Duluth tourism tries to recover after flood

All those media images of ruined roads and flooded-out buildings are not good for tourism, a major industry in Duluth, business owners in the region say.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

A week after floodwaters swept through Duluth, businesses are taking stock of their losses and hoping for a revival of the area's main economic engine — tourism, MPR reports. Business owners fret that images of damaged roads and devastated infrastructure will make visitors think twice about visiting the area.

MPR also has a story about why the water overwhelmed Duluth.

Residents in northeastern Minnesota continue to assess the damage. In hard-hit Moose Lake, where elementary school officials thought the school sustained only minimal damage, a closer look reveals there was significant damage to sheetrock and insulation, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

State lawmakers who visited the region on Wednesday confirmed a special session is likely soon, the Duluth News Tribune says.

FEMA officials are assessing the final four of thirteen counties in Minnesota that are seeking federal funds to recover from storms on Thursday, the Associated Press says.

Meanwhile, Big Sandy Lake is close to cresting in northern Minnesota. KARE 11 has more:

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.55.05 PM

Small plane lands on northbound I-35W in Twin Cities

A large police presence is at the scene.

Plainview

Judge orders Minnesota gym that defied shutdown to close

Attorney General Keith Ellison sued the gym after it remained open.

montana cutbank

Charges: Man shot victim 'without provocation' using sawed-off shotgun

The incident happened on Nov. 24 in Ten Lake Township, located in Beltrami County.

Governor Tim Walz

Watch live: Walz, first responders address Minnesotans

Some departments have been forced to shift staffing or suspend service due to COVID-19.

covid-19, coronavirus

CDC says COVID-19 quarantine period can be cut to 10 or 7 days

You can come out of a 7-day quarantine following exposure provided you've had a negative test.

maple grove fire

1 person found dead inside Maple Grove business that burned down

A person had been unaccounted following the fire that destroyed Hanson Implement and Storage Tuesday night.

One-dollar bill, cash, money

Appeals court rules MN high school students can get unemployment benefits

They've been denied the benefits, and some were even asked to pay them back.

covid-19, coronavirus

Dec. 2 COVID-19 update: 77 more deaths in Minnesota

The death toll is closing in on 3,700 in Minnesota.

City Pages

Fan creates City Pages archive, Star Tribune tells him to remove it

After word spread that the defunct newspaper's website would go down, a fan created his own copy. Then he got a cease and desist letter.

Adam Thielen

Vikings activate Adam Thielen off COVID-19/reserve list

The star receiver missed last week's victory over Carolina.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 10.27.14 AM

Naked man shot by St. Paul cop is charged for sexual assault of ex-girlfriend

The 31-year-old suspect remains at Regions Hospital after being shot.

Related

After floods, Duluth hoping for July 4 tourism jolt

Duluth is desperately hoping the Fourth of July holiday will offer a boost to its hobbled tourism industry, which took a $3 million hit after recent flooding. A new ad blitz is planned to lure visitors back. The region got more bad news with the announcement that popular Jay Cooke State Park likely will be closed for the season. Meanwhile, the United Way is leading an effort to raise money for homeowners who say it'll be a struggle to rebuild.

Despite flooding, Duluth tourism officials say city open for business

Tourism officials in Duluth said despite the record breaking flooding that devastated parts of the city, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses in the city are open for business. Some officials in the city and surrounding areas are worried about how the damage will affect the region's $800 million tourism industry.

Duluth’s hospitality industry banks on post-flood marketing initiative

It appears an aggressive tourism campaign after the devastating June floods in northeastern Minnesota helped boost tourism in Duluth. The News Tribune reports tourism tax receipts show a 10 percent surge in local hotel and motel revenues in July compared with the same month last year. Figures for August and September are still being calculated.

Flood-ravaged Duluth neighborhood residents frustrated with codes, fees

More than a month after the flood, property owners are still mopping up the damage in Fond Du Lac, one of Duluth's hardest-hit neighborhoods. Now some residents are drowning in paperwork as they struggle to pay fees and meet city codes. The city, too, is scrambling to keep up with building permits.

After flooding, small towns suffer

The city of Duluth grabbed headlines following flooding that surged across northeast Minnesota nearly three weeks ago. But several small towns just to the southwest suffered some of the most extensive damage and are struggling to rebuild.

Who will pay to rebuild flood-ravaged Duluth?

Northeast Minnesota is still assessing the damage done by historic flooding this week. Ultimately, who will pay to rebuild public infrastructure? It'll likely be a mix of federal and state money. WCCO's Jason DeRusha tackles the issue in his "Good Question" feature.

Klobuchar surveys Duluth flood damage, calls it 'massive'

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar toured flood-damaged areas of Duluth and other parts of northeastern Minnesota Friday, and after declaring the damage massive assured federal aid would be coming to the area. The federal government contributes more than 75 percent to uninsured public infrastructure when natural disasters cause more than $8 million damage.

Dayton: 'It's going to take time' to rebuild Duluth

Gov. Mark Dayton toured the destruction created by historic flooding in Duluth on Thursday and vowed to help the region rebuild. Meanwhile, campers were stranded, damage estimates were gathered and rain-weary residents marveled the mess.