A third proposal from Ramsey County for a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills fell flat Friday. The newest proposal funded a stadium through user fees instead of county sales taxes. The Star Tribune reports that Vikings VP Lester Bagley quickly ruled it out.
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Ramsey County petitions to block public funding for stadium
Ramsey County leaders hope to collect 15,000 signatures to force a referendum vote in November on whether to publicly fund a proposed Arden Hills stadium. The ad hoc group says the effort is in response to elected officials ignoring their constituents and kowtowing to Vikings ownership.
Vikings to meet next week to explore Minneapolis options, still set on Arden Hills stadium
Vikings officials reaffirmed their commitment to building on an Arden Hills site Tuesday, but agreed to meet with Minneapolis officials next Tuesday to explore stadium options. Team Vice President Lester Bagley says the Vikings want to "stick with the local partner [Arden Hills] that sticks with us.
Ramsey County leaders propose food, beverage tax to fund stadium
Ramsey County commissioners Tony Bennett and Rafael Ortega have proposed a county-wide three-percent food and beverage tax to help fund a Vikings' stadium in Arden Hills. The tax would raise $24-million/year.
Fourth and inches for Vikings stadium
Monday could turn out to be one of the most important days in the history of the Minnesota Vikings. The stadium bill will be voted on in the House. If the vote passes the team will be one step closer to a new stadium. Lester Bagley, the Vikings' chief stadium lobbyist believes a 'yes' vote "is within striking distance."
50-50 chance Vikings stadium bill is approved
Gov. Mark Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley were on WCCO Sunday morning to weigh in on the future of the Vikings stadium proposal. All three agree the stadium bill has a 50 percent chance of passing both chambers of the legislature before lawmakers plan to adjourn next Monday.
Gov. Dayton says Metrodome is only suitable site for Vikings stadium
Governor Mark Dayton informed the Minnesota Vikings on Monday that if they want a stadium plan approved this year, it will have to be built on the current Metrodome site. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are scheduled to meet with Dayton on Wednesday. Lester Bagley, Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development, says the Wilfs are "extremely frustrated with the situation."
Ramsey County backed into corner in fight for Vikings stadium
Arden Hills in Ramsey County is the Vikings' preferred site for a new stadium, but finding ways to fund their portion of the $1.1 billion plan is no longer on their shoulders. Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett says "We've jumped every friggin' hoop there is in town."
Vikings booster Bennett loses bid for re-election on Ramsey Co. Board
Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett will not advance to the November general election after 16 years in office. Bennett championed the controversial effort to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. The longtime incumbent came in third behind two of his challengers -- Blake Huffman and Frank Mabley. Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher came in fourth.
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