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Minnesota Governor signs stadium bill, to cheers and heckles

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It’s official.  The Vikings stadium deal has become a bill that has been signed into law by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the event drew both cheers and jeers, with Dayton on multiple occasions having to wait for hecklers to pipe down before he could speak.

“I’m proud of those who stepped forward and said, ‘This is what makes Minnesota special,’” Dayton said.

“These bills, that involve major public investments, are understandably controversial.  They’re hotly debated.  They’re closely inspected — as they should be.  That’s democracy, and that’s Minnesota.”

And barring an unexpected decision by the Minneapolis City Council to decline to accept the deal, that’s a wrap on the 10-year effort to get a new stadium built.

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64 Responses to “Minnesota Governor signs stadium bill, to cheers and heckles”
  1. kane337 says: May 14, 2012 3:13 PM

    Congrats Viking fans.

  2. purpleguy says: May 14, 2012 3:14 PM

    Sour grapes often results in whine. Too bad the hecklers were drowned out by the 20-1 supporter ratio during the legislative session — it’s a little late now.

  3. Jason Douglas says: May 14, 2012 3:15 PM

    This is a good deal for all. While some money is being spent up front, the tax revenue that will be generated for the next few decades will help go to popular, worthy causes such as education, healthcare and infrastructure.

    This is not Cincinnati. Minneapolis is a thriving community with a more loyal fan base who will pump money into the stadium and the team.

    Happy to see it done!

  4. lbpackfan says: May 14, 2012 3:16 PM

    Congrats to Vikings and their fans.

  5. skol77 says: May 14, 2012 3:17 PM

    It’s about time. From all those who travel to Minnie from Canada(specifically Winnipeg) to watch the Vikes. Thank you very much. Canada loves the Vikings.

    SKOL

  6. hulkhogansays says: May 14, 2012 3:19 PM

    The Vikings are never going to win a Superbowl, but hey good for Minnesotans, they have something to do on Sundays instead of nothing, brother.

  7. ghostofnflpresent says: May 14, 2012 3:20 PM

    Does this end future Vikings Stadium Bill stories?

  8. wludford says: May 14, 2012 3:20 PM

    Wish the Vikes were playing in the new stadium this season, but at least knowing the Vikings are here to stay and this is the last season for the Metrodome- that’s all good!

  9. chiadam says: May 14, 2012 3:22 PM

    Now the people of Minnesota can breathe a sigh of relief. They have many years to enjoy watching their Vikings not win a Super Bowl.

  10. 07vrod says: May 14, 2012 3:25 PM

    cheers until the residents of Minnesota receive their first bill…My taxes are WHAT?!

  11. abengalfan says: May 14, 2012 3:27 PM

    Happy for Vikings fans.
    As long as I’ve been watching the NFL the Vikings have been in Minn. glad that is not going to change.

  12. khmer379 says: May 14, 2012 3:34 PM

    We will win a superbowl before that 30 year lease is over new stadium will allow us to make profit so we can keep good players n attract great free agents to come n play here I might Be delusional but at least am not a Danny downer

  13. pistolsmoke says: May 14, 2012 3:35 PM

    As a Vikings fan, this is one of the greatest news I have had in awhile. Other fans don’t realize that this has been an issue for 10 years. I’m sure they got sick of the stories recently, but to hear about it for 10 years has been killing us (along with losing seasons or NFC Championship games). So to hear that we will get a new stadium and there is no chance of them moving now for at least 30 years is a great day in MN sports history! Skol!

    PS: I will not post crap like LA Jags or LA Rams ever, because I know how bad it is to hear about it. No team deserves to move to LA. They had their chance…….twice.

  14. conormacleod says: May 14, 2012 3:38 PM

    He signed you, Bill! Now you’re a law! Oh yes!!!

  15. vikefan says: May 14, 2012 3:42 PM

    also great that the packer trolls are finally tight lipped (or broken fingered) for a change, if u dont like watching our team on Sunday, move to the propor tv market. this is Vikings territory…SKOL!!!

  16. Canned Heat says: May 14, 2012 3:45 PM

    Awesome.

    Pack fan from Wisconsin who gets up to the Twin Cities quite often. Great town for those of you that have never been there. A new stadium will be an incredible asset to the area in a lot of ways. The Vikes and their fans take the team’s tradition deeply, like Green Bay does, so it would be neat to see a Viking HOF or shrine of some sort built into the complex somewhere.

