Our Businesses

Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley are the most visible of our business portfolio and an important part of our rapidly diversifying portfolio.

Beyond gaming, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures is now active in hospitality, printing, marketing, waste management, and several smaller enterprises that provide needed services to our local communities and help diversify our business interests. More than ever, tribal owned businesses are the primary economic driver for East Central Minnesota.

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Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Since opening its doors in 1991, Grand Casino Mille Lacs has welcomed millions of guests, pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the local and state economies.

With more than 1,800 slot machines, poker and blackjack, pull tabs and bingo, three restaurants, large convention facilities and a 494-room hotel, the casino currently employs more than 1,200 area residents.

Grand Casino Mille Lacs is a recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

Both casino properties are undergoing a large property improvement plan. Click HERE to view the projects.

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Grand Casino Hinckley

One year newer than its sister property, Grand Casino Hinckley also entertains millions of guests each year and employs more than 1,700 Associates. Grand Casino Hinckley has more than 2,400 slot machines, blackjack, poker and bingo as well as a championship golf course, outdoor amphitheater and luxury spa. There are three hotel properties – Grand Casino Hinckley Hotel, Grand Hinckley Inn and the Grand Northern Inn and an RV park and chalets.

The RV Park at Grand Casino Hinckley consistently held a top-five park rating from the Good Sam Camp Directory and has been selected over the past five years from a list of more than 14,000 RV parks!

Both Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley continue to be the “most like” – most engaged casino in Minnesota on Facebook!

Both casino properties are undergoing a large property improvement plan. Click HERE to view the projects.

Hospitality

In 2013, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe took a big step toward economic diversification when it purchased two large hotels in St. Paul, Minnesota: the Crowne Plaza Riverfront and the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Having successfully operated the casino hotels for many years, this move built on an existing area of expertise, giving the tribe an exciting new revenue source.

In October 2015, MLCV announced the opening of the prestigious InterContinental® Saint Paul Riverfront hotel, ushering in a new era of luxury for Minnesota’s vibrant capital city. The InterContinental® Saint Paul Riverfront hotel is an InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) property that showcases mid-century modern design and décor. The hotel’s 410 fully renovated guestrooms and suites offer remarkable views of the Mississippi River and downtown Saint Paul skyline. The elegance and glamour that the InterContinental brand has been renowned for since the first hotel opened in 1946 is evident in this multi-million dollar renovation.

The InterContinental is also home to a ‘modern mid-century’ restaurant called Citizen Supper Club. This restaurant offers guests an impressive lineup of midcentury cocktails, wine, beer and spirits at the bar, as well as an inspired menu of crafted cuisine.

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The DoubleTree by Hilton is home to the Rival House Sporting Parlour – MLCV’s first off-reservation restaurant.

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In 2014, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures also continued to grow in the hospitality space with the purchase of the 236-room Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City.

In November 2015, MLCV announced it expanded its hospitality footprint with the purchase of the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park, Minn. The hotel marks the fourth major hotel asset purchased by MLCV in the past three years.

The 297-room DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place is a turn-key investment for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and a strategic expansion of its holdings in the Greater MSP market.

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In May of 2015, MLCV completed it’s Eddy’s Resort development project. The new resort features 64 rooms, 1 Parlour Suite, a number of two- and three-room cabins, The Launch Bar & Grill, a marina and retail/bait shop.

On April 6, 2016 MLCV purchased Big Sandy Lodge and Resort in McGregor, Minn.

MLCV’s Community Development approach calls for acquisitions that allow the ability to expand the local business economy in all three districts of the Mille Lacs Band reservation. This acquisition signified the first-ever, largest scale invest in District II of the Mille Lacs Band.

The decision to acquire Big Sandy Lake Lodge & Resort was made based on its strong performance and its unique position as a premiere up-north destination resort on the Big Sandy watershed.

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Marketing

Sweetgrass Media

Sweetgrass Media — a commercial print shop — has been fully operational since March 5, 2013. This business handles printing needs for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley and other businesses in East Central Minnesota.

2020 Brand Solutions 2020 Brand Solutions is a marketing services company specializing in brand engagement and performance improvement. For nearly 40 years, it has been a single source for companies to find promotional services – from uniforms and corporate apparel to branded merchandise and incentives to printed products, marketing collateral and specialty fulfillment.  Since its inception, 2020 has grown to become one of the largest promotional firms in America.

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ML Wastewater

ML Wastewater Management, Inc. is a non-profit Corporation, with an independent board of directors, owned by Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. Currently serving more than 10,000 community members near the lake, it serves a real need and protects a valuable natural resource.

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Grand Market

Located near Grand Casino Mille Lacs, this store provides community members with a much-needed place to pick up quick meals and basic staples. It also houses a local branch of the Woodlands National Bank.

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Subway

MLCV is proud to own the only 
Subway franchise serving the Mille Lacs Lake area.

Convenience Stores

For Band members living on the reservation, a simple trip to the store for gas or milk used to be a miles-long endeavor. So MLCV built a Gas and Convenience store to serve each of our three reservation communities. Our Tesoro and Shell branded stations provide steady jobs with competitive wages for our Associates and a needed service for our local residents.

In 2016, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures opened Mille Lacs Super Stop and Taco John’s® on the corner of Highway 169 and Highway 27.

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Grand Makwa Cinema

Located right next to Grand Casino Mille Lacs, the Grand Makwa Cinema offers an alternate form of entertainment for the area, where film buffs of all ages can enjoy a first run movie on one of four big screens.

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Grindstone Laundry

MLCV developed a commercial laundry facility in the city of Hinckley in early 2015. This new business employs 24 people and processes all of the linens for our hospitality assets – including Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Hinckley. This facility was built to have capacity to take on future MLCV expansion as well as outside customers.