Neb. firm wants to build Sioux City, Iowa casino

Sioux City, Iowa (AP) August 2012

A Nebraska company wants to develop a casino and hotel in downtown Sioux City if it wins the rights to Woodbury County’s gaming license.

Lance Morgan is CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., and he confirmed the company’s interest. Ho-Chunk is the economic development company affiliated with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Missouri River Historical Development has said it’s considering a new casino partner in Sioux City because it couldn’t agree on the details of a land-based casino with Penn National Gaming, which runs the current river boat casino.

Several companies are expected to bid on the gaming license. Morgan says he believes Ho-Chunk would be best partner because it’s based in northeast Nebraska.

The Winnebago Tribe already operates the WinnaVegas Casino in western Iowa but Ho-Chunk is not involved in that.