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Treasure Island makes waves with new spa, water park

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Prairie Island spiritual leader Art Owen sings and talks of sharing bounty as Tribal Council President Shelley Buck waits Tuesday to open Treasure Island Resort & Casino’s Lagoon water park and Wave Spa. (Republican Eagle photos by Anne Jacobson) 2 / 2

The Prairie Island Mdewakanton settled here, in part, because of the gifts the Mississippi River waters bring. Now a river of fun and prosperity runs through the tribe’s Treasure Island Resort & Casino with the new Lagoon water park and Waves Spa.

And buried beneath this new venture, spiritual leader Art Owen said, is a buffalo heart — the animal so generous to the Dakota people.

“That generosity is there for all of you,” Owen told the crowd gathered for Tuesday’s grand opening.

“The Lagoon water park and Wave Spa are key elements in the continued growth of Treasure Island,” Tribal Council President Shelley Buck said. “These new amenities will truly round out the resort aspect of what we offer our guests and will position us to be the favorite Midwest vacation destination.”

The Lagoon has two 276-foot body slides that loop outside the building before depositing swimmers at the end of an 80-foot plunge pool that at the other ends has a toucan slide and several water features geared toward children.

The water park also features a 320-foot lazy river with rapids, a water fall and an island that has benches and lounge chairs. Adults can enjoy a lap pool and the Barefoot Bar, Minnesota’s only swim-up bar with tables and seating in the water. A state-of-the-art eco green filtration system uses natural sphagnum moss as a pre-filter water conditioner for the 119,000 gallons circulating in the Lagoon’s river and pools. This is much healthier for swimmers than relying solely on chemicals, officials noted.

Wristbands will cost $14.95 per day. Hotel guests will receive passes and regular casino patrons are eligible for discounts. The old pool connected to the hotel is closed.

Next door is the Wave Spa, with a full service salon that offers hair services, manicures/pedicures, facials, waxing, make-up and nail services. Guests can choose from a variety of massages and spa packages. The relaxation room has a wall fire feature, lounge chairs and can accommodate up to 12 people.

The adjacent fitness center boasts the latest technology in bikes, elliptical and treadmill equipment.

All are smoke-free facilities.

“The Lagoon water park and Wave Spa will offer a whole new level of fun and entertainment at Treasure Island, giving our guests even more reasons to visit,” said Eddie Lynn, general manager of Treasure Island.

Buck touted the economic impact.

“We have hired more than 30 new team members, with payroll and benefit value of over $500,000 annually. Treasure Island now employs more than 1,500 people,” she said. Also noted were the 80 construction jobs created during this project.

“It is important to our tribe and Treasure Island to be a destination of choice in southern Minnesota, bringing in more visitors and tourists to the area. This benefits all of the neighboring businesses in the area,” Buck said before the full Tribal Council cut the ribbon.

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 

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