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Minneapolis Mayor to hold first public forum on proposed Vikings Stadium

Mayor R.T. Rybak will hear from citizens about the stadium proposal Tuesday night in south Minneapolis. Meanwhile, the City Council will hold a public hearing and a key vote on the stadium plan on April 24.
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Mayor R.T. Rybak will hear from citizens about the stadium proposal Tuesday night in south Minneapolis. Meanwhile, the City Council will hold a public hearing and a key vote on the stadium plan on April 24.

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