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Janine Nelson has sold pull tabs at the Eagles Club for 12 years. With a sour economy, changes in liquor laws and a non-smoking ban at most establishments, business has plummeted, she said. "They don't come out and drink as much as they used to, don't play pull tabs like they used to," she said of the trends. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Charitable gambling not a big money maker locally

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Traditional milestones such as 25th anniversaries are usually celebrated with silver, gold if you make it 50 years.

But with Minnesota's quarter century of legalized gambling, the celebration will be in copper.

Because the state's Gaming Control Board recently issued a report stating charities, the presumed recipients of a $1 billion annual industry, saw a 3-cent return for every dollar spent in fiscal year 2010.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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