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Commissioner Jim Schowalter of Minnesota Management and Budget talks to Sen. Julie Rosen of Fairmont during a Wednesday committee meeting about a Vikings stadium. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is on the right. (Don Davis, Forum Communications)

Vikings players visit the Capitol as Senate panel adds racino to stadium funding

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A Senate committee voted today to backup Vikings stadium funding by allowing horse-racing tracks to add casinos, a change the bill author said would kill the bill.


Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, offered an amendment to allow so-called racinos at the state's two horse tracks, replacing increased taxes expected from allowing electronic pulltab and bingo charitable games as a way to fund stadium construction.

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