Openings and Closings
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe welcomes public to new casino complex



Leaders of the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the St. Croix Casino Hertel and Hertel Express in Hertel, Wisconsin, on May 1, 2017. Photo: St. Croix Chippewa Tribe

The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe welcomed local, state and national leaders to the grand opening of its gaming complex in Hertel, Wisconsin.

The St. Croix Casino Hertel and Hertel Express now features an entirely new gaming facility with 250 slot machines and a restaurant. The complex also includes a convenience store, a truck stop and an 850-seat amphitheater, whose first show takes place May 26. A 16-stall RV park is slated to open the following day.

The tribe broke ground on the project in September 14. Costs weren't disclosed.

Under the Class III gaming compact, Hertel is considered an "ancillary" facility. The agreement states that no more than 50 percent of the complex can be used for gaming.

The state appears to believe the new Hertel complex complies with the compact. A lawsuit in federal court is testing whether the definition holds true for a casino owned by the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Read More on the Story:
Ribbon cutting opens new St. Croix Casino Hertel (The Burnett County Sentinel 5/3)
New Hertel casino to open May 1 (The Burnett County Sentinel 4/30)

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