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These stadium backers pitch a plan: All for one

While efforts to built a Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills have grabbed the most attention, a group pushing the Minneapolis Farmers' Market site has been quietly busy.

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While efforts to build a Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills have grabbed the most attention, a group pushing the Minneapolis Farmers' Market site has been quietly busy The group has come up with a concept it says would bring sanity to the "broken and dysfunctional" stadium process in Minnesota, and it has been shopping it to city, regional and statewide leaders. Its idea is to create an agency, modeled after the Metropolitan Airports Commission, that would manage the major Minneapolis and StPaul sports, convention and entertainment facilities. "We've been on a reckless course of communities competing with each other, taking each other's money, letting the sports team sit in the driver's seat," said Mark Oyaas, a Minneapolis public affairs consultant who is promoting the idea along with architect and planner David Albersman and real estate investor Bruce Lambrecht. A "Minnesota Entertainment Commission" would eliminate duplicative operations, de-politicize the planning process and be able to pursue a broader public good, the men sayThe message would be: "If you want to operate a team here, we're going to have a sane and sensible operation," Oyaas said. But the point man on stadium issues in the Minnesota House said such a concept is too much to tackle in the Legislature's 2012 session, when the focus will be on getting a Vikings deal approved. "I think it's a concept worth considering," said RepMorrie Lanning, R-Moorhead"(But) I'm not going to stop for that to come into place firstWe have to keep working on the proposal that we've been working on.Advertisement

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