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March 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
History has found the key to the audience's heart lies with looting and pillaging. And so the channel has given a green light to a third season of its dramatic series "Vikings. " The Irish-Canadian co-production stars Travis Fimmel as the ambitious Viking chieftain Ragnar, whose desire to conquer new lands drives him to achieve great success in his medieval Scandinavian society. The second season has follows Ragnar's life as he has moved up to the status of an Earl in the Viking world.
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April 24, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
Responding to a surge in interest, Viking River Cruises will add 12 new vessels for sailings in 2015.  Just how popular is the river cruise? When Viking launched in 1997, it had four ships cruising in Russia. By 2015, it will have 64 river vessels cruising in Europe, Russia, Asia and Egypt. Forty of those vessels are Viking long ships, which cruise exclusively in Europe and offer a variety of stateroom configurations.  River cruising is the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry, registering a 12% increase in 2012, according to a November article on CruiseCritic . Among Viking's 12 new vessels, the Astrild and the Beyla will be custom built for the Elbe River trip between Berlin and Prague, Czech Republic.
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SPORTS
October 7, 2009 | Associated Press
Brett Favre's matchup with his former team has attracted the largest cable television audience ever. His Minnesota Vikings' 30-23 win over the Green Bay Packers on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" was watched by more than 21.8 million people. The previous record was more than 18.6 million viewers for last year's Monday night game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Crabtree close? Three top San Francisco 49ers executives have met with unsigned wide receiver Michael Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
T.C. Boyle will publish two upcoming novels with Ecco, the publisher announced. As NPR noted , Boyle has been at Viking for three decades. Ecco's president and publisher, Dan Halpern, said in a statement Monday that “[f]or forty years now I've admired Tom's work -- and early on published him in my magazine, Antaeus -- so it's with real excitement that I welcome him to Ecco, where we can't wait to expand his already wonderful readership and introduce him to a new generation of readers.
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May 8, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
The Minnesota Vikings' stadium quest took an initial but significant step forward Monday when a financing proposal passed the state House. The next challenge comes Tuesday in the state Senate. Monday's 73-58 House vote came after much debate. But it provided the first major victory in an attempt by the franchise to replace the aging Metrodome - and, very possibly, keep the Vikings in Minnesota - that started back in the mid-1990s. “It was the first hurdle, a couple more to go,” Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said after Monday night's vote,  the first of four needed before a plan reaches the governor.
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August 22, 2009 | Associated Press
Camera flashes illuminated the Metrodome on each of Brett Favre's eight plays for Minnesota. Captured on film? Only one completed pass. Favre's debut was a dud in terms of on-field action, a predictably brief exhibition performance in a 17-13 victory by the Vikings on Friday over the Kansas City Chiefs preserved by a goal-line stand by the third-stringers. "I just didn't want to fumble the snap," Favre said. "Wanted to make sure I got the handoffs. If you complete passes, great.
NEWS
April 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
NEW YORK -- The Cleveland Browns have made the first trade of the NFL draft, swapping positions with Minnesota at the top of the first round. The Browns will pick third, presumably to take Alabama running back Trent Richardson, and the Vikings have moved back one spot to fourth. Minnesota collected picks in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds. Minnesota can still pick up USC tackle Matt Kalil at No. 4, or possibly LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. The Browns likely made the move so Tampa Bay, which picks fifth, could leapfrog them for Richardson.
SPORTS
September 8, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Never has an NFL player rushed for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons, but Minnesota's Adrian Peterson is certainly off on the right foot. The Vikings star and reigning NFL most valuable player tore off a 78-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage at Detroit. Peterson came nine yards short last season of surpassing the NFL's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, set by the Los Angeles Rams' Eric Dickerson in 1984. Peterson has said he thinks he can get 2,500 yards this season.
