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Electronic pulltab sales jumped 80 percent last fiscal year

Plus: allegations of improper hiring of consultant by Minneapolis Park Board; newly elected legislator proposes ban on gay-conversion therapy; Minnesota employment rate steady; and more.

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It’s happening! MPR’s Tim Nelson reports: “Once a flop in Minnesota, electronic pulltab gambling is taking off. … Sales rose 80 percent during the state’s fiscal year that ended June 30, according to a new report by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board. The annual summary of the charitable gambling industry shows that e-pull tabs brought in $360 million last year, up from $200 million the year before.”

Friends in sort-of high places. KMSP’s Tom Lyden reports: “The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) is receiving criticism from present and past commissioners after the Interim Superintendent approved a paid consultant, without a public vote, who has strong connections to the Board’s President.

Legislation watch. The Forum News Service reports (via the West Central Tribune): “A newly elected member of the Minnesota House has announced that he is going to work on the ban of conversion therapy for gay people. … State Rep.-elect Hunter Cantrell said it would make Minnesota the 15th state to institute the ban.”

Keepin’ on keepin’ on. MPR reports: “Minnesota’s unemployment rate held steady in October at 2.8 percent as the labor market gained 3,400 jobs. The number of unemployed Minnesotans now at 86,118 which is the lowest since the last recession, officials said Thursday.”

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