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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Was it a sign of progress, or a sign of frustration?

Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf held a private meeting with Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday. But there is still no Vikings stadium deal despite weeks of speculation that a deal was imminent.

I suppose you could call it progress compared to where the stadium was at this time last year. But now the legislature is past the halfway mark, and no Vikings bill to look at, let alone debate and vote.

Wilf met with Gov. Dayton for an hour behind closed doors on Tuesday. Wilf told reporters they are negotiating the final points of a deal to put the facility at the site of the Metrodome in Minneapolis. He said he is not frustrated by the stops and starts at the Capitol. And he predicts again, a deal is close.

“I believe that to get a deal like this done as complicated as it is, patience is needed and we will make sure to use that patience to make sure that we both agree on a term sheet that works for everyone’s benefit,” Wilf said.

When asked when a potential stadium deal might be finalized, Dayton said Tuesday that he had no idea. It’s a hot topic and debate that could easily go until the end of the legislative session, if not longer.

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