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U of M board to vote on beer, wine sales at TCF Bank Stadium

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents is expected to vote this week on a resolution to allow "beer or beer and wine sales" in the premium-seating section of TCF Bank Stadium and in a single "beer garden" during Gopher home football games. The vote is expected to wrap up years of debate about whether and where alcohol ought to be sold.
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The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents is expected to vote this week on a resolution to allow "beer or beer and wine sales" in the premium-seating section of TCF Bank Stadium and in a single "beer garden" during Gopher home football games. The vote is expected to wrap up years of debate about whether and where alcohol ought to be sold.

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