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Political pressure to find Vikings stadium solution in 2012

Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead knows finding a deal and keeping the Vikings franchise in Minnesota will be challenging in 2012. The Vikings' Metrodome lease officially ends in February. The team could leave Minnesota if a deal is not reached. The Bemidji Pioneer reports Gov. Mark Dayton fears Republican legislative leaders want to avoid the issue until 2013.
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Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead knows finding a deal and keeping the Vikings franchise in Minnesota will be challenging in 2012. The Vikings' Metrodome lease officially ends in February. The team could leave Minnesota if a deal is not reached. The Bemidji Pioneer reports Gov. Mark Dayton fears Republican legislative leaders want to avoid the issue until 2013.

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