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Letters to the Editor: Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew thanks supporters

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew (CLMTBC) would like to extend a hearty "thank you" to all who attended our 2015 annual meeting at the Heartwood Senior Center on Thursday, Jan. 8.

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew (CLMTBC) would like to extend a hearty "thank you" to all who attended our 2015 annual meeting at the Heartwood Senior Center on Thursday, Jan. 8.

It was so heart-warming to see an attendance of more than 120 as we released the results of the 2014 cyclist survey and new master vision for trail expansion. For those not able to attend, we highlighted the following:

• The approximately 700 survey respondents helped us get a picture of the economic impact of cyclists to the Brainerd lakes and Cuyuna lakes areas. Taking that data, Andrew Hook, economist and Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) executive, was able to quantify current impact to a minimum of $2 million annually.

• A master vision trail expansion that will take the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails from their current 25 miles, which is less than a day of riding, to at least three days of riding. This will make the trails an even larger vacation destination. With this three days of riding outlined in the master vision, the economic impact to the region is estimated to grow to $21 million annually.

• The CLMTBC and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will undertake several trail expansion projects in 2015, including a return loop from the Yawkey and Portsmouth Unit trails, a combined length of 3.5 miles, and a skills area near the new parking lot at the Pennington access.

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We would like to thank the local community and those who completed our survey for all your support. We look forward to working with the local community and its representatives in making the master vision for the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails a reality.

Aaron W. Hautala,

President

Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew

Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails

Cuyuna Lakes IMBA Ride Center

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