Governor Tim Pawlenty recently said in his weekly Friday morning radio show that Minnesota needs the Vikings.
Pawlenty focused on the issue of the Metrodome. The team has leased the bubble through 2011, but does not plan to extend the lease. While saying something has to be done to keep the team in the state, Pawlenty did go so far as to endorse a mostly public-funded stadium.
A far less costly plan to renovate the Metrodome has been proposed by the venue's operating commission, according to KSTP news.
While Pawlenty claims that the team needs a new stadium and the state needs the state, he remains neutral in his political action. Considering a jeopardized 2012 presidential election bid, Pawlenty would be straying from a fiscally conservative philosophy.
Pawlenty would contend, however, the Vikings are an asset to the state and give great joy to many people in the state. He also said, even though the public doesn't like to spend its money on private industry, it is the state's responsibility to provide "infrastructure for public amenities such as hunting and fishing grounds, the arts and bike trails," as was written in the KSTP article.
Callers on Pawlenty's radio show called for a public-private partnership to get any new deals in the works, according to the Star Tribune.
Pawlenty will be attending Monday night's border battle between the Vikings and Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome with Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle.