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Minneapolis officials say they will support a $150 million renovation proposal for Target Center with or without a downtown Vikings stadium. But R.T. Rybak says a finance package linking the projects would create an opportunity to do big things.
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Minneapolis officials say they will support a $150 million renovation proposal for Target Center with or without a downtown Vikings stadium. But R.T. Rybak says a finance package linking the projects would create an opportunity to do big things.

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