State approves C.O.D. gaming |

State approves C.O.D. gaming

Staff Reports
Original brick work and wood trusses will be featured in the interior design of the casino.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

A nonrestricted gaming license was approved for the C.O.D. Casino in Minden, even as workers complete their task of converting the former C.O.D. Garage.

The approval included conditions that the surveillance cameras be working and that the artwork for the chips or tokens be approved by the gaming control board enforcement division.

The board met Thursday.

It’s been a half-dozen years since casino owner Scott Tate pitched a plan to convert the old C.O.D. Garage into a casino.

Tate expects to have the work done by the end of summer.

Built in 1911, and vacant since 2003, the C.O.D. Garage was one of the oldest operating commercial garages in the United States.

Original plans called for a museum, bakery and spa within the complex. Tate said the project is “pay-as-you-go,” and he is still planning a food venue.

The C.O.D. Garage was named after Clarence O. Dangberg. Fred “Brick” Hellwinkel started out at the garage in 1912 as a mechanic and became a full partner in 1919.

The project also includes a parking lot in excess of 75 spaces built in an empty lot across from the casino.

Tate said the C.O.D. Casino reflects his company’s commitment to its employees and the community.