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Minneapolis council member says stadium vote could go either way

Minneapolis' city council will vote this week on whether to approve the Vikings stadium plan that state lawmakers approved this month. Council member Gary Schiff says the vote will have a one vote margin. But whether it's for or against the stadium is not clear. Schiff says he'll vote against it. He wants to send the plan back to the Legislature to come up with a deal that's better for Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis' city council will vote this week on whether to approve the Vikings stadium plan that state lawmakers approved this month. Council member Gary Schiff says the vote will have a one vote margin. But whether it's for or against the stadium is not clear. Schiff says he'll vote against it. He wants to send the plan back to the Legislature to come up with a deal that's better for Minneapolis.

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