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Dayton Reaffirms Thursday Deadline For Vikes Proposals, Arden Hills Site Fading?

Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

It looks like the Vikings could have no other choice than to support a new stadium in Minneapolis.

According to sources, Governor Dayton and legislative leaders have told Vikings officials that the Arden Hills site is “unlikely to work.” Of course, the Arden Hills site has been preferred by Zygi Wilf, the owner of the Vikings who made his millions as a land developer.

KSTP is reporting that the team is now conducting preliminary analysis and traffic studies of the Linden Avenue site near the Basilica of St. Mary.

Governor Dayton has given city leaders and lawmakers until Thursday to come up with proposals outlining why their site is superior, including how to finance it. It’s seeming increasingly likely that the Vikings may be forced to tear down the Metrodome and rebuild at that site due to cost savings.

In related news, new the new Majority leader in the Minnesota State Senate is putting Racino gambling in a good position. Senator Amy Koch is out and Senator Dave Senjem is now in as Majority Leader. Senjem is reportedly a huge proponent of Racino gaming as a possible revenue source to build a new Vikings stadium.

A Racino bill has never made it to the Senate floor, but now some at the Capitol say not only will it get to the floor for a vote, it stands a very good chance of passing.

Racino gaming would put four-thousand slots, combined, at Canterbury Park and Running Aces. Between the two horse tracks, Racino supporters say the state could collect about 125-million dollars in tax revenue every year. But, even if the Racino bill were to pass the Senate, the House and Governor Mark Dayton would have to sign off on it, before it becomes reality.

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