This editorial was printed in the Sept. 2 St. Cloud Times.
The biggest immediate labor dilemma confronting America -- a potential baseball strike -- is resolved. At least for now.
But for Minnesotans and our beloved Twins, that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of heavy lifting left to be done. And it doesn't involve carrying the World Series trophy in a champions parade. ...
Now that baseball owners and players have reached a tentative deal that delays contraction until 2006, the state and Twins ownership must resolve the stadium issue.
In case you forgot, in July the city of St. Paul abandoned its efforts to be the host, as designated by the Legislature in a bill it passed and Gov. Jesse Ventura signed earlier in the year.
... Legislative leaders have indicated they plan to revive it at the 2003 session. The plan calls for building a $330 million roof-ready ballpark without tapping the pockets of taxpayers statewide.
One simple solution would be to amend the existing plan so that Minneapolis replaces St. Paul as the host city.
But will it be that simple? Even though baseball averted a strike, fans and even legislators were clearly disgusted with the situation. Will the Twins' spectacular season be enough to overshadow that? What about this fall's elections? Minnesota will have a new governor and possibly a very different Legislature. How important will the stadium issue be in campaigns? And what about when lawmakers finally convene in January?
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