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Twins Reach Deal For Stadium Land

The Minnesota Twins and Hennepin County reached a settlement with, Land Partners II, Tuesday ending the holdout that has been preventing the team from breaking ground on their new stadium.

The story that ran in the Star Tribune was written by Mike Kaszuba. The story reported that the two sides, the Twins and Hennepin County and Land Partners II, reached the agreement to sell the land to the Twins for an undisclosed amount of money. The story reported that the sum was not disclosed but that the Twins had capped the amount of money that they were willing to spend on the land.

Team and county officials, however, declined today to release details of the Twins financial contributions, but a lead negotiator for the county said the amount had been capped by the team. “That’s not something we’re going to talk about,? said Commissioner Mike Opat.

The story went on to report that there are still some legal proceedings that need to happen before ground can be broken for the new stadium. The story reported that the presentation of the stadium’s design would happen Thursday after being delayed since February.

Twins and county officials, meanwhile, said a public unveiling of the stadium’s design, which had been postponed since February, would occur Thursday at the Hennepin County Government Center.

I feel like the biggest issue in this story is getting meaningful quotes to make the story interesting to the average reader. In some cases the average reader might not be interested in the dealings of the Twins so the reporter really needs to get the reader a lot of access into the issue in order to keep them interested.

A second story ran in the Pioneer Press and was written by Emily Gurnon. This story reported much of the same information as the Kaszuba story only that this story was able to give figures for how much Hennepin County would be paying for the land.

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted today to put up more than $13 million to gain control of land needed for the stadium.

The story said that pretty much this action cleared the biggest logjam opposing the stadium’s development. In essence this story reported the same information only in a different style and manner.

Both of these versions looked very similar, so similar that they both look like they could have been written from a press release. It did look as though the Gurnon version might have done some additional outside reporting but the Kaszuba version looked less like a press release. I felt that both stories were informative and interesting enough, but that the Kaszuba version was slightly easier to read. The Kaszuba version also seemed slightly longer which made it look more appropriate as far as length was concerned. Overall, I like the Kaszuba version better but thought that both version managed to be informative despite looking like press releases.