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Opinion: If Lynx repeat, crowds at parade will double

The Star Tribune's Roman Augustovis chronicles the Lynx' parade down Nicollet Mall Tuesday. He also predicts much bigger things next year if Minnesota repeats as WNBA champions.
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The Star Tribune's Roman Augustovis chronicles the Lynx' parade down Nicollet Mall Tuesday. He also predicts much bigger things next year if Minnesota repeats as WNBA champions.

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