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North Star, a tourism research company, had this word cloud for the Red Wing Visitor & Convention Bureau. Survey respondents were asked "In your own words, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Red Wing." The size of each word reflects the number of people who used it.

Study: Visitors love Red Wing

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Tourists don't necessary come here because it's a great place to shop. That's actually No. 17 on their list, according to a recent study.


They come to take in the river town's scenic beauty. They come because of the pottery, the local history and the shoes made here.

But while they're here, visitors shop. And they tend to spend a little more than is typical for other communities, according to North Star.

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Anne Jacobson
Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 
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