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Shullsburg hosting meeting about proposed casino's new plan

SHULLSBURG, WI (WTAQ) - A proposed casino that’s been in the works for years in southwest Wisconsin is being talked about again.

Shullsburg Mayor Tom Lethlean says a clear majority in his community supports the project – and they’ll express it to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Thursday night in a meeting at Shullsburg High School.

The BIA rejected the Lac Du Flambeau tribe’s proposal in 2008, but the agency is said to be considering it again.

This time, the tribe is pushing a modified plan which includes a smaller number of games than originally proposed – a 300 room hotel instead of 200 – and a KOA campground instead of a golf course.

Lethlean says a number of newer residents of Shullsburg are against the project – but those who’ve been around a while see the need for the 600 jobs the facilities could create.

Lafayette County Board Chairman Jack Sauer says he’s seen hundreds of jobs leave his county since he’s been working on the proposed casino since 2000.

Thursday night’s meeting is part of an environmental impact study – and there’s no indication when the Bureau will act on the study or the casino itself.

If Washington approves it, Governor Scott Walker would have the final say.