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St. Paul mayor: Target Center funding in stadium bill would give Mpls. unfair advantage

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says his city's arena - the Xcel Energy Center - competes with Minneapolis' Target Center. Coleman complained to Governor Dayton that it would be unfair if the state gave Target Center a leg up in that competition as part of a stadium funding package.
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St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says his city's arena - the Xcel Energy Center - competes with Minneapolis' Target Center. Coleman complained to Governor Dayton that it would be unfair if the state gave Target Center a leg up in that competition as part of a stadium funding package.

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