"This is not about sports. This is about the people of Minnesota and what's best for our state," Dayton said.
Other projects that made the cut:
—$1.9 million to build a recycling plant serving Redwood and Renville counties.
—$1.5 million for water and sewer lines to a business park in Lonsdale.
—$1.1 million to expand a wastewater treatment plant in Hector so a kosher and halal beef processor in Buffalo Lake can expand.
—$763,000 for a business incubator in Hutchinson.