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'Beer garden' may be coming to TCF Bank Stadium

Early signs are the Board of Regents could be on board with a plan now moving through the Capitol. MinnPost has the details ...
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Early signs are the Board of Regents could be on board with a plan now moving through the Capitol. MinnPost has the details ...

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