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Dayton: All current stadium plans have serious drawbacks

Gov. Mark Dayton says given obstacles to financing the Arden Hills stadium plan, the Minneapolis proposal near the Basilica of St. Mary is the most viable. He says the current Metrodome site should also be in the mix. He faults the legislature for hindering Ramsey County's attempts to pass a sales tax to fund the Arden Hills site.
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Gov. Mark Dayton says given obstacles to financing the Arden Hills stadium plan, the Minneapolis proposal near the Basilica of St. Mary is the most viable. He says the current Metrodome site should also be in the mix. He faults the legislature for hindering Ramsey County's attempts to pass a sales tax to fund the Arden Hills site.

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