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Dayton: Metrodome can work for Vikes; wants stadium vote

Posted at 12:58 PM on January 24, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics

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Gov. Mark Dayton this afternoon said the Metrodome site can still be a viable option for a new Vikings stadium and that team owners and lawmakers would meet Wednesday to talk about the newest turn in the stadium debate.

He called on lawmakers to vote on a public financing package for the Vikings in the legislative session that began today.

Speaking to reporters, Dayton said he concluded that a site in Minneapolis near the Basilica of St. Mary wouldn't be a viable option for this legislative session given the concerns raised by the Catholic Church over construction, noise and traffic.

The meeting Wednesday with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and others will be to discuss the potential for a deal to build on the current Metrodome site.

Dayton said that Wilf wasn't angry but frustrated at hearing the site near the Basilica was now off the table for this legislative session. The "shared objective" remains a stadium that's a good deal for Minnesota and the Vikings and creates jobs, Dayton added.

Gov. Dayton: Wilf offered to approach Vikings stadium talks "with an open mind."
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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.