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Backers of 90 construction projects competing for state money

With less than $48 million in the state's funding pool, most of the applicants will likely be disappointed. Some of the high-profile projects seeking funding include a minor league ballpark in St. Paul, expansion of Rochester's civic center, and a light rail line to the Twin Cities' southwest suburbs.
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With less than $48 million in the state's funding pool, most of the applicants will likely be disappointed. Some of the high-profile projects seeking funding include a minor league ballpark in St. Paul, expansion of Rochester's civic center, and a light rail line to the Twin Cities' southwest suburbs.

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