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Good news! Lets keep this up and keep our tax revenue in Minnesota. Remember the second you cross a state border, you are funding another state government (who is likely sticking it to you in hotel 'fees' and crazy food and liquor taxes around the airport.
It would be interesting to know if the trend worked in reverse. Did fewer vacationers come HERE, opting to stay near home? That would offset the economic gains of Minnnesotans not traveling.
This article hit the nail on the head, Ebels Voyageur Houseboats had a banner year!!! Thank you Minnesota.
I talked to a manager of a hotel that I was staying at on the North Shore. He said, "We're full until November." The entire summer has been good for them. I saw a lot of "No Vacancy" signs on the way up to Grand Marais. The streets of Grand Marais were busy. Things are looking good.
mnmiddle: And we're not "sticking it to you" here??? Have you seen the taxes and surcharges at hotels, restaurants, and bars right here? I guess you're right in what you wrote, but the same exact thing is happening ere. (One of the reasons I stay out of Mpls and Bloomington as much as possible especially when I have business colleagues or family visiting.)
Excellent story! We do have a great state and there are many, many treasures in our own backyard!
mnmiddle - well, MN gets enough of my tax money just because we live here. I was quite happy spreading it around this summer. FL, MT, WY, Toronto, and every state in between these places since we drove everywhere. Of course, it's nice in MT since there's no sales tax to be stuck to you...
"Why would you want to go anywhere else" Well, the last time I checked the Golden Gate Bridge, the Redwood Highway, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, the ocean, Niagra Falls, et al aren't within Minnesota state boundaries. Not that Minnesota isn't a great state to vacation in ,but this attitude of "we're the only ones that count", seemingly shared by the same people that would just as soon Wisconsin residents swim across the river once the old Stillwater Bridge falls into the water. It's time we lift this country up, not lower ourselves to petty intersate feuds.
Went to the MN Zoo yesterday and the cost for 2 adults and one child plus parking and entrance to Dino exhibit was a whopping $66!! Are you kidding me? This Zoo is blatantly over priced with a poor selection of animals! Two Wild Asian dogs DO NOT need 2+ acres of land to roam, nor do two Russian bison, one leopard, two so called willed horses! It's a complete joke to pay this kind of money to see such a SMALL selection of animals and the vast waste of space being under utilized. The Dino exhibit was essentially life sized plastic figures that turned their heads and maybe roared. OK $12 bucks for that was a RIP OFF! YOU WANT A REAL ZOO GO TO MILWAUKEE...CHEAPER AND HANDS DOWN ONE OF THE BEST IN THE US. I've seen petting zoos better then the one MN has, and I'm not talking about Como Zoo.
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