Gambling money breathes life into stadium talks

State leaders are looking toward gambling dollars to revive discussions about paying for a new Vikings stadium. There’s a broad range of options including a racino, a new casino, or expanding charitable gambling.
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State leaders are looking toward gambling dollars to revive discussions about paying for a new Vikings stadium. There’s a broad range of options including a racino, a new casino, or expanding charitable gambling.

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