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Pivotal Vikings stadium meetings on tap

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Next week is shaping up as pivotal in the Minnesota Vikings' bid for a new football stadium.

Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he will hold meetings on successive days with leading legislators, National Football League officials and team owner Zygi Wilf. The meetings are planned for Monday through Wednesday.

The Vikings are pushing to build a new stadium in the Twin Cities suburb of Arden Hills, a $1.1 billion plan that includes public financing. The team's Metrodome lease expires after this season.

Dayton says it's time for people to "turn your cards up on the table." He is considering whether to call a special session on the Vikings proposal. But he wants a firmer grip on the site and financing first.