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Judge to hear arguments in Hard Rock casino license case

The state gaming license issued to the Hard Rock-branded casino in Sioux City takes center stage in a courtroom Thursday.

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7/28/2014

article Argosy riverboat could sit in Sioux City for two months
(Iowa) -- Although Argosy Casino closes its doors this week, you may still see the floating casino sitting along Sioux City's riverfront, for up to two more months.

7/26/2014

article Hard Rock, fans ready for opening Friday
(Iowa) -- Nancy Malsom has collected Hard Rock souvenirs from around the globe, from T-shirts with the iconic brand's logo to colorful pins shaped like guitars.
article Closure nears for Argosy floating casino
(Iowa) -- Two days before Woodbury County's first land-based casino opens Friday, riverboat gambling on the Missouri River likely will end. The Iowa Supreme Court...

7/25/2014

article Court says riverboat casino must close next week
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled a Sioux City riverboat casino must close by Wednesday, rejecting a request that the operation be allowed to remain open while...
article Iowa Supreme Court clears way for closure of Sioux City riverboat casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has denied a temporary stay that has allowed the Argosy Casino riverboat in Sioux City to stay open.
article Iowa Supreme Court orders Sioux City riverboat casino to close July 30
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court dealt a likely fatal blow Friday to the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino, ruling the embattled riverboat casino must close by 5 p.m....
article Judge denies depositions of regulators in Argosy Sioux City dispute
(Iowa) -- A state judge has denied a request from the Argosy Sioux City to depose the chairman of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission and a former commissioner in the...

7/22/2014

article Argosy Casino owner replies to motions made by SCE, MHRD
(Iowa) -- Tuesday in the ongoing legal battle to keep Sioux City's Argosy Casino afloat the operator, Belle of Sioux City, replied to Monday's motions from two...

7/21/2014

article Hard Rock Hotel in Sioux City taking reservations
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is now taking reservations. Over the weekend the casino, which is set to open Aug. 1, launched its online...
article Hard Rock ready to open doors
(Iowa) -- The $128 million Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is set to open August 1, and the facility isn't wasting any time in scheduling some big-name entertainment. On...

7/19/2014

article Iowa Supreme Court stays order requiring Argosy riverboat to close
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has potentially given the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City more time to stay open.

7/16/2014

article Iowa Supreme Court appeal seeks to keep Sioux City casino afloat
(Iowa) -- As expected, the Argosy Sioux City on Wednesday filed an 11th-hour appeal with the Iowa Supreme Court to keep the riverboat casino from closing next week.

7/11/2014

article Judge Again Delays Closing Sioux City Casino
(Iowa) -- A judge has granted another reprieve to the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City. The casino operator, Penn National Gaming Co., is appealing the Iowa Racing...

7/3/2014

article Hard Rock guitar illuminates Sioux City skyline
(Iowa) -- With less than one month until opening day, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is starting to come together. The Hard Rock's classic neon-guitar sign fired up...
article Hard Rock Sign Lites Up for the First Time
(Iowa) -- There's a new landmark on the Sioux City skyline. The Hard Rock Casino and Hotel sign popped on for the first time shortly after 8:30 Thursday night.

6/29/2014

article The Big Gamble
(Iowa) -- By this time next week, Zach Rosenbaum expected to be more than 1,700 miles away from Sioux City, settling into a new job at a casino in Bangor, Maine.

6/28/2014

article Penn National gets temporary reprieve for riverboat casino
(Iowa) -- The Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino won't have to shut down on Tuesday, as ordered by state gaming regulators, a Polk County District Court judge ruled...

6/26/2014

article Judge grants Sioux City riverboat casino a temporary reprieve
(Iowa) -- The Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino won't have to shut down on Tuesday, as ordered by state gaming regulators, a Polk County District Court judge ruled...

6/25/2014

article State regulators keep July 1st closing date for Sioux City riverboat casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted unanimously today to deny a stay of the order to close the Sioux City riverboat casino on July 1st. The commission...

6/24/2014

article Hard Rock casino starts assembling giant guitar
(Iowa) -- A 50-foot electric guitar that will grace Sioux City's skyline began to take shape Monday. The giant guitar-shaped sign arrived in sections at the...

6/19/2014

article Hearing set on Argosy bid to save Sioux City riverboat casino
(Iowa) -- An Iowa judge next week will hear the Argosy Sioux City's last-minute appeal to keep the riverboat casino open past July 1.

6/11/2014

article Ho-Chunk denied entrance into Sioux City casino suit
(Iowa) -- A Ho-Chunk Inc.-led group won't be allowed to join a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a decision that led to the group losing its bid to open a casino in...

5/29/2014

article Hard Rock Casino opening the beginning of August
(Iowa) -- Under construction for months, Sioux City's first, land-based casino will open its doors August 1. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's general manager...

5/28/2014

article Hard Rock Sioux City sets Aug. opening date
(Iowa) -- As a row of slot machines flashed behind him, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City General Manager Todd Moyer on Wednesday revealed a big secret he had been...

