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Time for the state to look seriously at slot machines?

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State Sen. Dick Day, a Republican from Owatonna, couldn't even get a hearing this session from DFL leadership for his perennial bill that would open Canterbury Park and the Running Aces horse track to slot machines. The fact that Day's gambling expansion amendment to the Senate finance bill last week went down by only a 29-33 bipartisan vote spoke to how desperate legislators are to plug the projected $4.6 billion, two-year budget gap.