    This will result in a rejuvenation to the area with both the hometown fans, as well as visiting fans, who like me, were probably were at several games at the Triple H and had our fill…much like what I saw first hand in Pontiac at the well dated Silverdome. Now a new stadium brings all sorts of people out of the woodwork and with that, lots more money to the communities in and around Minny/St. Paul.

    Congrats to all the Vikings fans (yes…even you Pervy)…you’ve waited long enough.

  17. Deb says: May 14, 2012 3:47 PM

    Thrilled for Vikes fans who deserve to have a half century of devotion rewarded. Sure hope this really is the end of the struggle. Skol, you guys!

  18. johnsticle says: May 14, 2012 3:51 PM

    Finally puts an end to the damn “LA Vikings” comments. Now lets put MORE focus in to building a better TEAM so we can take the trophy from the Pack.

  19. bleedngreen4life says: May 14, 2012 3:53 PM

    Congrats Vikes Season Tix holders…………..I can assure you multiple ticket increases in the years to come!!!!!!

  20. otown05 says: May 14, 2012 3:59 PM

    07vrod says: May 14, 2012 3:25 PM

    cheers until the residents of Minnesota receive their first bill…My taxes are WHAT?

    Well there are no new taxes so yeah when we do get our first “bill” whatever that means it will say $0. Nice try though buddy.

  21. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 14, 2012 4:00 PM

    Congrats, vike fans! Nice that you got this far, of course you still have to get past the Occupy-MN loving city council…

    I have a funny feeling that one of these hippie council members who weren’t entirely sold on their “yes” vote might see this as an opportunity to make a name for him or herself.

    How ironic that it might be the hippies exercising fiscal responsiblity, while the Tea Bag party folks can’t wait to just hand over a half-billion dollars to Zygi…

  22. naanunaanu says: May 14, 2012 4:01 PM

    i spent a winter camping in Ely Minn. i sure hope your new stadium has a roof on it, or that would be one hell of a home field advantage….. if the vikes right the ship and make the playoffs

  23. vikesfansteve says: May 14, 2012 4:03 PM

    In typical Vikings blow it in the very last second in the most excruciating way style the city of Minneapolis will vote no on their end of the deal 7-6.

  24. southcakpanther says: May 14, 2012 4:04 PM

    Congrats Vikes fans.

    Now, can we move on to contracting the Saints*.

  25. mnomalley says: May 14, 2012 4:09 PM

    To all those whiners about state taxes being used for the stadium. I am a working tax payer from MN and a lot of my tax dollars go towards schools and education, however I have no kids. A lot of my tax dollars goes towards planned parenthood, however, I do not support the killing of unborn children. So stop complaining about paying taxes for something %60 of the people from MN watch every Sunday.

  26. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 14, 2012 4:10 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:May 14, 2012 4:00 PM

    Congrats, vike fans! Nice that you got this far, of course you still have to get past the Occupy-MN loving city council…

    I have a funny feeling that one of these hippie council members who weren’t entirely sold on their “yes” vote might see this as an opportunity to make a name for him or herself.

    How ironic that it might be the hippies exercising fiscal responsiblity, while the Tea Bag party folks can’t wait to just hand over a half-billion dollars to Zygi…
    _________

    Welcome back, Carl! We were all wondering where you’ve been. How we missed your stadium negativity since the bill was passed. Glad to see you’re back and that you’re adding gay slurs to your repertoire.

  27. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 14, 2012 4:16 PM

    *Tea Party.

    That was an accident, I’m not like the rest of you losers who need to use foul language and slurs to make a point. My apologies to Tea Party members.

  28. ColfaxDenver says: May 14, 2012 4:20 PM

    Congrats Vikings fans. Your team will suck in the new stadium as well.

  29. PriorKnowledge says: May 14, 2012 4:31 PM

    Been 20 years since I was in Minnesota. Best steak I ever had was at Linde’s. Is that place still open with only 3 steak items on the menu?

    Congrats, MN. I was rooting for you!

  30. bayoubauer says: May 14, 2012 4:32 PM

    southcakpanther says:
    May 14, 2012 4:04 PM
    Congrats Vikes fans.

    Now, can we move on to contracting the Saints*.

