Dayton ready to call special session with or without stadium deal in place

The Pioneer Press reports the governor has dropped a requirement that leaders have a specific plan in place for a stadium before he calls lawmakers back to the Capitol in late November. Republican leaders say they're waiting to hear details.
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The Pioneer Press reports the governor has dropped a requirement that leaders have a specific plan in place for a stadium before he calls lawmakers back to the Capitol in late November. Republican leaders say they're waiting to hear details.

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