Riverboat gambling pioneer Kehl dies

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A former Dubuque cafe owner who was granted the nation’s first riverboat gambling license has died.

The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald (http://bit.ly/18ycTaL ) reports that 78-year-old Bob Kehl died at home on Wednesday morning shortly after being released from a local hospital.

Kehl and his wife, Ruth, made headlines in 1990 when they were granted an historic riverboat gambling license. They launched the Casino Belle, a 2,000-passenger boat from the port of Dubuque, a year later.

Kehl was also founder and president of Kehl Riverboats, which built and renovated 13 floating casinos.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview funeral home says a visitation for Kehl will be held Friday at the Kehl Center at Clarke University.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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