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Former state Sen. Dick Day, center, speaks Friday to the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce policy committee. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

State-sponsored slots could raise $125M annually to offset deficit


WILLMAR -- Every year the Minnesota Legislature delays approving a racino is another lost opportunity to capture at least $125 million in new revenue every year.

Given the size of the state's deficit, former state Sen. Dick Day said he's a bit baffled that legislators have repeatedly turned down proposals for a state-operated racino -- the commonly used term for a racetrack casino.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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