Stadium Bill Included In Opening Senate Prayer

By Edgar Linares, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A St. Paul pastor delivered the traditional opening prayer to the Minnesota Senate Monday, and included one topic that certainly caught some attention.

“This day, we pray for their deliberations over the budget for the state, the hopes for the transportation needs, a stadium, the racial inequalities that rest here, the needs surrounding education,” said Pastor Karsten Nelson of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church during the prayer.

When WCCO’s Edgar Linares asked Nelson if he considered a new stadium bill to be a big issue, Nelson replied without a doubt.

“It is a big issue. It impacts in a number of ways the local community and the state. It also provides a lens to look at all other decisions that don’t get made as well,” he said.

Last week, details of a new Vikings stadium bill were released. There’s still not a specific site on where the new stadium would be built, but it must include a new roof. The bill will be introduced this week at the State Capitol.

“A Vikings stadium needs a Hail Mary in order to pass,” joked WCCO’s political reporter Pat Kessler.

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