The Vikings in Duluth? State senator makes offer 09 Feb 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Duluth Vikings? That’s the vision of a Duluth state senator who says his city would be ideal for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Actually, Sen. Roger Reinert (RHINE’-ert) says the proposal he gave Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday would keep the Minnesota Vikings name. The Democrat’s proposal is a long shot at the Capitol, where the stadium effort is focused on rebuilding downtown Minneapolis.

Reinert says a 500-acre site southwest of the city’s downtown and along the St. Louis River is perfect. He points out that the Green Bay Packers are about as far from the much larger Milwaukee media market as Duluth is from the Twin Cities.

Reinert says a Duluth stadium could be partly funded by new tax revenue from lifting Minnesota’s Sunday restriction on liquor sales.

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