5/19/2014

article Casino to help Downtown Partners with future programs
(Iowa) -- Sioux City's special downtown taxing district stands to get a windfall when the new Hard Rock casino opens. The tax amounts to $225 for every $100,000 in...

5/12/2014

article Iowa regulators uphold decision to close Sioux City riverboat casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has upheld its decision last month to close the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino by July 1.

5/9/2014

article Eye on Business: Dealer jobs available at Hard Rock Sioux City casino
(Iowa) -- Ever thought about dealing cards for a living? If so, here's your chance to do so without leaving Siouxland. The new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux...
article Hard Rock Hotel to include swimming pool
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is adding another amenity. SCE Partners, the developer of the $128.5 million downtown entertainment venue plans to...

5/1/2014

article Sioux City riverboat manager sends out layoff notices
(Iowa) -- The operator of the Sioux City Argosy Riverboat Casino has started sending out layoff notices to employees. Penn National Gaming spokesperson Karen Bailey says...

4/30/2014

article Sioux City casino sends out layoff notices
(Iowa) -- Nichole Uhl started working at the Argosy Sioux City at age 18 as a cashier in the casino cage. Over the next 15 years, she worked her way up to her current...

4/28/2014

article Hard Rock leaders show off Sioux City casino construction
(Iowa) -- The screech of saws and drills and hum of compressors and generators echoed inside the juxtaposition of contemporary steel and concrete with century-old timber...

4/17/2014

article Hard Rock construction is right on schedule
(Iowa) -- Construction work is in full swing at the Hard Rock site in downtown Sioux City. Workers are on the job seven days a week.

4/13/2014

article Hard Rock casino in Sioux City prepares to hire 500 workers
(Iowa) -- There's no shortage of people wanting to work at Woodbury County's first land-based casino. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has already...

3/30/2014

article Hard Rock Sioux City casino developer touts venue's music emphasis
(Iowa) -- The interior walls in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City have started to form, as scores of skilled workers keep busy with a variety of tasks, from...

3/8/2014

article Iowa riverboat casino lawyers scrutinize documents
(Iowa) -- Lawyers for the owners of a riverboat casino in Sioux City have scrutinized the wording of documents by officials who later denied renewing their gaming...

3/4/2014

article Judge allows city of Sioux City to join lawsuit over the Argosy Casino
(Iowa) -- The city of Sioux City will now be allowed into the ongoing legal battle between the owners of the Argosy Casino and state gaming regulators.
article Hard Rock Hotel & Casino hiring workers in Sioux City
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is holding a hearing in Altoona, Iowa on their denial of a renewed gaming license for Penn National Gaming and their...

3/3/2014

article Judge permits city to enter IRGC suit filed by Argosy
(Iowa) -- A Polk County District Court judge has approved the city of Sioux City's request to intervene in the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino's lawsuit...

3/2/2014

article Busy week ahead for Sioux City casino issues
(Iowa) -- Argosy Sioux City's fight to keep Iowa regulators from closing the riverboat casino kicks up a notch this week with two separate but related legal...

2/19/2014

article Law judge denies Argosy casino request to delay hearing
(Iowa) -- An administrative law judge has turned down the Argosy Sioux City's request to postpone a hearing over whether the riverboat casino can stay open without...

2/18/2014

article Hard Rock Case to Stay at District Level
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has given district court Judge Eliza Ovrom the go-ahead to make a decision in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sioux City case.
article More legal wrangling for Siouxland gambling halls
(Nebraska) -- A district court ruling in Iowa will allow work to continue on the new land-based casino in Sioux City, but legal issues there are far from over.
article Supreme Court gives go-ahead to lifting Hard Rock license stay
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has given Polk County District Court Judge Eliza Ovrom the green light to vacate an earlier ruling that suspended the Hard Rock Hotel...

2/15/2014

article Judge denies MRHD's request for extension
(Iowa) -- A Polk County District Court judge on Friday denied Missouri River Historical Development's second request for more time to turn over documents to the...

2/14/2014

article Iowa judge rules in favor of Hard Rock casino
(Iowa) -- Reversing an earlier decision, an Iowa judge Friday lifted a suspension of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City's state gaming license.
article Judge lifts stay on license for Sioux City Hard Rock Casino
(Iowa) -- A Polk County District Court judge has reversed and earlier ruling involving the new land-based casino in Sioux City. The ruling lifts a stay on the license...

2/6/2014

article Penn questions ID of licensee for Hard Rock's Sioux City casino
(Iowa) -- The owner of Sioux City's floating casino is raising questions about the identity of the holder of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City's state...

1/31/2014

article Sioux City Casino back in court
(Iowa) -- The fight over whether the land-based casino in Sioux City should be allowed to go ahead continued in Polk County District Court Thursday. The district court...

1/30/2014

article Warner: Hard Rock in danger of defaulting on construction loan
(Iowa) -- Keeping in place a court order that suspended the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City's state gaming license would trigger a default of the...

1/29/2014

article Judge to hear arguments in Hard Rock casino license case
(Iowa) -- The state gaming license issued to the Hard Rock-branded casino in Sioux City takes center stage in a courtroom Thursday.

