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Dayton, GOP House leaders in mellow mood after meeting, now await Vikings’ input on stadium

Gov.-elect Mark Dayton met with House Republican leaders Tuesday and both sides described the meeting as open and congenial, with agreement on the need to work together to improve the state’s economic climate.
When they finished and talked with the

Gov.-elect Mark Dayton met with House Republican leaders Tuesday and both sides described the meeting as open and congenial, with agreement on the need to work together to improve the state’s economic climate.

When they finished and talked with the press, though, a new Vikings stadium is what reporters wanted to know about, after the collapse of the Metrodome and Monday’s night’s odd game at the University of Minnesota’s stadium. Dayton seemed eager to get a stadium bill moving quickly, because the team doesn’t plan to renew its lease at the Dome.

House Speaker-designate Kurt Zellers, though, said it wouldn’t be one of the first bills coming out of the GOP caucus. The priority, he said, is “jobs and the economy.”

Both sides said the next move is up to the Vikings to come up with a proposal that narrows down what they want in a new stadium.

Dayton agreed that some business regulations need streamlining. And the honeymoon phase will continue for a while, as everyone exchanged cell phone numbers and talked about open door policies.

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