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Vikings, Dayton, Rybak see stadium deal ready within days

The Vikings, Gov. Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak say they are close to reaching a deal. Minnesota Public Radio reports the parties generally agree on how much each will pay but questions remain about operations and construction. Rybak has yet to secure the support of the City Council.
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The Vikings, Gov. Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak say they are close to reaching a deal. Minnesota Public Radio reports the parties generally agree on how much each will pay but questions remain about operations and construction. Rybak has yet to secure the support of the City Council.

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