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Vikings official says Linden Ave. Minneapolis stadium site 'offers some opportunities'

Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley says the team remains committed to the Arden Hills site. But if it proves to be unworkable -- as the governor indicated Thursday -- then the site behind the Basilica of St. Mary offers opportunities over other proposed locations.
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Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley says the team remains committed to the Arden Hills site. But if it proves to be unworkable -- as the governor indicated Thursday -- then the site behind the Basilica of St. Mary offers opportunities over other proposed locations.

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