    Says the fan whose team will finish no higher than 3rd in the division……AGAIN.

  31. 86chawk says: May 14, 2012 4:33 PM

    Glad to see this for the folks of Minnesota and the Vikings. The NFL would never be the same without the Minnesota Vikings. You guys seem to have a great fan base and a great owner, who has stepped up to the plate.

  32. NoHomeTeam says: May 14, 2012 4:35 PM

    pistolsmoke says: “As a Vikings fan, this is one of the greatest news I have had in awhile. . . .
    PS: I will not post crap like LA Jags or LA Rams ever, because I know how bad it is to hear about it. No team deserves to move to LA. They had their chance…….twice.”

    1. Congratulations on retaining your team.
    2. If the Rams return to L.A., will your position be that i>St. Louis “had their chance . . . twice?”

  33. lucksmn says: May 14, 2012 4:41 PM

    purpleguy says: May 14, 2012 3:14 PM

    Sour grapes often results in whine. Too bad the hecklers were drowned out by the 20-1 supporter ratio during the legislative session — it’s a little late now.———–

    There is a reason the 3 million registered voters of Minnesota aren’t given a vote on these things. It would never get approved. And the 190,176 registered voters of Anoka County would have given the same fate in Arden Hills. And the 690,586 registered voters for Hennepin County would have come to the same results. I guess there isn’t face paint for not wanting to fund a billionaire real estate developer to fund his real estate. And NOW Zygi says he’ll kick in more money for a retractable roof, but said the extra 105 million was unworkable. Hmmmm. He sure does seem happy now addays though doesn’t he?

  34. zatko says: May 14, 2012 4:44 PM

    Go Vikes… Get a Superbowl, then be the first to win one at home. Roof open, of course.

  35. AlohaMrHand says: May 14, 2012 5:00 PM

    will they be selling portions of the Metrodome roof online ?

  36. duluthvikesfan says: May 14, 2012 5:04 PM

    I really don’t see any surprises coming from the Minneapolis city council. With the way this deal is set, Minneapolis comes out of this deal better than the Vikings or the state. They get to extended an existing hospitality tax (a tax that only the state has the authority to say what it is used for) to pay their portion. But they also get to divert some of that tax to pay for and to upgrade the Target Center. Plus, because the payments for the Target Center will no longer come from property taxes, the Minneapolis citizens get property tax relief. AND, the city gets a small portion of the so called “claw back” if the team were to be sold! I would question the sanity of a city councilor that doesn’t go along with a deal that good.

  37. vavikingfan says: May 14, 2012 5:52 PM

    The facts are pretty simple—an NFL franchise defines a major league city or area, plus the Vikings are a regional team. If they had lost the franchise Minnesota would never have gotten another one. Besides, Roger Goodell probably threatened to suspend the legislature, governor and Mpls city council.

  38. captaincanoe says: May 14, 2012 6:04 PM

    It will be nice place for Packer fans to see their team play when the Vikings are 4-9 and the Viking fans bail.

  39. northstars1991 says: May 14, 2012 7:54 PM

    I will be just fine if the Viking never win a Superbowl. The Vikes are my team and I would NEVER trade them and their history for ANYTHING! They say that nobody remembers the team that finishes second… Well, I do!

  40. Rockets GM says: May 14, 2012 7:56 PM

    The Vikings are a staple in Minnesota and even though I’m not a Vikings fan, I’m glad they are going to stay where they belong. Residents angered by this can always move to North Dakota.

  41. wjf010 says: May 14, 2012 8:02 PM

    wludford says:May 14, 2012 3:20 PM

    Wish the Vikes were playing in the new stadium this season, but at least knowing the Vikings are here to stay and this is the last season for the Metrodome- that’s all good!

    **********

    Sorry to tell you – they will be playing at least two more years in the Metrodome.

  42. veence69 says: May 14, 2012 8:58 PM

    captaincanoe says: May 14, 2012 6:04 PM

    It will be nice place for Packer fans to see their team play when the Vikings are 4-9 and the Viking fans bail.

    _______________________

    Hmm.. The Vikings just went through two of the worst seasons that they have ever endured and fans STILL sold out the Metrodome every game.

    Meanwhile, I’m sure you conveniently forget that between 1969 and 1992 The GREEN BAY Packers had to play half of their home games in MILWAUKEE every year because they couldn’t sell out non-divisional games at Lambeau.

