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Need-to-read stories on the Vikings stadium push

Posted at 8:55 AM on October 18, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Sport

It's a crucial days for following the Vikings push for a new football partially financed with public money.

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Here are the stories you need to hear and read this morning:

Dayton huddling with NFL execs. Gov. Mark Dayton meets with NFL officials on the prospects for a new Vikings stadium "after raising the stakes in the stadium debate on Monday by announcing that he's willing to call a special legislative session for the week of Thanksgiving to pass a bill that would finance the new facility," MPR News reporter Tom Scheck writes.

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"Duck this and the Vikings can leave." Dayton told MPR this morning that while the Vikings have never threatened to leave Minnesota, the potential is real.

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The NFL commissioner has made it clear that teams do move when economic conditions warrant, he said. "I can put two and two together," Dayton told MPR. "More than likely we won't have a team within 5 years if we don't have a new stadium underway... We can duck this, and the Vikings can leave and that won't look so good, either."

Over at our Minnesota Today page, editor Michael Olson has pulled together 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.