Vikings stadium at "4th and long"

Media outlets around the state are suggesting that it will be an uphill battle for a new Vikings stadium to get approved this session after there were little to no developments on it Thursday at the capitol. The most recent bill appears to be hung up in the Senate tax committee.
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Media outlets around the state are suggesting that it will be an uphill battle for a new Vikings stadium to get approved this session after there were little to no developments on it Thursday at the capitol. The most recent bill appears to be hung up in the Senate tax committee.

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