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Bill allowing beer sales at U of M stadium goes to governor

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a measure permitting beer sales at TCF Bank Stadium. Supporters expect the university will create a beer garden at the open end of the football stadium. The bill requires that at least one Minnesota-brewed beer be available. A spokeswoman says Governor Dayton plans to sign the measure.
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Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a measure permitting beer sales at TCF Bank Stadium. Supporters expect the university will create a beer garden at the open end of the football stadium. The bill requires that at least one Minnesota-brewed beer be available. A spokeswoman says Governor Dayton plans to sign the measure.

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