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SOLUTION PAPER #47: SAVE THE VIKINGS! OR DO THEY MOVE? Lists "The Minneapolis Story"columns and blog entriees on the leave or stay question posted from 2005.

Chapter 15 of The Minneapolis Story, 2002, THE STORY OF PUNTING THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS, declares "Save the Vikings" and offers solutions for doing so. As no one has listened nor asked questions about these solutions, it will be no mystery or surprize when they move. The book Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League Boondoggles, by Star Tribune writer Jay Weiner, says the same, saying it is the consensus among the corporate and political elite that the Vikings have to move.
OR, from October 2, 2013 column: regarding any signed deal: will the conclusion be that all of this was done to explain why the Vikings will have to be given everything they want in order to stay?
Posted December 11, 2011. Last update: October 24, 2013
Future updates as of top entry posted under sections "Columns" and "Blog entries".


WINNERS: Vikings and Fans
LOSERS: Tax payers, Black Community, Diversity Compliance, Those hoping for Stadium Concession Stands for Blacks.

(posting begun on Saturday, Aug 11, 2012, 2:10 a.m.
April 14, 2013: Vikings Stadium Legislature doublecross? Why? To make them move to L.A. or to distort more money from them and the NFL? Can't just be confusion.
October 10, 2012: CONGRATULATIONS TED MONDALE, for being the first official, white or black, for being willing to break the silence and point out that there was no Equity Plan for Target Field, that they had no numbers for compliance, but that it will be different for Vikings Stadium. The lonely exception to this has been this web site and its columns and solution papers (see my 30 columns, listed in my Solution Paper 46, DISPARITY/COMPLIANCE STUDIES).
October 7, 2012. Does Stadium Equity Plan exist?

October 16, 2013, Column #42: The Wilfs Prevail. Vikings Owners Make Clean Sweep.

October 02, 2013 Column #40: Eighty-four million dollars levied against the Wilfs. The question of Vikings future still under discussion.

September 11, 2013 Column #37: How does the State of Minnesota pay its $50 million? Has there been a breach of contract?

September 04, 2013 Column #36: Tensions divide stadium partners. Vikings and MSFA (Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority) At Odds. Minnesota's bad treatment of the Vikings.

August 21, 2013: Column #34: “We didn’t know about Zigy!”  Really?
Everybody pretends ignorance or amnesia on Zigy’s dealings.

July 31, 2013 Column #31: Stadium Say of Judgment: August 20, 2013. Doug Mann takes on the State of Minnesota.

June 26, 2013 Column #26: Equity Director Hired. Minnesota Sports Authority and Vikings Make their Selection

May 01, 2013 Column #18: People’s Stadium in trouble! Can the funding really be found?

April 17, 2013 Column #16: Legislature caught whistling in the dark. Financial problems for Viking stadium construction projec

March 27, 2013 Column #13: Will the Vikings stadium be a repeat of Target Field?

March 20, 2013 Column #12: White unions get $1 million to train workers of color to build stadiums? It’s time for the B.S. to end.

March 13, 2013 Column #11: When will MN’s ‘no Black workers need apply’ policy end? Who will monitor and enforce Black participation on the so-called ‘People’s Stadium’ project?

March 06, 2013 Column #10: Gentlemen of the Round Table ready to work on People’s Stadium. February 06, 2013 Column #06: February 06, 2012 Column #06: So much for 32 percent Black participation in stadium construction. When will the State deposit its $50M statutory requirement.

February 20, 2013 Column #08: Will Blacks finally get a fair share of work on this stadium? Chair of stadium authority raises serious questions about past inclusion.

February 06, 2013 Column #06: February 06, 2012 Column #06: So much for 32 percent Black participation in stadium construction. When will the State deposit its $50M statutory requirement?

January 30, 2013 Column #05: January 30, 2012 Column #05: Let the Games Begin:  The Selection of the Construction Manager. Fraser, Davis, and Tomlin:    Quota Guys?

January 23, 2013 Column #04: Sports Authority 2013 Legislative Report on Vikings Stadium

January 02, 2013 Column #01: The Vikings Stadium: a historic reckoning point in its history regarding the Equity Plan.

December 19, 2012 Column #51: City election 2013 candidates face some tough funding issues. Paying for the Vikings stadium is chief among them.

