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Behind the historic exterior of Grand View Lodge in Nisswa is a web of high technology that helps the visitor plan their visit and communicate with the resort while staying at Grand View. Steve Kohls / Forum News Service

6 resorts enroll in Minn. Century Resort recognition program

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Six resorts across Minnesota are being recognized as Century Resorts by the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association.

The MRCA launched its Century Resorts designation to recognize resorts that have been in continuous operation for at least 100 years.

The six designated resorts are Burntside Lodge in Ely, Fair Hills Resort in Detroit Lakes, Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Northern Pine Lodge in Park Rapids, Pehrson Lodge Resort in Cook and Peters Sunset Beach Resort in Glenwood.

"Resorts have been a mainstay of Minnesota tourism for well over a century," Dan McElroy, MRCA's executive vice president, said in a release. "Before the days of air conditioning, interstates and internet searches, resorts were there to cater to those who desired to cool off by the lake, relax and enjoy recreational pursuits."

Properties may enroll as Century Resorts at any time throughout the year by going to www.mnresortsandcampgrounds.org/century-resorts.html. Resorts do not need to be MRCA members to receive the designation. The six enrolled resorts and any others that enroll by Sept. 1 will be recognized during the MRCA's 2017 Fall Conference in October at Breezy Point. Later enrollees will be honored at subsequent conferences.

Each resort will be given a plaque to display, signifying their century status.

A similar designation program has been created for Century Campgrounds in the state, but none have enrolled yet.

"We're not aware of any campgrounds that have achieved century status yet, but we know some that are getting close," said McElroy. "Camping didn't really become popular until after World War I."

Campgrounds may enroll by visiting www.mnresortsandcampgrounds.org/century-campgrounds.html.