One last hurdle remains on the Vikings stadiumMinnesota Sports
-- The Minneapolis City Council is expected to give final approval today (FRI 9:30am) to the 975-million-dollar Vikings stadium plan.
The Minneapolis City Council is expected to give final approval today (FRI 9:30am) to the 975-million-dollar Vikings stadium plan. A council committee voted 7-to-6 Thursday to recommend the city redirect sales and hospitality taxes to pay its 150-million-dollar share of the project. Today's vote by the full council is seen as the final hurdle in the Vikings stadium saga. Mayor R-T Rybak was able to get majority support for the plan in late March. The legislation also allows Minneapolis to use 60- to 70-million dollars to renovate Target Center. Opponents complain that the public should have been able to vote on the stadium proposal.
While many teams across the NFL have begun organized team activities, the Vikings will get theirs underway next week. The first day of OTAs is slated for next Tuesday. Minnesota will start minicamp on June 19th.
Hennepin County prosecutors are urging the judge in the Amy Senser case to reject a defense request to throw out her conviction. Senser was convicted this month on two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong. Her attorneys later filed an appeal, saying there was not enough evidence to support the jury's verdict, but prosecutors have now filed documents saying the jury's decision was proper and Senser should have stopped after she struck Phanthavong in August. Amy Senser is the wife of former Viking Joe Senser, who was a long-time radio commentator for the team. She's scheduled to be sentenced July 9th