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Small contingent of Viking fans rally for stadium

As legislators trickled back to the Capitol this morning for what most expect will be the final week of the session, they were greeted by about 50 Vikings fans pushing for a new stadium.

The fans, ranging from infants to retirees with a lot of young men in between, first appeared on the Capitol steps and then, headed to the nearby State Office Building to lobby legislators to pass a stadium bill.

There were at least two new wrinkles today — two stadium-related bills introduced by DFLers.

A measure by Rep. Andrew Falk of Murdock calls for public ownership of the team, while Rep. Nora Slawik of Maplewood offered legislation that would direct excess stadium revenue to early childhood scholarships.

Speculation was running wild as to what will happen in this final week. Will their be a bonding bill?  Will the stadium bill get to the floor?  Is there a chance that a stadium bill could pass if it does make it to the floor?

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