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Dayton calls for review of Vikings stadium plan

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is asking several of his agency leaders to help settle unresolved issues tied to the proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium in suburban Ramsey County.

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Dayton sent a letter Friday to Metropolitan Council chairwoman Susan Haigh and Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission chairman Ted Mondale. He says their agencies should work together to identify requirements of an environmental impact statement, transportation needs, total costs and the possibility of cost overruns, permitting and approval issues and several other concerns for the stadium site in Arden Hills.

Dayton says in the letter that "time is of the essence" and says he told team officials he wants to use the stadium project to show his administration's commitment to a streamlined permitting process.

Dayton has said he'd consider a special session yet this year to pass a stadium plan.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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