December 05, 2012 Column #49: Still waiting for the Equity Plan for the new Vikings’ and Minnesota’s People’s Stadium

October 17, 2012 Column #42: Vikings stadium officials promise 32 percent diversity hiring! But no one seems to have a copy of the equity plan. [Where is the diversity plan for the Vikings Stadium reflecting 32% diversity hiring? Ted Mondale states there was no Equity Plan for Target Field but will be for Vikings Stadium.]

October 10, 2012 Column #41: Taxation without representation. Force of contract law needed to ensure Black contractors/workers for stadium

September 25, 2012 Column #39: Where is the equity plan for the Viking Stadium?

August 15, 2012 Column #33: Require auditions for stadium construction contracts. Proven past success with diversity hiring should be mandatory.

June 27, 2012 Column #26: A Sports Authority chair who understands the Black struggle: Kelm-Helgen’s family civil rights history is a rich one.

June 13, 2012 Column #24: Requirement that stadium builders ""make every effort" to hire minorities is a cruel joke.

May 23, 2012 Column #21: We see a stadium bill — but where’s the inclusion plan? We Await the Diversity Plan from the Civil Rights Department For the Vikings Stadium, Planning, Development, and Construction.

May 16, 2012 Column #20: Our Vikings appear to be saved. But did legislators still leave the exit door to L.A. open?

April 25, 2012 Column #17: Sid Hartman and Star Tribune confirm our stadium analysis.

April 11, 2012 Column #15: Will the Vikings stadium be in Minnesota or L.A.?

April 04, 2012 Column #14: Hiring mandates must be in place for Viking stadium project.

March 14, 2012 Column #11: Vikings stadium plan in place???

February 15, 2012 Column #07: Black jobs promised on Vikings stadium construction. Who will ensure the promises are kept?

November 09, 2011 Column #45: Stop the punting of the Vikings! Minnesotans: Unite with a ‘Fan Response Movement’ to keep the team.

Column of October 12, 2011: Mayor Rybak, Minneapolis officials hear private Vikings stadium pitch in Portland, Oregon

Column of November 09, 2011, plan to "Save the Vikings: Stop the punting of the Vikings!
Minnesotans: Unite with a ‘Fan Response Movement’ to keep the team.

"Here are all the talking points needed regarding why the Vikes are doommed to move unless certain step are taken, including an Internet Viral Campaign for the purpose of keeping the team from moving by enabling the solving the "how to finance a new stadium" question. Answer: become a part of the "Save the Vikings Movement". Tell five people about this column and have them tell five and have them tell five, etc. Tell them to read it and then, IF THEY WANT TO SAVE THE VIKINGS, join the movement to contact the governor, legislators, mayor, the Vikings, Star Tribune, WCCO, etc. and tell them to hold a family meeting, resolve this, and keep the Vikings."

May 25, 2011 Column #21: Budget battle threatens Vikings’ future. Lists columns on leave/stay since 2005.

Column of January 26, 2005 Plan: Let’s Save the Vikings!

1. University elitists who want the University first in the hearts of football fans, and are jealous of the Vikings being in town, taking away the University’s thunder?

2. Corporations that don’t want to spend money on suites for four teams, so bye bye Vikings?

3. Any of the 37 “influencers” on the 2005 The Roll Call of those who say the Vikings, have to go?

4.Key Minnesota leaders' The Plan: have the Vikings leave town, 2002.

5. Stadium and arena promises were broken to Bob Short, Norm Green, and Red McCombs. The Wilfs are next.

KEY QUESTION: why haven’t the electeds or their staffs or the Vikings ever asked “how?” when shown how to build a new stadium without raising new taxes (here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here)?

Posted to Blog side, Wednesday, October 12,2012, 4:22 a.m., and edited/added to, November 22, 2011, 5:37 a.m.

Posted to "Solutions" on Monday, December 12, 2011, 3:03 a.m.

Ron Edwards hosts "Black Focus" on Channel 17, MTN-TV, Sundays, 5-6 pm, and co-hosts Blog Talk Radio’s “ON POINT!" Saturdays at 5 pm, providing coverage about Black Minnesota. Order his books at Hear his readings and read his columns, his solution papers and his "Tracking the Gaps" web log. Formerly head of key civil rights organizations, including the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and the Urban League, he continues his "watchdog" role for Minneapolis, and his work to contribute to the planning to help mold a consensus for the future of Black and White Americans together of Minneapolis.

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