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Will racino gambling come to Minnesota?


Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
Posted in Government

Maybe the stars have at last aligned for the supporters of Racino Gambling. Republican Senator David Senjem, district 29 Rochester, and Representative Bob Gunther, district24A Fairmont, publicly introduced the legislation on March 21. Senjem is the chief author of SF1046 Racino and Minnesota Future Fund legislation with co-authors Claire Robling (R), district 35, Dan Sparks (DFL), district 27, Mike Parry (R), district 26, and James Metzen (DFL), district 39. The bill was referred to the Jobs and Economic Growth Committee on March 25. Gunther is the chief House sponsor of the legislation.

The legislation would sanction the operation of 4,000 video lottery terminals by the Minnesota State Lottery at Minnesota's two racetracks, Canterbury Park, Shakopee and Running Acres Harness Park, Columbus (off interstate 35 north of St. Paul). The video and slot machines would put them in competition with the eighteen American Indian run casinos in the state. Both parks have poker and gaming tables now. Most of the revenue from the proposed racinos would be put into a newly established Minnesota Future Fund.

The proposal has two high hurdles which have acted as barriers in years past when similar legislation was stifled. Lobbyists representing the American Indian gambling interest and legislators that are opposed to the expansion of state sponsored gambling on both the left and the right have blocked the effort for years. This is the sixth attempt.

With this attempt supporters are more optimistic touting the legislation as a jobs creator by way of the "Minnesota Future Fund" to be used to help expand businesses and provide initial funding to start new businesses. The legislation would establish this special account for the monies gained from the racinos to be separate from the state's General Fund.

Legislators and the governor are searching for ways to make up the projected $5 billion deficit and for some this is a portion of the answer. Governor Mark Dayton has said he is willing to consider any source of new revenue.

Opposition

Republicans will meet resistance from their own GOP party chairman Tony Sutton who sits on the board of a nonprofit organization, "Citizens Against Gambling Expansion."

The American Indians operate eighteen casinos in the state and have lobbied against the introduction of the racino gambling. Twelve states currently have racino gambling, including Iowa. The Minnesota Indian Gaming Associa .....
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Spring Valley reviews audit of 2010 finances

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
Posted in Government

Members of the Spring Valley City Council settled back in their chairs and listened intently as Tom Wente of Smith Schafer and Associates, LTD, presented the audit of the city's 2010 finances.

The audit report contained the language that se ..... 
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Spring Valley residents urged to donate to food shelf

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government



"Nearly half of hungry Minnesotans are children twelve years old and younger, and the fastest growing groups of hungry Minnesotans are senior citizens!" A statement such as this definitely gets your attention. Mayor Jim Struzyk walked throug ..... 
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Rushford selects city administrator candidate

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Wednesday, March 23rd, six months after former administrator Windy Block handed in his resignation, the city council, with assistance from a special search team, has declared its candidate for the vacant administrator position. Steve Sarvi, of Water ..... 
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Rushford selects city administrator candidate

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Wednesday, March 23rd, six months after former administrator Windy Block handed in his resignation, the city council, with assistance from a special search team, has declared its candidate for the vacant administrator position. Steve Sarvi, of Water ..... 
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Preston takes a step toward floodway and floodplain redevelopment

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

EDA Director Cathy Enerson explained the EDA recommendation to the Preston City Council at their March 21 meeting. The first phase of the plan is to do an environmental study on each of three properties identified for possible acquisition, including ..... 
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County approves technology upgrades

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

In this high tech age Fillmore County commissioners sometimes have to reluctantly swallow the cost necessary to keep up. Several departments brought forward their recommendations for upgrades in equipment at the board's March 22 meeting.

Kan ..... 
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CUP approved for Kuhn Manure System

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission approved the Conditional Use Permit for Marvin and Mary Kuhn to build a two stage manure handling system, stacking slab and liquid earthen storage at their dairy farm east of Newburg at the commission' ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The March 1, 2011, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning Admin ..... 
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