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Larry Stalberger of Bloomington, center, is pictured with a group of Minnesota Vikings fans who were rallying Thursday at the state Capitol for a new Vikings stadium. "I would dig a hole and die," Stalberger said if the state were to lose the Vikings. "It would be like losing a family member." If the Vikings can't find a way to build a new football stadium, the team will likely leave the state for a city where the government is willing to help finance a stadium. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Fans say the state cannot afford to lose Vikings and revenue the team produces

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ST. PAUL -- The message a handful of Minnesota Vikings football fans sent state leaders was simple: Get-r-done.

The 75 hardy fans cheering outside the state Capitol Thursday did not deliver on a plan to finance a new Vikings stadium. They just said they wanted one and urged state leaders to be creative about financing it.


But they said it with passion.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.