Ramsey County OKs stadium land deal

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON and RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 16, 2011 - 9:44 AM

Ramsey County's move to buy does not quell financing issues.

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dranderson99Nov. 15, 1111:30 AM

The Ramsey County Board has approved the purchase of land for a new Viking Stadium in Arden Hills. But they aren't going to pay for it, the state is supposed to come up with the money. Since when does the Ramsey County Board have authority over the state finances?

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sharkysharkNov. 15, 1111:36 AM

The politicians just promised to spend $28.5 million of other people's money. Has common sense gone out of style?

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gsacksNov. 15, 1111:39 AM

So now the state needs to come up the $300 mil that Ramsey County was originally supposed to raise on their own because they won't even bother with a referendum on their unpopular tax increase? And the Wilfs say their portion of funds is contingent on using this particular site. I'm a huge Vikings fan and want them to have a stadium, but this deal keeps changing, and it keeps getting worse. If the Wilfs want the state taxpayers to kick in that much of the funding, then he shouldn't get to dictate where it goes.

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travismooseNov. 15, 1111:39 AM

...and the public was successfully blackmailed into giving the millionaire his welfare.

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hamlinetruthNov. 15, 1111:39 AM

I realize that the Star Trib is going to shove the Stadium down or thoarts or up something else; and I further realize that Rochlle Oslon is the worst reporter on your staff.. .BUT NO WHERE IN THIS ARTICE DO I SEE WHICH COMMISSSIONERS VOTED FOR or WHICH COMMIOSSONERS VOTED AGAINST THIS DEAL....Evidently the public does not have the right to this information.

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hamlinetruthNov. 15, 1111:40 AM

I realize that the Star Trib is going to shove the Stadium down or thoarts or up something else; and I further realize that Rochlle Oslon is the worst reporter on your staff.. .BUT NO WHERE IN THIS ARTICE DO I SEE WHICH COMMISSSIONERS VOTED FOR or WHICH COMMIOSSONERS VOTED AGAINST THIS DEAL....Evidently the public does not have the right to this information.

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Mister_ENov. 15, 1111:40 AM

Apparently county commisioners don't realize that the state can spend county money. But it doesn't work the other way around.

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ecknbeckNov. 15, 1111:40 AM

Because Arden Hills is so convenient to get to, to see a mediocre(at best) team play? Pathetic that this has gotten this far......

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louieaNov. 15, 1111:45 AM

This is an incredible display of arrogance and irresponsibility. Talk about putting the proverbial cart before the proverbial horse. The entire stadium issue has gotten completely out of hand and absolutely reeks of cronyism, abuse of authority, side deals, dishonesty, and outright corruption. The ONLY way to KEEP IT CLEAN is to have a statewide referendum and let the voters put this matter to rest, one way or the other.

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rshacklefordNov. 15, 1111:50 AM

"Commissioners Tony Bennett and Rafael Ortega said the deal should quell concerns about surprise acquisition and remediation costs." Who are these yahoos? Dumb and Dumber? "They also tout the jobs benefits of cleanup and construction at the site that has gone undeveloped for more than a decade." So, MAYBE a very few currently unemployed Minnesotans will have a job for a year and then they will be laid-off once again while all the fans spend their money on losing Purple Pushover games instead of on home construction and remodeling. Nice logic there construction unions. Lap up the trickle down, just don't think about what it really is. It would be really funny if the workers came from Iowa or Wisconsin. The project does need to be put up for bid, right?

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