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State Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Holsten, left, and Explore Minnesota Tourism Director John Edman, right, listen to local business people and tourism officials Thursday in an effort to form partnerships to promote Itasca State Park. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Promoting Itasca State Park aids economy

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ITASCA STATE PARK -- Joel and Tracey Hays, owners of Bear Paw Resort on Two Inlets Lake, lost business trying to compete with Itasca State Park.


Instead, they decided to promote the park by giving free park permits to resort guests.

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