Issue 6
October 15 - October 21, 2000
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Treasure Island Resort Expansion Plan Still On Track

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Treasure Island Resort Expansion Plan Still On Track

RED WING, MN. -- Treasure Island Resort & Casino continues its expansion plans and is on target for a January completion.

The $34 million project will add nearly 200,000 square feet to its current facility as well as improve existing space. Construction will focus on the casino's gaming floor and main entrance, administrative offices and warehouse. The casino has remained open throughout construction.

The expansion will provide space for 800 new slot machines and 8 additional blackjack tables, as well as increase room around existing games. The current casino floor is 62,000 square feet. About 100 new jobs will be added.

"We need to expand to meet the growing needs of our guests," said Dr. Neil Cornelius, Treasure Island Resort & Casino general manager. "We're very fortunate that our guests enjoy coming here as much as they do. We want to accommodate our guests and provide the best entertainment experience possible.


An artist's rendering of the new lobby of the Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing, MN.

"However minimal, we regret any inconvenience our guests may experience as a result of this project," said Cornelius. "But we are confident that come next year, they'll really enjoy the result."

Currently, Treasure Island Resort & Casino is a 375,000 square foot facility offering guests some of the best gaming, accommodations, food service and nationally known entertainment in the casino industry. Treasure Island features more than 1,600 slots and 50 blackjack tables in five Caribbean themed casinos; high-stakes bingo in the 550-seat Island Bingo Hall and the state's largest non-smoking gaming room. Treasure Island's also houses a 250-room hotel. With over 1,500 employees, Treasure Island Resort & Casino is the largest employer in Goodhue County.

Treasure Island Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Prairie Island Indian Community.


Mass. Voters To Decide Fate on Greyhound Racing

BOSTON, MA -- Voters in Massachusetts will decide the fate of greyhound racing in the state on Tuesday, November 7.

Opponents of greyhound racing have put on the 2000 ballot a question that could force the state's two tracks to close by June 1, 2001 and cause more than 500 people to lose their jobs.

Sponsors of the initiative, a group called Grey 2K, accusses the greyhound industry as inhumane to the dogs, appalling kennel conditions and that thousands of dogs are killed when they stop earning money for the owners.

Track owners deny such accusations citing that there are no violations to the animal welfare regulations and they are regulated and are closely watched by state and local police and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Greyhound Council reports that state revenues from greyhound racing exceed $400 million annually. Massachusetts has two greyhound racing tracks, Wonderland Greyhound Park, in Revere, and Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park, in Taunton.

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