Could Badlands Pawn be converted into a new Royal River Casino?

Before we get worked up about this happening, state law would have to change first to allow an Indian Casino off of reservation land. As I understand it, but correct me if I am wrong, those laws can change through the legislature and Governor’s signature OR by voters. Not sure if it would be modeled after how gambling came to Deadwood or not. I’m a little murky on those details. But if the law changes it could also help another community that has been proposing a casino to, Yankton.

So why do I bring this up?

First the obvious, the Badland’s Pawn location and building would be a perfect fit, it would also boost that area of town that has struggled for decades to become an entertainment district. It would also stop the money sucking from Grand Falls and provide millions in tax revenue towards the state and city.

Secondly, it is also about opportunity. Royal River tried to convince the city (mostly the former mayor) to go into talks about locating by the intersections of I-90 and I-29 before we built the Denty. They promised the city a yearly payment to use towards the Denty’s mortgage. I believe the amount was between $6-10 million a year, but I don’t recall. TenHaken’s current COS Erica Beck was in talks with Royal River when she was the former urban planner and tried to convince Former Mayor Wear a Cowboy Hat Backwards to talk to them. He refused saying he hated gambling. While I agree I am not a big fan of video lottery, I’m not to opposed to a full-service casino entertainment center, especially since a lot of that money now is being spent in Iowa, it would just get transferred to our economy.

It will be interesting to see if talks will be renewed under a TenHaken administration with Beck back in public service.


#1 D@ily Spin on 05.25.18 at 4:45 pm

The city is in the hotel business. They built 6 private indoor tennis courts for Huether. I wouldn’t be surprised if they get into casino gambling.

#2 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.25.18 at 5:35 pm

Legal gambling is merely pay day lending disguised as a form of entertainment. And it’s an idiot’s tax, too. It speaks to how our government does not work; where it must be creative in establishing taxation due to a lack of credibility to appropriately tax the citizenry where or when necessary.

#3 D@ily Spin on 05.26.18 at 12:12 am

VSG, true but gambling is here and must be accepted. If people want to lose into a casino corporation, so be it. What’s confusing is when government becomes operator. It’s called state lottery. The odds are better but it’s still something that should not be funded and condoned by the public. We have lottery gambling with proceeds promised for education. Has there been improvement? No, it’s made the state a mafia-like organization with funds going toward special interests.

#4 scott on 05.26.18 at 7:42 am

with every candidate running this time around trying to out Christian and conservative each other, no one will be for expanding gambling.

#5 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.26.18 at 8:11 pm

But the “so be it” creates new social problems. We should definitely not be expanding gambling.

#6 White Panther on 05.26.18 at 11:53 pm

How? Sioux Falls ain’t on the Indian Reservation!

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