King Wilson bets on Hawaii

king wilson.JPGAfter winning a years-long battle to win legal approval for electronic pull tabs, King Wilson is leaving Allied Charities of Minnesota.

The group’s 20-year executive director says his last official day of work was Monday, although he’s still got some “loose ends” to tie up with the charitable gambling trade group, including erasing any reference to himself from the group’s website.

He figures that some time this fall, maybe September, he’s moving to Hawaii.

“I’ve always dreamed of doing this,” says Wilson, who is 55 and doesn’t have a job lined up yet in Hawaii. But he goes there regularly and says he thinks the climate and island life will suit him just fine.

Wilson played a key role in the run-up to a new Vikings stadium, when backers picked his group’s expansion proposal to help fund bonds for the new home for the NFL team in Minneapolis.

Allied Charities of Minnesota is taking applications for a new executive director through Friday.

Photo: Tim Nelson

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