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Vikings' stadium deal isn't reached

Governor Mark Dayton met with GOP lawmakers Friday trying to finalize a Vikings' stadium plan. They couldn't agree on one of the three Minneapolis sites or the site in Arden Hills. Dayton plans on scheduling more talks next week in hopes of wrapping up a deal by Thanksgiving.
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Governor Mark Dayton met with GOP lawmakers Friday trying to finalize a Vikings' stadium plan. They couldn't agree on one of the three Minneapolis sites or the site in Arden Hills. Dayton plans on scheduling more talks next week in hopes of wrapping up a deal by Thanksgiving.

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