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Tight timeline to complete stadium by 2016

From prep work and design to construction, dozens of tasks have to be addressed with a sense of urgency. The Vikings want the new stadium ready to go for the 2016 NFL season. The Star Tribune reports hours after lawmakers agreed to the nearly $1 billion stadium deal, officials started creating a timeline. First, Gov. Mark Dayton needs to sign the bill and at least seven members of the Minneapolis City Council also have to approve the deal.
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From prep work and design to construction, dozens of tasks have to be addressed with a sense of urgency. The Vikings want the new stadium ready to go for the 2016 NFL season. The Star Tribune reports hours after lawmakers agreed to the nearly $1 billion stadium deal, officials started creating a timeline. First, Gov. Mark Dayton needs to sign the bill and at least seven members of the Minneapolis City Council also have to approve the deal.

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