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Spirit Mountain director announces resignation

DULUTH -- Renee Mattson, executive director of the Spirit Mountain recreation area, will leave her job at the end of May.

She said her husband, Terry Mattson, the former president of Visit Duluth, is pursuing a job out of the region and she is following him.

"It's an emotional decision," she said Wednesday. Mattson has been at Spirit Mountain for nine years. She replaced 18-year director Rick Certano in 2005.

Terry Mattson left tourism group Visit Duluth in December.

Renee Mattson said she is staying on the next few months to help get a bonding request through the state legislative session that begins next month. Spirit Mountain has a budget due to the city by the end of April. She plans to help in the transition to a new director.

Mattson said the highlight of her tenure was completing a comprehensive plan for Spirit Mountain in 2008. More than 60 percent of that plan has come to fruition in the past five years, she said. The area has transformed to a year-round destination.