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Open Forum: We should oppose gaming expansion

As a 20-year resident of Brainerd and an employee of Grand Casino Mille Lacs for the past 10 years, I strongly oppose gaming expansion.

When I first moved to Brainerd, Grand Casino Mille Lacs had just opened.  Over the past two decades, the casino has helped improve the entire region's economy by providing jobs and supporting local businesses. In fact, Grand Casinos offers better benefits than many employers do in the Twin Cities!

Additionally, the Mille Lacs Band has invested the revenue from Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley into new businesses that help support local residents and the region's tourism industry.  Grand Market is a convenient grocery store, especially considering that the nearest other grocery store is miles away. Not to mention the Band's state-of-the-art movie theater has made it easier to see the latest films.

Grand Casinos have invested so much in this community; it's time we invest in them by opposing gaming expansion! 

Becky Purington