The proposal to add casino-style gambling to at least two Minnesota horse-racing tracks gets its first committee hearing of the current legislative session.
Minnesota bar owners who hope to increase their menu of gambling options, and tribal casino interests who oppose it, clashed at the state Capitol Tuesday as both sides tried to claim they want to create and protect jobs.
The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board has granted an option on more than 600 acres in Hibbing to a group that wants to develop a casino and horse racing track. The property is mainly reclaimed mining land.
The debate over expanded gambling in Minnesota could soon be broadened to include a proposed speedway and casino near Hibbing.
Even before the new governor and legislature are out of the gate, there’s a race to the Capitol to pass racino.