A Park Rapids business owner has been appointed to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council.

Molly Luther of Park Rapids was one of several appointments announced in an April 30 press release from the office of Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. She replaces previous member Maya Hua on the council.

Luther is the owner of Good Life Cafe and Molly Poppin’s Gourmet Snacks. Her appointment as a retail representative is effective from Wednesday, May 5 until Jan. 2, 2023.

“I’m flattered for the opportunity to represent our region on the council,” she said. “I’m excited to get to know tourism from the state side of things.

“I’ve been involved locally in tourism with the Chamber and the Downtown Business Association, and I just thought this would be a good opportunity to get to know some people at the state level and see how I can help promote Heartland Lakes more regionally.”

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Luther said she heard about the opening on the council from two people she knows who work at Explore Minnesota Tourism – Nicole Lalum, a former director of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, and David Bergman.

“They both represent the area that Heartland Lakes falls into,” she said. “When they saw this opening, they both sent it to me and encouraged me to apply.”

Luther said she looks forward to promoting the Heartland Lakes area as a tourism destination and representing the businesses in the area.

The Explore Minnesota Tourism Council serves the broader interests of tourism in Minnesota by promoting activities that support the state’s domestic and international travel market, thereby increasing visitor spending, tax revenue and employment.