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Local Feedback Positive for Iowa Casino

29 August 2006

MARQUETTE, Iowa – As reported by the Iowa City Press-Citizen: "Hoisted on stilts and sprouting from trees about 100 feet up a Mississippi River bluff, the Isle of Capri hotel has maxed out every night since Memorial Day.

"The Capri structures sit between the northeast Iowa sister cities of Marquette and McGregor.

"Marquette, population 475, and McGregor, population 900, are 1.5 miles apart. Together, they might best foreshadow the effects of a casino's launch in a small town such as Riverside. In fact, when developers of the Riverside casino were looking for an area on which to model their venture, they came to this scenic region.

"While Riverside begins its venture Thursday, gambling has been part of the Marquette-McGregor landscape for 10 years now. Overall, local feedback is mostly positive. Some opposition to gambling remains, but there is little evidence of the crime, bankruptcies and other societal ills predicted by opponents. Most locals praise the casino as a neighbor and business partner, and credit it with revitalizing the area.

"…Most patrons travel from a 100-mile radius in the tri-state region of northeast Iowa, southwest Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota…"

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