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Vikings stadium in Arden Hills may go to overtime

The Minnesota Vikings' stadium debate has become one of the most contentious and crucial issues in Minnesota. Many feel the longer it takes for a deal to get done, the less likely it will be in Arden Hills.
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Just days after a Ramsey County panel chose to forego a countywide referendum on a half-cent tax hike toward a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills, barriers have widened between Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislators leading up to a possible special session.

The Met Council report -commissioned by Gov. Dayton- says the proposed timeline for an Arden Hills stadium is "unrealistic," according to MPR.

The Morris Sun Tribune says that even former supporters of the Arden Hills facility are doubting its likelihood.

KSTP reports the Vikings' stadium plan is still missing a key piece.

The Arden Hills site is facing more problems, says Politics in Minnesota, which has sparked debate on whether the death knell has sounded in Ramsey County.

The full Met Council report can be read here.

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