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Casino Company Honored For Economic Impact

Pictured left to right: Gary Bishop, KMI; Joe Massa, KMI; Karlyn Ollendick, KMI; Mike Ralston; Dan Kehl, KMI; Cody Kehl, KMI; Ross Loomans, General Manager, Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative (LREC)Sharon Hasselhoff, General Manager, Grand Falls Casino Resort; and Rand Fisher, President, IADG.
West Des Moines, Iowa — The company that brought the Grand Falls Casino to Lyon County has been honored with an award from The Iowa Area Development Group (IADG).

That group, on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives and member municipal electric systems has honored nine distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award. The Iowa Venture Award business recognition program began in 1988 and over the past 25 years has honored over 200 of Iowa’s most accomplished business leaders and companies.

Kehl Management Company received the first gaming license in the State of Iowa in 1990 and now has casinos in Dubuque, Clinton, Burlington-Ft. Madison, Riverside and near Larchwood. The two newest entertainment complexes, the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside and the Grand Falls Casino Resort in Larchwood are being recognized for the economic impact and entertainment they bring to the state.

The Grand Falls Casino employs 525 people and estimates that over 80% of their one million visitors per year are from out-of-state. Kehl Management, Inc. was nominated for a Venture Award by Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative and Eastern Iowa Light & Power Cooperative.

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