Menominee to expand casino

Shawano, Wisconsin (AP) 4-08

The Menominee Tribe plans to invest $80 million to expand its gaming facility, which generates 80 percent of its annual revenue.

The project includes a new casino, which Menominee chairwoman Lisa Waukau says is long overdue. The casino opened in an old warehouse in 1987 and is the oldest in Wisconsin.

The tribe has made small additions to the building, but it’s never done a major remodeling.

The casino generated $11 million for the Menominee Indian Tribe in 2007. Its economic projections show that if the tribe doesn’t expand or renovate the existing casino, revenue will begin to decline in 2011.

Waukau says the tribe expects to break ground sometime in May.