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Ah, Unveiling At Hand

April 10, 2007 11:38 PM

Well, the news is all good:

The (Hennepin County) board voted 4-2 to amend its previous agreement with the ballclub and deposit $13.35 million for the downtown Minneapolis land near Target Center. That was the amount the county had offered landowners for the property when the agreement was made last year, before the owners claimed this year that the land was worth much more -- a threat that could have upset the delicate balance of the approved funding for the $90 million facility.

The County Board said that it would go ahead under laws of eminent domain to condemn the property and acquire it for fair market value -- the $13.35 million previously agreed to. If the planned "quick-take" maneuver leads to litigation, county board member Mike Opat said, "We'll go to a jury trial if we have to, and if we do, the Twins will be our partner in any litigation. But it's time to break ground, begin construction and put people to work." ...

(T)he Twins...will display the stadium design showing from 12:30 p.m. CT to 6 p.m. on Thursday, on the second floor Skyway Level of the Government Center.

I'll see you there, and I'll have pictures here soon after I return!

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Awesome! FINALLY!!

Please post pics/analysis for an out-of-town devoted fan. Great site...kepp up the good work.

Posted on April 11, 2007 at 2:37 PM by ReadNWaiting Highlight this comment 1

I can't wait for your reaction. Hopefully you can change your header back to it's original design.

Posted on April 12, 2007 at 8:48 PM by freealonzo Highlight this comment 2

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