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Businessman has last-ditch effort to keep Arden Hills stadium hopes alive

On Monday Ramsey County businessman Mike O'Connor will unveil his plan for how to make an Arden Hills Vikings stadium work. But don't be surprised if it winds up on a scrap-heap of ideas that already includes the Shakopee and Duluth stadium plans.
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On Monday Ramsey County businessman Mike O'Connor will unveil his plan for how to make an Arden Hills Vikings stadium work. But don't be surprised if it winds up on a scrap-heap of ideas that already includes the Shakopee and Duluth stadium plans.

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