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Final vote on stadium agreements delayed

The Minnesota Vikings franchise and the public authority that will own its new home are working to break ground on the downtown Minneapolis stadium later this year. But Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for an inquiry into the team’s finances is complicating an already difficult set of negotiations over final agreements for the use and financing of the stadium.

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Dayton spars with Vikings’ owners as vote on final stadium agreement nears

Gov. Mark Dayton is taking a hard line against the owners of the Minnesota Vikings in the wake of a New Jersey judge’s decision that the team owners are guilty of fraud and breach of contract in an unrelated apartment development deal. The discord is playing out as the state Sports Facilities Authority is getting set to vote on the final agreement on the specifics of how the team will use and finance the stadium.

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Vikings stadium bill passes Minnesota House

The $975 million package, which would construct a new stadium for the team near the Metrodome site in Minneapolis, passed on a 73-58 vote, with more DFLers voting for the package than Republicans. All told, 40 DFL votes were cast in favor of the bill, with 33 Republicans voting “yes.” Many expected there to be 68 votes total for the bill -- the exact number needed to pass -- with the GOP and DFL caucuses evenly splitting the total.

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