twitter at @DogAboutTown and … [Read more...] about Dog About Town: Shopping, playing and more pooch-friendly fun
With Cuban roots, an Ecuadorian husband, Hollywood fans (including Beyoncé and the Kardashians) and a sense of wanderlust, Alexis Barbara Isaias could have settled anywhere in the world. Instead, the fashion designer set up shop in Coral Gables, the Miami neighborhood where she was born and raised. “I never wanted a design office in New York. The vibrant colors, the culture, the feeling … it’s so important that our roots are in Miami,” she tells Alexa. And while Barbara Isaias loves the nightlife, her Miami is also made up of quiet moments in nature. “To me, it’s a place for family, for connections — to be by the water and feel the breeze. There’s just something in the air here.” The 31-year-old fashion mogul and mother of two — who runs her Alexis clothing line with help from her mom and brother — reveals the secret places that keep her firmly rooted in Miami. This furniture and home-decor store is the … [Read more...] about Designer Alexis Barbara Isaias shares best spots in Miami to shop, nosh and hide out
North Minneapolis bus riders will have a direct route to northeast Minneapolis and St. Paul's Midway neighborhood starting Monday when new Route 30 debuts. The route will run on weekdays only along Golden Valley Road and West Broadway on the west side of the Mississippi River, and on Broadway Street east of the river. Buses will loop around the Quarry Shopping Center, then continue on Broadway Street through the northeast Minneapolis Industrial Area to Hwy. 280. In St. Paul, buses will follow Como Avenue and Hwy. 280 to University Avenue where the route ends next to the Raymond Avenue Station, which is one of the stops on the Metro Green Line. The light-rail service will begin on June 14. Created with funding through a federal grant to connect people to jobs outside the urban core, the new Route 30 will now allow riders to get across town without having to go downtown first, then transfer to the Route 61 Hennepin-Larpenteur route. Here are a couple exerpts from Metro Transit's Rider's … [Read more...] about New Metro Transit route to connect north, northeast Minneapolis and St. Paul’s Midway area
A soccer stadium is planned for a 10-acre site near I-94, Snelling Avenue and University Avenue in St. Paul. But there is much more to the project than a stadium, including the affiliated redevelopment of the area's entire 34.5-acre superblock that includes St. Paul's Midway Shopping Center. Officials say that redevelopment will be guided by a master plan to be developed by property owner RK Midway. The public will have input into the master plan in several ways, one of which is a Snelling-Midway Community Advisory Committee. That commitee will hold its first public meeting on Monday, Nov. 30, at the Midpointe Event Center at 415 N. Pascal St. in St. Paul. The meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics will include community use and access, jobs, adjacent green space and much more, for the stadium site and master site. According to a press release, some of the committee members are not quite plucked from the general public. The committee includes: Bill McGuire, … [Read more...] about Advisory committee on Midway-Snelling development to begin meeting Nov. 30
Midway Shopping Center will no longer be an obstacle to construction of the new professional soccer stadium in St. Paul. Minnesota United principal owner Bill McGuire has reached a deal with the owner of the strip mall, Rick Birdoff and RK Midway, a St. Paul Port Authority official confirmed Friday. That gives the team control of the property and clears the way for the $200 million, privately financed stadium. Some tenants at the west end of the shopping center have been notified that they have 90 days to vacate. While much of the stadium site is on the 10-acre former “bus barn” site owned by the Metropolitan Council, at least part of United’s new home is on property owned by RK Midway. “The development agreement [McGuire] had with the city was to get team-acquired property. And he was able to accomplish his promises, and he was able to do it directly with him and Rick Birdoff. So I think it’s great,” said Lee Krueger, president of the Port … [Read more...] about Deal for Midway Shopping Center clears way for St. Paul soccer stadium construction
The San Diego City Council has approved the $7 million purchase of a former Indoor Skydiving building that will be converted to a one-stop center for homeless people downtown.Mayor Kevin Faulconer originally proposed the center in his January 2017 State of the City address, and at this year’s address he announced a site had been found. The council approved the purchase Monday, and the center could open as early as this spring.“We’re taking decisive action to fix one of the biggest flaws in our regional care network: the lack of a universal starting point where those struggling with homelessness can go and get help,” Faulconer said. “The Housing Navigation Center solves that problem by creating a one-stop shop for homeless services.”An operator for the center will be selected in March, and the city will contribute $1.5 million annually for its operations over the next five years.The two-story, 26,500-square-foot building at 1401 Imperial Ave. could … [Read more...] about City approves homeless navigation center
A Chicago Bears-themed fitness facility planned for an empty big box store in Vernon Hills would let members train like pros, with the possibility a current or former player might join them. Bears Fit, proposed for the former Sports Authority building at 155 E. Townline Road (Route 60), also would draw consumers who would eat and shop in the area, supporters say. The proposal is a joint venture of an entity owned by Mark Mastrov, founder of 24 Hour Fitness and co-owner of the Sacramento Kings, and Monsters of the Midway LLC, which is owned by the Bears. It would be the first Bears-themed fitness facility and the third NFL-themed club in the U.S., joining the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. "This isn't a licensing opportunity. This is something we're fully vested in," Cliff Stein, Bears senior vice-president and general counsel informed the Vernon Hills village board Tuesday. "We are an iconic brand rich in history. We bring that to your community," Stein said. "Regardless … [Read more...] about Bears-themed fitness center proposed in Vernon Hills