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Casino Proposal Presented in Grand Forks

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Grand Forks leaders say they want more information before considering a large casino in their city. Tuesday night, representatives of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tried to persuade the city to back a 60-million-dollar casino and entertainment complex.

The tribe supports a plan to build the complex on land that they would acquire. Tribal leaders from Belcourt told council members they believe it will boost tourism in Grand Forks and provide needed jobs for tribal members.

Three council members voted against the idea, one of them reminding the others about a previous failed proposal from the tribe back in 2009. 

"The public comment last time, I was at the meeting. The room was full of people. This council was presented with 4,000 petition signatures against the idea. I've never seen 4,000 petition signatures presented to the city council ever. I think the people were pretty clear in what they thought," says councilman Terry Bjerke.

Since North Dakota law only allows for casinos to be built on reservations, the governor would have to change the law. The council opted to talk with the governor's office to see if the idea is worth pursuing.
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