With stadium financing floundering, Ramsey County needs 'Hail Mary'

An exhausted Ramsey County commissioner tells the Pioneer Press they've "jumped every friggin' hoop there is in town" in their efforts to build a stadium in Arden Hills. Meanwhile, the possibility of building the facility across the river in Minneapolis seems to be gaining favor at the Capitol.
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An exhausted Ramsey County commissioner tells the Pioneer Press they've "jumped every friggin' hoop there is in town" in their efforts to build a stadium in Arden Hills. Meanwhile, the possibility of building the facility across the river in Minneapolis seems to be gaining favor at the Capitol.

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