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Prairie Meadows explores second Polk County casino
Des Moines Register,
Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 11:26:41 AM
Prairie Meadows officials met privately Friday with two casino operators to discuss proposals for partnering on a second casino, in the western part of Polk County.
The Prairie Meadows board of directors met with Wild Rose Entertainment, owned by Des Moines businessman Gary Kirke, which operates casinos in Emmetsburg and Clinton. A meeting followed with Peninsula Gaming, which owns the Diamond Jo casinos in Dubuque and Northwood.
The board voted 10-2 to close the meeting to the public, and the three-hour session was conducted behind closed doors - despite the racetrack and casino's connections to Polk County and its taxpayers, and status as one of the county's top 15 employers.
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