ST. PAUL (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says his administration and lawmakers “may be getting close to a site, a deal and a bill” for a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium.
The Democratic governor offered the update Wednesday night during his State of the State address. He urged lawmakers to press ahead on a proposal this session and not let it linger into the fall or beyond.
Dayton suggests some lawmakers may prefer to avoid a vote on the thorny issue until after the November election. He calls that unfair to unemployed construction workers and the team.
The Vikings and public officials have yet to nail down where a new stadium would be built, how much it would cost or where the money would come from.
Twins, Casilla avoid arbitration
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and second baseman Alexi Casilla have agreed on a one-year contract for $1,382,500 to avoid an arbitration hearing. The deal was done Wednesday.
The Twins offered $1,065,000, and Casilla asked for $1,750,000. His salary was $865,000 last season. The Twins haven’t gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since Kyle Lohse in 2006 and 2005. Casilla was the Twins’ last remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible player this year.
Casilla is in line to start with veteran newcomer Jamey Carroll at shortstop. Casilla can play both middle infield positions.
The 27-year-old Casilla hurt his right hamstring and played in only one game last season after July 27. He batted .260 in 323 at-bats with 21 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 21 RBIs.
Wild recall forwards Almond, Taffe
ST. PAUL (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have made yet another roster shuffle.
They recalled two forwards from their AHL affiliate Wednesday, Cody Almond and Jeff Taffe. Taffe is third on the Houston Aeros with 32 points. The Hastings native and former Gophers standout has played in three games with the Wild this season. Almond has appeared in eight games previously.