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Grand Portage Lodge & Casino responds to rumors

Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is operating as usual, despite rumors to the contrary. Photo courtesy of Grand Portage Lodge
Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is operating as usual, despite rumors to the contrary. Photo courtesy of Grand Portage Lodge

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has reached out to the community to squelch a rumor that the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is closing.
 
In a statement on its Facebook page, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino states, "Nothing could be further from the truth. It is unfortunate that someone is trying to disrupt our business and discredit our reputation."
 
The lodge opened in 1975 and the casino in 1986, and just last year completed a multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion project.
 
Tribal chairwoman Beth Drost gave an interview to Thunder Bay News Watch, and expressed disappointment over the rumor. She said, "It hurts us, because that's our reputation...Hopefully whoever it was, was just misquoting what someone said. It will probably stop now, because this is the truth: We are here. We are open for business.”
 
Grand Portage Enterprise Manager Brian Sherburne echoed that thought in this interview with WTIP’s Rhonda Silence. 
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