    The truth hurts when you’ve only been a fan of the Packers since the mid-nineties, doesn’t it?

  43. veence69 says: May 14, 2012 8:59 PM

    BOX.

  44. gdeli says: May 14, 2012 9:21 PM

    NO MORE L.A. TALK SO SHUT IT!

  45. silvernblacksupremecist says: May 14, 2012 10:08 PM

    as an LA resident, I want to thank Minnesota for keeping the Vikings so we can continue to hope for the .001% chance we will get the Raiders.

  46. dcviking says: May 14, 2012 10:25 PM

    lucksmn says: May 14, 2012 4:41 PM

    purpleguy says: May 14, 2012 3:14 PM

    Sour grapes often results in whine. Too bad the hecklers were drowned out by the 20-1 supporter ratio during the legislative session — it’s a little late now.———–

    There is a reason the 3 million registered voters of Minnesota aren’t given a vote on these things. It would never get approved. And the 190,176 registered voters of Anoka County would have given the same fate in Arden Hills. And the 690,586 registered voters for Hennepin County would have come to the same results. I guess there isn’t face paint for not wanting to fund a billionaire real estate developer to fund his real estate. And NOW Zygi says he’ll kick in more money for a retractable roof, but said the extra 105 million was unworkable. Hmmmm. He sure does seem happy now addays though doesn’t he?

    ——————————————

    Genius idea…everyone should be able to vote on everything!

    That way people who don’t have kids can vote against funding schools, people with jobs can vote against welfare and unemployment benefits, people who don’t hunt and fish can vote against DNR expenditures, people who have health insurance can vote against state medicaid.

    Absolutely, the people should be allowed to vote on every expenditure the state makes…

  47. lbpackfan says: May 14, 2012 10:39 PM

    veence69 says:
    May 14, 2012 8:58 PM
    captaincanoe says: May 14, 2012 6:04 PM

    It will be nice place for Packer fans to see their team play when the Vikings are 4-9 and the Viking fans bail.

    _______________________

    Hmm.. The Vikings just went through two of the worst seasons that they have ever endured and fans STILL sold out the Metrodome every game.

    Meanwhile, I’m sure you conveniently forget that between 1969 and 1992 The GREEN BAY Packers had to play half of their home games in MILWAUKEE every year because they couldn’t sell out non-divisional games at Lambeau.

    The truth hurts when you’ve only been a fan of the Packers since the mid-nineties, doesn’t it?

    —————————————–

    The truth? You apparently don’t know it. Where do you pull 1969 from???? Green Bay was playing games in Milwaukee well before that. Financial considerations in the 30′s forced the Packers to play games in Milwaukee…it wasnt for lack of fan interest or not being able to sell out games…County Stadium was much larger than Green Bay’s City Stadium…could hold more people…initially there was hope the Packers would move to Milwaukee full time.

  48. mediasloppy says: May 14, 2012 10:51 PM

    lucksmn says:
    May 14, 2012 4:41 PM

    There is a reason the 3 million registered voters of Minnesota aren’t given a vote on these things. It would never get approved. And the 190,176 registered voters of Anoka County would have given the same fate in Arden Hills. And the 690,586 registered voters for Hennepin County would have come to the same results. I guess there isn’t face paint for not wanting to fund a billionaire real estate developer to fund his real estate. And NOW Zygi says he’ll kick in more money for a retractable roof, but said the extra 105 million was unworkable. Hmmmm. He sure does seem happy now addays though doesn’t he?
    ——–
    Man, just go away. All of those registered voters wouldn’t even pass a tax to fund their child’s school activities and that included education.

  49. eknirb says: May 14, 2012 11:01 PM

    I think the Pack played like 1 or 2 games @ the most in Milwaukee.

    So the Vikes play one more @ HHHM, then they trash it and build on the same site while Vikes play 2 years @ UM? Is that right?

  50. taintedsaints2009 says: May 14, 2012 11:27 PM

    i want to build a new house. roughly $1 million. i will create numerous construction jobs. i will be paying property taxes. all great for Minnesota! think of all the money going to the school districts! that creates teachers jobs!

    Therefore, the taxpayers should give me $500,000 for this new house of mine. home ownership is just what MINNESOTA IS ALLLLLLLL ABOUT.

    it’s the EXACT same thing.

