• SF 2950 fails to pass out of committee

    17 March 2010

    SF 2950, a bill that would have authorized privately owned racinos at Canterbury Park and Running Aces Harness Track, failed to pass out of a key Minnesota Senate committee last Wednesday after the bill’s author, Senator Dan Sparks, asked committee members to table the measure instead of proceeding to a vote. (more…)

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  • Racino unanimously rejected in Day’s home county

    2 March 2010

    The “Owatonna People’s Press has reported that Republicans in Steele County have overwhelmingly voted to oppose the proposed racino, rejecting a plea for support from the area’s former state senator and Racino Now spokesperson Dick Day. Here’s the full text of the February 27 story: (more…)

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  • Shakopee loans to tribes totaled $129 million in 2009

    1 March 2010

    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has announced that it gave a record $129 million in economic development loans in FY 2009 to tribes in Minnesota and nationwide, and has already made $52 million in loans during FY 2010 to tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. The loans are in addition to about $60 million awarded in grants to various tribes and charitable organizations.

    The most recent loans include one to the Upper Sioux Community, which received a $9 million loan and a $1 million grant to add rooms at the tribe’s hotel and enlarge gaming space within its Prairie’s Edge Casino. (more…)

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  • Mille Lacs donations benefit region

    20 February 2010

    The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated more than $513,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to community programs in Minnesota and nationwide in 2009, according to tribal officials. The contributions went to 44 of Minnesota’s 67 counties, and two Wisconsin counties that border on Mille Lacs’ tribal lands.

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  • Grand Forks Herald: Minnesota mustn’t roll dice on revenue

    11 February 2010

    Gambling revenue is not the solution to Minnesota’s budget problems, says an editorial in the February 11 Grand Forks Herald. Here is the complete text of the column: (more…)

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  • Mille Lacs Chief Executive warns against expansion

    30 January 2010

    In a commentary published today in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mille Lacs Chief Executive warns that adding state-sponsored casinos at metro area racetracks will hurt her tribe and other rural casino operations. Here’s the complete text of Anderson’s column: (more…)

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  • Opposition mounts to racino/Vikings proposal

    17 December 2009

    Opposition is growing in response to Senator Dick Day’s proposal to pay for a new Vikings stadium by authorizing racinos at Canterbury Park and Running Aces Harness Track. (more…)

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  • Tribes gear up for legislative fight

    30 November 2009

    Member tribes of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) are gearing up for a tough 2010 legislative session, as lawmakers indicate they may expand gambling to include racinos at the state’s two racetracks, slot machines in neighborhood restaurants and bars, and other new gambling options. (more…)

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  • Tribal gaming jobs boost rural Minnesota

    15 November 2009

    Indian gaming and tribal governments account for more $1.5 billion in economic impact and over 16,000 jobs in rural Minnesota, according to a study conducted completed earlier this year by consulting policy analyst Barry Ryan, a former research fellow in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Applied Economics. The study was commissioned by the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA). (more…)

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