Vikes Remain Committed

The Vikings lost out on their hopes of a new stadium in 2006. But, despite continued talk that the team could be heading west, the Vikings remain publicly committed to staying in Minnesota and making their stadium plan work.

The Vikings' failure to get a stadium in the 2006 legislative session has been met with mixed reviews. While some see the stadium deal as a foregone conclusion in 2007, others aren't so upbeat or positive. They see the next potential rejection as an end-game for a state that has sent a message about its unwillingness to use public money for private enterprise.

Still, the Vikings remain optimistic that a stadium deal will get done, as does Anoka County -- which remains steadfast to becoming the Vikings new home.

"We remain committed to working with the Vikings to see if we can present the legislature with a viable proposal in 2007," said Anoka County Board Chair Margaret Langfeld.

Any new stadium deal will likely require $150 million or more of public financing -- something legislators may not be willing to ask the citizens of Anoka County to shoulder themselves.

SATURDAY NOTE
* Zygi Wilf went public Friday with a statement concerning the guilty plea bargains by Fred Smoot and Bryant McKinnie, an unprecedented move of acknowledgement of the problems the franchise has experienced since its much-publicized boat cruise last October. Wilf stated that both players will do plenty of community service throughout the summer and that the issue is now in the past and the Vikings are looking forward. As it stands, prosecutors got minimal convictions on three of the four players charged, but spent an awful lot of money to get those convictions.

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