In our ongoing efforts to be as transparent as we can, the Bois Forte Tribal Council would like to announce that we’ve been in preliminary discussions with the Eveleth City Council to explore the possibility of opening a gas station, similar to the Y Store.
The store would be located where Highway 53 and the off-ramp onto Highway 37 East that heads toward Gilbert. It is still early in the discussion stages, but we would envision the store being a state-of-the-art facility with charging stations, propane filling, car and truck wash, bait store, deli, and convenience store items. This proposed business is not on trust land, and we do have the opportunity to add a liquor store.
To date, MNDOT has done a vehicle analysis (traffic count). We are now working on a marketing study to give us even more insight as to whether this is a project we want to pursue. Furthermore, we are also exploring other potential funding opportunities for Eveleth and Bois Forte to get this project up and running. Rest assured, we will look out for the best interests of all band members before entering into any agreement.
We will be holding a public hearing in October at Fortune Bay Resort Casino to provide more details on this proposed business venture, and, of, course, to answer any questions you may have. The date and time of the public hearing will be announced in the coming weeks.
Bois Forte Tribal Council