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White Earth Reservation, Shooting Star Casino raise minimum wage to $16 an hour


March 18, 2021

Shooting Star Casino, on the White Earth Reservation in Mahnomen, is raising the minimum wage for hundreds of employees to $16 an hour.

To help attract and retain more workers in a competitive market, the White Earth Nation and the Shooting Star Casino in northwestern Minnesota are boosting their minimum wage to $16 an hour.

The new starting wage, which includes hourly wages and tips, takes effect later this month. It is a considerable boost for the casino's tipped employees, who previously started around $8 an hour, as well as non-tipped employees for whom the entry-level wages were around $10 to $11 an hour.

"A lot of the jobs down in Detroit Lakes were getting up to $15 or $14 an hour starting point," said Michael Fairbanks, White Earth Nation tribal chairman. "As a council, we wanted to be competitive and also wanted a better quality of life for our members and our team members."


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