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Letters to the Editor: Preserve our tourism economy

As you now probably know, Enbridge is planning on building a pipeline (the Sandpiper) right through our most precious assets -- our lakes and wetlands.

As you now probably know, Enbridge is planning on building a pipeline (the Sandpiper) right through our most precious assets - our lakes and wetlands.

If constructed, the pipeline would go through Itasca State Park (second oldest such park in the nation), under both the Mississippi River and Pine River and through miles of watershed and protected land. There are better routing alternatives!

When there is a leak, it can have a severe impact on our tourism economy that we rely on so heavily, and it will also affect home values and destroy the environment as we know and enjoy it today. Travel and tourism in Minnesota generates $13 billion in sales and Crow Wing County alone has over $2 million in gross sales directly related to tourism.

So, "If you are concerned about northern Minnesota's high quality watersheds, lakes and tourist economy, want to learn more and would be interested in a delicious, locally made dinner with music and education, please join us for the Feast of the Wild Rice Moon (The Manoominike Giizis) Aug. 27, 6 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa." - Winona LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth.

Help protect our tourism economy and sign up for this event at www.honorearth.org . Go to Love Water Not Oil Tour/Slow Foods Event or mail your check to Honor the Earth at 37104 Bunkhouse Road, Crosslake, MN. Call Maddie at 651-895-7461 for additional information. Cost is $40 per ticket or discount rate for table of eight.

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Thank you for supporting the Crow Wing County Whitefish Chain of Lakes, Pine River Watershed and other partnering communities that work to protect our largest economy - tourism.

Patty Norgaard,

Crosslake

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