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Vikings Pushing For Minn. Legislature To Consider New Stadium
Published January 18, 2011
ENCOURAGING MESSAGE: A Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE editorial states Dayton "sent an encouraging message with last week's appointment of Ted Mondale" as Chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. Mondale, "seasoned as a policymaker, politician, executive and entrepreneur," is "exactly the sort of pick a governor would make if he's serious about keeping the Vikings in Minnesota on the best possible public terms." It is too soon to "offer a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on a 2011 stadium plan," but Dayton and Mondale "both conveyed a useful message last week." Mondale said, "If it's doable, this is the year we do it." The editorial: "We hope the Legislature pays heed" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/18).
ROLLING ON: In St. Paul, Elizabeth Mohr reports Metrodome officials Friday announced that Rollerdome and indoor running events are "back on track" at the stadium, even though the roof "has yet to be fixed and events involving the field are still called off." MSFC Exec Dir Bill Lester said that on-field events "will have to wait for further testing and analysis of roof panels." MSFC spokesperson Darin Broton said that "part of the ongoing analysis includes the field's turf, replaced last year" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/16).