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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Detroit Mountain fundraising campaign kickoff Thursday

  • Proponents of the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area project are poised to launch a public fundraising campaign to revitalize the former ski hill.
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  • Proponents of the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area project are poised to  launch a public fundraising campaign to revitalize the former ski hill.
    Thursday, Detroit Mountain organizers hosted a public event at Zorbaz restaurant with group Vice President Mark Fritz giving an update on the project’s progress.
    The Detroit Mountain group formed in 2010 as a group of businesspeople in the area interested in reopening the ski hill, which operated from 1958-2004 under private ownership.
    But the group also envisioned more than just downhill skiing: A feasibility study for the property included cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, a terrain park, camping, biking and hiking opportunities.
    “It is our vision to have a four-season recreation area on Detroit Mountain,” Fritz said.
    The non-profit organization has moved ahead with the purchase of the 200-acre Detroit Mountain ski area site, and launched a silent fundraising campaign as a first step towards raising money for development of the regional park.
    Part of the reason why the fundraising project began as a “silent” campaign was to determine how much support there was from around the region, Fritz noted.
    “This isn’t just a Detroit Lakes thing, it’s a regional attraction,” he said. “We’ve been very happy with the support and enthusiasm we’ve received. Now, it’s time to open this up to a wider audience.”
    If it reopened, Detroit Mountain would be the closest ski hill to the Fargo-Moorhead area.
    The Detroit Mountain effort experienced the setback of being turned down for a Department of Natural Resources Parks & Trails Grant early this year. But the groups says several goals have been accomplished, including the selection of an architectural firm to design a four-season recreational lodge with amenities including a cafeteria, Wi-Fi access, equipment rentals and more.
    Thursday, Fritz said, the Detroit Mountain group “went public with where we’re at now, and what the general community can do to help make this dream become a reality.”

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