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Scot McNamara of Cottage Grove came to the senate today wearing his Vikings jersey and his hard hat. He supported the bill because it would put people back to work, he said. Photo by Chad Richardson/Hastings Star-Gazette

'Skol, Vikings' heard 'round the Capitol as stadium deal sealed

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Vikings and their fans have something to cheer about.

And they did cheer and sang "Skol, Vikings," the team's fight song, during a Thursday evening news conference celebrating legislative passage earlier in the day of a plan to build a new stadium for the Vikings and other events. It is to be open in 2016.

Fans must wait for two final steps to be completed: a governor's signature and the Minneapolis City Council's approval.

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