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CARL POHLAD TO ADDRESS SPECIAL SESSION IN MN TODAY

          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). 

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