Minnesota Still Open for Business this Weekend Despite Flooding

Updated: 06/20/2014 8:42 PM
Created: 06/20/2014 6:28 PM
By: Naomi Pescovitz

After a soggy week, the weekend is looking up and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors.

The Minnesota Street Rod Association's Back to the 50's Car Show runs through Sunday at the State Fair Grounds. They are expecting 12,000 hot rods over the weekend.

"It's been raining cats and dogs for about a month now. I thought it was going to ruin it for everybody. Can you imagine the amount of money in paint jobs everybody has here? It would cost them a fortune," said John Retter of Afton while riding in his antique convertible.

Most golf courses will also be open, including the Les Bolstad U of M course in Falcon Heights. Many of the holes have new "water hazards" but they are all open for play.

"When you get that much in such a short amount of time, it's hard to drain it," said Amanda Dlugopolski while working at the course Friday.

The course opened late Friday but T-times were still booked. Golf carts were not allowed.

"Because driving through something like this or even anywhere just around this area in a cart would cause some definite damage," Dlugopolski said.

As long as the sun is still shining, Lake Calhoun will be packed with paddle-boarders and boaters.

"The beach is under a lot of water right now with a lot of rain so it's kind of hard but we're making it work," said Aaron Watchmaker with Wheel Fun Rentals.

"It's not dangerous it's just higher so we have to be careful bringing people in and out....We're going to be very busy we open at 8 am, last run at 8 pm," Watchmaker said.

Explore Minnesota says 74 out of 76 state parks are still open and out of hundreds of camp sites, only about 20 were impacted by the heavy rain.

See other weekend events here.

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