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Lawmakers gear up for stadium showdown Monday

12 hour debates in each chamber? It's a possibility on Monday, when the Minnesota House and Senate will both tackle the question of whether to spend nearly $400 million on a new Vikings stadium. Republicans have given up on their plan for a less expensive alternative.
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12 hour debates in each chamber? It's a possibility on Monday, when the Minnesota House and Senate will both tackle the question of whether to spend nearly $400 million on a new Vikings stadium. Republicans have given up on their plan for a less expensive alternative.

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