Director of Corporate Communications for the Vikings, Jeff Anderson, was all worked up over the weekend about reporting from Rochelle Olson with the StarTribune. In spite of the fact that two reporters for the Pioneer Press reported a story similar to what Olson reported, Anderson claimed that Olson chose to spread misinformation about Zygi Wilf’s Arden Hills beyond building a new Vikings stadium with welfare dollars.
I figured it would be worth bumping these questions back up for Jeff now that we’re back from the holiday weekend:
Questions for Jeff Anderson
Were Dave Orrick and Frederick Melo with the Pioneer Press accurate when they wrote:
According to an agreement between the county and the team, Wilf would retain development rights to those parcels, totaling about 200 acres.
Was Ramsey County Commissioner, Tony Bennett, quoted accurately by Dave Orrick and Frederick Melo with the Pioneer Press when they wrote:
“[Wilf] would own the 50 acres up on one end and 120 acres on the south end,” Bennett said later.
Were Wilf’s statements accurately reported by Dave Orrick and Frederick Melo with the Pioneer Press when they reported:
[Wilf] said his primary focus was the stadium itself and that those sites would take five to 10 years to develop.
What are Zygi Wilf’s plans for the 50 acre piece of land next to the proposed stadium?
What are Zygi Wilf’s plans for the 120 acre piece of land next to the proposed stadium?
Let’s be very clear about the Star Tribune’s stadium article today. The Vikings have never had plans for a convention center in Arden Hills.
But you didn’t clarify what the plans are for any of that land. I imagine that you can see how it’s confusing to the public to hear one thing from a county commissioner who’s been negotiating with the Vikings, but only a denial with no clarification in response. Can you see how that makes your statement fall flat?
If you want to be clear, be clear. Denying a plan that’s written down and verified by a county commissioner who’s been negotiating with the Vikings without providing an explanation for what Zygi Wilf plans to do with that land is not being clear.
If Zygi Wilf is going to ask for 170 acres of land beyond what he needs to build his unnecessary stadium, is it unreasonable for the public to ask what you plan to do with the welfare?