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Feb. 9, 2004

Ellsworth Forum to Explore St. Croix Valley Quality of Life

A forum exploring quality of life issues in the St. Croix Valley will be held in Ellsworth on Feb. 19.

The session is set from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in the Pierce County Office Building meeting Room 1, Ellsworth, and is targeted towards residents of Pierce, Pepin, and eastern Dakota County.

The forums are exploring how Valley residents are addressing their concerns in three areas being affected by regional development: the arts; education; and community/rural relationships.

The topics were selected from more than a dozen issues identified in Twin Cities foundations regional studies on the impact of growth in the St. Croix Valley. The three selected topics were recommended to Chancellor Ann Lydecker by a community forums advisory group of regional leaders.

Two forums held earlier in River Falls and Osceola found the two-hour facilitated forums helped to identify current challenges and successes in each of the areas; shared information on how communities, groups and individuals are addressing them; and identified future challenges that will arise over the next five years; and to provide networking opportunities within the topical areas.

Chancellor Lydecker particularly encourages community leaders to attend representing such areas as non-profit organizations, government, education, the business community, and civic organizations.

Results of the three forums will be consolidated and shared with all participants. The chancellor expects to hold a day-long session later this spring to give Valley residents the opportunity to review the findings and determine what steps to take next.

For more information contact Suzanne Hagen, assistant to the chancellor, at 715/425-3833 or


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