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Visit Grand Rapids Celebrates 30 Years

It’s in Minnesota’s Nature to Celebrate!


30th Anniversary Celebration

Visit Grand Rapids celebrates 30 years of service in 2013 and their new location in Old Central School (10NW 5th Street, Suite 212, Grand Rapids, MN 55744).

Destination Marketing Organization for Grand Rapids, MN Area

Visit Grand Rapids is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the Grand Rapids, MN area. Visit Grand Rapids was founded in 1983, as a 501 (c) 6 non-profit business association, with the objective to promote the Grand Rapids area as a destination for conferences, conventions, events, group tours and leisure travelers; thereby enhancing the economic growth of the area through travel and tourism. Visit Grand Rapids mission is to generate a positive economic impact through travel and tourism. Like the other 40 DMO’s in Minnesota, Visit Grand Rapids is funded in part by a 3% lodging tax that is collected by 25 lodging properties located within the city of Grand Rapids, and voluntary lodging contributors located throughout Itasca County. Additional funding is provided by the marketing services that Visit Grand Rapids offers area businesses as well as, Explore Minnesota Tourism grants. Visit Grand Rapids is overseen by a 12 member Board of Directors. Each Board of Director serves a three year term and each can serve up to two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors. Visit Grand Rapids has two staff that is responsible for: directing and overseeing the day to day management of VGR, growth and community development, and doing so within the mission, vision, policies and work plans adopted by Visit Grand Rapids Board of Directors. Come Explore Minnesota’s Nature in the Grand Rapids, MN area.

Visit Grand Rapids Staff

Executive Director Megan Christianson

Executive Director
Megan Christianson

Trisha Zimmerman Administrative Assistant

Tourism Business Manager
Trisha Zimmerman







2014 Board of Directors


  • Melissa Nordberg, President – Super 8 Motel
  • Katie Benes, Vice President – Reif Performing Arts Center
  • Tim Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer – Edge of The Wilderness
  • Kim Jamtgaard, President – Wildwood Resort

One Year Term

(ends Dec. 31, 2015)

  • Amy Trast- Chamber of Commerce
  • Burl Ives – Timberlake Lodge

Two Year Term

(ends Dec. 31, 2016)

  • Tom Pagel – City of Grand Rapids

Three Year Term

(ends Dec. 31, 2017)

  • Judi Braunworth – Sawmill Inn
  • Dan Erkkila – University of Minnesota
  • Sean Burggraf – Burggraf’s Ace Hardware
  • Jill Nelson – Country Inn & Suites

Mission: Generate a Positive Economic Impact Through Travel & Tourism