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Now or never for Vikings stadium?

Posted at 6:02 AM on October 18, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Sport

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The end game has begun for the Vikings stadium. Meetings the next few days could decide if it really happens.

Yes, It feels like we've been here before only to see some chunk of this fall through. Vikings officials though believe the state financing piece is the only remaining obstacle to getting a stadium built in Arden Hills.

We'll be following this story all day -- in just a few minutes we'll be live blogging Gov. Dayton's interview on MPR News.

Here's what we know right now.

Special session Nov. 21? Dayton says he'll call a special session on Nov 21 targeted at approving a Vikings stadium plan -- but only if there's a deal in place lawmakers are willing to pass, MPR News reporter Tim Nelson writes.

No new state taxes? GOP lawmakers say they won't back a stadium bill that raises state taxes. The communications director for Senate Republicans tells the Star Tribune that there are not 34 votes among the Senate Republicans to pass Vikings stadium legislation. Republicans hold 37 seats in the 68-seat chamber.

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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.