Living in the Upper Midwest, close to both the Minnesota and Wisconsin borders, we have access to a number of Indian owned and operated casinos. These casinos offer Las Vegas style gaming in the Upper Midwest. I like going to casinos and with many of them within an hour or less drive of home, I must say we frequent them often. Here is a list of 5 of my favorite casinos and what they have to offer.
- Grand Casino Hinckley: This casino is about 20 miles east of Mora, where I live, so it's the one we visit the most often. Located off of I-35, about 60 miles north of the Twin Cites on Lady Luck Drive in Hinckley, it's a hit in the area for Las Vegas style gaming. The casino has 4 hotels on the premises, 5 restaurants including a fine dining establishment, 3 lounge areas with entertainment nightly at the Silver Sevens, an outdoor amphitheater where you can enjoy live concerts in the warm weather seasons of Mn., as well as 2,200 seat convention center where you can enjoy a number of different entertainment venues throughout the year. The Grand Casino Hinckley gambling options include over 2,400 slot machines, a number of table games, pull tabs and a bingo hall. Other on the premises services include the Grand National Golf Course,a spa, gift shop, arcade for the younger set, pet kennel, RV Park and more. The Grand Rewards Players Club offers players the opportunity to earn points that can be redeemed for cash or services at The Grand Casino. Grand Casino Hinckley is owned and operated by the Ojibwe Indian tribe.
- Grand Casino Mille Lacs: I call this the sister casino to Grand Casino Hinckley. It's located right off Hwy.169 near Onamia,Mn., close to beautiful Mille Lacs Lake. It has a hotel on the premises and also owns Eddy's Lac Mille Lacs Resort, for off the premises accommodations. It's also owned by the Ojibwe tribe and is very similar to Grand Casino Hinckley in the services it offers, but is smaller in size.
- Black Bear Casino: Located on I-35, about 2 hours north of the Twin Cities, or about 1/2 hour south of Duluth, this casino is just off the 235 exit to Carlton. It was totally renovated a couple of years ago, and has all the latest state of the art equipment, featuring 2000 of the newest slots, live bingo, blackjack and poker. There's live music and other entertainment at Cobalt Cabaret and coming soon the Otter Creek Event Center will feature recording artists as well as other special events. Dining options include the Sage Deli, Seven Fires Steakhouse and the buffet at the bear. An 18 hole championship par 72-golf course set in the beautiful woodlands of Northern, Mn. and the new modern 12 story hotel are all part of awaits you at The Black Bear Casino, which is owned and operated by Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
- St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake: Over the border and into Wisconsin, you'll find Turtle Lake Casino that sits just off Hwy. 8 and 63 in Turtle Lake Casino. A new gaming system is being installed with promotional kiosks and easier access to TLC accounts. Lots of new slots have also overtaken the large Casino floor. Poker, blackjack, and craps are also some of the games that are available. St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake will be turning 19 in May and 8 days of celebrations will be taking place to help celebrate the anniversary. St. Croix Turtle Lake Hotel is located just about a block from the casino and has 3 floors of rooms for guest. The casino has a dining room and also features a large buffet for your dining pleasure. The casino is owned and operated by the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe of Wisconsin.
- St Croix Casino, Danbury: Less then a year ago, a brand new casino was built in Danbury, Wisconsin replacing the old Danbury casino. A sister casino to Turtle Lake Casino, it has many of the same features with lots of new games, entertainment, dining and hotel accommodations. New Country Sundays are coming to St. Croix Casino, Danbury with live country music from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. in the West Winds Lounge. Lots of other new entertainment venues are being planned for. St. Croix Casino, Danbury is located off Hwy. 48 in the little town of Danbury, Wisconsin, about 25 miles east of Grand Casino Hinckley.