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Sam Smith's bike and boat rentals will suffer as a result of the state shutdown that affects Itasca Sports Rental and the park. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Shutdown hits campers, businesses, road work

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Sam Smith's 11 pontoon boats bobbed quietly on a blistering Thursday afternoon before Minnesota's busiest holiday weekend was to start.


Ideally, those boats should have been ferrying tourists up and down the shores of Lake Itasca.

The co-owner of Itasca Sports Rental was securing his fleet of 150 rental bikes, locking down the kayaks and laying off his staff of 10.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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