Letter to the editor — January 16, 2019

As a community, we’re in the midst of a transition.

Our economy is changing, in impressive and positive ways. The bedrocks of our local economy are agriculture, natural resources, and industry, but now tourism, especially outdoor recreation, is beginning to grow in importance.

On nearly any random weekend, the trailhead parking lots in Allen County will contain cars with out-of-county and out-of-state tags. It’s no longer a novelty to see vehicles in Iola with bikes on racks or kayaks strapped to the roof, driving around town or parked at restaurants or shops or hotels.

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