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TOURISM

Despite the operating loss, the 2021 Fair drew 1.3 million attendees
The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to remove trees from the Smoky Hills State Forest before it resurfaces Highway 34 in 2023.
While Grand Marais is a year-round destination, these colder months are certainly its more off-season time. This means lodging is less expensive and the town isn’t overflowing with people — all pluses for me, as I was looking for a quiet and relatively inexpensive getaway.
Bentleyville organizers are still looking for volunteers to pick up shifts.

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The Swift County Board is seeking federal funds for improvements at the Appleton Off-Highway Vehicle Park while separately working to acquire more land. The commissioners and Appleton Sportsmen's Club representatives discussed how the park and the club's shooting range adjacent to the park can safely co-exist and possibly benefit each other.
Lauren Bennett McGinty, Executive Director of the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild, will assume her new role as director of Explore Minnesota Tourism on Nov. 15.
That means that even in the dead of winter, in the self-proclaimed “Icebox of the Nation,” Smokey will remain shirtless.
Located in the former Mill Pond Mercantile building in downtown New London, the 7,500-square-foot Lucky Duck is filled floor to ceiling with shelves of games, toys, puzzles, books and opportunities for hands-on play. There’s also hand-dipped ice cream, popcorn and old-fashioned sweet treats in the two-story toy store with a mission of fun.
A recently completed economic impact study was designed to help local officials make informed decisions.
The manager of emergency and ambulance services at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center doesn’t want to rely so heavily on luck and good Samaritans to provide medical care to cyclists using the trail system, should they need it. He said from the time his crew received the call for service until they loaded the injured cyclist to be airlifted, three hours passed.

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The 22-mile system is mostly challenging, rock and technical. But it does offer casual riders some smoother trails.
Spanning 50 acres with more than 100 sculptures on display, Franconia draws thousands of visitors each year — and that number rose from 180,000 during 2020 to 200,000 in 2021, one of Franconia’s highest attendance years yet.
The treetop cabins have become such popular rentals that the owners are hard-pressed to find times to use the properties themselves.

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