Newspaper article MinnPost.com

St. Paul to Celebrate New Ballpark Funding with Two Events

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

St. Paul to Celebrate New Ballpark Funding with Two Events

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St. Paul officials have been trying for years to get the Legislature to spring for a new St. Paul Saints stadium, so Thursday's announcement that they're getting $25 million is cause for celebration.

Twice.

At 2 p.m. this afternoon, just three hours after the governor's announcement, they'll have a media event at the stadium site in Lowertown, outside the old Gillette building.

Attending will be:

* Deputy Mayor Paul Williams

* Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm

* Matt Kramer, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce president

* Louis Jambois, St. Paul Port Authority

* Annie Huidekoper, St. Paul Saints

* Ward 2 City Council Member Dave Thune

* State Sen.r Sandy Pappas

* State Rep. Tim Mahoney

Missing is Mayor Chris Coleman, who's in Italy this week vacationing with his wife.

Through the miracle of international communications, and some pre- planning, he was able to issue this statement about the state bonding money:

"After years of dedication and advocacy, we are about to bring baseball into downtown Saint Paul. …

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