1/28/2014

article Judge denies Sioux City's bid to participate in Hard Rock casino hearing
(Iowa) -- Polk County District Court judge has denied the city of Sioux City's bid to take part in a court hearing Thursday involving the Hard Rock Hotel &...

1/23/2014

article Argosy objects to city entering Hard Rock casino case
(Iowa) -- The city should not be allowed to enter a lawsuit involving the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City's state gaming license, Penn National Gaming Co....

1/22/2014

article Judge sanctions nonprofit in Sioux City casino suit
(Iowa) -- A Polk County District Court Judge agreed Wednesday to sanction Missouri River Historical Development, saying the nonprofit gaming group's top officer was...

1/21/2014

article MHRD granted more time to produce documents in casino case
(Iowa) -- Missouri River Historical Development has been granted more time to comply with a judge's order to turn over certain documents related to the development...

1/18/2014

article Sioux City intervenes in gambling license litigation
(Iowa) -- Sioux City is intervening in litigation over the future of a gambling license in Woodbury County. Attorneys for the city filed motions Friday in Polk County...
article Sioux City Wants in On Legal Fight Over Gambling License
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Casino project is swamped with litigation. And a lawsuit filed by Penn National Gaming against the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, now may...

1/17/2014

article City of Sioux City Looks to Join Hard Rock Legal Fight
(Iowa) -- The City of Sioux City is taking action aimed at protecting it's interest in the future of land based gambling in Woodbury County. In a motion filed in...

1/14/2014

article Next round set in court battle over Sioux City casino
(Iowa) -- The next court hearing has been set in the ongoing dispute over a new land-based casino in Sioux City. The hearing is scheduled in Polk County District Court...

1/10/2014

article Judge to MRHD officials: Turn over documents for Argosy suit
(Iowa) -- An Iowa judge has ordered a Missouri River Historical Development board member and one of its attorneys to turn over documents subpoenaed by the Argosy Sioux...

1/9/2014

article IRGC: Timetable for Argosy license still pending
(Iowa) -- Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission staff are still reviewing the Argosy Sioux City's application for a new state gaming license, the commission...
article Work on casino in Sioux City can continue
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court says an emergency stay will remain in place against orders to suspend a gambling license for a new Sioux City casino.

1/4/2014

article New Sioux City Council members to tackle big decisions
(Iowa) -- As they prepare to take their seats on the City Council for the first time Monday, Dan Moore and Pete Groetken have been reading stacks of documents and...

12/29/2013

article Casino fight tops 2013 Siouxland business stories
(Iowa) -- It was a year when construction boomed and the economy surged. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, started to take shape in downtown Sioux City, even as a legal...
article No. 1 story of '13: Casino selection sets off court fight
(Iowa) -- The year began with a competition to open Woodbury County's first land-based casino. It ended with the Iowa Supreme Court intervening in a legal dispute...

12/24/2013

article Argosy Casino's owner reacts to ruling made by Iowa Supreme Court justice
(Iowa) -- The owner of Sioux City's Argosy Casino reacts to a ruling made by a Iowa Supreme Court justice to lift the stay on the license for the Hard Rock Hotel and...
article Sioux City riverboat casino owner objects to Iowa Supreme Court stay
(Iowa) -- Attorneys for the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino asked the Iowa Supreme Court Tuesday to leave in place a lower court ruling that temporarily suspended the...

12/23/2013

article Deadline approaching in Sioux City casino case
(Iowa) -- Penn National Gaming has until Tuesday to respond to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that stayed a Polk County District Court order earlier this month that put a...
article Iowa Supreme Court intervenes in Sioux City casino case
(Iowa) -- An Iowa Supreme Court justice has given hope to the builders of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City that they might not have to stop construction...

12/20/2013

article Supreme Court intervenes in Sioux City casino case
(Iowa) -- An Iowa Supreme Court justice has given hope to the builders of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City that they might not have to stop construction...

12/19/2013

article Sioux City Council members welcome latest court decision on Hard Rock casino
(Iowa) -- An Iowa Supreme Court justice’s decision to temporarily block a stay against the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s gaming license was hailed as an...
article Supreme Court weighs in on Sioux City casino project
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has temporarily stayed an order by a Polk County judge issued on December 10th that blocked the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’...

12/15/2013

article Court ruling casts cloud over Hard Rock construction
(Iowa) -- With 112 employees, CW Suter Services is Siouxland's largest HVAC contractor. Never before in the family business' 87 years, though, has it landed a...
article Hard Rock case: Courts rarely reverse gaming commission decisions
(Iowa) -- High-stakes legal disputes like the one that threatens development of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City are a common occurrence, gaming legal experts...
article LETTER: A year is too long to wait
(Iowa) -- While I am not an avid gambler, I am a concerned citizen who feels the controversy on casino gambling is disturbing. The issues in this controversy have been a...
article LETTER: Casino worker: What about our jobs?
(Iowa) -- I cannot believe that the Journal has the gall to assert that the Hard Rock construction stoppage will now cause lost jobs. Where was the paper when all of our...
article LETTER: Decision should be made locally
(Iowa) -- Well, I guess that the Argosy casino has gotten what it wanted. A judge from Des Moines is going to decide what's best for the people of Sioux City.

