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TWINS SUPPORTERS LAUNCH FINAL STADIUM BLITZ BEFORE SESSION

          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).   
          
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