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Twins talks recess
by Jay Weiner and Kevin Duchschere

Negotiations aimed at selling the Minnesota Twins to new owners recessed Saturday, but discussions may resume Sunday.

Twins spokesman Dave St. Peter said late Saturday that talks will continue to "move forward. Our folks here are huddling first thing in the morning."

St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman says that new owners are a critical component of efforts to build the Twins a St. Paul ballpark.

Before the team is sold, city voters must approve a half-percent sales tax to fund St. Paul's one-third share of a proposed $325 million open-air park. Legislators also must approve the tax and any additional state funding.

Prospective investors, led by Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and managing partner Robert Naegele of the Minnesota Wild hockey team, sparred over team management and with Twins owner Carl Pohlad about the team's value Saturday. Pohlad is said to be seeking $120 million for the team.

Coleman, who was involved in the talks Saturday, had set an Oct. 1 sale deadline. But aide Erich Mische said the delay "is not lethal" to the ballpark deal. "As long as people are talking, that's a positive sign," he said.