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Dayton, Lawmakers Huddle Over Vikings Site

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ST. PAUL (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton and several of his Cabinet members met behind closed doors with legislative sponsors of a new Vikings stadium as they try to make the team’s site choice in Arden Hills viable in the waning days of the legislative session.

Several participants in the Friday meeting say talks are totally centered on the suburban Ramsey County site. Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead says that’s because the Vikings have made it their clear choice over rebuilding at the current Metrodome site in Minneapolis.

But Lanning says the Ramsey County site is a challenge thanks to lack of clarity over the exact cost of fixing nearby roads. That threatens to push the total state commitment well above a $300 million ceiling that Dayton and legislators insist is set in stone.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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