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House approves stadium bill; Senate up next

The Minnesota House debated the Vikings stadium bill for more than eight hours before approving it Monday night. The Senate could take up the bill Tuesday. The final vote came after months of intense lobbying by Gov. Mark Dayton and the team, and produced a relatively easy 73-58 approval in the House.
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The Minnesota House debated the Vikings stadium bill for more than eight hours before approving it Monday night. The Senate could take up the bill Tuesday. The final vote came after months of intense lobbying by Gov. Mark Dayton and the team, and produced a relatively easy 73-58 approval in the House.

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