  51. burrito12 says: May 14, 2012 11:31 PM

    “Hmm.. The Vikings just went through two of the worst seasons that they have ever endured and fans STILL sold out the Metrodome every game.

    Meanwhile, I’m sure you conveniently forget that between 1969 and 1992 The GREEN BAY Packers had to play half of their home games in MILWAUKEE every year because they couldn’t sell out non-divisional games at Lambeau.

    The truth hurts when you’ve only been a fan of the Packers since the mid-nineties, doesn’t it?”
    ————————————————————————————-
    And how many tickets in the last 2 seasons were bought by corporations or the Vikings themselves to avoid a blackout? I remember your home PLAYOFF game 3 years ago was in danger of being blacked out, pathetic!!! Lambeau field has been sold out since 1960 and has 80k on their waiting list. The Vikings currently have 0 on their waiting list. The Packers playing in Milwaukee had NOTHING to with being unable to sell out Lambeau. But you wouldn’t be the first clueless Viking fan I’ve encountered.

    Packer and Steeler fans are in a class of their own, Viking fans can’t touch them and fall somewhere in the class of Cardinal or Jaguar fans in the realm of loyalty.

  52. taintedsaints2009 says: May 14, 2012 11:34 PM

    and don’t forget about Mark Dayton:

    he wanted Minnesotans to have the HIGHEST state income tax in the country when he was elected. you say he is on your side?

    be happy a republican legislature blocked that from ever happening, otherwise, Packer land would experience a flood of businesses moving in from MN. just like what illinois companies are doing.

  53. mrvikingsfan11 says: May 14, 2012 11:39 PM

    Amen

  54. veence69 says: May 15, 2012 1:20 AM

    eknirb says: May 14, 2012 11:01 PM

    I think the Pack played like 1 or 2 games @ the most in Milwaukee.

    ______________

    Then you’re a fool.

  55. NoHomeTeam says: May 15, 2012 2:45 AM

    PFT BLOWS says: “Good. CA already has 15 professional sports franchises…… Chargers, 9ers, Raiders, Kings (NBA), Kings (NHL), Giants, Dodgers, Padres, Clippers, Lakers, blah blah blah blah. I could go on. L.A. is scum, much like most of their nutjob citizens.”

    Sorry you had such a bad time when you lived here, sweetie. We feel your pain. Clearly, you just couldn’t make it in a grown-up city. Also, we’re sorry we failed to teach you geography, what with the Raiders and Giants residing in northern California, and the Padres in San Diego (I know you didn’t mention them, but you were thinking about them, weren’t you?)

    Thanks for not living here any more; we appreciate your sacrifice to make our lives better.

    Sincerely,

    Everyone Who Lives In California

  56. NoHomeTeam says: May 15, 2012 2:52 AM

    and the Padres and Chargers in San Diego (I know you didn’t mention them, but you were thinking about them, weren’t you?)

    Arrr. Where’s the “edit” button when you need it?
    Original point still stands, albeit with a slightly red face . . .

  57. jwh8541 says: May 15, 2012 3:31 AM

    congrats mn. year ago you couldn’t make a budget now you’re subsidizing one of the richest guys and enterprise in the world. talk about socialism.

  58. 69allday says: May 15, 2012 6:41 AM

    PriorKnowledge says:
    May 14, 2012 4:31 PM
    Been 20 years since I was in Minnesota. Best steak I ever had was at Linde’s. Is that place still open with only 3 steak items on the menu?

    Congrats, MN. I was rooting for you!

    I live in Arden Hills, and yes Lindeys is still open. Great steaks!! Recently voted best steak house by City Pages. Not sure about the 3 steak items. Skol Vikes!!!!!

  59. southcakpanther says: May 15, 2012 9:39 AM

    May 14, 2012 4:32 PM
    southcakpanther says:
    May 14, 2012 4:04 PM
    Congrats Vikes fans.

    Now, can we move on to contracting the Saints*.

    Says the fan whose team will finish no higher than 3rd in the division……AGAIN.
    ——————–
    We shall see. They are rebuilding. They were 12-4 just three years ago. At least we aren’t lying and cheating like the Saints* though.

