ST. PAUL -- Gov. Arne Carlson of Minnesota met Wednesday with Gary Wilson, co-chairman of Northwest Airlines, to "reopen the lines of communication" regarding a possible $740 million bond-financed loan to the airline to fund a major expansion of its operations in the state.

Both the state and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, have been considering jointly financing the loan by issuing general obligation and revenue bonds.

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