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ARE TWINS TAYLOR MADE FOR LOCAL INVESTMENT?
Published October 10, 1997
Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor met with the Pohlad family this week "and discussed the possibility of buying into Carl Pohlad's Twins as part-owner," according to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Taylor: "I want to do anything I can to help the Twins get the new stadium so they can stay here." Neither party would discuss the meeting, but a source told Hartman that "while little progress was made, Taylor and Pohlad might meet again." (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/10). In Minneapolis, Jay Weiner reports that the MN Legislature's special stadium task force recommended that the state contribute $250M to stadium construction, "with slot machines at Canterbury Park racetrack and Minnesota Lottery proceeds as the main funding sources." The state's contribution would be part of a $411M retractable-roof ballpark. The host city and county would kick in a combined $50M, and the Twins would be responsible for raising $111M in private money (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/10). FROM THE VIKINGS: Meanwhile, Vikings President Roger Headrick denied an ESPN report that quoted him as saying that if the Twins get a new stadium and the Vikings don't receive any legislative help to remodel the Metrodome, the team will leave MN. Headrick: "I didn't mention anything about moving the franchise." The STAR TRIBUNE's Sid Hartman reports "talk" that MN-based Lyle Berman and Stan Taube are ready to make a bid for the Vikings (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/10).