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Report: state leaders telling Vikings to forget Arden Hills

Sources tell the Star Tribune that political leaders are advising the Vikings an Arden Hills site is not workable. Team officials are now reconsidering Minneapolis options and toured a site next to the Basilica of St. Mary.
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Sources tell the Star Tribune that political leaders are advising the Vikings an Arden Hills site is not workable. Team officials are now reconsidering Minneapolis options and toured a site next to the Basilica of St. Mary.

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