Little known Ramsey panel is the mouse that roars in Vikings stadium debate

The relatively obscure Ramsey County Charter Commission has become a key cog in the Vikings' quest for a stadium in Arden Hills. By giving voice to public opposition to a sales tax to fund the stadium, the charter commission is inserting itself into a high-stakes political power struggle. Some elected leaders might find themselves in the position of stifling a public vote or risk losing the Vikings.
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on

The relatively obscure Ramsey County Charter Commission has become a key cog in the Vikings' quest for a stadium in Arden Hills. By giving voice to public opposition to a sales tax to fund the stadium, the charter commission is inserting itself into a high-stakes political power struggle. Some elected leaders might find themselves in the position of stifling a public vote or risk losing the Vikings.

Next Up

Related

Watch: Senate tax panel debates stadium bill

The Senate Tax Committee is discussing the nearly $1 billion Vikings stadium proposal Friday afternoon. The panel needs to approve the legislation before it reaches the full Senate for a vote. The House adjourned Friday afternoon without taking up the bill.

Vikings won't pay as much for Minneapolis stadium

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says he won't pay as much money for a stadium built in Minneapolis. He has his eyes set on a stadium in Arden Hills. Wilf will contribute more than $400 million to a stadium in Arden Hills, but says a stadium at any other site won't warrant 'that level of commitment.'

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."

Third Vikings stadium proposal surfaces

The backers are a bit of a mystery, but a new proposal puts a new Vikings stadium north of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports city leaders have seen the blueprints -- but officials aren't exactly sure who's behind the project. The Vikings are dismissing the plan, preferring to focus on their Arden Hills site.

Vikings' stadium deal isn't reached

Governor Mark Dayton met with GOP lawmakers Friday trying to finalize a Vikings' stadium plan. They couldn't agree on one of the three Minneapolis sites or the site in Arden Hills. Dayton plans on scheduling more talks next week in hopes of wrapping up a deal by Thanksgiving.