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Published January 06, 2013, 01:59 PM

St. Paul businesses welcome end of NHL lockout

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Downtown St. Paul businesses that cater to Minnesota Wild fans are celebrating the tentative pact to end the NHL lockout.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Downtown St. Paul businesses that cater to Minnesota Wild fans are celebrating the tentative pact to end the NHL lockout.

Business has been way down at several establishments near the Xcel Energy Center, including Sakura, a sushi restaurant popular with fans and players alike.

Manager Laurie Malmgren says they're ready for the crowds to return as soon as play resumes. She says they'll have the space and the products to serve.

Hockey fan Tricia Ewy (AY'-vee) was wearing a Wild jersey in celebration as she arrived for lunch Sunday. The 22-year-old St. Paul Park woman says hockey is one of the biggest parts of her life. And while Ewy hasn't been to a Wild game for a few seasons she's now eager to see them take the ice in person.

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