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This artist's rendering provided Thursday by the Minnesota Vikings shows an interior view of the proposed $975 million stadium. The plan would put the new building nearly on top of the current Metrodome site. The drawing at top shows where the new Vikings stadium would be built, with the Metrodome outlined. AP Photos/Minnesota Vikings

Vikings stadium deal reached; now real work begins

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ST. PAUL -- Smiles surrounding a Minnesota Vikings stadium announcement seemed to indicate victory, but in reality they represented something else: a beginning.

"Now, the real work begins, persuading a majority of the Minneapolis City Council and the Minnesota Legislature to approve this agreement," Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday.

Dayton was surrounded by legislators, Minneapolis leaders and Vikings officials as they revealed a deal that could lead to a new Vikings stadium.

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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.
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