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The high water is good news for Jason Brown, owner of White Bear Boat Works, a marina and watercraft repair business. Marina slips have been filling up along with the lake.
“The storms bring us business,” said Brown, keeping a watchful eye on the weather radar. “I could take a break from the steady rain, but this has been a positive.”
Yanking out docks
In Washington County, rising water has sharply curtailed activities at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, a popular metro area destination. On Thursday, parks employees hitched a tractor to submerged boat docks and gangplanks and pulled them out of the lake, county parks manager Mike Polehna said.
The park’s swim pond, often crowded to capacity on hot summer days, now is sometimes deserted, he said. “We’ve had to send lifeguards home and close concession stands.”
In some northern parts of the state, businesses are operating as normal with little effect from the weather. At Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, golf courses continue to book solid throughout the week. The largest impact from the sporadic storms downstate has been mental, Cragun’s manager Susan Hamilton said.
Twin Cities area residents assume that what affects them also affects the entire state, she said. That means they assume it’s raining Up North and never bother to check.
“They never pick up the phone because they’re sitting in the middle of rain,” Hamilton said.
Staff writers Kevin Giles, Nicole Norfleet and Jim Anderson contributed to this report.
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