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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Vikings' stadium-construction proposal still has not had a hearing in front of the Legislature, but that has not stopped the team's push from making news.

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Gov. Mark Dayton, who met with Vikings owners and officials Thursday night, said it appears the team's search for a new home has narrowed to two sites after Hennepin County Board Chairman Mike Opat sent him a letter indicating he was ending efforts to build on the west end of downtown Minneapolis.

That leaves as options the existing Metrodome site in Minneapolis and a 400-acre plot in Arden Hills where the inactive Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant sits.

Dayton on Friday said he understands that the Legislature cannot take action until questions such as where a stadium would be built are settled. He said a stadium could be approved by the legislative adjournment date of May 23.

The governor said he had not thought about calling a special legislative session if no stadium deal is reached until after May 23.

Andrew Tellijohn is a Twin Cities freelance writer working for Forum Communications Co., which owns the Bemidji Pioneer.

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