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State House committee votes down Vikings stadium proposal

The mood in the Minnesota House was different May 23 than a normal last day of session. While there was lots of debate, there was little of the urgency normally felt on the final day. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- A Minnesotaq Vikings stadium bill is barely alive after failing in a state House of Representatives committee last night on a 9-6 vote, with under two weeks to the target date for the Minnesota Legislature to adjourn.

Minneapolis DFLer Rep. Frank Hornstein says there should be "a much broader net" to capture private money for the stadium. Hornstein says the business community and the Vikings can do more, and there can be private loans.

But Vikings VP Lester Bagley says the Vikings did everything they were asked to do, including kicking in half the cost. Bagley says there's time left in the session to address the stadium issue -- but adds "it's a mistake to think that the Vikings and the NFL will continue with the status quo and the situation that we're in." When asked whether that's a threat that the Vikings will leave, Bagley said "no."