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CM Press Release: Minnesota Legacy Destination Weekends Showcase Amendment-Funded Projects Bemidji, Cook County, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud and Willmar Lakes Featured

For Immediate Release  April 23, 2012

Contacts: Joan Hummel, Explore Minnesota Tourism, 651-757-1850

Paul Austin, Conservation Minnesota, 612-767-2444

Sheila Smith, MN Citizens for the Arts, 651-251-0868

Minnesota Legacy Destination Weekends Showcase Amendment-Funded Projects Bemidji, Cook County, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud and Willmar Lakes Featured

 Five Minnesota communities are holding Legacy Destination Weekends, one each in May through September, featuring arts, history and outdoors activities to showcase projects funded through the Legacy Amendment.  In 2008, Minnesota’s voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that provides funding to natural resources, arts and culture, and parks and trails projects across the state.  The Legacy Destination program is a collaboration of Explore Minnesota Tourism, Conservation Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and the host communities.

The events include an eclectic mix of activities, such as art exhibits, concerts or theater performances, naturalist programs, historic site events and exhibits, or guided hikes, bike rides or canoe trips.  Each Legacy Destination has designed its own weekend to highlight local cultural and outdoors assets, including those that received Legacy Amendment support.

“Legacy Destination Weekends are a fun, creative way to show Minnesotans the results of their support,” said John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota Tourism. “The events are designed to draw visitors to communities, as well as engage area residents.”

This is the second year of the Legacy Destination program.  The participating communities applied to participate in the program, which required that at least three Legacy Amendment funded projects be included in the weekend event.  Funding through the Legacy Amendment has been awarded statewide to clean up rivers and lakes, create trails, protect historical items, and fund art and history projects across the state.

“Minnesotans voted to dedicate funds to our state’s great resources,” said Paul Austin, executive director of Conservation Minnesota, “and they can see the results first-hand at these Legacy Destinations.”

“These five fun weekends let Minnesotans enjoy the great things that are happening in the arts and outdoors because of the Legacy Amendment,” said Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.

The 2012 schedule for Legacy Destination Weekends:

May 17-19, Detroit Lakes

June 11-15, Bemidji

July 19-22, St. Cloud

August 17-19, Willmar Lakes Area (New London, Spicer, Willmar)

September 8-16, Cook County (Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail and area).

For more details on the Legacy Weekends, check out www.exploreminnesota.com/legacy.

About Explore Minnesota Tourism

As the state’s tourism office, Explore Minnesota Tourism pursues an entrepreneurial approach, leveraging the state’s tourism investment with increased involvement by the private sector. A council of representatives from the state’s tourism industry strongly connects Explore Minnesota Tourism with tourism businesses and organizations. Tourism is an $11.3 billion industry in Minnesota, a key sector of the state’s economy. The leisure and hospitality industry, a major provider of tourism services, employs more than 235,000, representing 11 percent of private sector employment.  Leisure and hospitality also generates 17 percent of state sales tax revenues.

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is a statewide arts advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure opportunity for all people to have access to and involvement in the arts. MCA organizes the arts community and lobbies the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress on issues pertaining to the nonprofit arts and conducts original research. MCA works with over 40,000 arts advocates in Minnesota. For more information on MCA, this project or facts and figures about the arts in Minnesota, view MCA’s website: www.mncitizensforthearts.org.

Conservation Minnesota is a statewide nonprofit organization devoted to protecting the Minnesota you love.  The work of Conservation Minnesota is guided by your values and priorities. We listen to Minnesotans and focus on solving the conservation problems that matter most to you. We work to provide reliable information to help you make important decisions for your family and community. Learn more at ConservationMinnesota.org.

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