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Motor sports group proposes racetrack on former stadium site in Arden Hills

Minnesota Motorsports Development Group is eying the site of the old Twin Cities Army ammunition plant in Arden Hills. KARE 11 reports the motor sports consortium wants to build a state-of-the-art Motorsports Country Club, which would include a course for road racing and a place to train drivers of emergency vehicles.
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Minnesota Motorsports Development Group is eying the site of the old Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills. KARE 11 reports the motor sports consortium wants to build a state-of-the-art Motorsports Country Club, which would include a course for road racing and a place to train drivers of emergency vehicles.

The Minnesota Vikings insisted the property was the "ideal" location for a new stadium, before reaching a deal with state lawmakers to replace the Metrodome and build a new $975 million stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

In January, KSTP reported a $300 million NASCAR racetrack was being considered for the Ramsey County location.

Meanwhile, General Mills Inc.'s Cheerios brand is returning to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next year, the Business Journal reports.

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