Ojibwe to buy Crowne Plaza and DoubleTree hotels in St. Paul

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 8, 2013 - 10:53 PM

As part of an effort to expand and diversify, the Mille Lacs Band will add two of downtown St. Paul's three largest hotels to its holdings.

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nmackyJan. 8, 13 4:05 PM

Way to go Mille Lacs!

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mnpls123Jan. 8, 13 5:52 PM

Will they pay taxes?

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maddyinmplsJan. 8, 13 6:04 PM

GREAT question: Will the tribe pay taxes or is the tribe exempt? If exempt, exactly how much in annual tax revenue will be lost from these two hotels?

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billpayerJan. 8, 13 6:21 PM

As a long time Mille Lacs County resident and tax payer, my bet, is no the band will not pay taxes, but I am sure some are excited at the possibility of a St. Paul gambling casino..... but in this case w/no no shared revenue to the city or the State.

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marrmanJan. 8, 13 6:30 PM

I wonder if it becomes reservation property and they can put a casino's in them?

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nwolfe90Jan. 8, 13 6:34 PM

actually they will pay taxes, in hinckley at the grand grill (the restaurant that isn't the buffet)they pay taxes cause it isnt on tribal property hence why you see no slots in the hallway so as long as its not on tribal property they pay taxes, probably not as much but they still pay.

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redstar321Jan. 8, 13 6:36 PM

Perhaps the author will provide a follow-up to the article, answering that question.

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ranger78Jan. 8, 13 6:53 PM

My view is that if they are making that much cash in the casion game, there should be an immediate end to any public assistance to any Indian. The tribes should be taking care of their own. If not, end the monopoly on Indian gaming and let the competition begin.

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mplsblondeJan. 8, 13 9:26 PM

Macy's is across the street form one of these hotels and the other is only a few blocks down. Are they eying a casino in the old Macy's building that coincidentally is going to be available? It also seems interesting that they were in contact with Graves who is located directly to Block E in Minneapolis where a developer wanted a casino.

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luxaeternaJan. 8, 13 9:32 PM

Given the economic decline in St. Paul (described in another article in this edition) maybe they could develop the river frontage with a casino. Just a thought.

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