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Tough sell for Duluth tourism?

Posted at 10:07 AM on June 21, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Weather

Some northeast Minnesota roads remain impassable and officials are still trying to assess the damage from massive flooding Wednesday that crippled the city of Duluth and put it in a state of emergency.

So it was a bit of a surprise this morning to see the tourism group VisitDuluth encouraging people to come to town.

Heavy rain created changing road conditions and some stormy weather for Duluth Wednesday morning but tourism officials assure all travelers Duluth is open for business.

While not diminishing losses experienced by some residents in the community Visit Duluth's President/CEO Terry Mattson said he's spoken with several general managers at area hotels, restaurants and attractions that all say they are fully functioning and never missed a beat.

"We're getting a lot of calls and e-mails regarding future reservations. We are assuring guests Duluth weathered the storm. We encourage everyone to visit all summer long."

Elsewhere in Duluth, Gov. Mark Dayton was touring the devastation from the flooding.

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About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.