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Tribe, track team up; enjoy special privileges

June 7, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

Well, if you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. That seems to be the concept behind a deal announced this week that will involve the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, owners of Mystic Lake Casino in Shakopee, agreeing to pay $75 million over 10 years to Canterbury Park, the horse track just four miles up the road. In return, Canterbury is dropping its long-running effort (at the State Capitol) to add slot machines, thus ensuring Mystic Lake's status as the casino in the metro area. Canterbury will put the $75 million to use boosting purses for horse races, helping make it more competitive with other Midwestern tracks.



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