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Minnesota Tourism Growth Coalition honors Ward

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The Minnesota Tourism Growth Coalition recognized Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, and Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, with the Tourism Leadership Award.

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The Minnesota Legislature significantly increased tourism funding last session by boosting the Explore Minnesota Tourism budget by 66 percent. After years of declining funding, Explore Minnesota Tourism is poised to reach more markets and draw more visitors to all parts of the state.

“I’m incredibly honored by this award,” said Ward. “Tourism is invaluable in our area and affects so many either directly or indirectly. The growth and prosperity of our tourism industry helps create jobs and appreciation for the natural beauty of our region.”

“Living in the northwoods, I’ve seen firsthand how residents rely on tourism dollars to feed their families and make a living. Minnesota is a beautiful state, and I believe investing in marketing to promote that fact, and draw in more visitors is money well spent. I’d like to thank the Minnesota Tourism Growth Coalition for this honor,” said Saxhaug.

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