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Continued: Readers Write (April 15): Washburn High, Mayo Clinic, Vikings stadium, online sales

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This is probably the best investment opportunity that the state will ever have.

Jane M. Scanlon, Rochester

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Likely one of the saddest commentaries regarding health care in America is a statement by Noseworthy in defense of the clinic’s position in seeking millions of dollars from the taxpayers of Minnesota. His comment: “Medicine is a growth industry.”

Garth Gideon, Becker, Minn.

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Rochester is not nearly as boring as some suggest. In fact, it has a lively Argentine tango community. Check out the Tango Society of Rochester online. Indeed, doctors and scientists have been known to dance with the rest of us at TSOR events.

James M. Dunn, Edina

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A few suggestions for the funding

Why not obvious new solutions to reduce public financing?

1)  A fan investment group: Why can’t an organization of fans own a small percentage interest in the stadium, not the team? Ten thousand fans at a $1,000 average is $10 million. One hundred thousand fans at a $1,000 average is … a lot.

2)  Anchor construction tenants: Why can’t tenants like a convention center hotel or a large retailer like Life Time Fitness or a condo tower be incorporated into the construction and design of the stadium complex? A provision should at least be included that provides revenues to the project if anchor tenants are attached, in any way, to the complex over the next 10 years. If the anchor tenant tower were 10 stories or more, it could dramatically add to suite revenue.

3)  Revisit a metro-area casino deal involving every tribe: Why can’t revenues be shared among the tribes, the taxpayers, a dedicated state fund like education and, of course, the Vikings? We all know why politically, no good government reason.

Thomas Harens, St. Paul

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