SHULLSBURG - Little Shullsburg in southwestern Wisconsin doesn't have much of a skyline.
But a Northwoods tribe wants to change that with a new 10-story casino.
Lac du Flambeau tribal members have pushed for a large casino near Shullsburg, near Platteville, for more than a decade.
Monday night, hundreds of local people, elected officials, and Lac du Flambeau representatives packed into Shullsburg to talk about the casino plans.
Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reporter Andy Piper was at the meeting and spoke with us Tuesday.
"As far as the people down here go, I don't really see a whole lot of push-back as far as 'who do these people think they are, coming down here and building a big facility in our town'. People are really welcoming to that," Piper says.
The casino would include restaurants, a spa, and even a sportsman's club.
Lac du Flambeau tribal chairman Tom Maulson guessed it would create 600 jobs in the depressed Lafayette County area.
About 85 percent of the casino's jobs would be filled by locals.
"All in all, they figured at the very best, if things went exactly right, which probably won't happen, they thought they could be breaking ground in a couple of years. People in Shullsburg are patient for this one," Piper says.
The plan still needs to go through an environmental study and get approval from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs and the governor's office.
If it's approved, it could break ground in 2015.
Off-reservation gaming is not uncommon for Northwoods tribes.
The Forest County Potawatomi runs Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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