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TARGET CENTER MESS LEADS TO MINNESOTA SPORTS TASK FORCE
Published February 9, 1995
An 18-member task force, mandated by MN state law after the state's unsuccessful '94 Target Center buyout bill, will convene for the first time today with many questions pending. According to yesterday's Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, the following topics will be discussed by the group: The possibility of the Twins changing ownership; the cost of keeping the Metrodome viable; the usefulness of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC); the city of Minneapolis' obligation to pay for sports facilities; and the possibility of government ownership of sports teams. MSFC Chair and task force member Henry Savelkoul hopes the body will develop "a package of bills for the 1996 legislature." Savelkoul: "If we want pro hockey, we have to be proactive. ... If we want to assure that baseball will stay, we must do something." The panel consists of six elected officials, with the remaining twelve coming from the community (Jay Weiner, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/8). ON TARGET: A Minneapolis City Council committee approved a plan for a $75M buyout of the Target Center. Business leaders also reported that they have commitments for $8M of the $12.6M needed from private businesses for the deal to be successful. Wednesday's 4-2 vote by the Council's Community Development Committee, combined with Monday's 4-2 vote by the Council's Ways and Means Committee means eight of the 13 members have approved the deal. The full council is expected to vote on the transaction Friday, but only if businesses have the full $12.6M in commitments (Patrick Sweeney, ST. PAUL PIONEER-PRESS, 2/9). FACING OFF WITH BURKE: NHL Sr. VP Brian Burke met with two members of MN Governor Arne Carlson's advisory committee charged with bringing an NHL team to the Twin Cities. Burke told officials the "Target Center buyout must be completed before the NHL even would look at the Twin Cities market" (Jay Weiner, Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 2/8).