Ramsey County still kicking in fight to land Vikings stadium

As proposals for a new Vikings stadium land on the governor's desk, Minneapolis seems to have momentum and Shakopee is a late entry. But Ramsey County still believes it has the right combination to win the stadium site derby.
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As proposals for a new Vikings stadium land on the governor's desk, Minneapolis seems to have momentum and Shakopee is a late entry. But Ramsey County still believes it has the right combination to win the stadium site derby.

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