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Red Lake Band plans major casino, hotel project

WARROAD – The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is planning a new Seven Clans Casino Hotel and Restaurant here.

An Oct. 25 groundbreaking is planned in Warroad for the casino.

Pre-construction has begun on the northeast section of a 165-acre site, along Lake of the Woods and the Warroad River.

Full construction of the casino/hotel will begin the first week of March 2013.

When complete, the complex will include a gaming floor with 600 slot machines, a 100-seat restaurant overlooking the lake and 50-seat snack bar off the gaming floor. The hotel will offer 60 rental rooms, an exercise room, an over-size hot tub and gift shop.

In addition, an RV Park, public campgrounds, boat landing and 75 boat docks will be part of the project.

The construction will be the first of three phases, according to a news release. The second and third phases of construction will include an event center, meeting rooms, more hotel rooms and more dining.

Plans include resort cabins and additional boat launches.

The Red Lake Band will continue to operate the nearby Lakeview Restaurant and the Super 8 motel on Highway 11.