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85% Approval For Gaming At Wild Rose

By Staff | Nov 4, 2010

Palo Alto County voters gave Wild Rose Casino & Resort a big thumbs up at the polls Tuesday.

Voting on the public measure for “continued operation of gambling games at a gambling structure in Palo Alto County,” voters gave a resounding “Yes.” The measure passed in Palo Alto County with 85.5-percent of the vote.

“We are obviously very happy with the outcome of the vote,” said Amy Rubel, General Manager of Wild Rose Casino & Resort in Emmetsburg. “In fact, Palo Alto County had the second highest percentage among all of the gaming counties in all of Iowa.”

She added, “It is apparent that the voters of Palo Alto County understand the worth of Wild Rose in the community. Thank you to the citizens of Palo Alto County for turning their ballots over and voting for continued gaming. We appreciate your support.”

“We are very, very pleased with the outcome,” said Lloyd Petersen, President of Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation. “To come in at 85.5-percent approval is amazing for us. That’s something for Palo Alto County.”

In the state of Iowa, every county with gaming operations must approve a public measure every eight years. Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation was granted a gaming license by Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission in 2005, and Wild Rose Casino & Resort opened in May 2006. While the facility has been open only four years, Palo Alto County voters were required by state law to vote on the measure in the general election this year.

“We are hoping, due to the strong percentage in every county that has a gaming facility in Iowa, that the need for a referendum every eight years will be removed,” said Rubel. “We hope at some point that will be acted on at the state level.”

Wild Rose Casino & Resort employs over 275 people with a payroll and benefits expenditure of $7 million annually. Between 2007 and 2009, Wild Rose Casino & Resort admissions totaled more than 1.7 million guests.