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Vikings battling MSFC over 'dome lease

The Vikings believe their lease on the Metrodome expires at the end of the season. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission says last December's roof collapse that caused the Vikings to play a home game in Detroit, legally extends the lease through 2012.
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The Vikings believe their lease on the Metrodome expires at the end of the season. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission says last December's roof collapse that caused the Vikings to play a home game in Detroit, legally extends the lease through 2012.

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