Leech Lake Band Of Ojibwe Celebrates Cedar Lakes Casino Grand Opening

Leech Lake Band Of Ojibwe Celebrates Cedar Lakes Casino Grand Opening


WEATHER AND A.J. FELDMAN WITH
SPORTS.
>>Dennis: HI, EVERYONE.
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
THE BRAND NEW CEDAR LAKES CASINO
IS OFFICIALLY OPEN ON THE LEECH
LAKE RESERVATION.
AND THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE
BAND, THE PROJECT FINISHED AHEAD
OF SCHEDULE AND UNDER BUDGET.
LAKELAND NEWS’ REPORTER SHIRELLE
MOORE HAS A LOOK AT THE GRAND
OPENING CELEBRATION.
>>IT WAS MAY OF 2017 WHEN LEECH
LAKE BAND MEMBERS VOTED TO BRING
A NEW CASINO TO THE RESERVATION.
THEY BROKE GROUND LATER THAT
FALL.
NOW, LESS THAN TWO YEARS AFTER
THAT CEREMONY, THE CEDAR LAKES
CASINO HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED ITS
DOORS.
>>OUR GAMING TEAM PUT IT
TOGETHER AND THE COUNCIL LET
THEM TAKE THE LEAD AFTER WE SAID
THIS IS WHAT WE WANT, THIS IS
WHAT OUR EXPECTATIONS WERE, AND
THEY MADE IT HAPPEN.
AND IT CAME TO BE WHAT IT IS
TODAY, THROUGH A LOT OF TEAM
WORK.
>>THE PROJECT FINISHED AHEAD OF
SCHEDULE AND UNDER BUDGET.
IT’S EXPECTED TO BRING MORE THAN
100 JOBS TO CASS LAKE.
RIGHT NOW 75% OF THE STAFF IS OF
NATIVE AMERICAN DESCENT.
>>THE PEOPLE VOTED AND THERE
WAS A BIG TURNOUT BECAUSE THEY
WANTED US, THEY’RE GIVING US THE
OKAY TO BUILD THE FACILITY HERE
BUT THEY PUT THE TRUST IN US TO
DO IT THE RIGHT WAY AND IT’S ONE
OF THE BIGGER PROJECTS LEECH
LAKE HAS BEEN PART OF AND I’M
PROUD OF HOW WELL WE DID.
>>THE CEDAR LAKES CASINO WILL
ALSO MAKE LEECH LAKE GAMING THE
LARGEST EMPLOYER IN CASS COUNTY.
>>IT’S THE WHOLE RENOVATION AND
THIS IS SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF
TO BRING THE RESERVATION BACK UP
TO WHERE WE WANT IT TO BE.
>>IT BENEFITS ALL OF LEECH LAKE
ON AND OFF THE RESERVATION.
I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE,
GAMING IS OUR MAIN REVENUE.
GAMING REVENUE HELPS ALL OUR
PROGRAMS ON THE RESERVATION,
HELPS ALL OUR ACTIVITIES AND
EVENTS WE HAVE YEARLY.
>>IN ADDITION TO THE GAMING AND
THE HOTEL, THE CASINO ALSO HAS A
FOOD COURT, RESTAURANT, BAR, AND
AN EVENTS HALL.
THERE’S EVEN AN OUTDOOR STAGE
FOR CONCERTS.
>>BEING RIGHT OFF HIGHWAY 2 IN
A MUCH BETTER LOCATION THAN OUR
PREVIOUS PALACE, WE’RE JUST KIND
OF OPTIMISTIC ON HOW BENEFICIAL
THIS CAN BE TO LEECH LAKE.
>>EVENTS ARE ALREADY BEING
PLANNED AT CEDAR LAKES.
THIS SATURDAY THE PUBLIC IS
INVITED TO THE CASINO TO HELP
BREAK THE WORLD RECORD FOR THE
LARGEST FRY BREAD TACO.

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