12/14/2013

article Hard Rock decision: How we ended up here
(Iowa) -- Tuesday's decision is the latest in a complicated history involving the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the Argosy Casino Sioux City. Visit...

12/4/2013

article Sioux City lawmaker calls for moratorium on gaming licenses
(Iowa) -- Calling the Iowa Legislature “addicted to gaming at the budget level,” a Sioux City lawmaker is calling for a moratorium on gambling licenses.

11/22/2013

article Gaming regulators deny new Argosy Sioux City's nonprofit plan
(Iowa) -- State gaming regulators on Thursday denied Argosy Sioux City's bid to redirect a portion of the floating casino profits to a different nonprofit group.

11/12/2013

article Judge: Sioux City casino must pay nonprofit group
(Iowa) -- An Iowa judge says the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino must pay a nonprofit group a portion of its revenue while both sides battle in court over their...

10/29/2013

article Excavator falls into building being demolished at Hard Rock site
(Iowa) -- An excavator falls into a building, as construction crews continue their work at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino site in downtown Sioux City.

10/12/2013

article New Hard Rock casino GM disciplined by state for past action
(Iowa) -- The developer of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City on Friday defended the hiring of general manager Todd Moyer, who has come under scrutiny for an...

10/1/2013

article Hearing set in Argosy-Hard Rock Sioux City case
(Iowa) -- A hearing over Penn National Gaming Co.'s bid to temporarily halt construction on the proposed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City will be held Oct. 10...

9/18/2013

article Argosy owner asks court to halt Hard Rock casino work in Sioux City
(Iowa) -- The owner of the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino has asked an Iowa judge to stop construction of a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in downtown Sioux City.
article Penn National Gaming asks Iowa court to force Hard Rock International to halt construction of new urban casino project
(Iowa) -- The owner of the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino has asked a state judge to stop construction on a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in downtown Sioux City.

9/16/2013

article Penn files motion to stop Hard Rock construction
(Iowa) -- The owner of the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino asked a state judge Monday to halt work on the proposed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

8/25/2013

article Hard Rock group formally breaks ground on downtown Sioux City projet
(Iowa) -- Several hundred people turned out Aug. 16 to celebrate the start of construction for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City. As backers of the $128.5...
article THE REGULARS: MRHD needs more than 'window-dressing' changes
(Iowa) -- It was a big deal. In a landmark announcement this past April, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) awarded a state gaming license for a new land-based...

8/16/2013

article Downtown Sioux City casino to break ground
(Iowa) -- A ground-breaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be held in downtown Sioux City Friday. Plans call for the 100,000-square-foot gaming and...
article READY, SET, BUILD: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino breaks ground
(Iowa) -- While supporters of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino threw shovelfuls of dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, a fleet of excavators, dump trucks and...

8/15/2013

article Hard Rock developer to state regulators: Construction on track
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is on track to open in mid-summer of 2014, the developer of the $128 million downtown Sioux City project told state regulators...
article Local Contractors Benefiting From Hard Rock Construction
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino finally has it's contractor. Conlon Construction from Dubuque has just landed the job to build the 128 million dollar hotel...

8/13/2013

article Ceremony set for Hard Rock Sioux City casino
(Iowa) -- A ground breaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday. The casino developer, Sioux City...

8/12/2013

article Regulators mull end date for Sioux City floating casino
(Iowa) -- Iowa regulators this week will revisit the status of the state gaming license for the Argosy Sioux City, with a goal of setting an end date for the floating...
article Sioux City casino organizers relocate office
(Iowa) -- The organizers of a Hard Rock-themed casino in Sioux City have relocated their downtown office to a bigger space. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City...

8/10/2013

article Organizers of Sioux City casino relocate office
(Iowa) -- The organizers of a Hard Rock-themed casino in Sioux City have relocated their downtown office to a bigger space. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City...

7/20/2013

article Pharmacy disputes date to vacate building on Sioux City casino site
(Iowa) -- A disagreement over a building lease should not delay the opening of a proposed downtown Sioux City casino, the project's developer said Friday.

7/18/2013

article Organizers say new Sioux City casino on schedule
(Iowa) -- Organizers behind a Hard-Rock themed casino in Sioux City say they're on schedule with construction.
article Sioux City Pharmacy Served Court Papers by Hard Rock Casino
(Iowa) -- A Sioux City pharmacy has been served court papers from the new Sioux City Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

7/9/2013

article $120m Hard Rock development in Sioux City still on
(Iowa) -- Despite some opposition, plans have been approved to build a $120 million Hard Rock Hotel and Casino development on the site of the historic Battery Building...
article Hard Rock developer closes on all property
(Iowa) -- The developer of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino said Tuesday it has finalized its purchase of the historic Battery Building at 323 Water St.

7/7/2013

article Sioux City nonprofit fighting with casino
(Iowa) -- A Sioux City nonprofit and its former casino partner are battling over proceeds from the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino. Casino operator Penn National...

