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Duluth still floating idea of waterfront casino

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The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is still exploring the idea of building its own casino for revenue if the city loses a legal battle with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa over sharing casino revenues, the News Tribune reports.

“If there is a future discussion about the possible expansion of gaming in the state, we want to make sure that we are in that conversation,” Dan Russell, the DECC’s executive director, told the newspaper.

In December 2011, a judge declared that the band doesn't have to share profits from its Fond-du-Luth Casino with Duluth, which the city appealed. However, the band wants to reverse a decision that would still require it to pay $14 million in back payments to the city.

The band stopped making the payments in 2009, which sparked the battle over revenue.

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