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January 26, 2013

Krohn: Monster mall need not fear tax

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They have a store that sells only magician products, another that offers only gourmet popcorns and one that has nothing but refrigerator magnets.

And there’s a store in the mall — LoveSac — that sells nothing but bean bag chairs. But they don’t call them bean bag chairs at MOA. They’re called “alternative furniture.” (I love writing about that store because its name sounds kinda dirty. But maybe its just me.)

The late Gov. Rudy Perpich would have been amused by the fact the mall continues to hold such powerful sway in the economy and at the Capitol.

The DFL Iron Ranger was roundly ridiculed when he brought the Grehmezian brothers to Minnesota and proposed building the biggest mall in the world in the Twin Cities. The idea helped solidify his nickname as “Governor Goofy.”

Not only was he proved right, most now wish they’d gone with the grander version of the mall that was originally proposed, including an indoor wave pool water park, hotels and office complex.

Perpich was a lonely visionary on several topics. He was the first politician to focus on the international role states would play. He pressed for Internet and cell phone expansion when they were in their infancy and seen as a novelty. He wanted the state to help turn a shut-down northern Minnesota mill into a chopstick factory — an idea most derided as crazy. I bet they’d love having that chopstick factory today.

Perpich even donated his $25,000 pay raise to help promote bocce ball, something no one had heard of but is now widely played.

Although I doubt even he could have seen coming a store dedicated to bean bag chairs.

Talk about goofy.

Tim Krohn is a Free Press staff writer. He can be contacted at 344-6383 or tkrohn@mankatofreepress.com.

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