Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is scheduled to meet with Ramsey County officials at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University Club on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue.
Ramsey County lobbyist Nick Riley said the county requested the meeting to hear from the team on their plans given the governor’s stated preference for the Metrodome stadium site.
Neither Riley nor County Commissioner Tony Bennett was able to say what they expected the Vikings owners to say at the meeting.
Team officials already have spent most of the morning behind closed doors in Gov. Mark Dayton’s office with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and other negotiators.
The Ramsey County officials weren’t invited to that state Capitol meeting.
Riley has argued that stadium czar Ted Mondale and the governor are treating Ramsey County different from Minneapolis. The county wants to impose a 3 percent food-and-beverage tax to pay for $375 million in stadium costs. Rather than finding a way to help Ramsey County do that, the state leaders simply said no.
Now the state is seemingly bending over backwards to help Minneapolis, Ramsey County officials say.
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