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Sept 5, 2017:  OTC Board Mtg (Findings of Fact, EIS Cost Estimates) - Record of Decision and Scoping Technical Memorandum

Sept 4, 2017:  InForum - LaDuke: We need an economy based on our wealth, not our deprivation.

August 22, 2017:  InForum - Star Lake casino opponents get a victory, for now.

August 22, 2017:  OTC voted to require an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement)

July 11, 2017:  OTC Board of Commissioners extended the EAW review period and EIS decision. Link to Notice and Meeting Minutes

June 21, 2017:  EAW comment period ends. See OTC website to view Public Comments.

June 20, 2017:  Technical Review Comments from Environmental Engineering Consultant

June 15, 2017:  InForum - Commissioners get an earful on Star Lake casino project.

June 15, 2017:  KVRR - Community Gathers in PR for Mtg on Star Lake Casino Project.

Apr 16, 2017:  Aaron Stanley, CDC Gaming Reports - Off-reservation gaming comes to my backyard – and it’s not pretty

Mar 5, 2017:  Fergus Falls Journal - Star Lake Casino has multiple sides to development

Feb 27, 2017:  KVRR Local News - Done Deal? The Star Lake Casino Project

Feb 14, 2017:  KFGO Afternoon Show Live with Derek Hanson - Radio Interview

Feb 8, 2017:  InForum - Opponents say Star Lake Casino is far from a done deal

Feb 1, 2017:  US Army Corps of Engineers Comments (Part 1 & Part 2). See Take Action page for more information.

Feb 1, 2017: DL-Online / Letter to the Editor - White Earth should shoot down plans for Star Lake Casino

Jan 29, 2017: The Daily Journal / Letter to the Editor - Star Lake Casino project a bad idea

Jan 27, 2017: SLCCG prepared this Press Release describing current status of the proposed casino development.

Jan 19, 2017:  Perham Focus -  The waiting game: all's quiet on the casino front as processes play out

August 16, 2016:  OTC Board meeting in which SLCCG spoke to the county commissioners about environmental concerns. Link to WDAY article about this meeting.

July 29, 2016: Link to the Minnesota DNR's response to the Shooting Star Notice of Application associated with WCA (Wetland Conservation Act). This is very important. Please take the time to review this document.

July 25, 2016: See Q & A Interview with SLCCG and Ray Norgaard, an active MN DNR employee (Fergus Falls Office) who is a renowned expert on wild rice and wetlands.

June 14,2016: Terry Tibbetts was elected White Earth tribal chairman. See article in DL-Online: "White Earth Tribal Chair: Terry Tibbetts points to experience on tribal council, has mixed views on two new casinos"

WETLANDS: Although wetlands are often wet, a wetland might not be wet year-round. In fact, some of the most important wetlands are only seasonally wet. Wetlands are the link between the land and the water. They are transition zones where the flow of water, the cycling of nutrients and the energy of the sun meet to produce a unique ecosystem characterized by hydrology, soils and vegetation - making these areas very important features of a watershed.

riceSource: EPA website, EPA Home » Wetlands » Wetlands Factsheet Series

WILD RICE: Source: Minnesota DNR website

Location: Northern Minnesota lakes, marshes, and streams; water 6 inches to 3 feet deep.

Description: Grows above water surface; is rooted in soft, mucky sediment; clusters of green, ribbon-like leaves are tapered; leaves float on the surface during late spring and early summer; stalks grow 3 to 10 feet tall by early July.

Hints to identify: Wild rice generally grows in calm, clear water, in soft mucky lake or stream bottom; grains are yellow or red and appear at the tip of the stalk in August.

Importance of plant: Wild rice has a higher protein content than most cereal grains, making it a good food for wildlife and humans. Wild rice attracts many wild birds, especially waterfowl and red-winged blackbirds, and it also provides nesting cover for waterfowl.