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    Vikings Stadium E-Mail to local Rep

    This is the email I sent to my Rep regarding the stadium issue...

    Representative Sviggum,
    I am a life-long Minnesota Vikings fan as well as a student at Winona
    State University. I am sure you will pleased to know I am a member of
    the College Republicans here at WInona State. It is clear the the
    Metrodome provides ample economic enhancement for the downtown economy
    of Minneapolis, however it does not provide advancement economically for
    the Vikings organization. It is clear that the new ownership group,
    headed by Mr. Zygi Wilf wants to build a world class organization, and
    this is shown by the one billion dollar commitment by the Minnesota
    Vikings organization. I dont have exact numbers, but i believe it is
    clear that the economy of Minnesota would be hurt should the Vikings be
    forced to relocate, something very possible with Los Angelas seeking a
    team. I believe that Northern Lights is the best way to solve the
    stadium dilemma for the Vikings, as well as the Twins and Gophers. I ask
    that you will support this plan.

    Thanks For Your Time,
    Jackson Burgau


    And his reply....

    Dear Jackson:

    Thank you for your recent letter concerning stadium funding. I
    appreciate hearing from you and allowing me the opportunity to respond.


    As you know, the stadium situation for Minnesota's sports teams has
    been a topic of discussion by the legislature for many years. I am
    excited by the University of Minnesota efforts to begin raising a
    significant share of the on-campus stadium costs from private,
    non-government sources for the Gopher football stadium. I remain very
    hopeful that we'll take votes on the Gophers and Twin proposals this
    session.

    Thank you again for contacting me and for your friendship.

    Sincerely,




    Steve Sviggum
    Speaker of the House

    As you can see he totally beat around the bush regarding the VIKINGS stadium issue, hopefully this isnt the feeling of all our representatives.

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    Re: Vikings Stadium E-Mail to local Rep

    Well, I'm guessing it was just an automated email.

    Meaning, any email they receive regaurding any type of stadium, they just send out the reply you got.
    "There is good and there is evil. And evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon I will not compromise."

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    Re: Vikings Stadium E-Mail to local Rep

    He actually sent me a reply before this one saying he would take the time to address this concern specifaclly, so im not sure, i guess we will just have to see how it plays outs.

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    Re: Vikings Stadium E-Mail to local Rep

    what a bunch of BS...... how can they just ignore the Vikings when the plan they have is going to boost the economy more than the others.... how much cash is Pohlad putting into a new twins stadium? Probably like $10. Wilf is going to make money off this deal, but the state and its residents will be served quite well in the process. Sounds like Chief wiggum, I mean Sviggum should listen to the people, like he is paid to do, and push the Vikings deal. When is the last time you were at a Twins game or a gophers game and it was sold out.... very rare and usually only because of the team they are playing... complete BS.

    Thanks Lotza!

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    Re: Vikings Stadium E-Mail to local Rep

    He (or actually one of his staff) just sent you a prepared stadium letter. It probably hasn't been changed since the beginning of last year's session.

    I would send the below response back:

    Representative Sviggum,

    Thank you for the response. Unfortunately you did not address any of my concerns in my email, and in fact didn't really address the email at all. So I am writing to you again in hope that I can better understand you position on the subject of a future Vikings stadium in Minnesota.

    Please let me know your opinion on the economic advantages of building a University of Minnesota football stadium instead of a Vikings stadium. Would Minnesota be better served economically by the addition of all three stadiums, or the addition of just one or two?

    Also please let me know what your voting record has been in the past for government funding of private/public enterprises similar to the Northern Lights development plan. In particular I am interested in your stance on the public funding of the Gutherie and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Could you also let me know your stance on tax incentive and public subsidiary plans for private corporations that offer economic enhancements to the state of Minnesota. For instance, 3M.

    I appreciate the time you will take to answer this email. Please be assured that I will share your detailed response not only with my peers in the College Republicans, but also among my fellow Vikings fans throughout the state of Minnesota and beyond.
    Zeus wrote:
    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    Re: Vikings Stadium E-Mail to local Rep

    Ridiculous. He didn't even address your concern, typical political hogwash.

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    Re: Vikings Stadium E-Mail to local Rep

    Thanks NoDak Paul I will use that, would you like mt include your name in the signature, or i could just include and members of purplepride.org, if thats ok with the mods...let me know. I just figured everyone would be interested in reading something like this regarding the stadium issue.

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    Re: Vikings Stadium E-Mail to local Rep

    Give the Gophers a stadium 1st then the Vikings.

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    Re: Vikings Stadium E-Mail to local Rep

    "WinonaVike" wrote:
    Thanks NoDak Paul I will use that, would you like mt include your name in the signature, or i could just include and members of purplepride.org, if thats ok with the mods...let me know. I just figured everyone would be interested in reading something like this regarding the stadium issue.
    No need to include my name (although it really doesn't matter to me if you do). Even though I live less than 3 miles from the Minnesota border, I have always been a little handicapped when writing to the Minnesota Legislature because I am a North Dakota resident. So I am happy to offer up my 2 cents. :grin:
    Zeus wrote:
    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

    =Z=

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    Re: Vikings Stadium E-Mail to local Rep

    "purpleFavreEaters" wrote:
    Give the Gophers a stadium 1st then the Vikings.
    According to my friend who is a member of the University of Minnesota Student senate...gophers stadium plans are almost set, a stadium closer to campus anyway... he was pumped because he doesnt have to go all the way to the dome to watch the games after its completed...although i hope he is graduated by then.

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