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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

LS&D likely to see more green from stadium deal

As has been widely reported, getting the land for the new baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins has been no easy feat. And one measure of that is, of course, the amount of legal fees generated.

Hennepin County's legal representation in the complicated undertaking is the Minneapolis law firm of Leonard Street and Deinard. The county authorized $450,000 for the legal fees, but that was apparently overly optimistic.

A recommendation passed out of committee yesterday to increase the amount the county can disburse to LS&D for its representation from $450,000 to "up to $950,000," according to Carol Allis of the county's Public Affairs Office. The higher amount was authorized to "reflect the cost of the cost of the condemnation process," she said.

The Hennepin County Commission will vote whether to authorize the added legal fees on June 5. It is expected that the recommendation will be adopted.

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