Dayton hopes to release stadium plan Nov. 7

The governor is asking the team, local leaders and others to get him the details that he needs to get a proposal on the table in early November, about two weeks before a proposed special session.
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The governor is asking the Vikings, Ramsey County leaders and others to get him the information that he needs to put a proposal on the table by Nov. 7, reports Don Davis with Forum Communications.

Dayton says, without a deal, there is a "very real possibility" Minnesota will lose the team.

The governor has spent the week meeting with the team, local leaders and other interested parties, including a group trying to get a casino in Block E in downtown Minneapolis. The group told Dayton, essentially, help us build a casino and we'll help you build a stadium.

NBC Sports says Dayton has come out in favor of the Arden Hills site. But the governor says Minneapolis is Option B, and that he'd prefer to see the Vikes play there than in Los Angeles.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak might have something to say about that. Fox 9 reports the mayor wants to meet with the governor, possibly as soon as this Friday.

Local blogger Ed Kohler has posted morethan a few in-depth, number-crunching columns on the stadium issue. His latest looks back over the decades and concludes: Public subsidies are driving stadium costs into the stratosphere.

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