ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Governor Dayton had just wrapped up a news conference on disaster aid to 18 counties when he excused the sponsors of the proposal.
He then took a barrage of questions regarding the owners of the Minnesota Vikings, and a decades old lawsuit they recently lost in New Jersey.
"We don't get to pick who the owners of the Vikings are," he said at one point.
A judge out east recently ruled the Wilfs civilly defrauded real estate partners more than 20 years ago. The Governor was asked about due diligence done before he signed the stadium bill.
"I wish I had that kind of crystal ball. But I don't and I think we did the best we could with what we knew at the time. At the time, this was a 19-year-old case still floundering in federal court in New Jersey," he said.
New court documents released from Morristown, New Jersey detail an ongoing battle between lawyers regarding the authorization to unseal documents that detail the Wilfs net worth. Family lawyers maintain that unsealing that information is unjustifiable.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority is almost done with its independent investigation into the family's finances.
The chair has been on record saying regardless of any damages awarded in the civil suit, the Wilfs have the ability to pay their share of the stadium costs.
"Nothing of this magnitude is going to happen without some hiccups and glitches along the way. I'm very proud there are about 7,000 Minnesotans going to work very soon for about three years," Governor Dayton concluded.
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