7/2/2013

article Sioux City nonprofit gaming group approves term limits
(Iowa) -- The Missouri River Historical Development board voted Monday to limit their terms and adopt other reforms aimed at strengthening public perceptions of the...
article State gaming panel approves credit agreement for Sioux City Hard Rock
(Iowa) -- The developer behind the planned downtown Sioux City Hard Rock-branded casino says demolition will begin in about 10 days now that the last piece of financing...

7/1/2013

article Sioux City mayor: More input needed on odor ordinance changes
(Iowa) -- The City Council on Monday directed city staff to get more input from large companies that use the Wastewater Treatment Plant about changes to the municipal...

6/27/2013

article Sioux City casino construction forces drag race relocation
(Iowa) -- Construction on the new Sioux City casino has forced RockN Rods drag racers to find a new route for the downtown Sioux City event.
article Sioux City casino developer eyes Credit Suisse financing
(Iowa) -- The developer of the Hard Rock-branded casino planned for downtown Sioux City is in the process of lining up long-term financing that would be arranged by...

6/23/2013

article Legal Costs Soar for Sioux City Casino Nonprofit
(Iowa) -- Documents show that legal costs for Missouri River Historical Development soared last year as the nonprofit group and its former casino partner battled in...

6/21/2013

article Company keeps casino options open in Sioux City
(Iowa) -- Despite losing its bid to build a Hollywood-themed casino in the Sioux City area, Penn National Gaming Co. has decided to keep control of the two properties it...

6/20/2013

article Penn National Keeps Casino Options in Sioux City
(Iowa) -- Penn National Gaming Co. says it will hold onto control of two properties used to bid for a land-based casino in the Sioux City area. The Sioux City Journal...

6/12/2013

article MRHD disputes petition for third party request
(Iowa) -- Until a new casino is built in Sioux City should someone other than MRHD keep tabs on the gaming money that's meant for the community? That question and a...
article Sioux City casino stops payments to nonprofit gaming partner
(Iowa) -- As part of an ongoing contract dispute with its estranged nonprofit gaming partner, the Argosy Sioux City stopped making monthly revenue-sharing payments...

6/11/2013

article Penn Gaming takes more legal action over Sioux City casino
(Iowa) -- The company that runs the casino riverboat in Sioux City, but lost its bid to build the new land-based casino, is taking more legal action. Penn Gaming has...

6/6/2013

article IRGC Will Not Reconsider Its Choice of Hard Rock Casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has decided not to act on a request by Penn National Gaming Inc. to reconsider it's April 18th decision to give a...
article Panel upholds Hard Rock Sioux City decision
(Iowa) -- State gaming regulators let stand Thursday its selection two months ago of a Hard Rock-branded casino for downtown Sioux City.
article Regulators reject bid for re-vote on Sioux City gambling license
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission today refused to reconsider its April 18 approval of a land-based casino license for Sioux City.

6/4/2013

article Sioux City Council votes to vacate Pearl, fund Hard Rock casino plan
(Iowa) -- Advancing plans for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the City Council gave final approval Monday to $22 million in tax-increment financing for the $120...
article UPDATE: City Finalizes and Approves Hard Rock Casino Plans
(Iowa) -- Part of Monday night's approved site plan hands the section of Pearl Street between 3rd and 4th Streets over to Sioux City Entertainment for Hard Rock'...

6/2/2013

article Sioux City Council to deliver key vote on Hard Rock
(Iowa) -- A negotiated deal that would infuse the $120 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City with $22 million in tax-increment financial appears headed for...

5/26/2013

article Petition calls for mayor to resign
(Iowa) -- A petition is demanding the mayor of Sioux City resign over his role in replacing the Argosy riverboat casino with a Hard Rock-branded facility.

5/23/2013

article Casino petition calls for Iowa mayor to resign
(Iowa) -- An online petition is demanding that the mayor of Sioux City resign over his role in replacing the Argosy riverboat casino with a Hard Rock-branded facility.
article Hard Rock developer makes 1st payment for Iowa gaming license
(Iowa) -- The developer of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City said Thursday it has paid the first installment of a $20 million state licensing fee to the Iowa...

5/21/2013

article Penn Gaming files court action over Sioux City gambling license
(Iowa) -- The company that runs the Argosy Riverboat Casino in Sioux City has filed a court action asking a judge to overturn the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission...
article Sioux City casino decision goes to court
(Iowa) -- The owner of the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino has asked an Iowa judge to block a rival land-based casino project from moving forward.

5/16/2013

article Hard Rock Pearl Street Plans Stir Up Controversy
(Iowa) -- A bit of controversy is stirring around the Hard Rock Casino plan, specifically construction along Pearl Street. Sioux City's Planning and Zoning...

5/12/2013

article Some balk at Pearl Street changes for new Sioux City casino
(Iowa) -- A one-block stretch of Pearl Street would remain open for traffic, but at reduced speeds, under a revised plan for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City.

