Stadium conference committee reaches deal; session could end Thursday

The remaining piece of unfinished business for the Legislature is a Vikings stadium bill that will need approval of both chambers now that it has emerged from a conference committee. Members of that committee were reportedly in touch with Vikings executives as they met privately to reconcile the House and Senate stadium bills.
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The remaining piece of unfinished business for the Legislature is a Vikings stadium bill that will need approval of both chambers now that it has emerged from a conference committee. Members of that committee were reportedly in touch with Vikings executives as they met privately to reconcile the House and Senate stadium bills.

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