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Marc Nevinski, community development director with the city of Coon Rapids, Minn., presents an idea Saturday to his fellow Minnesota Design Team members as Barett Steenrod, a landscape architect from Minneapolis, helps him display a poster about job creation. Both men were among more than 20 Design Team members who visited Bemidji this weekend to jumpstart comprehensive planning throughout the greater community. Bethany Wesley | Bemidji Pioneer

Minnesota Design Team built with volunteers

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BEMIDJI – City planner Jon Sevald was working for a community interested in hosting the Minnesota Design Team, so Sevald decided he would tag along on an already scheduled MDT visit to experience firsthand how the process worked.


And he was hooked.

“I really enjoyed my experience,” said Sevald, now a county planner with Sherburne County.

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