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Reader Opinion: Grow a Lakes Proud community

When you choose to shop local, you could say you are planting a seed in your community. As you consciously change your purchasing habits, that seed is nourished and starts to grow. Neighbors will begin to see and experience the joy, and will want...

When you choose to shop local, you could say you are planting a seed in your community. As you consciously change your purchasing habits, that seed is nourished and starts to grow. Neighbors will begin to see and experience the joy, and will want to plant their own seeds. The plants will continue to bloom and spread. Their beauty multiplying while producing seeds of their own, until one day a lush garden is before us, overflowing with endless blooms for everyone in the community to enjoy. Like the growing of a garden, so are the results of shopping local. More money stays in the local economy and more jobs are produced. Schools, churches, nonprofits and other community resources are strengthened, which makes the community more attractive to current residents, tourists and potential residents. Real estate values get a boost and remain strong and healthy and the garden continues to grow into a vibrant community, thriving in a multitude of ways for many years to come! So, go ahead and start planting those seeds this holiday shopping season. Nurture them, share them and be proud of what you've grown. Be Lakes Proud!

Katie Landsburg Stewart

Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Brainerd

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