5/9/2013

article Argosy riverboat files challenge to Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City
(Iowa) -- The owner of the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino is petitioning Iowa gaming regulators for awarding another company a license to build a land-based casino.
article Penn disagrees with selection of Sioux City casino
(Iowa) -- The owner of the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino says Iowa gaming regulators violated rules and ignored improprieties when it awarded another company a...

5/8/2013

article Penn asks Iowa regulators to overturn Hard Rock casino selection
(Iowa) -- The owner of the Argosy Sioux City petitioned Iowa gaming regulators Wednesday to overturn their decision last month to replace the gambling boat with a Hard...

5/7/2013

article Hard Rock hotel rooms headed for landmark Sioux City warehouse
(Iowa) -- In a design change, the top two floors of the historic Battery Building will be converted into hotel rooms for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the project...
article OUR OPINION: Hard Rock construction should begin in July
(Iowa) -- Perhaps the biggest piece of news we learned from our editorial board meeting with Bill Warner, president of Sioux City Entertainment, on Tuesday was the fact...

5/6/2013

article Developer: Hard Rock Casino on track for July 2014 opening
(Iowa) -- The proposed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City remains on track to open in July 2014, the downtown project's lead developer said Monday.
article Warner: Work on Hard Rock Casino to start in July
(Iowa) -- In two months crews will break ground on Sioux City's newest casino. Monday night, Sioux City Entertainment President Bill Warner updated it's new non-...

4/29/2013

article City council approves development agreement for Hard Rock Casino Hotel
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Casino Hotel is on the fast track to completion. By a 3-to-1 vote, Sioux City city council members approve a development agreement for the casino...
article Sioux City Council sets Hard Rock agreement for a vote on June 3
(Iowa) -- City Councilman Keith Radig on Monday opposed spending $22 million to help build the newly licensed Hard Rock Casino downtown and voted against setting a...

4/28/2013

article Ready to rock
(Iowa) -- Add Sioux City to Hard Rock’s list of global destinations. Construction starts this summer on a Hard Rock-branded casino and hotel centered around the...

4/27/2013

article Owner of historic Sioux City hotel rethinks options after casino bid sinks
(Iowa) -- Iowa gaming regulators dashed Lew Weinberg's latest hopes of restoring the historic Warrior Hotel to its former grandeur.

4/26/2013

article City to casino developer: No other Hard Rocks within 100 miles of Sioux City
(Iowa) -- A city development agreement for a new downtown casino requires the project builder to guarantee that no other Hard Rock-branded gaming venues will open near...

4/24/2013

article EXCLUSIVE: After Hard Rock win, MRHD cashes nearly $1 million in Argosy checks
(Iowa) -- Last Thursday, Missouri River Historical Development cashed seven months' worth of checks totaling nearly $1 million from the Argosy Sioux City riverboat...
article Hard Rock Casino to be built in Sioux City
(Iowa) -- Sioux City Entertainment will build a Hard Rock Casino in northwest Iowa’s Sioux City after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission awarded a gambling...

4/21/2013

article Tight deadline means Sioux City casino work will start by summer
(Iowa) -- Backers of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City relished in a hard-fought victory Thursday. With the clock ticking on a new state deadline, they quickly...

4/20/2013

article Business owners welcome casino as new neighbor
(Iowa) -- Downtown Sioux City business owners say they're hopeful the proposed Hard Rock Casino will bring new opportunities to their neighborhood.

4/19/2013

article Hard Rock Casino to be built in northwest Iowa’s Sioux City following gaming commission vote
(Iowa) -- Sioux City Entertainment will build a Hard Rock Casino in northwest Iowa’s Sioux City after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission awarded a gambling...
article Hard Rock picked to build $118M hotel/casino in Sioux City
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has voted to award a casino license to a group that will bring a land-based casino to Sioux City.
article Supporters hope Hard Rock casino spurs downtown Sioux City renaissance
(Iowa) -- Las Vegas. Buenos Aires. Stockholm. New Delhi. Sioux City. One of the world's most recognizable entertainment brands is coming to western Iowa — and...

4/18/2013

article Analysis: Amenities were key in Woodbury County casino pick
(Iowa) -- In the end, it came down to the amenities. With four qualified onshore casino applicants from which to choose, the five Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission...
article CASINO DECISION: It's Hard Rock Sioux City
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on Thursday awarded a casino license for a developer to create a Hard Rock-branded casino in downtown Sioux City.
article Shock, joy spread as Sioux City casino selection is announced
(Iowa) -- Driving back from Des Moines on Interstate 29 Thursday, Westwood school district Superintendent Lance Ridgely pulled over and checked his email. Up popped the...
article Sioux City To Be Home Of “Hard Rock Casino”
(Iowa) -- Sioux City will soon have a glowing 30-foot electric guitar added to its skyline — advertising the Hard Rock Casino.
article Sioux City to get downtown Hard Rock casino
(Iowa) -- Sioux City’s new hard-won casino will be a Hard Rock. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved a gambling license Thursday for a downtown Hard Rock...

