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ST. PAUL'S $65M ARENA BID REJECTED BY MN SENATE
Published February 27, 1998
The city of St. Paul was dealt a "stunning, though not unexpected, blow" yesterday when a Senate committee recommended that no money be spent on the city's hockey arena, according to Maria Douglas Reeve of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The move means that a bill containing capital improvement projects for the state will go to the Senate next week minus $65M for improvements to the St. Paul RiverCentre. The decision had been "foreshadowed for months" as the Legislature debated financing a new baseball stadium for the Twins (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/27). In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports that "the word in St. Paul" is that Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe "and many members of the Legislature are firm on their stance: If a [baseball] stadium isn't going to be built, then St. Paul shouldn't be given" $65M for a hockey arena (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/27). Also in MN, Robert Whereatt reports "any hope of resuscitating support for a baseball stadium was dashed" yesterday after a bill that "would have established a framework for transferring the Twins to a nonprofit community organization was defeated on a 12-4 vote" (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/27).