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Letters to the Editor: Nisswa Chamber president encourages community participation

On Feb. 5, 2015, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Nisswa Community Center), area residents and interested individuals are invited to attend an open house for the Nisswa Lake Park project.

On Feb. 5, 2015, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Nisswa Community Center), area residents and interested individuals are invited to attend an open house for the Nisswa Lake Park project.

Whether you are very familiar with the park development, or you are new to the concept of the park, I encourage you to attend this open house.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has plans to put in a boat landing, which will provide access to downtown Nisswa by boat and connect our community to the Gull Lake Chain.

The city-owned land adjacent to the DNR property is an ideal location for a city park. The additions of the boat landing and the city park are both good for the residents of Nisswa, and for the tourism industry that we recognize drives our economy.

Nisswa is a destination community. Some of our assets include (not limited to): strong business community, great school, healthy city government, strong faith community, vibrant and growing tourism businesses, amenities such as clear water, championship golfing and Paul Bunyan Trail.

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We have so much to offer people, whether it's for a day, a weekend, a week or longer. We welcome people to visit us year-around; who knows ... maybe one day a visitor will become a neighbor.

What will the park look like? That is yet to be determined. That is why it is important for you to help weigh in on these decisions.

What will it cost? That is yet to be determined; we are steps away from that, but the goal is to write for grants and to seek private funding.

We all have a vested interest. Come to the open house. Engage in the conversation. Help define the next steps for this project. Get involved. Stay connected.

Shawn Hansen,

President/CEO

Nisswa Chamber of Commerce

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