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Dubuque celebrate 20 years of riverboat gambling


20 years ago, Dubuque welcomed riverboat gambling to the Tri-States. On April 1st 1991, all eyes were on Dubuque as the first riverboat gambling excursion left Dubuque's Ice Harbor.

Over the course of two decades, the Tri-State area has expanded beyond the mighty Mississippi. First with the opening of a second casino, now the Mystique Casino and Greyhound Park. Then the expansion of the Diamond Jo Casino's land based entertainment complex in the Port of Dubuque.

Twenty years ago, then Governor Terry Branstad said he was excited for what the riverboat would bring to the Tri-States.

"Riverboat gambling promises to be a great boom to the state of Iowa in terms of economic development and jobs. Today, tourism in Iowa especially along the Mississippi river gets a great boost," Branstad said.

And that boost has transformed into millions of dollars from the Dubuque Racing Association, giving back to non profits across the Tri-States.

Friday at 3:15 officials will be honoring Bob and Ruth Kehl, who's courage to enter the regional gaming industry, lead to a growth in the casino business. Which is now responsible for job creation and entertainment and tourism in the Tri-States.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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