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With television cameras looking on, Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove leans forward to answer a question during a Monday night committee meeting looking into a stadium and his bill to improve profits for charities involved in gaming. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Vikings stadium bill heads to House floor; Kriesel carrying legislation

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ST. PAUL -- A Vikings stadium construction bill is headed to a full House vote after a dramatic Monday night turnaround.

Minutes shy of being exactly a week after another committee defeated the plan, the House Ways and Means Committee sent the $975 million proposal to the House. In that week, stadium politics became frenzied in the Minnesota Capitol and with each passing day it became more apparent that the skids were greased for House and Senate votes.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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