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“With our kids, it bred a responsibility within them that we could and should participate in the community,” Warren said. “And it showed them the rewards in participating in your community.”
Warren, also a longtime member of the city’s Planning Commission, pointed to an analysis of Marine’s unique qualities: the St. Croix River, which is treasured by the town and gives it its name and identity; its history; its green space; and its high rate of community involvement.
Those qualities have been a constant even as the growth in nearby communities such as Scandia, May Township and Stillwater make Marine less rural and isolated than in the past, he said.
“The biggest thing is, this community works so well to keep its small-town feel, to keep its historic feel,” added Lynette Peterson, Marine’s city administrator. “That’s huge.”
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