A funny thing happened to the stadium bill on its way to the Senate floor. A racino was added. Stadium backers worry inclusion of casino gambling at racetracks as a funding source will kill the bill. One more committee will take up the measure Thursday and may try to remove the racino.
USS Minneapolis-St. Paul officially launched in Duluth ceremony
It's the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in Minnesota.
North High principal Mauri Friestleben returning to finish year
The principal said Friday she had been fired from her role over her support of a student protest.
One dead, two injured in wrong-way crash on Hwy. 169
The crash occurred on Highway 169 early Sunday morning.
Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels
All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.
Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end
Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.
Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified
The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.
Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery
The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.
COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster
Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.
2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame
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Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka
The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.
Dayton: Racino wouldn't be fast cash
Gov. Dayton says even if lawmakers choose to fund a new Vikings stadium through a racino, the plan would likely get gummed up in the court system for years. He says any plan to expand gambling at the racetracks would probably bring a lawsuit from the state's tribes, which have a long-standing deal that grants them a monopoly on gambling.
House approves stadium bill; Senate up next
The Minnesota House debated the Vikings stadium bill for more than eight hours before approving it Monday night. The Senate could take up the bill Tuesday. The final vote came after months of intense lobbying by Gov. Mark Dayton and the team, and produced a relatively easy 73-58 approval in the House.
Another day, another stadium bill introduced at the Capitol
While the Vikings, Minneapolis, and the Dayton administration are in negotiations to come up with a stadium plan, state lawmakers have floated a series of long-shot proposals of their own. The latest is a revival of the "racino" idea, which would use revenue from slot machines at horse racing tracks to help fund a new stadium. Gambling opponents and tribal casinos have helped defeat the proposal in the past.
Tax panel sends Vikings stadium bill to the Senate floor without racino provision
After more than five hours of debate, members of the Senate Tax Committee narrowly passed the stadium proposal Friday night. The nearly $1 billion bill is now set for votes in both the full House and Senate. The Minnesota House adjourned Friday afternoon and is expected to be back in session Saturday afternoon. GOP leaders want to adjourn this year's session Monday night.
Senate panel cuts off stadium debate without vote; bill "wasn't quite ready"
The Senate author says "lots of discussions" this week will help answer questions about the stadium bill. The biggest concerns raised at the first Capitol hearing involved doubts that the state will really take in $62 million a year from electronic pull tabs.
Watch: Senate tax panel debates stadium bill
The Senate Tax Committee is discussing the nearly $1 billion Vikings stadium proposal Friday afternoon. The panel needs to approve the legislation before it reaches the full Senate for a vote. The House adjourned Friday afternoon without taking up the bill.
Vikings Stadium bill in the state Senate unveiled
The stadium legislation was released Friday afternoon following the agreement Gov. Mark Dayton, Minneapolis leaders and Vikings owners announced March 1. It proposes constructing a 65,000 seat roofed-stadium near the current Metrodome site for $975 million. $398 million would come from the state, funded by electronic pulltabs. Minneapolis would cover $150 million of the cost and the Vikings would pay the remaining $427 million.
Vikings stadium bill moves closer to full House and Senate
The House Ways and Means Committee advanced the $975 million stadium proposal without recommendation Monday night. A Senate committee is expected to hear a similar bill Tuesday. It could come up for a vote on the floor in both chambers by Friday.
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