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Tubers Left High & Dry in Northwestern Minnesota

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  Mother Nature has played a bad joke on one business in northwestern Minnesota that depends on water.  Despite all of our recent rains, Voyageur's View campground and tubing resort had to close its tubing operation on June 21st, the first day of summer.

  Thousands of would be tubers in northwestern Minnesota have been left high and dry.  Tubing the Red Lake River has turned into walking the Red Lake River. The problem is 50-miles east of here. There just hasn't been enough rain around Red Lake… to release water from the Red Lake Dam into this river.

Jason Brumwell, Voyageur's View: "The drought map comes out every Thursday and Red Lake remains on it every single, Thursday. It's the only spot left in Minnesota. It's very disheartening for a summer business."

  Brumwell says they'd normally run 15-hundred people through here on a Fourth of July weekend. Now, most have canceled and they're left with just a handful of campers.  Brumwell   says bars, restaurants and other shops in the town of nearby Red Lake Falls are also feeling the pinch.

Jason Brumwell: "We've talked to a lot of the local business owners and… one guy just stopped down this last week. He's just like… open up tubing. And we would if we could."

  And despite no tubing Jeff Dono, along with 30 family members and friends made their annual trip to the campgrounds here.  He says it's been great.

Reporter: "Kids having a good time splashing in the river anyway?"

Jeff Dono, Manitoba Camper: "Yeah, I mean all afternoon yesterday they were in the water anyway. You're just not drifting that 4-miles. We have our own little rafts, so they just drift around here."

Jason Brumwell: "Never had we have to shut down in June. It's an abnormal year. We're feeling it. There's no doubt about it."

  So, while tubing is out… the river is still running and there are plenty of quite places to camp this Fourth of July weekend at Voyagers View, near Red Lake Falls, Minnesota.

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