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September 27, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Minnesota Vikings fans who have been clamoring for the team to bench quarterback Christian Ponder have gotten their wish ... sort of. The team announced Friday that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh in London, although Ponder said the switch was based on his fractured rib -- as opposed to his performance -- and that he will be back as soon as possible. "They just made a decision for what's best for me and my health and this team," Ponder said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
SPORTS
October 12, 2009
Key: Brett Favre threw for 232 yards and a touchdown, Jared Allen returned one of his two fumble recoveries 52 yards for a touchdown, Adrian Peterson ran for a pair of touchdowns and the Vikings forced four turnovers. Vikings said: "I'd be lying if I said I thought I'd still be playing at 40 and not miss a game at this point. I just hope I can lead this team to bigger and better things." -- Favre Rams said: "This is extremely tough. It wears on you, but to be a professional, you don't let it show.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
History has found the key to the audience's heart lies with looting and pillaging. And so the channel has given a green light to a third season of its dramatic series "Vikings. " The Irish-Canadian co-production stars Travis Fimmel as the ambitious Viking chieftain Ragnar, whose desire to conquer new lands drives him to achieve great success in his medieval Scandinavian society. The second season has follows Ragnar's life as he has moved up to the status of an Earl in the Viking world.
SPORTS
January 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has been chosen as the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, multiple media outlets are reporting. The first-time NFL head coach will replace Leslie Frazier, who led the Vikings to a 5-10-1 record this season and went 21-33-1 with one playoff appearance in his three-plus years in Minnesota. The fiery Zimmer , known for his profanity-laced appearances on HBO's “Hard Knocks” when the series featured the Bengals in 2009 and 2013, has been a defensive coordinator in the league for 14 years, including the last six in Cincinnati.
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January 2, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a a lengthy and scathing column, published online Thursday by Deadspin, detailing the reasons he feels he was released by the team prior to the 2013 season. Kluwe, who spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Vikings, wrote: "It's my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by [special teams coach] Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn't agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, [then-head coach]
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December 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Leslie Frazier became the first official casualty of NFL's so-called Black Monday, losing his job as Minnesota's head coach after the leading the Vikings to a 5-10-1 record in his third full season at the helm. He is the league's third head coach to be fired this season, following the Houston Texans' Gary Kubiak earlier this month and Cleveland Brown's Rob Chudzinski on Sunday. Frazier took over for the fired Brad Childress in Week 12 of the 2010 season and led the Vikings to a 3-3 record down the stretch.
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December 3, 2013 | Sam Farmer / On the NFL
The Cleveland Browns have yet to say who will start at quarterback for them Sunday. Same goes for the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. As for the Philadelphia Eagles? Coach Chip Kelly, tongue firmly planted in cheek, said Monday that Nick Foles will be "the starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years here. " What Kelly was really saying is Foles has played well enough to lock down the job for the moment, but the coach doesn't feel the need to designate anyone a bulletproof starter.
SPORTS
November 6, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
WASHINGTON (3-5) AT MINNESOTA (1-7) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PST. Line: Redskins by 2 1/2. Over/under: 50 1/2. Sam Farmer's pick: Robert Griffin III is coming off his best game of the season, and he got good protection in that overtime victory over San Diego. He faces a defense that is missing three starters in the secondary and its two top nose tackles. Redskins 27, Vikings 24
SPORTS
October 15, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
Minnesota's Donovan McNabb wasn't just a football star at Syracuse. He played basketball too. The Vikings have seen McNabb throw his share of bounce passes this season. Now, they want to see him rebound. Even though Minnesota won last Sunday for the first time this season, McNabb was booed by the home crowd for his lukewarm performance. He completed 10 of 21 passes against Arizona, and ricocheted more than one pass off the turf. He ranks 27th in the league in completion percentage (56.8)
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April 4, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Bill Parcells has suddenly become a hot commodity again in the NFL. In an off-season that has already featured more than its share of unexpected twists, here's yet another one: Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is going hard after the 70-year-old former coach and executive to "run the show" in Minnesota, according to the New York Post. Parcells, whose last NFL job as executive vice president of football operations with the Miami Dolphins ended midseason in 2010, has been rumored to be a candidate for the New Orleans Saints' interim coaching job if his close friend Sean Payton's one-year suspension is upheld.
SPORTS
November 2, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
In the Santa Clarita Valley, where Newhall Hart and Canyon Country Canyon have been football powers, it's another school that keeps winning Foothill League championships. Valencia (7-2, 4-0) clinched at least a share of its fifth consecutive league title with a 24-19 upset victory over previously unbeaten Hart (8-1, 3-1) on Friday night. The Vikings had 10 sacks against a team ranked No. 1 in the Northern Division. Only a week ago, Valencia came back from a three-touchdown deficit to defeat Canyon, 35-28.
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