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Economic benefits of an olympic ski jump

Haley spoke to a group of residents about the proposed Olympic ski jump, Baldy125 on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The facility would serve as a training spot for the U.S. Nordic Ski Team as well as host international ski competitions. 1 / 2
"I want Minnesota to think of our region as the 'South Shore' of Minnesota - just like they value the North Shore along Lake Superior as a destination spot," Haley said. Photos courtesy of Ethan Hellier. 2 / 2

The first sanctioned ski competition in the country was held at the Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing on Feb. 8, 1887. Baldy125, an olympic ski jump in Mount Frontenac, would continue and build on the sport of skiing in southern Minnesota.

On Sept. 5, Rep. Barb Haley hosted the Capital Investment Committee on a tour of the Lake City Marina, the National Eagle Center and Mount Frontenac by looking at proposed capital improvement projects at these locations.

An Olympic ski jump, called Baldly125, is being proposed to be built at Mount Frontenac. The jump would serve as a training facility for the U.S. Nordic ski team and would host international ski competitions. The area would also be developed for other recreational activities, including zip lines, inner-tube runs, and cross-country skiing.

"We want our local communities to be competitive not only within Minnesota, but next door with cities in Wisconsin as well, in order to ensure we can be a top destination for tourism and business," Haley said. "I want Minnesotan's to think of our region as the 'South Shore' of Minnesota — just like they value the North Shore along Lake Superior as a destination spot."

These projects would be funded by a combination of state and local dollars, as well as through private donations.

With the project estimated to cost around $6-$7 million, the facility is set to attract more than 100,000 visitors annually. The location may also end up being a spot for the United States to host World Cup-level competitive ski jumping events.

For more information on Baldy125, visit www.baldy125.com.

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