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Local charitable gambling groups to meet

Allied Charities of Minnesota (ACM), the statewide organization of charitable gambling groups, will host an informational meeting for all charitable gambling organizations in the region at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Moose Lodge 2023, 330 10th Ave.

Allied Charities of Minnesota (ACM), the statewide organization of charitable gambling groups, will host an informational meeting for all charitable gambling organizations in the region at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Moose Lodge 2023, 330 10th Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, Minn.

King Wilson, executive director of ACM, will be the featured speaker. Rich Jaranson, ACM Region 2 director from Bemidji, Minn., will convene the meeting.

"Non-profit organizations across the state are struggling to keep charitable gambling alive," said Dick Horn, president of ACM. "We're finding increasing expenses, burdensome state taxation, and the demands of state regulation are making it more difficult for our organizations to have funds necessary to donate in our communities. In addition, we are contending with the effects of a statewide smoking ban plus a bad economy.

"The charitable gambling study mandated by the 2008 Legislature hopefully will present an opportunity for some relief for these community organizations," Horn continued.

Additional topics for discussion will include a wrap-up of the 2008 Legislative Session including charitable gambling law changes, statewide smoking ban impacts, the 2009 ACM legislative program development, the 18th Annual Minnesota Lawful Gambling Convention and Expo program in Duluth Nov. 20-22, and a general question-and-answer session.

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The meeting is open to anyone involved or interested in charitable gambling.

For more information on this important meeting, call Jaranson at 218-751-0376 or Wilson at 651-224-4533.

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