The Strib is now reporting that an announcement of an agreement among the Vikings, the city and the state to build a new Vikings stadium on the east side of the Metrodome could come today or tomorrow.
Ted Mondale, head of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission and chief stadium negotiator for Gov. Dayton, said that there are five to seven points still under negotiation with the team. Lester Bagley agreed that an announcement could come soon but wouldn't say when. He said they are making good progress.
This version of the plan apparently involves playing only part of the 2016 season at TCF.
MPR's Tim Nelson tweeted earlier that the bill that would approve all this has already been drafted and is ready to be introduced once the Vikings are on board. MPR's Tom Scheck tweeted that Speaker Zellers has indicated that they may streamline the committee process for a stadium bill if the right bill is presented.
The White Earth proposal is interesting, and makes a lot of sense if you aren't opposed to a little gambling, but it seems to me like the real momentum at the moment is in Minneapolis.
On the other hand, a bill was introduced today to repeal the hospitality taxes that Mayor Rybak has proposed to "re-purpose" to way for a new stadium as a way around the legislative majority's "no new taxes" pledge.
As the Capitol turns...
EDITED: I initially mis-typed "property" taxes instead of "hospitality" taxes.