Proposed Resort & Casino

In 2015 it was confirmed that White Earth Nation is in the process of planning an expansion of the Shooting Star Casino, to a location within Star Lake Township.

Casino Project has been cancelled (8/31/18). See E-Bulletin #23.

For the most recent information and links, go to our special Star Lake Casino Information page.


Casino Update – E-Bulletin #23 (date 09/07/2018) and White Earth News Release

Casino Update – E-Bulletin #22 (date 06/04/2018)

Casino Update – E-Bulletin #18 (date 01/26/2018) and related information:  USACE/FOIA Response and EQB/EIS Process

Casino Update – E-Bulletin #17 (date 11/20/2017)

Casino Update – Record of Decision and EIS Scoping (date 09/08/2017)

Casino Update – OTC Orders an EIS (date 8/23/2017)

Update: Status of Shooting Star Casino (date 7/13/2017)

Update: Status of Shooting Star Casino - EAW (date 5/11/2017)

Letter to OTC: Star Lake Township Supervisors Position on Proposed Shooting Star Casino Project (dated 02/16/17)

Link to OTC Limited Area Star Lake Comprehensive Plan (dated December 2016 - 160 page PDF)

Update prepared by Star Lake Township Board (dated 02/06/16)
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Update prepared by Star Lake Township Board (dated 01/27/16)

Update prepared by Star Lake Township Board (dated 11/19/15)  LREC attachment and GRE attachment

Update prepared by Star Lake Township Board (dated 10/14/15)

Letter prepared by Star Lake Township Board (dated 9/24/15)





September 21, 2016 (6:30 pm):  OTC Public Hearing - Conditional Use Permit  

OTC is holding a Public Hearing concerning the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Application associated with:  Construction of a parking lot and storm water catch basins for a new resort, hotel and casino on adjacent property.  Hearing Location:  Commissioner's Room, Government Services Center, 540 West Fir, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Please refer to the OTC website for documents and materials associated with this CUP application if additional information is desired.  Link to OTC website.  If you cannot attend the hearing, please mail your comments to: Dept. of Land & Resource Management, ATTN: Mr. Bill Kalar, at above address.

September 8, 2016:  OTC-WEN-SRF Open House Meeting  - Limited Area Star Lake Comprehensive Plan   

An Open House Meeting was held Thursday, 9/8/16 from 4 to 7PM, at the Dent Community Center.  Otter Tail County & The White Earth Nation hosted their last planned Open House style meeting to share with the public the finalized draft version of the Limited Area Star Lake Comprehensive Plan (LASLCP). Click Here to view the 128 page PDF document.  Comments accepted on the Limited Area Star Lake Comprehensive Plan through Sept 28, 2016.  Click Here to go to the OTC website for more information, and where you will find the link to the feedback form.

Shooting Star Neighborhood Meeting - 3/30/2016    

This is to advise that Otter Tail County and the White Earth Nation has mailed a notice this week of a “Neighborhood Meeting” regarding the proposed development of the Shooting Star Resort and Casino.  The meeting will be held at the Dent Community Center on March 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

The notice was sent to property owners/residents that live/own property in the immediate area of proposed development.  The intent of the meeting is to provide basic information regarding the planned development, and to gather input from the neighborhood residents regarding their concerns and questions.

An “Open House” meeting for the broader Star Lake community is planned for a later date at a location to be determined.  We will alert you to those details as they become known.

Sincerely, Star Lake Town Board  Link to Bulletin PDF

Star Lake Casino Electrical Infrastructure - focus of Feb. 23, 2016 meeting

Maine Township session to outline nine mile installation near Dead, Star and Maplewood Park. Electrical infrastructure that will power the proposed White Earth Nation casino, in the heart of Otter Tail County, will be the focus of an informational meeting Feb. 23.

Great River Energy and Lake Region Electric Cooperative will host a public information open house Feb. 23 at the Maine Township Hall, 32 300 Old County Highway 74, Maine, Minn. 56586 to share information about a 8.75-mile, 41.6-kV transmission line being proposed in the area. The public and other interested parties are encouraged to stop by the open house anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to learn about the project. Great River Energy and Lake Region Electric Cooperative staff will be on hand to describe the project, answer questions and hear feedback on the project. The proposed project will serve the anticipated electric load of the proposed White Earth Nation casino facility and ensure continued transmission system reliability in the area.

“We want landowners to be informed about the project and have an opportunity to ask questions and share their feedback,” said Great River Energy’s Transmission Permitting Analyst Marsha Parlow. Great River Energy will consider feedback it receives when preparing applications for any necessary local, state and federal permits or licenses required for the project, Parlow said. Great River Energy will also contact property owners once permits are received. “We will contact each affected property owner to discuss how the project will impact their property and discuss easement negotiations,” said Rick Heuring, Great River Energy’s senior field representative. “Construction of the new substation and transmission line is expected to occur between next winter and the summer of 2017.”

The proposed transmission line would connect a new distribution substation, the Star Lake Substation, to the system. The substation will be built by Lake Region Electric Cooperative.  - Source: Pelican Rapids Press, Feb 17, 2016



Write Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton:  Link to Contact Form

Want to write to your Legislative and Congressional Members about this issue? Go to this Who Represents Me link and enter your address or click on the map. You can then click on each of the names listed and send your questions and comments.

Shooting Star Casino: News Release (dated 9/25/15)

Otter Tail County website:  Proposed Shooting Star Casino and Resort and Limited Area Star Lake Comprehensive Plan

White Earth Band of Chippewa Tribe and State of Minnesota: Video Games Tribal Gaming Compact - Nov 8, 1991 Approval Letter

National Indian Gaming Commission - Frequently Asked Questions

Article about the Legal Distinction Between Class II and III Gaming