• 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.

  • Canterbury Park opens on Derby weekend for first time since 2008

    5 May 2017

    “Canterbury Park partnered with Mystic Lake Casino in 2012 and the Mdewankanton Sioux invested $80 million over 10 years. ‘It’s a big reason why racing is still viable in Minnesota.’”

  • Leech Lake to vote on new casino, hotel in Cass Lake

    2 May 2017

    “If the referendum passes, [Chairman Faron] Jackson said construction will start in spring 2018 and be set on a nine-month schedule with completion expected at the beginning of 2019. Historically, the Palace has between 300 and 360 employees, but between 450 and 500 workers are expected with the new Palace.”

  • Trump administration erects new hurdle for off-reservation casinos

    19 April 2017

    “… in addition to erecting a new procedural hurdle for tribes, the Trump team has placed a hostile official in charge of off-reservation gaming, a move that threatens the eight years of gains seen during the Obama administration, when off-reservation casinos slowly but surely made a comeback amid renewed focus on the land-into-trust process.”

  • Treasure Island Casino launches social casino

    5 April 2017

    “Treasure Island…. will be one of the first casinos in Minnesota to launch a digital gaming platform with a range of slot and gaming offerings comparable to its brick-and-mortar establishment. The playTIcasino experience is designed to engage players while enticing them to visit the Treasure Island property in-person.”

  • How the legalization of gambling on sports could impact MN companies

    1 April 2017

    “If a change in law were made, a sports data company with its U.S. office in Minneapolis would almost undoubtedly be one of the key players involved in the establishment of a (somewhat) new gambling market that already sees hundreds of billions of dollars wagered each year.”

  • Canterbury Park to be recognized for safety

    29 March 2017

    “Canterbury Park Holding Corp. will be recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon…when it receives the Meritorious Achievement Award in Occupational Safety.”

  • Something new for the Minnesota Legislature: a caucus of first Minnesotans

    27 March 2017

    “Together, the four legislators have put their names on more than a dozen bills that specifically tackle issues related to the American Indian community, addressing problems they feel have been ignored over the years.”

  • Report: Economic Contribution of Minnesota’s Horse Racing Industry (PDF)

    21 March 2017

    “The horse racing industry in Minnesota is successful compared to other states, but it is part of a rapidly changing environment. This analysis found the industry currently contributes $409.2 million and 5,590 jobs to Minnesota’s economy.”