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Dayton urges GOP leaders to stop 'playing games' with Vikings stadium

The governor is urging them to come up with a game plan with a set deadline so a special session could be held before the regular 2012 session convenes in January.
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The governor is urging them to come up with a game plan with a set deadline so a special session could be held before the regular 2012 session convenes in January.

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