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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
BBAO: Special session possible for stadium

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Minnesota state legislature has adjourned without addressing the Minnesota Vikings' stadium issue with so much as a single public hearing. So the question now: Will the issue be placed on the agenda for a presumed special session this summer?

Here's what Rep. Morrie Lanning, one of the stadium bill authors, told Mike Kaszuba of the Star Tribune: "It is of course possible if, there is a special session, for this issue to be before us."

The special session will be dominated by a contentious battle to balance the state budget, however. And Lanning noted that several obstacles still must be overcome, including roads and naming rights. He told Dave Orrick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that public hearings later this summer are possible as well.

One way or the other, it looks like it will take at least another month to find out whether this bill will be passed or if the Vikings will go into the 2011 season as pending franchise free agents.

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