UPDATE: Dayton: I’ll push Arden Hills stadium site

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 commitment to date that he’d push 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.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton continues to hold private meetings on the Minnesota Vikings’ push for a public subsidy to build a new football stadium, but a leading Republican lawmaker says he doesn’t support the Democratic governor’s call for a special session on the issue before the end of the year.

House Majority Leader Matt Dean says Wednesday that special sessions are traditionally called to respond to emergencies. He says Minnesotans are worried more about jobs and the economy than the Vikings.

Dayton says he would call a special session even without a proposal that specifies how to pay for a stadium and chooses between site options in Ramsey County and Minneapolis. But Dean says it’s a bad idea to bring legislators back to St. Paul without a solid plan in place.