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Vikings stadium backers say deal coming this morning

The long-awaited stadium agreement would reportedly put the Vikings new home on the eastern edge of the current Metrodome site. It also would separate stadium funding from a renovation of Target Center.
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The long-awaited stadium agreement would reportedly put the Vikings new home on the eastern edge of the current Metrodome site. It also would separate stadium funding from a renovation of Target Center.

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