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Legislative Hurdles Remain For Viking Stadium Proposal

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ST. PAUL, Min. (MNN) -  Although the Vikings support the idea, the Arden Hills site for a new stadium is by no means a done deal.  The biggest sticking point appears to be road improvements in the area, which is bounded by 35-W and Highway 10.  Mn-DOT estimates at least a 175-million-dollar pricetag and possibly as much as 240-million  --  which appears to be over and above the estimated one-billion dollars for the retractible-roof stadium and on-site infrastructure. Fairmont Republican Senator Julie Rosen says the governor and bill sponsors have made it very clear:  300-million dollars is the maximum contribution by the state toward the whole stadium project.  She says, quote, "if the Vikings want to pick up the state's share and we stay at 300-million, then we do have a bill  --  but at this point I cannot support any more funding coming out of the state."

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