By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
When she was a girl, Amy Ankerson remembers when the Lady Luck Casino, then the Miss Marquette, opened in Marquette 20 years ago, on Dec. 26, 1994.
“We saw the lights driving home from La Crosse,” she recalled. “I thought it was a UFO. It was the talk of the communities.”
Now Lady Luck’s Director of Marketing Operations, Ankerson explained how, when the casino first opened for business, there were so many visitors, casino team members couldn’t even park in the lot.
“People waited to get on the [Miss Marquette] when it cruised,” added executive chef Robert Weaver, who’s worked at the casino since day one, when he started as a sous chef. Weaver remembered working 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. shifts all week. “It was non-stop, just crazy,” he said.