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MN REJECTS TWINS STADIUM BILLS; SETS UP ONE LAST EFFORT
Published October 29, 1997
The Minnesota House and Senate yesterday "rejected every effort" to finance a new Twins ballpark, according to Whereatt & Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Although legislators agreed to reconvene November 13 for "a last-gasp effort," Whereatt & Weiner write that Tuesday's action leaves the ballpark "push in a shambles." The Senate did pass one proposal, allowing MN Gov. Arne Carlson to negotiate a sale of the team by January, at which point stock in the franchise "would then be offered." However, even that bill's sponsor, State Sen. Roy Terwilliger "acknowledged" that it was "merely a vehicle to keep the stadium effort alive." State Rep. Ann Rest, a ballpark supporter: "We were severely rejected" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/29). In St. Paul, Ragsdale & Sweeney write that the Legislature sent a "clear message to the Twins on Tuesday: If you want a new stadium, build it yourself" (PIONEER PRESS, 10/29). Twins Exec VP Kirby Puckett spoke to a crowd of "several hundred" Twins fans who rallied for a new ballpark at the State Capitol, but the STAR TRIBUNE's Conrad de Fiebre writes, "at best, the results were mixed" (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/29). IN NC: Don Beaver, who heads the ownership group that is attempting to purchase the Twins, said that if the NC Triad doesn't approve next May's referendum concerning funding for a $210M ballpark, he "would look toward Charlotte," according to Stan Olson of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Beaver, who "expects" the May vote to win approval, said "[i]f the Triad vote fails, Charlotte would certainly be next in our plans" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/29).