Mille Lacs Band buys Crowne Plaza, DoubleTree hotels in St. Paul

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 11, 2013 - 11:45 PM

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe announced the purchase of two downtown St. Paul hotels on Monday.

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unclemushyMar. 11, 1310:36 AM

Does anyone know if they are now exempt from property taxes and collecting sales taxes for the state?

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genericloginMar. 11, 1310:49 AM

unclemushy - I know they are exempt from paying taxes for their Casino, which explains why they have enough money to buy these hotels. Meanwhile the other residents of Mille Lacs County pay obnoxiously high property taxes. Guess who is the biggest drain on County resources though?

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melabill2Mar. 11, 1310:56 AM

I would think that they are no different from you and I. This is not part of the reservation so I would think that they are subject to the same rules as the rest of us.

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littlebootsMar. 11, 1310:57 AM

If any of the new owners are reading this. Please consider, revamping the Port of Call hotel bar. The 1980's and early 1990's are long gone. Lose the TV's everywhere and horrible decor. Saint Paul is a classy place and it deserves better. See WA Frost or Saint Paul Lobby Bar for example. They are gems. Hotel bars are unique and special scenes that can cater to more than just those staying at the Hotel. Consider what other more cosmopolitan cities around the world have done and upgrade that place. I envision, the Port of Call to be a clean, modern place, dimly lit, with black white photos of old Saint Paul river and barge scenes and maybe some Mississippi river drift wood accents or wall sconces. It could be really cool! Hire me I'd make it the best bar in Saint Paul, in two months!

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langstonMar. 11, 1311:14 AM

Guess who is the fourth largest employer in MN is? Grand Casino!

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rjohnson99Mar. 11, 1311:15 AM

I hope they update the beds at the Hilton. Lumpy is my first thought when sleeping there because of business or weather. Maybe they can get a deal on some sleep number beds..

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brianjapanMar. 11, 1311:23 AM

I am sure they paid cash with their NON TAX dollars.

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unclemushyMar. 11, 1312:01 PM

For those that are interested in knowing: Cigarettes can be sold in casino properties without having to collect sales tax. MN retailers complained of the unfair advantage this presents to them. To even things out, the DFL made a deal with the tribes to collect the sales tax voluntarily and give half to the state and keep the other half for the tribe. Poke NO to this post all you want, but it is a fact you cannot deny.

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nudaveMar. 11, 1312:12 PM

Just wait until the next tribal council begins. They will flip-flop between wanted to invest and wanted to hoard cash, so all funding for improvements will be cut off and they will turn into dumps.

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littlebootsMar. 11, 1312:12 PM

The "Port of Call" hotel bar could look like The Driftwood Room hotel bar in Portland Oregon. So cooooool... Google it! Come Mille Lacs band of Ojibwa, class it up down there!!

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