Rain and cold, high water delay Minnesota tourism season


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,"

Next Up

Blake Bortles

Amid Aaron Rodgers drama, Packers reportedly sign Blake Bortles

The former No. 3 overall pick is headed to Green Bay.

You Houa Thao

Missing St. Paul man found dead in wooded area

The 73-year-old was reported missing May 8.

YouTube - Jim Klobuchar

Jim Klobuchar, celebrated Minnesota columnist, dies at 93

He died Wednesday after a battle with Alzheimer's.

Jerry Burns

Former Vikings head coach Jerry Burns dies at 94

Burns spent a total of 24 seasons with the Vikings as an offensive coordinator and head coach.

Google Street View - South 9th Street and LaSalle Avenue

Charges: Suspect told witness, 'I can’t believe that I shot that girl'

The 24-year-old victim was found dead in a parking garage.

florida arrests

3 Minnesotans arrested in Florida after break-in at private marina

The suspects said they jumped the fence to take photos of yachts.

Screen Shot 2019-12-17 at 11.15.34 AM

40-year-old Iron Range man arrested in fatal stabbing

He's suspected of stabbing a woman in his apartment.

Mike Zimmer

Did the Vikings schedule get leaked? Here's what it says

The full schedule is due to be released Wednesday evening.

Grocery shopping

Prices of consumer goods spike: Is inflation a concern?

Consumer prices jumped 4.2% over the past year - but there are explanations.

racist comments stillwater

DOC worker filmed yelling at protesters has been fired

Sgt. Paul Gorder was captured on video yelling at protesters in April.