Minn. Senate schedules two public hearings on stadium bill

Republican leaders in Minnesota said Wednesday that they will listen to comments from the public on the Vikings stadium issue at two all-day hearings in an effort to finalize a bill, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

"The reason why we're having the hearings is to fill in the blanks on a bill that's just about done but not quite," said Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, who's leading stadium efforts in the state Senate.

A Senate committee hearing Nov. 29 will focus on a site in Arden Hills favored by the Vikings as well as three proposed Minneapolis locations, and another hearing on Dec. 6 will address potential state funding options.

The state needs to find as much as $650 million as part of a stadium package totaling about $1 billion at any of the four sites.

Notes: The Vikings announced Wednesday that they are donating $200,000 to the University of Minnesota's Amplatz Children's Hospital and another $240,000 to the university's department of pediatrics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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