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U regents OK Vikings playing at TCF Bank

University of Minnesota regents approved a deal that would allow the Minnesota Vikings to play at TCF Bank Stadium while the team's new home is being built. The board would likely vote in late summer on a lease agreement.
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University of Minnesota regents approved a deal that would allow the Minnesota Vikings to play at TCF Bank Stadium while the team's new home is being built. The board would likely vote in late summer on a lease agreement.

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