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An artist rendering of the proposed Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. (credit: Minnesota Vikings)

An artist rendering of the proposed Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. (credit: Minnesota Vikings)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says within the next two weeks he will unveil a detailed proposal for a publicly subsidized Minnesota Vikings stadium in suburban Ramsey County, including a plan for how to raise a $300 million state share.

Dayton says Wednesday that he’ll then call a special legislative session by the end of November for lawmakers to vote on the plan. The announcement came after three days of meetings between the Democratic governor and numerous stadium stakeholders, including Vikings owner Zygi Wilf.

It was Dayton’s strongest endorsement to date of the Vikings’ preferred stadium site in Arden Hills over one of several possibilities in Minneapolis.

Stadium backers are facing a skeptical audience in Republican legislative leaders. House Majority Leader Matt Dean said Wednesday he doesn’t want a stadium special session.

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