Most oppose tax at stadium hearing in Ramsey County

The county's charter commission is holding the first of two public hearings on whether voters should get to approve a sales tax for the stadium.
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The county's charter commission is holding the first of two public hearings on whether voters should get to approve a sales tax for the stadium.

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