Executive Director of Visit Grand Rapids Megan Christianson was back with us today to talk about the impact of tourism on our local communities. 

For instance in Itasca County's gross sales from Minnesota's leisure industry was over $75 million dollars.  Crow Wing over $233 million, Beltrami over $102 million and Hubbard over $36 million. 

She also reminded us that there are lots of things to do in neighboring towns - trails, restaurants, events, lakes, fish - all pretty close to home.

 Marshall Helmberger talks Vacation Rentals by Owner on Vermilion, Spruce Grouse and the bounty of this year's berry season. 


This morning we took a tour of northern MN in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.  Tourism is a $15 billion dollar industry in MN and generates more than 265,000 jobs - making up for 11% of private sector employment.  Today we visited with the fine folks that work in the tourism industry in northern MN. 

Megan Christenson from Visit Grand Rapids

Tim Johnson from Edge of the Wilderness Lodging Association