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Dayton to meet today with NFL officials on Vikings stadium

The governor says he'll schedule a special legislative session to pass a bill for a new stadium. He's holding a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, team leaders and NFL officials, and lobbying businesses to back the stadium.
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The governor says he'll schedule a special legislative session to pass a bill for a new stadium. He's holding a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, team leaders and NFL officials, and lobbying businesses to back the stadium.

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