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Need-to-read stories on Vikings, stadium

Posted at 8:42 AM on October 24, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics, Sport

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We're running on a dual track today, digging into stories about the sorry state of Vikings and Gophers football but also focusing again on any movements involving a new Vikings football stadium.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback is expected to meet today with Gov. Mark Dayton to talk about the Vikings stadium process. The Vikings have said repeatedly they're committed to a site at Arden Hills and are not looking at Minneapolis. And yet, the idea never seems to die with the denials.

We'll be watching that meeting today. Meanwhile, here are some of the stories we're reading this morning.

Chris Cook court appearance canceled. Vikings defensive back Chris Cook, arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic violence, was supposed to be in court today but the appearance was canceled, the Star Tribune reports this morning. No reason was immediately available for the cancellation.

Legacy money the answer? The MPR News political blog Capitol View notes notes GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch's desire for a public vote on a sales tax for the Vikings stadium plan in Ramsey County. Capitol View adds:

Tidbit: Notice how Koch said the Vikings are "a part of our history and our heritage for 50 years" several times during the q and a? Republicans are talking about using Legacy money for the stadium.

Legacy funds come from part of the state sales tax. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2008 setting aside the money for Minnesota cultural and environmental projects. Might be a stretch to put a Vikings stadium in that mix, but there you go.

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.