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Revisioning Lake Wobegon
The Minnesota Design Team provides volunteer assistance to communities statewide. Is it a model for other states?
By Adam Regn Arvidson, ASLA

James R Dean

The deadline looms: 7:00 PM. In less than half an hour, about 200 community residents will take seats in the Big Lake High School multipurpose room and watch their community vision unfold before their eyes. Before then, the presentation boards need to be finished. So, in the art room, amidst the last remnants of a hastily consumed dinner and a maelstrom of Prismacolors and Crayolas, 16 designers are getting frantic. Trail master plans are completed and labeled, lakeshore mitigation graphics are being colored, community goals have been written and illustrated, and regional context maps are getting their finishing touches.

It is the downtown commercial core everyone in Big Lake is worried about. And that, in a less literal sense, is how this story begins.

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