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Vikings Stadium Could Become Reality Today

The Vikings Stadium bill only needs to pass a floor vote in the senate and get signed by the Governor for it to become a reality. The Minnesota House voted 71-60 early Thursday morning in favor of a revised stadium bill. The revised bill was constructed in a conference committee and requires the Vikings to pay $50 Million more while the state pays $50 Million less. The Vikings will now pay a total of $477 Million while the state and city of Minneapolis will combine to pay $498 Million. The Vikings agreed to the increase in payment.

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Senate Passes Vikings Stadium Bill

The Viking Stadium bill made more progress late Tuesday night when it passed through the Minnesota Senate floor. The senate version is different than the house in many ways. The differences between the house and senate bills need to be resolved in conference committee today or tomorrow before going before the house and senate for final approval. The major difference in the senate bill include user fees in addition to electronic pull tabs to pay for the state's portion and a $25 Million increase in financial commitment from the Vikings and a $25 Million decrease from the state.

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Vikings Release Longwell

The Vikings released kicker Ryan Longwell Monday after 3 seasons with the Vikings and 16 NFL seasons mostly with the Green Bay Packers. Longwell made 22 of 28 field goals for the Vikings in 2011. He was given a 3-year $1.75 Million extension last summer. Longwell said good bye to fans on twitter and head coach Leslie Frazier thanked Longwell for his work and wished him well.

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Vikings Stadium Bill Could Be Voted On Today In the House

The Vikings are crossing their fingers as the Vikings Stadium bill could be voted on today in the state house. Debating in the Vikings Stadium bill is expected to start today at around 2 or 3 pm. The vote may not happen until early Tuesday morning. The debating of the Vikings Stadium bill may take 10-12 hours. Vikings Vice President for Stadium Development Lester Bagley says the stadium is "within striking distance." Governor Mark Dayton feels as though they have the necessary votes to pass the bill.

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Vikings Stadium May Hinge On Tax Bill

The chances that the Vikings stadium bill passes through the house and then the senate Monday could hinge on whether Governor Mark Dayton decides to veto or sign the republican tax bill. The tax bill passed through both the house and senate and is on the Governor's desk. The speaker of the house, Kurt Zellers indicated Thursday on the Dan Barreiro Show on Fan Radio Network that he and his fellow republicans would be more interested in supporting the Vikings Stadium if the Governor signs their tax bill. He is threatening the Governor without making a direct threat.

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Let Lawmakers Know If You Want A Vikings Stadium (Links)

Let lawmakers know where you stand on the Vikings Stadium issue. A house and senate floor vote could happen on Monday. Links below.

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Vikings Start OTA At Winter Park

The Minnesota Vikings began organized team activities at Winter Park in Eden Prairie Wednesday. Starting quarterback Christian Ponder attended the event all with the newly drafted rookies and free agent signees and some veterans. Among the free agents trying to make the team are receiver Marcus Fitzgerald, the younger brother of Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. Marcus Fitzgerald playing college football at Marshall University.

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Vikings Release Caleb King

The Vikings have released running back Caleb King just 3 days after he was arrested in an alleged beating outside a birthday party last weekend. Anoka County prosecutors' spokesman David Cossi says King was released from jail on Tuesday with no charges being filed. The case is still under investigation. King was accused of punching a 22-year old man and throwing him headfirst to the ground early Saturday. The altercation began after the man allegedly teased the 24-year old King about his resemblance to comedian Eddie Murphy.

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Viking Free Agent Signees to Watch

NFL teams look to improve with the NFL draft but sometimes after the draft teams really make big steps if they identify and top sign undrafted free agents. The Vikings signed 16 undrafted free agents after selecting 10 players in the draft. Inside linebacker Tyler Nielsen of Iowa, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell and center Quentin Saulsberry appear to be the best chances to make the Vikings roster in late August. NFL network's Mike Mayock raves but the sleeper posibilities of Nielsen.

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Vikings’ King Arrested For Assault

Viking running back Caleb King was arrested Saturday for allegedly beating a man at a birthday party after the man teased King about looking like a celebrity. The victim needed 50 stitches to his head and my have brain serious brain damage. The man is in serious condition. King was 3rd on the depth chart at running back behind Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart.

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