Vikes president meets with lawmakers

It turns out Vikings president Mark Wilf was heading up to the Capitol yesterday during his visit to St. Paul. He just took the long way to the Legislature after meeting with Ramsey County commissioners.

Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, a likely sponsor of an eventual stadium bill, says she talked with Wilf last night about 8 p.m. “Real informal,” she reports. Rosen said there were no specific details, and that she won’t be putting any more dates on prospective stadium bill introductions, thank you.

Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said he, too, met with Wilf last night, but separately. “No concrete discussions came up,” he reported of the meeting. Like Rosen, he’s a prospective sponsor, and he’s not setting a kickoff time for the Vikings bill, either.


Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s spokesman John Stiles says Mark Wilf also met with Rybak yesterday, about mid-afternoon.

“The overall goal is to keep the Vikings in Minnesota, and obviously, the mayor has expressed his preference for the Metrodome site,” Stiles said. He called the meeting productive, but said the Vikings aren’t playing any cards yet, site-wise.

Stiles also said that Rybak talked to the Vikings leadership “about the need for a global solution. For Target Center. The Saints. The St. Cloud Civic Center. All of them.”

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