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Ramsey County approves land purchase for Vikings stadium

Ramsey County commissioners Tuesday morning voted unanimously to buy land in Arden Hills for a future home for the team.
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Ramsey County commissioners Tuesday morning voted unanimously to buy land in Arden Hills for a future Vikings stadium.

The Star Tribune reports the $28.5 million purchase is contingent on the state finding a way to pay for the facility.

The deal would require the federal government to clean up the land, which used to be the site of an Army ammunition plant.

When asked what it would take to pay the state's share of a stadium in Arden Hills, revenue experts say a statewide tax hike of 0.075 percent would do the job. KARE 11 reports raising the sales tax from 6.875 percent to 6.95 percent would bring in the about $50 million a year.

However, Gov. Dayton says a special session to address the Vikings stadium issue is unlikely. Sen. Julie Rosen and Rep. Morrie Lanning are scrambling to put together a stadium bill. While they're making progress, MPR reports details of how the stadium will be financed and where it should be built are still up in the air.

Republican state Senate leader Amy Koch says Republicans aren't "focusing on an arbitrary deadline," according to a report in the Pioneer Press.

Meanwhile, MPR reports the architects for two different stadium proposals in Minneapolis released their plans Tuesday night. The two potential stadium locations pitched was the Farmers Market and Linden Avenue.

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