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Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed

  • Clearly, it will take political courage, but isn’t that the real test of public leadership?
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  • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities

Arne Carlson and Paul Ostrow, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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ows_140996161419340.jpgA rendering of the new Minnesota Vikings football stadium from 2013. The stadium is under construction. Photo: Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

September 5, 2014 | All too often, the human tendency is to compound one big mistake with a series of additional mistakes in the hope that somehow the results will improve. This appears to be the case with the Vikings stadium.

Minnesota has considerable experience in putting together partnerships involving government and the private/nonprofit sectors. This includes not only the arts but sports teams as well. We do this because it is part of our quality of life.

  • Arne H. Carlson was governor of Minnesota from 1991 to 1999. 
  • Paul Ostrow was a member of the Minneapolis City Council from 1998 to 2009, serving as council president from 2002 to 2005.

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Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities, Arne Carlson, The Governor Arne Carlson Blog

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