Catherine Minniear doesn't have a problem with helping to pay for a new stadium for the
"Whatever it takes. I can help," said Minniear, who works in the bakery of
Cub Foods in Stillwater.
In a satin Twins jacket, she, her daughter, Janice Brumlow of Maplewood, and her
12-year-old granddaughter Breanne Brumlow went to a three-hour open house sponsored by the
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission on Wednesday at Woodbury High School.
Officials from the commission and the Twins chatted with visitors, who saw a model of
the Metrodome renovated for football and video highlights of Dome events over the years.
The commission and the Twins laid out piles of literature.
Those who attended overwhelmingly supported the Twins, who want a new stadium and have
a bill in the Legislature to help build one. "I firmly believe it's a function of
government to build a ballpark," said James J. Kraus of St. Paul, who came with his
father, James E. Kraus. Opponents are "saying it's a place for rich owners. No. It's
a place for me, the fan, to go."
The bill before the Legislature would include a $150 million contribution from the
Twins and other private sources, a $100 million interest-free state loan from a state
workers' compensation plan, a $40 million grant and more than $10 million in tax breaks.
Scotty Thomson doesn't like the plan because she's fighting to receive money to help
with a knee injury she said she suffered at work. Helping her "would be a lot cheaper
than building a stadium," she said as she filled out a commission questionnaire.
But others, including Jim Lonetti and his 6-year-old daughter, Olivia, said the Twins
remain some of the best family entertainment in town. On his form, Lonetti suggested team
owner Carl Pohlad take a lead in the push for a ballpark. "He's the owner of the
Twins, like it or not. He needs to take a role there," Lonetti said.
Nearly 100 visitors attended. The next open house is April 11-12 in Rochester.
The commission supports the Twins' push for a new ballpark and favors a renovated
Metrodome for football only, but the Vikings want their own new stadium. Vikings officials
chose not to participate in the forums.
Comments from the events will be forwarded in a report to Gov. Jesse Ventura and