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Vikings Stadium Update: Special Session For Stadium Unlikely

The quest for a new stadium in Minnesota for the Vikings has veered back off course after the small bit of recent good news that the sale of land at Arden Hills was approved. As the Pioneer Press reports, Gov. Dayton said Tuesday it's "doubtful that there'll be a special session at this point" given the progress so far.

Dayton proposed that legislative leaders take a vote by Feb. 24, 2012 and set a deadline for completion of stadium plans, but has not received a response, further diminishing the residue of optimism in this matter.

"Senator Rosen and Representative Lanning have been laboring terrifically to try to advance this, and there just hasn't been any receptivity to their efforts," said Dayton, referring to the key lawmakers drafting stadium legislation. "Until there's clear timetable and path to final vote established by the leaders in the House and the Senate, it's going to continue to languish like this and everybody's going to deny responsibility for the fact that nothing's getting done."

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