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The Minnesota Cross Country Ski Trail Grants Program


Investment executive Daniel Reardon serves as co-CEO and trustee of the Otto Bremer Trust in St. Paul, Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in economics, his duties include managing the Otto Bremer Trust’s responsibilities as a grant making institution. Daniel Reardon enjoys outdoor activities in his free time, including skiing.

Skiing is a winter sport that involves moving across snow-covered ground on skis, which are narrow pieces of flexible but hard material that strap to an individual’s feet. In Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) is charged with providing outdoor recreation opportunities, such as skiing, among its other responsibilities. In this role, the MN DNR also maintains a Cross-Country Ski Trail Grants-In-Aid (GIA) program to promote skiing activity in the state.

The GIA program is designed to support the maintenance and upkeep of cross-country ski trails in the state of Minnesota. The program was created by the state legislature in 1973 and includes approximately 700 miles of ski trails that participate in the program. Grants are awarded annually to local units of government to help keep ski trails in good condition. In turn, these participating entities fund the program through the sale of ski passes.

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