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Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities

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880x550_0000_Exterior_PlazaPerspective.jpgTo this day, we still do not know the full details of how the funding of bonds, costs, etc. for the new Vikings Stadium will be handled. newminnesotastadium.com

08/05/14 | A longtime friend and a retired legislator has an expression that forms the basis of this blog: “Minnesota does not have a money problem, it has a priorities problem”. How true.

For instance, tonight some 2,000 young people in the metro area will search for shelter. Statewide that figure is nearly double. Some will find bed space with friends and acquaintances. Most will sleep in their lean-tos, tents, or cardboard boxes. Those with minimum wage jobs will use the bus system, walk, or bike to work. Their hot meal will come at night when various shelters provide food, Internet service, a hot bath and some donated clothes.

Arne Carlson: Elected Governor of the State of MN in 1990; re-elected in 1994 by a landslide. Named with Hubert H. Humphry and Carter Vice President Walter Mondale as 1 of 3 "Great" political figures of 20th Century in MN Poll.

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