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Latest stories on the Vikings stadium push

Posted at 8:40 AM on November 2, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics, Sport, Taxes

Following the Vikings stadium push lately is like watching a roulette table spin, having no clue where that little ball will land.

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton nixed using a local sales tax to pay for a stadium, eliminating $350 million that Ramsey County was planning to use to pay for a stadium in Arden Hills.

Then overnight, MPR News reporter Tim Nelson got hold of an email from House Speaker Kurt Zellers telling his GOP colleagues that he will not support a special session in November to address the Vikings stadium.

Meanwhile, well known Minnesota businessman and author Harvey Mackay is weighing in on the stadium debate, telling the Star Tribune that keeping the Vikings and building a stadium is a "a jobs issue and a lifestyle issue. I travel everywhere, and you can tell the difference between the cities with big-time sports and those without.''

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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.