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Continued: Lutsen Mountains bets big that skiing in Minnesota stays hot

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 24, 2013 - 6:30 PM

Lutsen’s Skinner concedes nothing but longer runs to Colorado. And he points to snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and other activities in the Lutsen neighborhood as enticements.

Finally, Skinner and other area businesses are no longer the bane of environmentalists.

After years of pulling water from the nearby Poplar River, a popular trout stream, Lutsen-area water users and environmentalists signed off on an alternative proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton that was passed by the Legislature and signed into law.

The water users, including the local fire department, are building a $4.8 million water supply system that pipes water from Lake Superior. The state provided about $3.6 million in state financing.


Neal St. Anthony • 612-673-7144


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