The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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February 20, 2014

Wild Rose numbers down

CLINTON — Despite a decrease in January’s proceeds, Wild Rose Casino and Resort Interim General Manager Gus Linke expects to see better times ahead.

“People are itching to get outside and tax refund money is starting to come in,” Linke said Wednesday at the Clinton County Development Association meeting.

He added that March is typically a better month for the casino.

Iowa gaming numbers were down 4.3 percent in January and the Wild Rose saw a $350,000, or 13.2 percent decrease, from last year. The Wild Rose’s market — the Quad-Cities and Dubuque area — was down almost 15 percent. Linke attributed the decline to the harsh winter, adding that all but one of the weekends were impacted by bad weather.

“Anytime you lose a weekend, it’s devastating to your business,” Linke said. “You count that (weekend business) to carry you most of the time.”

While February’s numbers are down slightly, Linke expects to finish the month strong. The casino will host recording artist Phil Vassar on Sunday. Linke said concerts, such as this one, seem to pull in good, particularly a younger, crowds.

The Wild Rose also is seeing changes in its buffet and food service. Some of the suites and the casino floor itself have been redecorated recently.

“We have a lot of things headed in the right direction,” Linke said.

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