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Minnesota Legislators turn out for Vikings game in London

Posted by: Baird Helgeson under Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota legislature, Democrats, Republicans Updated: September 30, 2013 - 6:20 PM

Republican state Sen. Julie Rosen was among the Minnesotans who traveled to London this weekend to watch the Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rosen traveled to London with her daughter to see the game.

“On my own dime, of course,” said Rosen, R-Fairmont.

Rosen was the Senate’s chief author of the legislation to build a new stadium for the Vikings and is co-chair of the Legislature’s stadium oversight committee. In her fourth Senate term, Rosen is also considering a run for governor.

Rosen was not the only elected representative at the game. According to her Facebook page, Senator Karin Housley, R-St. Mary’s Point, and former GOP Rep. Laura Brod attended the game. Brod now serves on the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton did not attend the game. He had several local speaking engagements over the weekend. His staff said they were not aware of anyone from the administration attending the game.

The Vikings and local stadium officials are in the closing days of negotiating the final details of the new $975 million stadium to be built on the site of the old Metrodome. Construction is expected to start after the end of the team’s current season. 

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