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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The owners of the Minnesota Vikings sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton and all 201 state lawmakers saying that the cost of road improvements near a new football stadium in suburban Ramsey County shouldn’t prevent it getting approved this year.

Zygi and Mark Wilf sent the letter Saturday. They say they understand the state is “facing significant challenges” but that the team waited patiently while lawmakers approved other stadiums. The team wants the state to kick in just under a third of funding for a $1.1 billion, 65,000-seat stadium in Arden Hills.

Dayton and legislative backers are worried the transportation costs would exceed their $300 million cap on the state share. The letter says the team is working with other stakeholders to determine the exact transportation costs and determine how to pay them.

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