Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts recently recognized the cities of Stillwater and Two Harbors for their work implementing water quality protection and arts projects. At the May 7th Stillwater City Council meeting and at the May 28th Two Harbors City Council meeting, the organizations presented the cities with plaques highlighting the work of local legacy partners and the communities enthusiastic embrace of the goals of Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment.
In 2008, the voters of Minnesota overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which added 3/8 of one percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.
Since the Legacy Amendment’s inception, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts have worked throughout the state to highlight communities that best demonstrate the intent of the Amendment. Be it with cleaner lakes, protected habitat, expanded trails or public art projects, every resident of Minnesota has benefited from the program.
This year, nine cities will be recognized for their roles in utilizing Legacy funding to make their communities better for residents and visitors alike. This year’s Legacy Destinations are: Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Hastings, Maplewood, Nisswa, Plymouth, Rushford, Stillwater, and Two Harbors.