Thursday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp:
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is trying a new strategy in his quest for a new stadium. It's job creation, people! It's probably his best bet of wooing anyone into building a ridiculous new stadium for his team during an economy where stadium construction takes the back burner.
Petters associate so disconnected from reality
Tom Petters's partner Larry Reynolds is clearly so far beyond a normal person's lifestyle he can't even step back from his luxuries and understand that he doesn't deserve them. The attorney in charge of monitoring their assets wants the judge to reject his request for the following expenses to be paid: "satellite television service at two residences, health club dues, unpaid past bills, a monthly allowance for dry cleaning and more food on the dining room table."
Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., 55, is appealing his conviction and death sentence today. Three federal appeals court judges will hear oral arguments in the case. Rodriguez was sentenced to death for killing University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin after kidnapping her at a Grand Forks mall.
An Eagan City Council meeting erupted in controversy as the city looks at their liquor store policies. Some are wondering if there are just too many, while the mayor says the free market will keep the liquor stores from overpopulating. They aren't a city of drunkards, he insists. Right.