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CARL POHLAD TO ADDRESS SPECIAL SESSION IN MN TODAY
Published October 24, 1997
During today's second day of a special MN legislative session, Twins Owner Carl Pohlad will reveal "how deep he's willing to dig into his own pockets" to help the state build a new ballpark, according to Weiner & Whereatt of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Yesterday, Pohlad met with MN Gov. Arne Carlson and other state officials and was told that he "must make a substantial contribution" to any deal. Several state officials had "challenged Pohlad to appear before the Legislature" following his full page ads that ran in yesterday's Twin Cities newspapers, in which he said he was "prepared to discuss the Twins contribution." Weiner & Whereatt add that on Thursday, there "seemed to be no momentum for any stadium funding bill." Both houses voted to break into committees "to hash out" ballpark plans, and planned "to reconvene" on Tuesday to settle the stadium debate "once and for all" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/24). In St. Paul, Patrick Sweeney writes that some legislators said that "no matter how much" Pohlad offers to contribute, "it will not be enough" to convince the public and "wary" lawmakers (St. Paul PIONEER PRESS, 10/24). PIONEER PRESS columnist Nick Coleman writes on Pohlad's contribution, adding, "The numbers most often bandied about were in the neighborhood of $150 million. ... Unless Pohlad comes up with that kind of money, the Legislature will have a hard time turning a deaf ear to the public. ... Either Mr. Pohlad ponies up big time, or the dream of a new ... baseball stadium goes down in flames" (PIONEER PRESS, 10/24).