Minneapolis City Council to tackle Vikings stadium

The Ways and Means committee is set to meet Monday afternoon to discuss the city's share of the stadium measure Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law last week. The full council is expected to take a formal vote on the nearly $1 billion proposal on Friday.
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The Ways and Means committee is set to meet Monday afternoon to discuss the city's share of the stadium measure Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law last week. The full council is expected to take a formal vote on the nearly $1 billion proposal on Friday.

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