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Court upholds ending casino payments to Duluth


DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- A federal appeals panel agrees the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa no longer has to give the city of Duluth a cut of its casino profits.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday upheld a 2011 ruling ending casino payments to Duluth.

But the panel reversed U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson's ruling that the band must pay the city $12.4 million it has withheld since the dispute over casino revenue began in 2009. The Duluth News Tribune ( reports that issue was sent back to Nelson.

The band had been sending the city 19 percent of its video game profits since it opened its Duluth casino, Fond-du-Luth, in 1986.

Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson plans to ask the full appeals court to review the ruling.

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