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Northlanders Share Ideas For Minnesota Vikings Stadium

Updated: 02/05/2014 10:57 PM
Created: 02/05/2014 9:19 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

Officials with the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority were in Duluth Wednesday to give a progress report and gather input.

The meeting got underway at the Duluth Sheraton Hotel where a PowerPoint complete with video updates and designs was shared.

About a dozen people showed up to the public listening session and some shared ideas at the end of the meeting. A Duluth city councilor took another whack at trying to move the Vikings' training camp up north.

"They're looking for climate and what better place to hold training camp than in Duluth, Minnesota with our 70 degree temperatures instead of 100 degrees in Mankato," Councilor Howie Hanson said. "Let's compete."

Vikings officials said they still have a commitment with Mankato for the next three years, but they're not ruling out the possibility of a move.

"We got a strong pitch for training camp in Duluth which we have taken seriously and we evaluated," Minnesota Vikings VP of Public Affairs Lester Bagley said. "We have a very strong relationship in Mankato with the university there for many, many years. It would be tough to top."

Another idea brought up Wednesday was for solar panels on the stadium. Lionel Coulomb from Allete Clean Energy was there and suggested the use of panels from Silicon Energy on the Iron Range.

Stadium officials said panels would not work on the roof of the stadium because of its design. They're not ruling out panels on the parking ramp.

Duluth was the first stop for public listening sessions in the state. They will most likely venture to Moorhead and Rochester.

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