Wanted: $14.8 million to upgrade Como Zoo habitat for Sparky, pals

  • Article by: Jim Anderson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 30, 2014 - 10:16 PM

Sparky the sea lion may soon get new digs.

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avejoeconJan. 30, 14 9:43 PM

Nope, there is NO waste in Govt. Really? A one mllion dollar statue? That should come from donors if they want a statue. But, I can guarantee that the dems will push this through and hide it from the press.

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Minnesoda73Jan. 30, 1410:33 PM

Sparky is a great Minnesotan. He deserves the upgrades.

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mchristiJan. 30, 1411:31 PM

Statue? What statue, avejoecon? This is about an improved habitat for Como Zoo's seals and sea lions. They deserve to have better accommodations, especially since their current digs aren't quite up to scratch by contemporary zoo standards. The legislature should approve this bonding request to make a key Minnesota park facility better for animals and humans alike.

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keeleysonJan. 31, 14 3:43 AM

I'd rather spend some money on the Como Zoo than on a new office building for the part-time legislature....

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jplamp9Jan. 31, 14 4:17 AM

Shut these places of misery down and save the money. The unsanitary and depressing conditions Sparky must endure for family entertainment is cruel and sad.

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thorc1Jan. 31, 14 6:12 AM

Avejoecon is just following the Tea Party playbook of making up an outlandish statement when you have no facts on your side. Ironically, the only $1 million figure mentioned in the story is the amount of the project to be funded with private donations.

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TaxFreeTennJan. 31, 14 7:38 AM

I'm sure a quality private fundraising effort, maybe a corporate sponsor or two, would work great.

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bwebsterJan. 31, 14 8:08 AM

If you really want better accommodations for Sparky and his friends, release them back to their natural habitat and shut down this exhibit (and save a million dollars in the process).

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mnfishJan. 31, 14 8:24 AM

thorc1....the 1 million will come from taxpayers. The remaining 13+ million will come from donations.

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rampalincJan. 31, 14 8:27 AM

I am sure Sparky is a great seal - but this is where I strongly believe a line needs to be drawn between what govt should and should not fund. Sparky should get his 1M through private donors - this is not what I turn my money over to the govt for.

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