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The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to remove trees from the Smoky Hills State Forest before it resurfaces Highway 34 in 2023.
Coffee Mill and Welch Village hope for more days in the 20s and 30s to keep business booming this winter.
The cruise ship left Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 26 and stopped in Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, and returned to Fort Lauderdale Jan. 2.
OFAC said in a statement that the company agreed to pay $91,172.29 to settle “its potential civil liability for apparent violations of sanctions against Cuba.”

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Roger Frizzell, a spokesperson for Carnival, said in an email that “our health and safety protocols put in place have proven to be effective time and time again over the past year with our sailings being restarted across each of our brands.”
While Grand Marais is a year-round destination, these colder months are certainly its more off-season time. This means lodging is less expensive and the town isn’t overflowing with people — all pluses for me, as I was looking for a quiet and relatively inexpensive getaway.
Bentleyville organizers are still looking for volunteers to pick up shifts.
Lauren Bennett McGinty, Executive Director of the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild, will assume her new role as director of Explore Minnesota Tourism on Nov. 15.
That means that even in the dead of winter, in the self-proclaimed “Icebox of the Nation,” Smokey will remain shirtless.
A recently completed economic impact study was designed to help local officials make informed decisions.

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The manager of emergency and ambulance services at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center doesn’t want to rely so heavily on luck and good Samaritans to provide medical care to cyclists using the trail system, should they need it. He said from the time his crew received the call for service until they loaded the injured cyclist to be airlifted, three hours passed.
The 22-mile system is mostly challenging, rock and technical. But it does offer casual riders some smoother trails.
Spanning 50 acres with more than 100 sculptures on display, Franconia draws thousands of visitors each year — and that number rose from 180,000 during 2020 to 200,000 in 2021, one of Franconia’s highest attendance years yet.

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