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Long stadium meeting, but no deal reached today

A 90-minute meeting between state officials and the Vikings owners on a possible new stadium ended this afternoon with no deal reached.
Gov. Mark Dayton said the meeting was productive.

A 90-minute meeting between state officials and the Vikings owners on a possible new stadium ended this afternoon with no deal reached.

Gov. Mark Dayton said the meeting was productive. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said there’s still lots of work to be done.

Also meeting with Dayton and Wilf were Stadium Commission Chair Ted Mondale, commissioners, legislators, other representatives of the Vikings organization and Ramsey County officials.

Everyone seems to agree that the newest, latest deadline for an agreement is the end of this week. Many lawmakers have said that a budget deal is more important than a stadium deal.

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A plan to put the stadium in Arden Hills, with Ramsey County picking up $350 million of the tab with an added half-cent county sales tax, is foundering because there’s no agreement on who will pay $131 million in road work for the site.