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Granite Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Director Nicole Zempel outlined plans by a group looking to improve access to the Minnesota River for paddlers. She was attending one in a series of listening sessions conducted to improve the quality of life in the Upper Minnesota River Valley region. The latest, Tuesday in Granite Falls, was attended by more than 40 people from around the region. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Listening sessions identify quality-of-life goals in Upper Minnesota Valley region

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GRANITE FALLS -- Partly in response to political gridlock, the Bush Foundation is sponsoring an initiative it calls InCommons.

It promotes face-to-face gatherings in which participants identify the values and interests they share, and work together to reach their common. Hosted by Clean Up our River Environment, three In-Commons "listening sessions'' have been conducted to date in the Upper Minnesota River Valley.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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