  60. vikefan says: May 15, 2012 10:19 AM

    i want to build a new house. roughly $1 million. i will create numerous construction jobs. i will be paying property taxes. all great for Minnesota! think of all the money going to the school districts! that creates teachers jobs!

    Therefore, the taxpayers should give me $500,000 for this new house of mine. home ownership is just what MINNESOTA IS ALLLLLLLL ABOUT.

    it’s the EXACT same thing.
    ———————————————————
    really? after your home is built who is going to pay to see you? what merchandise will you sell to increase sales tax revenues? how many working ppl will reside in your new home to pay income taxes? would you pay rent in your own new home? BTW…the Vikings DO NOT OWN this new stadium, the state DOES!!

    ppl, get your facts straight b4 blubbering away on here!!

  61. vikefan says: May 15, 2012 10:22 AM

    Packer and Steeler fans are in a class of their own, Viking fans can’t touch them and fall somewhere in the class of Cardinal or Jaguar fans in the realm of loyalty.
    ——————————————————–
    we have zero interest in touching you in ANY way…..we already know you touch yourselves enuff!!!

  62. skinningcats says: May 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    duluthvikesfan says: May 14, 2012 5:04 PM

    I really don’t see any surprises coming from the Minneapolis city council…..

    —————-

    Not true. Since Ryback let the REAL numbers slip ($150 million up front and $600 million more over the next 20 years for Minneapolis residents only) I hear that the two Council “fence sitters” who voted for it in pre-legislative form are now looking to bail. Their constituents have guaranteed they are going to be voted out if they don’t flip back.

    The fat lady has NOT sung yet…….

  63. brewdogg says: May 16, 2012 1:17 AM

    lbpackfan says: May 14, 2012 10:39 PM

    The truth? You apparently don’t know it. Where do you pull 1969 from???? Green Bay was playing games in Milwaukee well before that. Financial considerations in the 30′s forced the Packers to play games in Milwaukee…it wasnt for lack of fan interest or not being able to sell out games…County Stadium was much larger than Green Bay’s City Stadium…could hold more people…initially there was hope the Packers would move to Milwaukee full time.
    ————————————

    Uhhhhh….. Not that I would ever dream of pointing out inaccuracies in the posts of known packer trolls (snicker), but Lambeau was built because the NFL threatened to force the team to move if a better venue wasn’t built.

    Also, the Packers continued playing home games in Milwaukee until 1994, which, ironically, was the first time in 25 years that the Packers looked the least bit relevant on the NFL landscape. While I will not refute your assessment that financial concerns were the driving force behind the games in Milwaukee, I have to wonder about the timing of the ending of that arrangement and the apparent cessation of the “financial need”. But, since I was not attending Packer games in the 70s and 80s, I won’t make claims about the “loyalty” and “class” of Packer fans when the team wasn’t winning.

  64. brewdogg says: May 16, 2012 1:31 AM

    taintedsaints2009 says: May 14, 2012 11:27 PM

    i want to build a new house. roughly $1 million. i will create numerous construction jobs. i will be paying property taxes. all great for Minnesota! think of all the money going to the school districts! that creates teachers jobs!

    Therefore, the taxpayers should give me $500,000 for this new house of mine. home ownership is just what MINNESOTA IS ALLLLLLLL ABOUT.

    it’s the EXACT same thing.
    ———————————-

    Actually, a closer metaphor would be:

    You want to build a new hotel. It will be top of the line, all the amenities, the kind of place that movie stars, pop stars, and Hiltons would stay at if they had need to come to Minnesota. Your business model says that, in the time you will be using it, you will gross somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 million and employ a staff that will be paid $150 million.

    We, the Minnesota taxpayers, will give you half of the billion dollars you need to build it. In exchange, you will get to use it from June through August, and the state will use it and keep all revenue generated from September through May. You must operate there every year during these dates for 30 years. You will pay 2.7% of the state contribution each year to use it (which comes out to about 80% of what we gave you in the first place). We thank you for contributing, in total, around $850 million towards a facility that we, the state of Minnesota, will get to use to our own benefit through a majority of the year.

    And any businessman who agreed to this deal would be mocked incessantly. But, since it an already successful businessman whose employees are mostly spoiled rich kids, some people decide to get their thongs all twisted around over the idea of the state making this kind of deal. I’m beginning to think that chess should be required teaching in our schools, just so people start learning to think beyond the immediate move.

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