Dayton: Special session for Vikings is doubtful

Gov. Dayton says he thinks it’s growing more unlikely that he’ll call a special session to address the Vikings stadium issue.

“I’m doubtful that there will be a special session at this point given the pace of progress,” Dayton told reporters today.

He said he wants to meet with Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, and Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, once they craft their stadium bill. The two lawmakers met last night with other stadium supporters in the Legislature who call themselves the stadium working group to discuss alternatives. Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, says the group is making progress but is still working through details of how the stadium will be financed and where it should be built.

Dayton says he’s still pushing for a deadline so lawmakers work with some urgency.

“I don’t believe we’re going to get to a specific proposal until some kind of deadline is established,” Dayton said. “Otherwise it will just drag on.”

Meanwhile, architects for three different stadium proposals in Minneapolis will release their proposals tonight at the bi-monthly meeting of the 2020 Partners.

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