“I worry about this for a suburb," An Arden Hills city council member said.
For all the fanfare that attended Thursday’s announcement of an agreement among the main players in the Vikings stadium saga, the plan as presented begged as many critical questions as it answered.
Despite the best efforts of advocates for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, a series of deadlines to advance a bill for a new professional football stadium have been undone by a steady stream of delays.
Fearing that next year’s legislative session would be complicated by another budget deficit, Gov. Mark Dayton spent much of the fall pressing legislative leaders to cobble together enough votes to pass a publicly funded stadium for the Minnesota Vikings by Thanksgiving.
With a host of issues like light rail ridership and civic pride on the line, Hennepin County officials are keeping their powder dry in the event that they can find an opening to advance a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan.
Planners for a new Vikings stadium may have come up with a solution for one part of the financing puzzle — one that improves the stadium’s opportunities in the bond market but also may threaten new skirmishes at the Legislature.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s crusade to get a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill passed before Thanksgiving has been turned on its head by a series of objections from legislators about the financing of the project and the timeline for a special session.
As Gov. Mark Dayton’s self-imposed deadline of Nov. 7 to announce a stadium proposal draws close, there’s growing sentiment that he is seriously weighing whether to cover the state’s share of the project with revenue from electronic pulltabs.
Minneapolis officials on Thursday released details of their vision for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis, a plan that includes help for the Target Center and Convention Center.
Since Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration unveiled its analysis of the risks associated with the proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium site in Arden Hills on Wednesday, opinion has varied as to whether it dealt a fatal blow to the Ramsey County/Vikings plan.
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