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Rep. Al Juhnke of Willmar announces plans to introduce a bill setting up casinos at the state's two horse-race tracks. Juhnke and Senate author Sen. Dan Sparks of Austin on Tuesday said the time is right for racinos in light of the state's budget problems. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

Juhnke says racino idea has 'legs' this year


ST. PAUL -- Lack of money may persuade Minnesota legislators to back the long proposed, often failed racino concept this year, supporters of the concept say.

"We think there are some legs to this legislation," Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, said Tuesday in announcing a bill to allow electronic slot machines at the state's two horse-racing tracks.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.