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    [size=18px]Explore Vikings camp[/size]

    Sioux Falls should go into idea of hosting team with eyes open this time

    Here we go again. The Minnesota Vikings are looking to do something about their training camp, located in Mankato for four decades, and Sioux Falls is looking attractive to the football team.

    We went through this in 2003 and got all excited - only to learn we weren't much more than a bargaining chip for the Vikings to get a better deal in Minnesota.

    Should we even make an effort this time?

    Of course. We at least ought to explore the possibilities. Having an NFL training camp in Sioux Falls would provide a unique tourism boost.

    But let's go into it with our eyes open. After all, we learned a few lessons from that 2003 effort.

    The Vikings are back to considering their options because the Greater Mankato Training Camp Limited Liability Corp. - a public-private partnership formed out of those 2003 negotiations - is dissolving. The group decided costs were more than benefits.

    That led to comments from new Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, reported in the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "The only place I would possibly consider in that context (outside of Minnesota) is Sioux Falls. We feel from a regional standpoint, it's really the heart of the Vikings' base, outside of Minnesota."

    That sounds nice. Add to that scheduled improvements at Howard Wood Field and the University of Sioux Falls' new $13.4 million athletic complex. We'd be an attractive location already, even without jumping through lots of hoops as we did in 2003. Back then, we promised renovation of Howard Wood, and $5.6 million was pledged by the city, the school district, the state and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

    "I think some time in the not-too-distant future, we'll assemble a small group and talk to the Vikings to see if there's sincerity behind Wilf's comments," said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president of Sioux Valley Hospitals and Health System and the primary leader in the 2003 effort.

    "We don't want to get all the way to the end and discover it's a dead end like we did last time."

    No, we don't. And while the Vikings have lost their training camp operator, not much else has changed - except a seeming promise that any new training camp would be only temporary, until a new stadium is built:

    In 2003, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty publicly warned then-owner Red McCombs that moving the Vikings training camp out of the state could endanger legislative support for a new stadium.

    Wilf also wants a new stadium, in Blaine, and there's no indication Pawlenty has changed his position. In addition, Wilf has said that if he gets that new stadium, it would be home to the training camp.

    "The Vikings are not looking for a long-term thing," Krabbenhoft said.

    Also, let's not forget, that public-private partnership is dissolving because costs were greater than benefits.

    "We'd definitely have to take a look at what went wrong in Mankato," said Dave Knudson, a state senator and lawyer, who served as the 2003 steering committee's legal counsel. "For some reason, things went sour."

    So where does this leave Sioux Falls? We at least ought to explore the possibilities. That can't hurt.

    But let's do so with our eyes wide open. The lessons from 2003 are still fresh, and they give us good reason for caution.

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    [size=18px]Sioux Falls makes a pitch for Vikings training camp[/size]

    Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
    Last update: July 19, 2006 – 9:32 PM

    South Dakota business and political leaders visited Winter Park last week to propose a shift of future training camps to Sioux Falls, a Vikings official confirmed Wednesday.

    The July 13 meeting came two days after the Vikings announced a new three-year contract to keep camp at Minnesota State, Mankato. The Vikings can opt out of that deal as early as this fall.

    Lester Bagley, the team's vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said "the door is probably open" to moving but downplayed that possibility.

    "We have a strong and loyal fan base in [South Dakota]," Bagley said. "They've been patient, and so we heard them out. We were impressed with what we heard. [But] we just signed a three-year deal with Mankato, and at this point we have no reason to believe that we will be changing locations."

    Asked why the Vikings took the meeting if they planned to remain in Mankato, Bagley said: "It's smart business to evaluate any business opportunity, at least in the short term. But we don't anticipate leaving Mankato."

    Kelby Krabbenhoft, the Sioux Falls businessman who has spearheaded efforts to lure the Vikings for three years, was a primary speaker at the two-hour presentation. Krabbenhoft was not available for comment Wednesday but he is scheduled to make a report Friday to the Sioux Falls school board.

    Owner Zygi Wilf has been briefed on the subject, Bagley said, and the team will respond to Sioux Falls at an unspecified date.

    More rookie signings

    The Vikings agreed to terms with center Ryan Cook on a four-year contract that includes $1.5 million in guaranteed money, leaving them with only two unsigned rookies: first-round linebacker Chad Greenway and second-round quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

    Team officials have made some progress with Greenway and are hopeful he will sign in time to report to Mankato on time. Talks with Jackson's agent, meanwhile, have moved slowly.

    Sioux Falls makes a pitch for Vikings training camp

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    [size=18px]No vikings training camp for Sioux Falls[/size]

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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Minnesota Vikings have decided to keep their summer training camp in Minnesota.

    Sioux Falls had been trying to lure the camp across the border, but the group working toward that goal found out last week the Vikings' camp will stay in Mankato because of a new three-year deal.

    Vikings officials say the team has a "good situation" at Mankato and doesn't anticipate leaving during the agreement. This season will be the Vikings' 41st training camp at Mankato.

    Committee members say they don't think the Vikings completely slammed the door on the Sioux Falls proposal, saying they got positive comments during their meeting.

    No vikings training camp for Sioux Falls

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