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ONE VIKINGS OWNER SAYS HE WANTS TEAM TO STAY IN MN

          Wheelock Whitney, one of the Vikings' ten principal
     owners, said yesterday that he "expects local interests to
     step forward and buy the team," according to Don Banks of the
     Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE.  Whitney said that "now that the
     owners' intentions to sell the team have become public," he
     thought "some local buyers would enter the picture." 
     Whitney: "[T]here are a lot of people who either have the
     money or could put a group together locally.  But who they
     are, I really would feel uncomfortable speculating on."
     Currently, former Vikings GM Mike Lynn and former Spurs Owner
     Red McCombs are the only bidders interested in "buying the
     Vikings and keeping them" in MN.  Meanwhile, Timberwolves
     Owner Glen Taylor said Thursday that he has "virtually no
     interest" in the Vikings (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/31).
          NO PLACE LIKE DOME: Vikings President Roger Headrick
     said yesterday that the team has "rejected" plans to renovate
     the Metrodome and wants to "share a dual-purpose stadium with
     the Twins or play in a new football stadium," according to
     Seidel & Sweeney of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS.  The remark
     "appears to forcefully interject" the Vikings into the debate
     over building a new Twins stadium (PIONEER PRESS, 10/31).

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