Sep 14, 2012 at 8:29 am
ST. PAUL, MN (KNSI) - Governor Mark Dayton handed state construction dollars to a St. Paul baseball park and projects in Duluth and Wadena on Thursday, passing over civic centers in Rochester, Mankato and St. Cloud after the Republican-controlled Legislature punted on choosing among the regional projects.
The $25 million for the St. Paul Saints ballpark makes it the second stadium the Democratic governor has launched in less than four months. Back in May, Dayton signed legislation to build a $975 million Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. That's also when lawmakers approved a bonding bill with a 47-and-a-half million dollar pot for regional projects and authority for the Dayton administration to evaluate and pick winners.
Local governments submitted 90 applications totaling 288 million dollars, guaranteeing a list of disappointed losers.