Tourism gaining steam in Minnesota

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Folks around the country seem to be making their way to the Gopher state.

The Minnesota Tourism Industry saw moderate growth this summer, according to a survey done by Explore Minnesota.

This is the fourth consecutive year the state has seen growth in the tourism industry.

Locally, leaders at the Freeborn County Historical Museum say it’s something they’ve seen over the years.

“It’s been steadily building,” Executive Director Pat Mulso said. “So, it’s not just this year over last year. But, I have been here at the museum for almost eight years and we’ve just steadily increased a little bit higher attendance every year.”

The state will also be increasing funds when it comes to tourism.

The budget will be going up to 14 million dollars, up from 8.4 million a year ago.

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