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MN REJECTS TWINS STADIUM BILLS; SETS UP ONE LAST EFFORT

          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).

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