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SD casino plan could rival possible NW Iowa casino plan

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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KWWL) - A group of Sioux Falls business leaders and the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe are developing a plan to build a resort casino in or near Sioux Falls that would compete with a proposed casino just across the Iowa border.

Studies have predicted that if the resort is built in Iowa's Lyon County, it will pull millions of dollars out of the South Dakota economy each year.

Sponsors of the proposed Sioux Falls casino say the tribe is willing to negotiate profit-sharing agreements with the state and the city, similar to what Deadwood casinos pay.

The plan faces several hurdles, including the governor's permission and federal approval. It also would mark a significant change in the state's gaming structure and could face opposition from the video lottery industry and anti-gambling activists.

Online AnchorBob Waters

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