Minnesota tribe breaks ground on new casino, sets sights on more

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Two times is the charm for the White Earth Nation, who broke ground on their second casino during a ceremony in northwestern Minnesota.

Valley News Live reports thats shovels hit dirt on Thursday near Bagley and Ebro in Clearwater County to make way for a new Shooting Star Casino, which will be about 45 minutes away from the tribe's original gaming operation (also called Shooting Star) in Mahnomen.

The groundbreaking ceremony included comments from tribal and casino officials, who said that the construction project will bring over 60 jobs in an "economic boost" to the area – and growth for the White Earth Nation as well, the Bemidji Pioneer reports.

The paper says the building will be 21,400 square-feet and include a bar and grill, though not much else is known about the casino's amenities.

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The tribe is hoping to have the casino open by the spring of 2016.

Valley News Live says Minneapolis-based Cuningham Group is the architecture firm behind the new project, and the company's website indicates they're well suited to the job – they've designed casinos all around the country, and were behind the large-scale renovation of Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Thursday's groundbreaking comes on the heels of another big announcement for the White Earth Nation – a thirdcasino, this one on Star Lake in Dent, Minnesota, according to a September news release.

The new Shooting Star location, a little over an hour away from the original, is set for a 2017 opening.

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