It will be staffed by local volunteers at Fisher’s Landing.

    In celebration of National Tourism Week, Fisher's Landing Travel Information Center on U.S. Highway 2 between Fisher and East Grand Forks is now officially for the season. Returning  staff will be Sharon Bergsgaard, Sharon Olson and Gary Ricord. The Center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  

    Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy complimentary refreshments while gathering information to "Explore Minnesota" this summer.

    Tourism is a key sector of Minnesota economy, comparable to agriculture in its contribution to the gross state product, says Sandy Kegler at the Crookston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    In Polk County alone there were $49,227,227 spent in gross sales, $3,075,930 in state sales tax and 1,122 private sector jobs attributed to the Leisure and Hospitality Industry in 2015, she says.

    Minnesota's leisure and hospitality industry accounts for more than 260,000 full and part-time jobs and close to $4.7 billion in wages. Travelers in Minnesota spend almost $40 million in average daily sales at leisure and hospitality businesses. These dollars circulate widely into Minnesota's local and state economies, supporting businesses and amenities that add to Minnesotans quality of life, Kegler says.  Every $1 invested in state tourism marketing returns an estimated $9 in state and local taxes and $98 in spending by travelers.

    In Crookston, top attractions for visitors include the Polk County Historical Museum, wildlife viewing on the many wildlife refuges that surround our community, UMC's floral and butterfly gardens, Veterans Memorial Walkway, unique shopping, and Crookston Sports Center brings sporting events throughout the seasons. Crookston also made the “Top 20 List" on Trails.com for birding in Minnesota. New to Crookston is Oliver's Canoe Outfitters, Kegler said, which allows easy access to the Red Lake River for great canoeing and kayaking adventures.

    Sources: Minnesota Department of Revenue, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.