Amid backlash, Vikings stadium developers explain imported steel buy

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 26, 2013 - 6:45 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota stadium developers provided a fuller accounting of their upcoming steel purchase Monday after word of some metal being imported caused concern in the state's Iron Range.

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quinnerooNov. 25, 13 2:40 PM

This won't be the end of it. The manpower will come from out of state and the labor unions and minority hiring advocates will be screaming, and wondering where it all went wrong. BTW, I am a liberal ex-building trades worker, but I know a bad deal when I see it.

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ddellwoNov. 25, 13 5:29 PM

Translation: Go overseas for the really good steel -- buy the cheap stuff here in the US.....:(

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rshacklefordNov. 25, 13 5:42 PM

"I always called this a jobs bill and those jobs are about to be realized and recognized and I'm excited about it," Dayton said Monday while describing the use of any foreign steel as "unfortunate" but "necessary." ---- Whatever Dayton. Just like your Etabs and tobacco tax. He can start practicing yelling "Beer Here, Get Your Beer Here!" I want to see him walking stadium steps each game. The only thing "necessary" is getting the guy fired for sticking this to the taxpayers and that would not be "unfortunate."

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carbonfiberNov. 25, 13 5:58 PM

So who is the bigger doofus? Rukavina for pretending to be an engineer, or Dayton for promising business he couldn't deliver? I'll call it a tie.

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rshacklefordNov. 25, 13 6:01 PM

BTW, why does this state NOT have a judge like the one described in today's Strib article "Judge blocks sale of California high-speed rail bonds, rejects funding, jeopardizing project." Their project sounds less ludicrous than our unnecessary stadium!

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dr4golfNov. 25, 13 6:03 PM

Why is it 'unfortunate' that we have to buy a certain steel abroad when we don't produce it here? Seems to me there are a lot of folks on here who want the project to fail, or are Union homeys. I could care less where the steel comes from. Build the damn thing. Lots of people will be employed regardless where they are from.

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formergopNov. 25, 13 6:09 PM

ahhhh 7 million dollars for steel here. 5 million dollars from Europe. Which is it 20 percent or 71 percent? Come on Star.

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kennyrogersNov. 25, 13 6:12 PM

So what, the Viking stadium parking lots will be full of foreign cars, and nobody gives a hoot. That's the American way, buy all the foreign products you want, the heck with the American worker.

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basia2186Nov. 25, 13 6:18 PM

All we can do now is make sure Dayton only gets one term.

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geekfreedomNov. 25, 13 6:19 PM

Sigh - I wish it had a retractable roof. Pre-season, plus September October and even some November games under the bright autumn sun.

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