Dayton: Vikings special session 'doubtful'

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  • November 15, 2011 - 3:33 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton, who had been pushing for the Legislature to decide on the Minnesota Vikings stadium issue this year, now says that does not look likely.

"I'm doubtful that there will be a special session at this point," Dayton said.

The governor said he is meeting Tuesday with Ramsey County Commissioners, including Commissioner Tony Bennett. Bennett has been the chief Ramsey County cheerleader for moving the Minnesota Vikings to Arden Hills, the teams preferred future home. He will also meet separately with officials from Arden Hills.

Despite those continued meetings, the governor said it does not appear that the deal will be all sewn up soon.

"I don't believe we are going to get to a point of being able to have a specific proposal or two specific proposals," if Minneapolis also has a proposal to keep the Vikings in that city, Dayton said.

Still, he said settling the question would be best.

"The Vikings deserve an answer, the people of Minnesota deserve an answer. We should make a decision one way or the other and not just avoid it because it is a politically uncomfortable vote," Dayton said.


The meeting with Ramsey County officials has been delayed until Thursday morning. The Arden Hills meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.


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