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Ramsey officials say they still want Vikings

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Nov 2, 2011 at 8:24 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Ramsey County board members who want a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in their county say they're still in the hunt after Gov. Mark Dayton announced no state or local taxes should go to its construction.

Dayton's announcement seems to take a proposed $350 million sales tax hike in Ramsey County off the table. Dayton and legislative leaders say there's not support in the Legislature to override a public vote on a local tax hike.

Commissioners Rafael Ortega and Tony Bennett say the local tax was never their first choice and they are still committed to building in Arden Hills. But Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is pushing one of three possible sites in his city, and says the latest development boosts Minneapolis since it would be cheaper to build there.

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