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Dayton 'pessimistic', looks to next year for stadium bill

Governor Mark Dayton says he's disappointed a House committee rejected the latest best hope for a Vikings stadium deal at the Legislature. He says if things don't work out, he's already looking to the 2013 session.
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Governor Mark Dayton says he's disappointed a House committee rejected the latest best hope for a Vikings stadium deal at the Legislature. He says if things don't work out, he's already looking to the 2013 session.

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