Feb 19, 2014 at 7:39 am
The grand forks city council took a mini step towards landing a casino last night. Members debated the merits of entering into a partnership with members of the turtle mountain tribe for the entertainment gambling complex. Tribal leaders say the so-called vieux la croix casino would employ upwards of one-thousand workers with gaming revenues projected to be between 60 and 100-million dollars per year. Council member doug Christensen says without state and federal approval of the off-site gaming complex there’s little the city can do.
Tribal leaders say they know the hurdles are high but without the city as a partner it will never happen. The council agreed to form a committee and meet with the governor to gauge the state’s response. council president hal gershman says the move simply continues the dialogue and should not be viewed as tacit approval of a casino.
knox / doug barrett