Convenience or casino?

The Mitchell Planning Commission will review proposals for a new business at the corner of First Avenue and Foster Street at noon Tuesday.

Last week, the City Council heard the first reading of Ordinance #2345 to rezone Lots 11 and 12, Block 13 in Gleeson’s Addition and the first reading of Ordinance #2346 to rezone Lot 10, Block 13 in Gleeson’s Addition.

Councilman Doug Backlund is one of the owners. The other is listed as LAB, LLC. Backlund has recused himself from council discussions and votes on the matter.

Work has been going on at the site for months and a metal building now stands at the site.

The two owners of the lots are seeking permission to open a business there that some neighbors fear will be a casino. Councilman Mel Olson said he opposes the plan but wants to see it move ahead and get a fair hearing rather than “kill it in the crib.”

The meeting will draw a far larger crowd than most Planning Commission gatherings do. We’ll be there to cover it and share what happens.

To view the planners’ agenda, go to