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.
The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
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