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Valleyfair feeling impact of floodwaters, remains open

June 25, 2014

By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)



June 25--Valleyfair, where patrons can get a bird's-eye view of the Minnesota River from many of its rides, is persevering as floodwaters creep onto its property in Shakopee.

Minnesota's largest and most popular amusement park has had to shut down three thrill rides near the back -- Renegade, Excalibur and Thunder Canyon -- and reduced the number of parking spaces as well, said Valleyfair spokeswoman Robin Stinnett.

"The main parking lot is affected quite substantially," said Stinnett, meaning some patrons are left to enjoy a longer summertime walk from an adjacent lot.

Stinnett emphasized that the "park is open, the water park is open and we've been open all week" as the Twin Cities area and communities all across Minnesota battle floodwaters to varying degrees.

One of those communities is Warroad, at the top of the state and the latest stop on Gov. Mark Dayton's waterlogged travel log. As he has done in the past several days in International Falls, Luverne, Chaska and elsewhere, the governor is meeting Wednesday in Warroad with front-line officials and hearing how flood mitigation efforts are going and what state and federal assistance might be needed.

The latest figures from the National Weather Service show that this is the wettest June on record for the Twin Cities area, with more than 25 inches of rain so far. That's 3.33 inches more than the previous record set in 1965.

Paul Walsh -- 612-673-4482

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