User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


27° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Larchwood Hits The Jackpot

May 13, 2010, 4:54 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Larchwood Hits The Jackpot
LARCHWOOD, IA - Main street in Larchwood is just five miles from where the Lyon County casino would be built.  Many in the town of less than 1,000 people say with the new neighbor that could employ up to 700, they've hit the jackpot.

Just five minutes from the South Dakota border, Larchwood is normally a quiet community. But as news of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission's unanimous approval of the casino spread, this small town began to buzz.

"I'm not a gambler myself, but I'm on board for anything that's good for the community," resident Kristin Bishop said.

Bishop has supported the idea since the beginning. She's glad to hear it's cleared the last major hurdle before construction can start, bringing more people to the community and its businesses.

"I think it's going to be wonderful for them. We have a lot of family-owned businesses here in town. We have a lot of locals that have put their hearts and souls into these places and having an influx of people is going to be great. Having an influx of business is going to be wonderful for everybody," Bishop said.

Opponents have said they simply didn't want the casino in their backyard. Others have said it's too close to the South Dakota border. But now that it's passed, residents in Larchwood hope everyone can mend fences and support the casino.

"To me, it's a win-win for both states because I can see South Dakota benefiting from this too in terms of travel, employment and maybe some housing opportunities," resident John Folkens said.

"I think that once the naysayers see exactly how good it's going to be for everyone, I think they'll get on board," Bishop said.

During Thursday's vote, one gaming commissioner said he supported the Lyon County site over the other three proposals because it's estimated that 80 percent of business at the Lyon County Casino will come from outside of Iowa.

Previous Story

Next Story


RELATED STORIES


Sponsored
 

You may also like

Blizzard Impacting Travel In Southeast KELOLAND

2/2/2016 10:03 AM

The Sioux Falls Police Department is also advising no travel within the city. Officials say visibility is near zero with blowing snow and scattered sl...

Full Story
Superintendent Cancels School With Video

2/2/2016 1:41 PM

Dr. Donavan DeBoer with the Parker School District posted the cancellation notice on YouTube.

Full Story
Storm Center Update- Monday AM

2/1/2016 5:26 AM

A quiet weather day is ahead for most of KELOLAND ahead of winter storm headed for the southeast.  Blizzard watches and warnings are posted for m...

Full Story
Police: Woman Raped At Her Apartment Building

2/5/2016 11:17 AM

The woman told Sioux Falls Police she believes the man followed her into her apartment.

Full Story
Drivers Breaking The Law

2/2/2016 5:00 PM

No travel is advised in many areas of KELOLAND Tuesday night.  Interstate 29 from Sioux Falls to Sioux City is closed and probably won't reop...

Full Story | Watch


Events