Spinoff development of casino near SD border lags

LARCHWOOD, Iowa (AP) — It doesn’t take long to get from Sioux Falls, S.D., to one of the biggest entertainment centers in the area that’s located in northwest Iowa.

It’s a quick eight miles from the city’s edge on East 10th Street to the Grand Falls Casino Resort near Larchwood that’s in its second year of operation.

But the projection that economic development will follow the gambling destination has proved a pokey process. Some observers of development say not much is happening outside of east-side Sioux Falls’ commercial growth but it eventually will.

The Argus Leader newspaper (http://argusne.ws/1bAjWi6 ) reports that Grand Falls will open an 18-hole golf course late next summer.

And the casino is fine-tuning its other entertainment choices, including bringing in national entertainment and concerts each month.

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