For Columbus racino, second time may be the charm

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 19, 2011 - 10:11 PM

The Anoka County Board is expected to take a second vote on a racino resolution. But this time, the board is likely to back slot machines at Running Aces.

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chance2011Nov. 19, 11 9:35 PM

It would be great if the racino passed. It is time to create more work for Anoka County and give the unemployed construction workers an opportunity to start working again. They are the people that help fuel our economy and construction has been slow. I hope the leaders of Anoka County take this into account when they place their vote. Gambling already exists so why not have the people of Minnesota receive some of the profit.

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really1979Nov. 19, 1110:10 PM

I am glad that the Anoka County Bd has decided to support millionaire race track syndicates against the needs of our local charities. Dan Earhart continues his trademark grabbing facts out of the air ( will create 500 new jobs) to support his questionable priorities. The Real Facts From The Legislatures Own Fiscal Note Is This : Charitable Gambling Venues Will Lose 25% Of Their Revenues Because Of This Action. So I hope anyone who has benefited from charitable contributions to youth sports, food shelves etc will remember Mr. Erhart and his supporters come next Novembers elections when that money is no longer there.

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deanljonesNov. 19, 1110:15 PM

casinos will create jobs while giving back to their communities. The new stadium for minnesota not just the Vikings stadium . I do believe will create 7500 construction jobs this is what the state needs. JOBS !!! JOBS JOBS. Tell the elected leaders to get this done already !!!

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wyovikingNov. 19, 1111:12 PM

Yes! Do it. Build the stadium. Jobs are very much needed and it will keep the Vikes in Minnesota. Don't support it, don't gamble.

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rshacklefordNov. 20, 11 2:48 AM

I think they're doing this 'We, on a 4 to 3 Vote, I Guess Maybe Support This Idea' rubber-stamped county resolution just to get Mr. Irrelevant to shut up already. The gesture means nothing at this point. The other Comms are probably hoping he'll start spending his time at the Legislature now and not around their offices. Lastly, to hell with our morals as long as temporary jobs, the vikings, addictive behaviors, and a stadium are created, eh?

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mchris72Nov. 20, 11 7:55 AM

People are already out there gambling now. If they choose to wager their money on a different kind of entertainment, they should have that option. As always, People with gambling problems should probably stay away....but if they can control their urges when at a gas station that sells lottery tickets, surely they can control themselves from driving out in the suburbs to gamble....

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samiamNov. 20, 1110:03 AM

Sounds like we are making good progress in finding a reasonable solution that keeps the Vikings in Minnesota with no tax increase. If you dont gamble or visit the new stadium you dont have to pay

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ruphinaNov. 20, 1110:07 AM

"I don't see how voting on racino helps us," Sivarajah said Friday. "We met with legislators the other day and they asked us, "Why do you feel the need to weigh in on this matter?" We're weighing in on a divisive issue." ?????????? Isn't it amazing the arrogant lengths legislators will go to to set themselves above the poor unwashed masses, devoid of the infinite wisdom bestowed on them when they get elected (by those same ignorant masses they don't want feedback from). Bill G.

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kivirlNov. 20, 1110:28 AM

are they going to use racino proceeds from Anoka county to fund a stadium in another county?

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rshacklefordNov. 20, 11 2:12 PM

"are they going to use racino proceeds from Anoka county to fund a stadium in another county?" No. The funding that Anoka County gives to a stadium NOT built in Anoka County will come from Dan's next logical great idea...a strip club in downtown Anoka on Main Street right near 2100 Third Avenue. You're already sliding down that slippery immoral slope. BUT, it'll bring JOBS and if citizens cannot keep themselves away from the place, that's their own problem, right?

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