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Published September 04, 2012, 09:56 AM

Lakes Country resorts begin winding down summer season

Lakes Country, MN (WDAY TV) - With Labor Day comes the unofficial end of summer. People begin to pack up and leave those lake cabins and resorts. Today, local resort owners spoke about the perks and consequences of this year's hot, dry weather.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Lakes Country, MN (WDAY TV) - With Labor Day comes the unofficial end of summer. People begin to pack up and leave those lake cabins and resorts. Today, local resort owners spoke about the perks and consequences of this year's hot, dry weather.

Another day nearing 90 was a fitting way to close one of the hottest summers on record, and for area resorts, those high temperatures meant some booming business this year.

Dan Berg – Lakecrest Resort: “We're busier this year than we have been the last couple years.”

Lisa Gabrielson – Big McDonald Resort: “We were completely booked all year long. So, it's been a really good summer.”

Many people took advantage of the warm, sunny weather, as it returned week after week. Dan Berg, owner of Lakecrest Resort on Long Lake, says the guest experience can be greatly affected by sometimes unpredictable weather conditions.

Dan Berg: “Weather has an effect on people when they come. You know, I mean, obviously, when it's nice and sunny and you're at the lake it certainly helps their experience here at the resort, and it was a great summer, weather-wise.”

At Big McDonald resort, each of the eight cabins stayed booked through the summer season. They avoided the flooding that hit some surrounding lakes. Nearly the entire summer was hot and dry; perfect weather to jump in a lake to cool off, but the heat did bring a few challenges.

Lisa Gabrielson: “It was actually an issue for a while, especially in the beginning of July. We went out and bought air conditioning for all the cabins, because people were so warm. So, now we have air conditioning in all the cabins, so that they can be more comfortable when they're here to fish.”

That was a small price to pay for a summer full of happy vacationers, many of whom have already booked next year's visit.

Big McDonald resort will wrap up its season at the end of September. Lakecrest resort is open year-round.

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