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BRIEF: Valleyfair nearly back to normal after flooding

July 3, 2014

By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

July 03--Valleyfair is just about back to 100 percent after floodwaters last week from the Minnesota River silenced screams on three of its thrill rides and overwhelmed its main parking lot.

Minnesota's largest and most popular amusement park had to shut down the Renegade, Excalibur and Thunder Canyon rides near the back of the Shakopee entertainment destination. As of Thursday, only Thunder Canyon was left to resume operations, said Valleyfair spokeswoman Robin Stinnett.

Patrons can now park close to entrance, an area that was covered in water not long ago. During that time, Valleyfair waived the $12 parking fee for motorists using an adjacent lot.

The return to near normal comes just as the park prepares for a busy holiday weekend. A fireworks show will be held starting Thursday and continuing through Aug. 3. Stinnett said the show on July 4th will be an expanded version.

For more information, or call 952-445-6500.

Paul Walsh -- 612-673-4482


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