Sarah Barten
cell: 763/238-0717


December 13, 2007


HINCKLEY, Minn. - In the official culmination of what has been the most anticipated renovation at Grand Casino Hinckley, designers, architects, senior management of Grand Casino, Corporate Commission management, and Mille Lacs Band dignitaries gathered on Wednesday, December 12, to celebrate the official opening of the new hotel tower at the Grand Casino Hinckley Hotel, the Grand Harmony Spa, and the new Events & Convention Center, which opened earlier this spring.

"This was a chance for everyone involved in this amazing project to come together to see the final result," said Mel Towle, general manager of Grand Casino Hinckley. "It took a lot of effort, vision, commitment, and creativity to turn this project into an elegant and sophisticated expression of what Grand Casino Hinckley has to offer. We were honored and thrilled to show guests what we have built for them."

About 40 guests participated in the celebration in the new Events & Convention Center and received personalized tours of the 10th and 12th floors of the new hotel tower and the Grand Harmony Spa.

Earlier in the day, senior management of Grand Casino, designers, architects, and representatives from the Corporate Commission and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new hotel tower and Grand Harmony Spa. Among the guests were Melanie Benjamin, Chief Executive; Herb Weyaus, Secretary/Treasurer; and Harry Davis, District III Representative, all of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Sarah Oquist, Commissioner of Corporate Affairs for the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Ken Sorenson, Vice President of M.A. Mortenson Company; and Greta Johnson and Kathy Samson, both representing T.R. Design Group.

The Grand Casino Hinckley hotel now features 563 guest rooms and suites with the finest in-room comfort and convenience.

Located next to the hotel's new east wing is the all-encompassing 8,243-square-foot Grand Harmony Spa, which caters to both men and women. Amenities include: steam rooms, showers, private men's and women's locker facilities, Soothing Springs co-ed wet area, oversized jetted whirlpool, and private treatment rooms. The services, including massages, facials, body treatments, wraps and masks, are designed to take care of the mind, body and spirit and use botanically-based custom blended products.

Grand Casino Hinckley also features 22,550 square feet of extensive state-of-the-art meeting and banquet facilities located in the newly remodeled Events & Convention Center.

About Grand Casino Hinckley

Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley, which are owned by the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians, are two of Minnesota's premier entertainment facilities, offering gaming, accommodations, dining, conference and banquet facilities, and live entertainment.