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Mankato leaders cancel Vermont trip, will ‘retreat’ instead to Chaska

A few weeks ago, we reported that 100 Mankato business and political leaders were planning a trip to Burlington, Vt., a place they deemed similar in many ways to Mankato. They hoped to learn ways to make Mankato a better place by observing how another city functions.

But these are tough times for everyone, so the trip’s been scrapped. Instead, they’ll head to what’s referred to as a “resort” in Chaska, the Mankato Free Press reports.

The Vermont trip would have cost $2,400 for business people and $1,500 for nonprofit or government officials. The Chaska trip will cost about $500 for business delegates and $375 for everyone else, the paper says.

They’ll bus to Chaska’s Oak Ridge Center, which boasts “130 acres of rolling meadows with miles of tranquil woodland trails,” according to its Web site. It also calls Oak Ridge a “destination that will etch memories of elegance and serenity, while enjoying well deserved leisure time.”

But trip organizers assure the paper that there won’t be time for leisure. Planning co-chair David Naples, an attorney, said: “From the minute we leave until the minute we return, there’s almost no free time.”

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