Minneapolis mayor touts stadium council majority



ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minneapolis mayor says he’s lined up commitments from a majority of city council members to support the latest Minnesota Vikings stadium proposal.

Mayor R.T. Rybak says and Gov. Mark Dayton held a news conference Monday hoping to get the stalled stadium proposal moving again at the Capitol.

A lack of support from the council had been seen as a big stumbling block to the bill’s chances. But Rybak and Council President Barbara Johnson released signed letters from seven of thirteen council members who say they would vote for the $975 million plan to build a new stadium on the current Metrodome site, and to forgo a citywide referendum on the proposal.

The stadium bill has been in limbo since a Senate committee tabled it earlier this month.