If you ever wondered if there’s any place in Minnesota that draws even remotely the same number of visitors annually as Mall of America does … consider the question settled. Central Minnesota’s most popular attraction was Grand Casino Mille Lacs; Northwest Minnesota’s was Itasca State Park; and in the South its Owatonna’s Cabela’s location, which drew more visitors than the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Read the full story, here.
Joseph Nayquonabe may be CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures now, but the 36-year-old can distinctly remember life before the Mille Lacs Band opened Grand Casino Hinckley and Grand Casino Mille Lacs. Read the full story, here.
Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures is pleased to announce that Michele Palomaki has been hired as CEO for Wewinabi, Inc., a wholly owned corporation that includes its non-gaming businesses within the three Districts of the Mille Lacs Band Reservation. Read the full story, here.
Grand Casino received national recognition and top honors at the 2017 Casino & Technology Marketing Conference at Bally's Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. on Thursday, July 20. Grand Casino took home 8 Romero Awards – 3 Silver, 3 Gold and 2 Diamond, as well as 2 honorable mentions. The awards are presented to top gaming properties for their innovative marketing strategies performed during the previous year. Read the full story, here.
Rival House goes beyond hotel bar expectations. This beautiful St. Paul spot may be a hotel bar, but it’s got a surprising amount to offer rabid sports fans. A great place to start is the 24 cicerone-approved craft taps and a menu that specializes in top-shelf bar food made with locally sourced ingredients in mind. Read the full story, here.
Citizen Supper Club opened so quietly back in October few people even realize it's there. Formerly home to the Crowne Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront, the hotel was recently acquired by Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, as was the nearby Double Tree by Hilton which houses Rival House pizzeria. Read the full story, here.
St. Paul's Crowne Plaza is now a luxury hotel under the InterContinental brand after a multi-million-dollar renovation unveiled Monday. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is putting the final touches on a 19-month complete overhaul of St. Paul's largest hotel, now called the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront. Read the full story, here.
The newly redeveloped Eddy’s Resort on Lake Mille Lacs is marketing the past in order to move into the future. With plaid, faux weathered walls and midcentury modern furnishings, the 64-room hotel and restaurant opened this week for the first time since the $10 million yearlong project kicked off last summer. Read the full story, here.
Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures has acquired a 236-room Embassy Suites hotel in Oklahoma City.The deal is the latest business venture for Minnesota's Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe as it continues to diversify beyond gambling and into the hospitality industry. Link to the full story, here.
On the way to diversifying its investments beyond gaming, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has made St. Paul its first stop. We’re glad they’re here. The band now owns nearly half of St. Paul’s downtown hotel rooms, with acquisition last week of the Crowne Plaza on Kellogg Boulevard and the DoubleTree by Hilton on Minnesota Street. Read the full story, here.