• Abandoned DraftKings-FanDuel merger could spell the end of daily fantasy sports — and the dawn of legalized betting

    18 July 2017

    “In the relatively short period since the daily-fantasy explosion, the NHL has gone to Las Vegas, the NFL has done the same, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver has gone on record in support of legalized sports betting. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear New Jersey’s attempt to make sports betting legal in that state.”

  • Deal to end lottery litigation involves $54K payout

    18 July 2017

    “Johnene Canfield was second-in-command at the lottery when she was fired in 2015 amid a series of incidents involving public intoxication. She had sued claiming discrimination. The lawsuit had been scheduled to go to trial this spring but was settled at the last minute.”

  • State lotteries fight ‘jackpot fatigue,’ casino competition

    13 July 2017

    “’It’s very critical as we move into this new era we focus on the fact that we will be competing with those that have had the capacity to brand themselves.

  • Gambling bill planned

    1 July 2017

    “Minnesota state Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a New Jersey sports gambling case will lead to him introducing a sports gambling bill next year. ‘It is time for Minnesota’s sports gambling laws to move out of the caveman era and into the 21st century…'”

  • Canterbury Park transforms from racetrack to entertainment destination

    21 June 2017

    “Track operators say marketing gimmicks help drive attendance at the park, whose visitors are often leery of gambling more than a few bucks at a time.”

  • UMD Offers 1-Week Summer Certificate in Tribal Administration, Governance

    30 May 2017

    The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) has received a Blandin Foundation grant to offer a one-week summer pilot program leading to a Professional Certificate in Tribal Administration and Governance at a reduced cost of $250 per person. The 2017 Summer Academy is set for July 31-August 4 at the Griggs Center on the UMD campus.

    The program includes the week-long course with expert presentations and hands-on case study projects as well as a fall symposium and spring 2018 retreat. Covered topics include tribal ethics, law, human resources, project management, budgets and leadership. The content is designed to benefit those currently serving in tribal leadership positions, aspiring future leaders, and individuals serving tribes in various administrative/management roles.

    More information is available here.



  • Interblock brings electronic table games to Minnesota

    23 May 2017

    “Interblock announced its first product placement in the state of Minnesota: The automated Big Six wheel, now available to players at Black Bear Casino.”

  • LEECH LAKE: Leech Lake voters approve new casino plan

    18 May 2017

    “Construction is expected to start on the new Palace in spring 2018, with completion likely at the beginning of 2019. Historically, the Palace has employed between 300 and 360 workers, while the new casino will employ an estimated 450 to 500.”

  • Star Lake casino use permit decision still on hold

    15 May 2017

    “Environmental reviews are still taking place related to a proposed casino submitted by the White Earth Nation on the southwest side of Star Lake in central Otter Tail County… If the five-person county board believes that the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) has answered all environmental questions, they will most likely say an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not needed.”

  • 24th Annual MIGA Golf Tournament Set for June 19

    7 May 2017

    MIGA will host its 24th annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 19 at The Meadows at Mystic Lake starting at 10:00 am. The gathering is the association’s only yearly fundraising event.

    MIGA Chairman Charlie Vig said the golf tournament helps MIGA sustain its advocacy on behalf of Indian gaming, which has proven to be a successful economic development tool for tribes for more than 25 years. “However, there are still many unmet needs in Indian country, and the tribes must continue to build on what they’ve accomplished,” Vig said.

    Chairman Vig expressed appreciation to the tribes, vendors and suppliers who show their support through participation in the tournament. “Some of these vendors have been part of this effort from the earliest days of Indian gaming,” he said. “We’re very proud of these relationships, and very grateful for them.”

    A registration form for the event is available here.