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Tourist season continues through fall months

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MINOCQUA (WAOW) -- Many Northwoods business owners depend on tourists to keep them going throughout the year. Some of them said the tourist season doesn't stop when the leaves start changing.

Some say they come to the Northwoods to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

"The water's beautiful, crystal clear," said Randy Rygh, who visited from the Madison area. "Madison lakes are a little green this time of year."

For others, this is their life. The new owners of Matt Morgan's said they see a mix of tourists and locals eating in their restaurant -- an important combination to keep their business afloat.

"Even though we aren't from Minocqua, we have moved here and we have staked our lives on the fact that people here and the community is strong," said Matthew Cullen, who's family owns Matt Morgan's.

People who make the stop in Minocqua said they even though budgets can be tight, it doesn't have to cost a lot to spend time relaxing.

"People are very selective in where the go and how they spend their money," said Minocqua area chamber of commerce executive director Kim Baltus. "We try very hard to have them visit Minocqua and I think once the people get here, they really do have a good time."

Minocqua's summer tourist season got off to a slow start this year. Local leaders said the weather is partly to blame, since spring-like weather seeped into summer months. But Baltus said the city saw more visitors than it did last year, especially in July and August.

"People still have their favorite things that are an important part of their visit here," said Baltus. "They may just have to plan it a little bit more."

Now that the summer's fading into fall, tourists can still spend time on their boats, visit the parks or stroll around the downtown area. Even people who keep coming back said there's always something new to discover.

"We can always find something to do, if it's cold, rainy, whatever," said Rygh. "We're always going to vacation up here."

If you want to check out events going on in Minocqua over the next few months, you can click on this link.

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