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Mystic Lake Casino announces plans to make its hotel one of state's largest

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Mystic Lake Casino has some huge plans for its 25th birthday: opening the Twin Cities' second-largest (and the state's third-largest) hotel at its resort in Prior Lake.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced the wide-scale expansion of its casino-hotel in a Wednesday news release, saying it will add a new, nine-story hotel tower and a "state-of-the-art convention center" that promises to be among the largest in the metro.

The tower's extra 180 rooms brings the total number of rooms to 766, the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal says, helping the resort satisfy a regional need for hotel space.

What's more, the tribe notes, all the casino's rooms will be updated to give visitors a "more upscale and modern experience."

The new convention center, meanwhile, will include two large ballrooms and a number of smaller private meeting rooms in 70,000 square feet of space, making it the Twin Cities' fourth-largest convention facility, the release notes.

The SMSC says work will begin next April and aims for a grand opening "by the end of 2017." It's now looking for a general contractor to take on the job.

It's not just a win for casino-goers hoping for an outside-of-Vegas gambling getaway – it's a veritable jackpot for local jobseekers as well.

SMSC expects the project to create as many as 400 construction jobs and around 100 "permanent jobs in the region."

The expansion will likely carry a hefty price – a "construction industry source" told the Business Journal a job of this size could cost between $30 and $40 million, though the tribe has not commented on the matter.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a BringMeTheNews sponsor. 

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