The Big Story Blog

Need-to-read stories on casinos, Vikings and stadiums

Posted at 9:22 AM on October 28, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Sport

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We'll be digging today for stories and insight into funding a new stadium for the Vikings with an eye on the newest plans to pay for a stadium in Minneapolis using money from a new casino, money from Minnesota's cultural heritage funds and State Fair bake sales.

Just kidding on that last one, although it could come to Vikings cupcakes without a casino or a sales tax.

Here are the stories we're reading this morning.

MPR News reporter Tim Nelson gives us a quick view on the plan by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak that includes casino funds. He writes:

Rybak talked like a reluctant convert to gambling expansion, but a convert he appears to be, if this account of a 2009 legislative fundraiser during his erstwhile gubernatorial campaign is accurate.
While seeking the DFL 2010 gubernatorial nomination, Rybak said at a Bemidji fundraiser, "I've always opposed the expansion of gambling."

Nelson and MPR News reporter Tom Scheck this morning are covering an expected meeting between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders about the next steps in the stadium discussion.

Scheck has a curtain-raiser story on today's meetings. Click on the play button below to hear it.


MPR's Minnesota Today page has a feed of the most current Vikings stories from around Minnesota. Check it out.

Any other stories or links on the Vikings we should care about? Post them below or contact us directly.


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.