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Report: lawmakers leery of stadium by Basilica, prefer Metrodome site

Fox 9 reports opposition from church leaders and a lack of support on the Minneapolis City Council has lawmakers shying away from a stadium site alongside the Basilica of St. Mary. The Metrodome site is reportedly the new frontrunner.
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Fox 9 reports opposition from church leaders and a lack of support on the Minneapolis City Council has lawmakers shying away from a stadium site alongside the Basilica of St. Mary. The Metrodome site is reportedly the new frontrunner.

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