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Prairie Waters recently surveyed its members and found continued interest in a regional approach to promoting tourism, despite the loss of some members in the past year due to budget cutbacks. Lucy and Ben Tokheim row a hand-crafted Norwegian priam on Lac qui Parle Lake at the Minnesota Highway 40 bridge. The lake and adjoining wildlife area are among the region's natural resources promoted to visitors. Tribune file photo

Tight budgets thinned its ranks, but remaining members positive

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APPLETON -- It is a challenge to keep a regional tourism collaborative together.

Its member counties and communities sometimes have competing interests and differing ideas of what to do.


And right now, all are facing tight budgets and greater demands on their resources.

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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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