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Construction of the dog track began 25 years ago. The front page of the Star-Observer on Aug. 3, 1989, tells the story. The lack of “fanfare” refers to the fact that there was never an official groundbreaking ceremony. Attempts to schedule an event were made, hoping to also give opponents an opportunity to demonstrate their opposition. Opponents were unwilling to be involved and construction began without any publicity.

Construction of St. Croix Meadows dog track started 25 years ago

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Construction of the St. Croix Meadows Dog Track began 25 years ago this week. The facility has been surrounded by controversy -- starting before construction began, the dog races themselves and the proposal to make it into a casino. Controversy continues today with recent efforts to turn small parts of the vacant building into a school.


For about two years before the track opened, the community was heavily embroiled in the midst of the dog track controversy.

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Doug Stohlberg
Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
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