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Business owners say loss of NHL games will cause economic ripples

Downtown St. Paul business owners are feeling the pinch of the NHL lockout. And the pain won't stop with empty bar stools and restaurant tables near the Xcel Energy Center. Vendors and suppliers will also feel a hit, just as the area was starting to recover from the Recession.
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Downtown St. Paul business owners are feeling the pinch of the NHL lockout. And the pain won't stop with empty bar stools and restaurant tables near the Xcel Energy Center. Vendors and suppliers will also feel a hit, just as the area was starting to recover from the Recession.

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