Little known Ramsey panel is the mouse that roars in Vikings stadium debate

The relatively obscure Ramsey County Charter Commission has become a key cog in the Vikings' quest for a stadium in Arden Hills. By giving voice to public opposition to a sales tax to fund the stadium, the charter commission is inserting itself into a high-stakes political power struggle. Some elected leaders might find themselves in the position of stifling a public vote or risk losing the Vikings.
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The relatively obscure Ramsey County Charter Commission has become a key cog in the Vikings' quest for a stadium in Arden Hills. By giving voice to public opposition to a sales tax to fund the stadium, the charter commission is inserting itself into a high-stakes political power struggle. Some elected leaders might find themselves in the position of stifling a public vote or risk losing the Vikings.

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