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Tim Hortons says it's bringing more of its coffee and donut shops to Minnesota

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As if the incoming influx of Dunkin' Donuts wasn't enough coffee-and-donut-chain news for you, it looks like Minnesota could be in line for a competitor.

The company that owns Tim Hortons said last week it reached a deal to "expand and grow the iconic Tim Hortons brand across the state of Minnesota."

What that means isn't super clear. But they'll be working with the group Restaurant Development Partners, whose CEO Paul Durigon said in the release they "look forward to introducing the brand to more than 5 million people across the state of Minnesota."

On its site, the group says plainly, "Tim Hortons coming to Minnesota."

 (Photo: Restaurant Development Partners Corps. website)

(Photo: Restaurant Development Partners Corps. website)

The release describes it as the largest agreement of its kind for Tim Hortons in the U.S., and noted it includes "development commitments over the next 14 years."

Tim Hortons is a giant in Canada – so much so, the Globe and Mail wrote an entire story called "Tim Hortons: How a brand became part of our national identity."

The brand has been around since 1964, when former NHL player Tim Horton opened the first one. (Horton would later die in a car wreck.) As of the end of 2014, there were nearly 4,600 Tim Hortons around – mostly in Canada, but about 869 in the U.S.

Currently, the franchise has a few northern Minnesota locations, two of which are in casinos. A Tim Hortons opened at Fortune Bay Casino in Tower in 2014; another at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen earlier this year. There's also a store just southwest of Tower on Highway 169.

Tim Hortons is now actually owned by Burger King after a deal in 2014. Hortons fans got mad about some job cuts to the beloved Canadian brand, seemingly forced upon them by an American company, The Guardian wrote.

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