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Dayton puts chances of stadium bill passing at fifty percent

The long-awaited stadium bill will be filed at the Capitol Monday, but the governor thinks it's as likely to fail as pass. Mark Dayton says opponents of a new Vikings stadium are more outspoken right now than supporters are.
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The long-awaited stadium bill will be filed at the Capitol Monday, but the governor thinks it's as likely to fail as pass. Mark Dayton says opponents of a new Vikings stadium are more outspoken right now than supporters are.

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