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Yankton, South Dakota Officials Float Idea of Casino Near Downtown River



Could water baptize a river district as a casino and activity destination and attract tourists? Officials with Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) believe it can.

Former State Senator Bernie Hunhoff speaks concerning the proposed Port Yankton task that includes a casino. Its being organized by Yankton Area growth that is progressive and its own president John Kramer (left).

The team presented a plan earlier in the day this week to build an area near the Missouri River that would incorporate a casino, restaurants, music space, river access, convention space, waterparks, retail room, a downtown marina and an excursion boat to compliment the historic structures already there. The price could be between $30-50 million and would be privately funded by investors.

‘We’re continuing to broaden our mission a small bit and realizing, from a workforce point of view, we absolutely need people,’ YAPG chairman Rob Stephenson said. ‘We really require people whom want to live and stay in Yankton.’

Modeled After Deadwood

The casino would add 500 slots and 10 table games, and along with hotel revenue, would bring in a estimated $32-$40 million yearly. Deadwood, that has had controversy expansion that is surrounding has seven gaming spots to make bets into the historic city where Wild Bill Hickok was shot dead at a poker table in 1876.

YAPG president John Kramer stated the entertainment center would be more compared Continue reading