MILLE LACS -- Tuesday is the day.
Senior citizens pack up their car or load the bus and head to Grand Casino in Mille Lacs and Hinckley for Senior Tuesdays.
The casino offers senior citizens a 12-page "Sensational Senior Fun Club Book" filled with coupons from lower rate hotel stays to breakfast and dinner specials to deals on gambling, including buy five $1 pull tabs, get one free.
Since June Grand Casino has hosted Senior Tuesdays, said Joe Nayquonabe, Grand Casino director of guest services. Nayquonabe said the casino sees an increase in its clientele in the summer months because of tourism, especially in the number of seniors. He said they thought promoting a day just for seniors would be beneficial.
Tuesday was chosen because it was one of the slower days of the week and it would be more senior citizen friendly, said Nayquonabe.
Nayquonabe said the casino offers seniors a clean, professional place to socialize and a fun place for being entertained. He also said the customer service the casino offers is beneficial to the seniors.
"Many of our workers have been adopted by the seniors," said Nayquonabe. "They are the grandchildren ... It is really neat."
Nayquonabe said the restaurants in the casino also are senior-citizen friendly. He said there are more comfort foods available, such as oatmeal, chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes.
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