Minneapolis may subsidize Target Center losses
The Minneapolis City Council could vote Friday to subsidize some operating expenses for the Target Center. The Council's Ways and Means/Budget Committee already approved the plan to cover up to half of the losses incurred from hosting non-basketball events at the arena. Last year, concerts and other non-Timberwolves events lost between one and two million dollars for Midwest Entertainment Group, the company managing the Target Center. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minneapolis Finance Director Pat Born.7:40 a.m.
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