House speaker is seeking to thread needle on Vikings

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 13, 2011 - 11:31 PM

Kurt Zellers cites two history lessons in the stadium debate.

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teapottydoltNov. 13, 11 7:44 PM

Memo to Kurt Zellers....Leaders round up votes..That's what they do. If you don't want that role, step down from being Speaker.

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lindaquamNov. 13, 11 7:48 PM

What is obvious is that if they don't solve this problem, 5 years from now after the team has left someone will come along with a plan that works. This posturing by both sides is wearisome.

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sharkysharkNov. 13, 11 7:53 PM

No special session, no new stadium. The "people" don't want it, don't need it and can't afford it. Do your job right Kurt and don't give in to the arm-twisters from New Jersey.

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rockanatreeNov. 13, 11 7:54 PM

Stay strong, Kurt. This should be wayyyy down the list of priorities.

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harrisstevenNov. 13, 11 7:55 PM

PLEASE someone count how many stories we have read about wilfy not getting enough billions v all the rest of society's ills...Cmon, I have NO agenda...but YOU do...

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hendr757Nov. 13, 11 8:02 PM

We had plenty of time to run a question on the ballot. Do you support a Viking stadium: yes or no. We could have solved the issue once and for all.

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AnondsonNov. 13, 11 8:04 PM

Let's try this. A special taxation zone on the property used by the Wilf's real-estate developments. They are free to develop all the commercial, high-density residential, and retail they want, but there would be an extra property tax and sales tax levied on properties in this development project. Second, twist arms on the national level to get the NFL to allow PARTIAL state ownership of the team.

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pitythefoolsNov. 13, 11 8:05 PM

We have a stadium, designed for football, complete with new roof and playing surface, right on the light rail line, sitting empty. If that's not good enough for Wilf, then buh-bye. We don't have the money to build an unnecessary playground. If some other state is rich enough to hand the Vikings a stadium, they are welcome to them. We have more important things to spend our money on than a gilded pleasure dome to watch a bunch of thick-necks chasing of lob-sided ball around.

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knapsiNov. 13, 11 8:08 PM

kurt just be like nancy pelosi,just pass the bill&read it to find out what's it after passage.skol vikings-show your horns

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gopyleNov. 13, 11 8:12 PM

It seems the only consideration many lawmakers have for whether or not to do something is how it will affect their reelection. They weren't elected to be reelected, but to make decisions based on what is best. I am not a big Vikings fan, nor do i worry about whether or not they leave, but I think it is time to decide once and for all if the state government is going to get involved and help with a stadium or not. This is not a new issue and there has been plenty of time to work on a solution. Decide something and move on. Stadium...no stadium. Decide.

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