Developer Granted Option For Racing/Casino Land

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board has granted an option on more than 600 acres in Hibbing to a group that wants to develop a casino and horse racing track. The property is mainly reclaimed mining land.

The developers have four years to buy the property where they hope to develop the Iron Range Racing Complex. Supporters say the project would only be successful if legislative approval is granted for a casino.

The state’s two other horse tracks have tried in vain for legislative approval to add casinos.

The Duluth News Tribune says the track would cost up to $45 million and employ as many as 700 people.

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  1. Joey says:

    Let’s do it. Let’s also build a luxery casino in downtown MPLS. The Native Americans really shouldn’t be able to have a “lock down” on this situation. I’ve been meaning to look into it but from what I see is they keep all that money to themselves. At least the state has plans to use the money for the good of society. T

  2. barb says:

    It’s a GREAT idea, but we all know it’s just not gonna happen. The millionaire
    tribe at mystic will see to it. They just need more & more cash!!! We can thank Perpich for making all this exclusive to the american Indians.

    1. John Knight says:

      I could be wrong but I thought it was Humphrey that struck that deal with the Indians. Either way, its a bad deal for sure

  3. Paul H. Krumrei says:

    Yeah, why in the heck should the government tell us what we can and cant spend our own money on? There needs to be a revolt on that, and the sales of beer on Sundays. I mean, what is this 1792?

  4. barb says:

    We were both right. It was the combination of Skip Humphrey & Perpich who
    passed the deal. It would be a win win situation for the downtown, what with
    people coming into town for baseball, football etc. Let them decide how much $
    they want to spend for THEIR entertainment. I don’t gamble, but so what.

  5. JB says:

    Problem is Location, Location, and Location. Look at gambling in the state already and what is successful and what is not. Sorry Iron Range, but he main population is in Murderapolis and St. Paul and that is where the most successful casino’s will / should reside.

    1. Pat Rootes says:

      JB, Hibbing is the perfect place to put a casino/racetrack. It is centrally located within the state. There are more tourists that visit the northern part of Minnesota then they do the Twin Cities. There are more lakes for fishing, more trails for hiking, snowmobiling or four wheeling then there are in the Twin Cities. Not to mention, if you have ever been on Interstate 35 North, you would know that more people head out of town on the weekends and head up north, then you could imagine. You mention Minneapolis and St. No Where as viable options. Sorry to say, but neither of these two cities have the capacity to place a casino/racetrack in them.

      1. JB says:

        Pat, What is the populoation iof Hibbing compared to MSP? How many convenstions does hibbing host compared to MSP? “Hibbing International Airport?” Sorry man, but the numebrs speak volumes.

  6. Pat Rootes says:

    The reason there are no casinos off of the Indian Reservations is that the bleeding heart, holier then thow conservatives don’t want casinos within our state. They say that crime will spiral out of control, the mafia will take over everything and that it will take away business from them because people will be spending their money at a casino and not at their business. These holier then thow idiots have ruined this state with the strangle hold they have on it. Get your friends and neighbors together and tell your legislators that you want a casinos outside of the reservations. The tax base off of the casinos alone would be enough to pay for the education budget alone.

  7. Bob says:

    Racino at canterbury first , then let’s move on to state owned casinos! We are getting the shaft tax payers!

    1. J Staples says:

      WELL IT’S BEEN ALONG TIME SINCE WE HAD ANY CONTROLL OVER OUR NATION AND FOR THE PEOPLE TO SPEAK THIS WAY OF OUR PEOPLE THEIR WRONG ABOUT US INDIANDS WE WERE WRONGLY EXCUSED OF SOME THING THAT WAS SET BY YOUR FOUNDING FATHER CAME TO OUR LAND’S AND WRONGFULLY TOOK AND MISLED THE NATIVES WITH ALCOHOL AND Tabacco and misleading the people to self distuction SO FOR THE PEOPLE WeRE ALL AS FOR OUR SELVES IN ANY SISTUITION BUT A ATREATY IS A TREATY IT’S UP HOLDING’S HAS TO BE GRANTED IT CAN NEVER BE OVER TURNED GOOD LUCK TO OUR NATION WE NEED TO HELP OUR OWN PEOPLE NOT GREED AND SELFISH PEOPLE. IT”S OUR RIGHT TO SAVE THIS TREATY ACT FOR OUR NATION OF NATIVES. Ms Staples.

  8. Rick Betts says:

    It isn’t just the Shakopee tribe that wants to block a state-run casino. Every tribe within a few hours of the Twin Cities would lobby against it – Morton, Red Wing, Hinckley, Mille Lacs, Carlton/Duluth, Northern Iowa, Western Wisconsin, Eastern Dakotas, etc. A casino in downtown or at MOA would obviously draw people away from these other properties. I don’t have a problem with the state opening a casino, but people need to realize it will not produce the revenue/jobs windfall the proponents would like you to believe. (Remember the MnPASS system on 394 and how that was supposed to generate millions upon millions for the state? Grandiose plans, high costs, low returns.) Same thing with adding slots at Canterbury, Running Aces or a state-owned facility. With the horse tracks, the revenue would have to go toward the racing purses, and, again, the tax revenue would not be what the “experts” project. Other ideas might be to (1) open it as a joint project with the tribes and negotiate a revenue split more favorable to the state, or (2) legalize and tax online gaming. Neither of these two thoughts would close our state’s budget gap, but we need to work toward a solution rather than create a hard either/or divide.

  9. barb says:

    Both political parties in this state are ” out to lunch ” most of the time. The
    holier than thou conservatives & the bleeding heart liberals. Neither want to step
    on the Indians toes. I’ll bet the well paid lobbyists are really busy over at the capitol these days influencing any talks about this issue.

  10. barb says:

    They’re both at fault..the bleeding heart liberals & the holier than thou conservatives. I’ll bet the lobbyists are really busy at the capitol these days,
    convincing both groups not to overstep the monolopy we have in place for the
    tribes in this state.

    1. JB says:

      Barb, I could nto agree more. One point though is it was Carlson that signe dthe first gambling compact with Mistake Lake.

  11. tim says:

    Either way people, we’re mostly in agreement on where it would prosper the most, I think in downtown mpls…but it just will never happen here. Hey, if it did, where do you think the cash would go???? more social programs, kind of like the tobacco $. Gone.

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