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JETS SEARCHING FOR A PLACE TO LAND: HOW ABOUT ST. PAUL?

     St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman and MN Gov. Arne Carlson agreed
Friday to present a plan to Jets buyer Richard Burke by December
1, two weeks before an NHL deadline to know where the team will
play next season, according to the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Jay
Weiner and Anthony Lonetree note the Legislature would have to
approve any bonds to help refurbish the St. Paul Civic Center,
and, according to St. Paul City Council member Dino Guerin, the
city's offer would include the construction of 30 luxury suites.
Burke said he was willing to work within the December 1 time
frame, but added, "It's not one of those situations that you want
to have people get overly optimistic about.  The situation is
daunting" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/18).  Sid Hartman writes
Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor denies he is trying to sabotage
Burke's efforts to bring the Jets to MN.  Taylor called a comment
he made earlier in the week about owning an NHL team
"theoretical" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/19).
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