20 things we'd like to see in the Mall of America expansion

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The Mall of America is about to get a facelift... 14 stories, to be exact. For a mall that boasts hundreds of stores, a theme park, a sea-life exhibit, a movie theater, and countless other attractions, what's missing? Here are a few of our requests for the mall's expansion.

What would you like to see at the Mall of America? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

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Here's an exclusive rendering of the Mall of America's 14-story expansion

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Here's an exclusive rendering of the Mall of America's 14-story expansion

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Ground was broken today on the biggest expansion in the Mall of America's 22-year history.

THE BACKSTORY: Mall of America to undergo big glassy expansion

MOA spokesperson Tara Niebeling told us the image at the top of the this post is a rendering of the project she sent exclusively to City Pages. The new space will feature a 14-story JW Marriott hotel, an office tower, high-end retail, new dining options, a tourist welcome center, and a large event space.

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Mall of America to undergo big glassy expansion

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A conceptual rendering of the MOA expansion. An official told us more specific renderings will be unveiled at the groundbreaking ceremony.
A Mall of America official confirmed this morning that groundbreaking on a $300 million expansion project on the north side of the mall will take place before March is through.

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The project will involve construction of a luxury hotel, office tower, an event area "similar to our rotunda," new retail space, and an underground parking ramp, according to Dan Jasper, MOA VP of public relations.

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Mark Andrew bloodied by violent iPhone robbers at Mall of America [UPDATE]

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Mark Andrew physically resisted a robbery attempt at the MOA.
:::: UPDATE :::: Here's what Mark Andrew looked like after he was beaten bloody by robbers at MOA [PHOTO]

According to the Star Tribune, Mark Andrew, the runner-up to Betsy Hodges in November's Minneapolis mayoral election, was sitting by himself at a Mall of America Starbucks around 5:30 p.m. yesterday when someone grabbed his iPhone off the table and headed for the door.

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Andrew gave chase, only to be tackled as he exited the Starbucks by two young women -- one a teenager, it was later discovered -- apparently working in tandem with the robber.

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Serge Vorobyov's ex-wife on his MOA stunt: "It's not right"

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:::: UPDATE :::: Serge Vorobyov wants your cash to help him build money-shooting truck

Serge Vorobyov's ex-wife, Olivia, is none too happy about what Serge is saying about her as he makes the local media rounds and talks about why he threw $1,000 in dollar bills on the Mall of America's rotunda last Friday.

THE BACKSTORY: Man who made it rain at MOA professed his love for ex-wife on each dollar he tossed [PHOTO]

"It's slander -- it's really not right," Olivia told City Pages yesterday. "If I had the money I would definitely sue the guy."

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Man who made it rain at MOA professed his love for ex-wife on each dollar he tossed [PHOTO]

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Serge chills in the Fox 9 green room before a TV appearance this morning.
A longtime friend of the man who made it rain dollar bills on the Mall of America rotunda last Friday got in touch with City Pages and said Serge Vorobyov originally hoped the stunt would help him patch things up with his ex-wife, Olivia.

THE BACKSTORY: Serge Vorobyov makes it rain money on Mall of America rotunda [VIDEOS]

Toward that end, the friend, Al (he asked us to withhold his last name), provided us with a photo of one of the dollar bills Serge tossed. He said the same message was printed on each of them.

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Serge Vorobyov makes it rain money on Mall of America rotunda [VIDEOS]

Some might say Serge literally threw away his last $1,000, but he doesn't see it like that.
:::: UPDATE :::: Man who made it rain at MOA professed his love for ex-wife on each dollar he tossed [PHOTO]

On Black Friday, Serge Vorobyov, a 29-year-old Apple Valley resident, gave folks at the Mall of America early Christmas presents. He tossed $1,000 in one-dollar bills from the upper floor of the mall's packed rotunda while singers fittingly performed "Let It Snow" on the lower level.

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But Mall of America cops, playing the role of Scrooge, ended up citing Vorobyov for disorderly conduct for his stunt, which he says was meant to improve his karma after a rough year where he went through a divorce, lost his business, and wound up broke.

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Sarah Palin coming to Mall of America to sign copies of her new "War on Christmas" book

Will she be glitterbombed?
Vice Presidential candidate-turned-unintentional punchline Sarah Palin will be signing copies of her new book at the Mall of America's Barnes & Noble store on Friday, November 22 from 6 until 8 p.m.

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The book, entitled "Good Tidings and Great Joy," explores "the traditional roots and true meaning of Christmas," according to a press release. In other words, it's about one of the gravest threats confronting our civilization today -- the "War on Christmas."

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Mall of America unveils new logo, tagline [IMAGE]

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"The ribbons depict the multitude of the always fresh, exciting, and new experiences at Mall of America, which is the magic of the brand," a press release says.
After more than 20 years, Mall of America officials have decided it's time for a logo makeover.

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Yesterday, a press release unveiled the Megamall's new logo (visible above) and tagline -- "Always New."

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Mall of America's aphid population under attack from 72,000 ladybugs

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At the Megamall and broke? Take some ladybugs home as free souvenirs!
There are 30,000 air-purifying live plants, including 400 trees, in the Mall of America. And there are also thousands of aphids trying to eat them.

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So officials have decided to one-up the aphids by releasing a whole shit ton of ladybugs into the mall.

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