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WILD AGREE TO REWORK LEASE, BUT HEAVY DEBATE REMAINS

          Officials from St. Paul and the NHL Wild "agreed Monday
     to rework their lease" so that the team would pay the city
     from $2.5M to $6M a year in taxes on a new $130M RiverCentre
     arena, according to Brown & Whereatt of the Minneapolis STAR
     TRIBUNE.  Under the new proposal, the Wild would recoup
     $2.1M in annual ticket surcharge proceeds and $385,000 in ad
     revenue currently earmarked for the city.  The new deal also
     calls for the team to strengthen language in the lease to
     prevent it from being able to move.  Wild CEO Jac Sperling:
     "We think we made a major step to address the issues raised
     by legislators" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/7).  
          RUMBLINGS: In St. Paul, Jack Coffman reports that the
     debate over state aid for the Wild's arena yesterday "seemed
     to be headed for a showdown" between MN Senate Majority
     Leader Roger Moe and Gov. Arne Carlson.  Moe, a critic of
     providing state aid to St. Paul's hockey efforts, "cast
     doubt" that a plan will be part of a $970M capital budget. 
     Carlson has said that "he'll veto a capital budget that
     doesn't help St. Paul" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/7).  

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