• Pioneer Press | Rosario: She wants to teach children of color to swim, in a snazzy North Minneapolis complex

Like most truly motivated people, Erika Binger has not only a dream, but also a plan, a location, a feasibility study and other must-check-off criteria to try to make it a reality.

Unlike many, though, her dream carries a hefty price tag: $44 milllion.

“Actually, we’ve raised 15 percent of it so far,” the Twin Cities-based philanthropist, youth worker and triathlete told me recently about a proposed state of the art, multi-sport/community center/retail complex in north Minneapolis. Yes, that area that could use as many economic and job opportunity boosts as it can get.