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Minnesota Vikings super fan Larry Spooner sets up his van, big-screen TV and banner Monday in front of the state Capitol and plans to do the same in the next few days as lawmakers may consider approving a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Tribune photo by Don Davis

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ST. PAUL -- Larry Spooner loves Vikings football, so much that he has taken more than 40 days vacation over the years to ask legislators to approve a new stadium.

But as he parked his van Monday in front of the Minnesota Capitol, where it will return later this week as lawmakers consider a stadium, he said his support of building a new stadium goes well beyond love of the game and tailgating; he also wants to help his state.

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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.