Claims are Vikings made progress on stadium last week

While yet another deadline for the new stadium initiative the Minnesota Vikings are clinging to came and passed Friday, all hope is not lost.

That’s at least what Ted Mondale, the head of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, is suggesting.

Lester Bagley, the team’s vice president who is overseeing the project, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune “significant progress” was made last week.

“We had been stalled for about a month, but we're not stalled now," Mondale said. "We're a lot closer this week than last.”

The stadium bill has yet to be heard and there is a chance it could come up in a special session that will be called to finalize the budget. That session could happen before June 30.

But one of the stadium bill’s creators says it will be impossible to make it happen by the end of the month. No one is saying this project is dead – at least for this year – but when there was a shortage of more than $100 million for needed roadwork, it became clear a Hail Mary was needed.

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