A boxer and retired Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad police officer has sued the state legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton over the state’s plans to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Paul Johnson filed the complaint in Ramsey County. He accuses Dayton and the legislature of violating state law by taking the Twin Cities Army Ammunition site in Arden Hills off the table as a potential location for a new stadium. He asks for a public referendum to be held “so that the people can decide if the Minnesota Vikings stadium should be built in Arden Hills.”
The Pioneer Press points out that he doesn’t cite a violation of state statute in the complaint and the Governor and the legislature are immune from being sued for passing laws. But, he did serve the papers with an attorney at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. And, he has a hearing scheduled for Sept. 19 before Ramsey County Judge Lezlie Ott Marek.
“They said I didn’t have standing, and I do have standing — I’m a Vikings fan,” he said.