Gov. Mark Dayton and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf bumped into each other Thursday night when both were at the University Club in St. Paul.
Wilf had been at the Capitol earlier in the day talking with some legislators about the pending stadium bill. He didn’t see the governor then.
But the governor had an unrelated evening meeting at the University Club, and Wilf was there, too, so, the Strib says, Vikings’ lobbyist Lester Bagley realized it would be an unplanned opportunity to bring the two together.
Dayton said the 10-minute conversation was informal; both said they were “hopeful” that the stadium bill will be passed.
“I wasn’t planning on meeting with him so I didn’t have anything specific to discuss,” the governor said. They talked about the recent wedding of Wilf’s son, and about Dayton’s plan for a statewide car rental tax and a metro hotel tax that could be part of a fiannce package.