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We had the pleasure of entertaining a visitor from the Twin Cites this holiday weekend.  Our guest is an economist at a large insurance company who is also an avid biker. When the visitor was informed that bike trails are expected to revive the economy here, he replied:  "What can you mean? Bikers will come here, buy two bottled waters, and go back to the Twin Cities. The next weekend the same bikers will go to a different place to ride their bikes, buy two bottled waters, and return to the Twin Cities"

Many people who live in this area have observed this pattern. Many people who live in this area have not seen a revival in the economy here.

Many people who live in this area do not know that $1.2 million taxpayer dollars are being spent for a parking lot located upon stockpiles of high grade manganiferous iron ore allocated for use when mining returns.  

The above referenced bikers need a place to park!

Would $1.2 million taxpayer dollars be better spent activating the mineral resource located under the parking lot so that a robust economy can return to this area. Would $1.2 million taxpayer dollars be better spent investing in a future for our young people. Would our young people rather stay in the area where they were born and raised to work to provide for their families than commute to North Dakota or Babbitt, Minn., to work?

This is an election year. Was the political district you live in best served by this kind of spending. Just wondering if this kind of spending is "for" the people.  For us.

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