Star Lake Concerned Citizens Group | P.O. Box 41, Dent MN 56528 | 218-251-1975

October 28, 2016 Update:

SLCCG received notification of the Public Notice for the Federal permit application, thus opening the 30-day public comment period. Per the Public Notice: "The applicant proposes to discharge fill material into 8.41 acres of wetlands adjacent to Star Lake for the purpose of constructing a commercial development that would include a gaming facility and attendant features."

For more information, please refer to the US Army Corps of Engineers - St Paul District website to view the entire Public Notice. Your comments and concerns are VERY CRITICAL to insuring the Federal decision makers hear all of our concerns loud and clear. Remember:
THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL!!!

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September 30, 2016 Update:

SLCCG received an e-mailed response from Robert Maroney, US Army Corps of Engineers, regarding the status of the Federal Environmental Review. Mr. Maroney indicated the developer's Federal permit application has been reviewed and it is being prepared for public notice on the ACofE website. Once posted, it will mark the opening of the 30-day public comment period.

Watch the SLCCG website and/or the US Army Corp of Engineers - St Paul District website for further updates and/or announcements. Your comments and concerns are VERY CRITICAL to insuring the Federal decision makers hear all of our concerns loud and clear. Remember:
THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL!!!

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Update July 19, 2016:

In a discussion with Robert Maroney-Project Manager from Army Corp of Engineers, on Tuesday, July 19, the SLCCG was informed the Federal Environmental Permit application has once again been returned to the developers for additional updates since it was deemed “incomplete”.

The Army Corp of Engineers had no clear indication from the developer as to when the updated application would be returned. Once the updated application is received and deemed “complete” by the Army Corp of Engineers office, the 30-day public comment period for the Federal Environmental permit application will be opened.

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Update June 17, 2016:

The SLCCG talked with Rob Maroney - Army Corp of Eng (ACE) on the phone on Friday June 17. He indicated his department HAS NOT received back the updated EA Application from the casino developer yet. Rob had no insight into why the EA application updates were taking longer than expected.

Once the ACE receives the updated EA application, Robert's team will review it and if found complete, the application will be accepted and publicly posted on the St Paul Division - Army Corp of Eng website and the 30-day public comment period will open. Acceptance of the completed EA Application would then also mark the start of the Federal environmental review process.

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Update June 3, 2016:

Federal Environmental Assessment (EA) Application was received in Mid-May 2016 by Robert Maroney's office at St Paul District - US Army Corps of Engineers. Rob is the Project Manager for this EA Application. The EA process currently planned for this project is a less stringent environmental review process when compared to the more comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

Robert explained in an earlier phone call with the SLCCG, the EA application initially undergoes a review to determine if the EA application is "complete" and if found "incomplete", the EA application is returned to the developer requesting updates, including the missing information.

In a phone call with Robert Maroney on Wed June 1, the SLCCG learned the EA application has been found to be "incomplete". Rob stated that on Fri May 27, the application was returned to the developer for required updates.

Robert Maroney also said in the 6/1 call that he is confident the developer will return the updated EA application to his office very soon.

Once the updated EA application is returned to Robert Maroney's Office at the US Army Corps of Engineers, they will review the application to determine if the EA application updates were adequate.

The process described above will continue until EA application is deemed "complete" and only then the application is allowed to proceed though the EA process.

Next Steps:

  • As soon as the EA application is found to be complete, a PUBLIC NOTICE will be posted on the St Paul District - US Army Corps of Engineer's website and a 30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD will be Opened!!
  • Prepare your thoughts and start working on drafting your letters so you can promptly submit your thoughts, feelings and concerns related to this project. We need to push for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is the most stringent environmental review process.
  • These public comments can be sent to Robert Maroney's office or you can follow the instructions contained in the Public Announcement **WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE** Information will be posted on our website.
  • Once the EA application is accepted as "complete", the Army Corps of Eng's will begin processing the application and the public comments gathered during the 30-day comment period will be added to the EA application.