4/17/2013

article Iowa gaming regulators mum on historic vote Thursday
(Iowa) -- On the eve of a historic vote that will determine the future of casino betting in Woodbury County, state gaming regulators were keeping their cards close to...
article Journal to provide live coverage of casino meeting
(Iowa) -- Visit siouxcityjournal.com at 4 p.m. Wednesday for a live preview of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission meeting from Council Bluffs, Iowa, where members on...

4/15/2013

article Casino Decision a Few Days Away
(Iowa) -- The clock is winding down on the long awaited decision from the Iowa Racing and Gaming commission on who will build a new indoor gambling casino in Woodbury...

4/14/2013

article Process to create Woodbury County land casino nears finish
(Iowa) -- A long and dizzying ride is set to end Thursday. Culminating five months of deliberations, Iowa gaming regulators will pick one of four land-based casino...

4/10/2013

article Poll: Hard Rock wins majority support
(Iowa) -- A majority of Woodbury County residents favor a Hard Rock-branded casino over two other options being considered for a state gaming license, according to a new...
article The Siouxland Initiative commissions study of land-based casino proposals
(Iowa) -- The economic development arm of the Siouxland Chamber has commissioned a Nevada research company to compare the four land-based casino plans proposed for...

3/31/2013

article OP/ED: A tale of two gaming cities
(Iowa) -- The bus doors open to a red carpet flanked by an eager crowd and a marching band. Iowa’s Racing and Gaming Commission members arrive smiling, wave and...

3/28/2013

article Location choices are narrowed for new Siouxland casino
(Iowa) -- Gambling regulators are now about three weeks away from making a decision on the operator for a new land-based casino to replace the current riverboat casino...

3/27/2013

article Gambling regulators will tour Sioux City sites
(Iowa) -- Candidates to operate a land-based casino in Sioux City have been getting ready for visits by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
article Regulators closer to selecting operator for new Sioux City casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is now about three weeks away from making a decision on the operator for a new land-based casino that will replace the...

3/26/2013

article Hundreds attend hearing on Sioux City casino
(Iowa) -- Hundreds of people expressed opinions about four different plans for a land-based casino in the Sioux City area on Tuesday, speaking for nearly three hours at...

3/23/2013

article Gaming regulators to tour Woodbury County casino sites
(Iowa) -- It comes down to this. A state panel tasked with awarding a license to one of four land-based casino proposals travels to Sioux City this week to give the...

3/20/2013

article Sioux City Casino Contenders Push For Support
(Iowa) -- What new casino plan do you like best for Sioux City? With just six days until an important public hearing and tour of the proposed sites, the contenders are...

3/17/2013

article Downtown Sioux City church holds casino conversation
(Iowa) -- A land-based casino promises to bring new economic opportunities to downtown Sioux City. However, one proposal is also creating concerns for neighbors.

3/15/2013

article Penn National Gaming releases second study on Tax Increment Financing
(Iowa) -- After a public hearing, and a visit to the four possible casino sites, on March 26th, members of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will vote at their April...

3/8/2013

article Grand Falls Manager: New Sioux City casino shouldn't hurt business
(Iowa) -- Grand Falls Casino Resort opened almost two years ago, near Larchwood, Iowa. Managers say business has been great.
article Sioux City casino license not renewed
(Iowa) -- Iowa regulators have not renewed the gambling license for the floating Argosy casino in Sioux City. But the cards still will be dealt and bets will be made...

3/7/2013

article Background checks on Sioux City casino hopefuls show no surprises
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission held a closed-door session Thursday to get an update from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on the background...
article Casino competitors question Penn's study
(Iowa) -- A new study, which was commissioned by Penn National Gaming, says if either one of its two competitors are awarded Woodbury County's new casino license,...

3/4/2013

article Iowa casino regulators to hear background checks
(Iowa) -- State casino regulators are scheduled this week to hear reports on the background checks done on applicants for a casino license in Sioux City.

3/3/2013

article Iowa casino regulators to hear background checks
(Iowa) -- State casino regulators are scheduled this week to hear reports on the background checks done on applicants for a casino license in Sioux City.

3/2/2013

article Iowa gaming regulators scrutinize casino bidders
(Iowa) -- State investigators are wrapping up months of exhaustive background checks on companies and key individuals involved with proposals for a new land-based casino...

2/28/2013

article Supervisors decide against supporting casino proposal
(Iowa) -- The Plymouth County Supervisors will not sign a letter of support for the proposed Warrior Casino & Hotel. Earlier this month Brian Chamberlain, director...

2/24/2013

article Sioux City casino plans give church pause
(Iowa) -- Before Sunday morning worship services, members of First Presbyterian Church gather for an hour of coffee and socializing. The talk lately has turned to a...

2/20/2013

article Penn National Gaming files objection to Sioux City Entertainment financing
(Iowa) -- Penn National Gaming, the owner of Sioux City's Argosy Casino, has filed an objection to a financing proposal by Sioux City Entertainment.

2/15/2013

article Hard Rock Hotel and Casino officials to answer questions at mall
(Iowa) -- Representatives of the proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sioux City will be at Southern Hills Mall on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to discuss the plans.

