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Mille Lacs Band of Ojjibwe to upgrade St. Paul hotel

ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul hotel being bought by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe will become more upscale this year.

The band announced Tuesday that it will change the Crown Plaza into the InterContinental Hotel. The hotel was purchased in March and will undergo renovation this year.

“We knew the current franchise agreement was coming to an end and this was a great opportunity to refresh the entire property,” said Joe Nayquonabe Jr., commissioner of corporate affairs for the band.

In moving the facility to a higher level, the band said it would renovate every room, expanding bathrooms and adding new furniture and fixtures. Common areas such as meeting rooms and the lobby also will be upgraded.

“We’re excited to become an iconic and upscale InterContinental hotel,” Nayquonabe said. “This exceptional product, coupled with the world-class leadership of Graves Hospitality Inc., will ensure its long-term success.”

- FNS Minnesota Capitol Bureau
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