Watch: Minneapolis Council to vote on Vikings stadium

The Minneapolis City Council is offering a live video stream as members meet to talk over and vote on the Vikings stadium funding plan approved by the Legislature.
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The Minneapolis City Council is offering a live video stream as members meet to talk over and vote on the Vikings stadium funding plan approved by the Legislature.

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