2/13/2013

article LETTER: Ho-Chunk casino proposal is best
(Iowa) -- Who should be picked for the new Sioux City casino? Ho-Chunk, Inc., of course, for the following reasons: First is the location - right in the middle of...

2/5/2013

article MRHD looks to divert new casino revenue toward business developments
(Iowa) -- In anticipation of the new revenue a land-based casino would generate, the non-profit arm that holds Sioux City's gaming license says its looking for more...

2/3/2013

article Casino bidding creates uncertain future for Lewis & Clark
(Iowa) -- The future of Sioux City's Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is as murky as the Missouri River that runs alongside it. The Lewis & Clark and...
article Nonprofit casino groups offer competing visions
(Iowa) -- Since riverboat gambling rolled into Sioux City in 1992, Missouri River Historical Development has handed nearly $21 million in casino revenues to an array of...
article Profiles: Greater Siouxland Improvement Association
(Iowa) -- The Greater Siouxland Improvement Association, or GSIA, is the local nonprofit group applying for a state gaming license with Penn National Gaming Co.,...
article Profiles: Siouxland Strong Inc.
(Iowa) -- Siouxland Strong Inc. is the local nonprofit group aligned with developers of the proposed Warrior Casino & Hotel. Siouxland Strong directors include:

1/28/2013

article City leaders sign off on Argosy agreement
(Iowa) -- After months of negotiations, the city of Sioux City has signed a lease extension with the Argosy Casino. The 12-month extension keeps the rent the same, and...
article SC City Council Approves Argosy Casino Dock Lease Agreement
(Iowa) -- Promising news Monday night for the over 300 employees at the Argosy Casino. The Sioux City City Council voted to approve the dock lease agreement between the...

1/25/2013

article Hard Rock developers give local preservationalists tour of Battery
(Iowa) -- Passionate about Sioux City's rich architectural history, Jim Jung jumped at the chance Friday to take a look inside one of downtown's most prominent...
article Siouxlanders Get Second Tour of Battery Building, Future Site of Possible Hard Rock Casino
(Iowa) -- On Friday, Siouxlanders toured the Battery Building in Sioux City, the future site for a possible Hard Rock Casino, for a second time hoping to get more...

1/23/2013

article Hard Rock Vegas offers Siouxlanders special hotel rate
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is offering Siouxland residents a special rate at the hotel to check out the property.

1/22/2013

article Hard Rock Casino Gets Additional Financial Backing
(Iowa) -- One of the proposed casino projects for Woodbury County is getting some big backing. The Hard Rock Casino and Hotel announced $30-$35 million in new financial...
article Other Operators Respond To News Of Hard Rock's Amended Financial Plan
(Iowa) -- A long-time Iowa casino businessman has agreed to invest up to $35 million to the Hard Rock Casino project and this has some other operators saying that Hard...

1/10/2013

article State panel hears pitches for Woodbury County casino
(Iowa) -- The four groups vying to open a land-based casino in Woodbury County pulled out all the stops Thursday to convince state regulators their proposal is the best.
article Casino Gaming Operators Laid Out Proposals In Altoona
(Iowa) -- On Thursday, the three-proposed gaming operators, Ho-Chunk Inc., Sioux City Entertainment and Penn National Gaming, laid out their proposals to The Iowa Racing...
article Eye on Business: Warrior backers pitch casino plans to state regulators
(Iowa) -- Backers of the Warrior Casino & Hotel just finished pitching their plans to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The presentation featured a slickly-...
article Three potential developers pitch casino projects for Sioux City
(Iowa) -- Developers who hope to win a state license for a new, land-based casino in Sioux City made their pitches to state regulators today. The Ho-Chunk Tribe proposes...
article Sioux City casino operator pledge hundreds of new jobs
(Iowa) -- In the sweepstakes for a new Woodbury County casino, the local economy already stands to be a big winner. The three developers competing to replace the Argosy...
article State approves Argosy lease extension with Sioux City
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission gave its blessing Thursday to an agreement that extends the Argosy Sioux City's expiring riverfront lease for up to...

1/7/2013

article Sioux City budgets $25 million for casino
(Iowa) -- A proposed city spending plan for the next fiscal year includes a $25 million incentive package to help create a downtown casino.

1/5/2013

article Penn National buses Siouxland leaders to Kansas City
(Kansas) -- The nation's second largest gaming company took a hand full of Siouxland leaders to Kansas City, Saturday. The group loaded a bus, and drove more than...
article Penn shows off Kansas City casino to Siouxland delegation
(Kansas) -- Colin Ross came away impressed Saturday after close-up look at a Kansas City area casino sporting the same Hollywood theme as a one proposed for Woodbury...
article Sioux City leaders to tour Kansas City Hollywood Casino
(Kansas) -- A group of Siouxland leaders are scheduled to take a bus trip Saturday to tour Penn National Gaming Co.'s the $411 million Hollywood Casino at Kansas...
article Siouxland Leaders Tour "Hollywood Casino" in Kansas City
(Kansas) -- It's more than just pictures and presentations now. On Saturday, about forty Siouxland leaders and community members toured Penn National Gaming's...

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