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Rain and cold, high water delay Minnesota tourism season

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A year ago, Minnesota tourism season started as early as March in some places, with unseasonably warm weather sending folks a-flocking to their favorite state destinations. This year? Not so much.

That's the word from Minnesota Public Radio, which tracks down some tourists and business owners in Lanesboro, in southeastern Minnesota.

The water's both cold and high, reports MPR. Parts of southeastern Minnesota are still recovering from damage caused by recent torrential rain storms that raised rivers by as much as eight feet.

Houston and Fillmore counties in far southeastern Minnesota were hit bad by storms last month. Both counties declared a state of emergency and flooding has caused millions of dollars in damage, not to mention delays for local businesses, according to MPR.

So far, summer has been a total bummer. Bike and tube rentals are down, hotels are half empty, campgrounds are flooded.

"We're hoping for insanity," one retail worker tells the station. "We're really hoping that it picks up,"

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