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TWINS SUPPORTERS LAUNCH FINAL STADIUM BLITZ BEFORE SESSION
Published November 10, 1997
MN Gov. Arne Carlson said Friday that he believed sentiment in the Legislature "is starting to turn toward approval of state spending" on a new ballpark for the Twins, according to Patrick Sweeney of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. Carlson: "I think we're in pretty good shape in the Senate. I still think it's touch-and-go in the House." On Thursday, legislators will return to a special session to consider a complex ballpark proposal that calls for Twins Owner Carl Pohlad to donate the team to a foundation and to guarantee any operating losses the team might incur during the 3-5 years the foundation would hold it while looking for a new owner (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/8). State Rep. Ron Erhardt: "The calls tend to be a little more positive" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/8). Today, the Twins will send team Exec VP Kirby Puckett, former P Bert Blyleven and team President Jerry Bell around the state to lobby for a new ballpark (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/9). NOTES: Ads supporting the Twins began appearing on billboards and city buses over the weekend. The copy read: "Publicity Fades. Debates End. Baseball is Forever. Call Your Legislator. Keep the Twins in Minnesota" (STAR TRIBUNE, 11/8)....A STAR TRIBUNE editorial on Pohlad's "community ownership" proposal for the Twins: "That doesn't make the stadium plan perfect. But it ought to make the plan passable. ... If not, then prepare to kiss the Twins goodbye" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/9).