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Vikings take a closer look at $1B Basilica site

The so-called Linden Avenue property near St. Mary's Basilica in Minneapolis is one of the city's three proposed stadium sites -- it's also the one team officials know the least about. Although a team spokesman says the Arden Hills site remains the frontrunner, the Vikings are researching their options.
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The so-called Linden Avenue property near St. Mary's Basilica in Minneapolis is one of the city's three proposed stadium sites -- it's also the one team officials know the least about. Although a team spokesman says the Arden Hills site remains the frontrunner, the Vikings are researching their options.

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