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Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars

Posted by deborahmclaren on January 27, 2010

There is nothing more beautiful than skiing under the stars and the northern borealis. In Minnesota our snow is fluffy and squeaky. The air is cold enough to make you gasp. Luckily, we can cross country ski under the stars at several places around the Twin Cities metro area. My favorite is Como Park. With Theodore Wirth Park a close second. Check out the St. Paul Park and Rec Winter Site — For details on skiing in Saint Paul, including trail maps and racing information, check out the Park and Rec web site.

Not too far outside of “the cities” as we say here in Minnesota (and some people actually say “the sin cities”) there are lantern lite trails as well as plain old starlight guiding you across the silver iceland. Mora, Minnesota is only 75 miles north of St. Paul and is the home of the area’s finest cross country night skiing. The Vasaloppet Nordic Skiing Center provides access to 10 kilometers of groomed trails. The Center features a wax room, men’s and women’s changing rooms and sauna, a small kitchen and plenty of room for ski gear and events.

The Lantern Loppet in Mora, MN will take place this coming Saturday January 30th. There is over 5km of Lantern Lit trails with three cabins to warm and refresh yourself. This is a very unique experience for skiers old and new. The Lanterns are lit at dusk with many families bringing hot dogs to roast over one of the fires, for dinner.

I love night skiing in Minnesota. Almost as much as dogsledding (although I DON’T do dogsledding at night!).

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AEO’s Regional Flavor gathering in Charleston, SC Dec 1-5, 2008

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 30, 2008

I’m looking forward to participating in a Regional Flavor Learning Cluster this week in Charleston, SC, as  part of the Minnesota regional group lead by White Earth Land Recovery Project.  The Regional Flavors project is coordinated by  the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), a national leadership organization and the voice of microenterprise development. By providing cutting edge training, knowledge sharing, Federal and State public policy and advocacy, and communications, AEO empowers a community of nearly 500 member organizations to be uniquely effective in serving the needs of microentrepreneurs who do not have access to traditionalsources or business education or capital.  Check their website for tools, resources, webinars, and much more.

What is the Regional Flavor Learning Cluster?
Building on our prior Food Sector, Sustainable Tourism, and Artisan Learning Clusters, AEO launched the Regional Flavor Learning Cluster in March 2007. Following a competitive Request for Proposal process, six regional networks in Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, and Ohio were selected for this four year project. Additional support for the Cluster has been secured through an USDA Rural Community Development Initiative grant awarded to AEO in April 2007.

Why Regional Flavor?
As many rural communities experience a ‘loss of power’ in their traditional economic engines (manufacturing, resource extraction, etc), this project offers new hope and opportunity. Utilizing collaborative efforts to implement a mix of rural economic development strategies that incorporate microenterprise development, regional tourism, cultural and historic assets, and agricultural product development, the Regional Flavor approach supports these entities and entrepreneurs in working together to rethink, redefine, and rebrand themselves and their regions.

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