Memorial Day and the economy

Albert Lea Memorial Day Parade

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – The Memorial Day events kicked off bright and early Monday morning in Albert Lea. Everything from a parade downtown, to laying a wreath on the lake took place.

As all the Memorial Day events take place around our area, more people are traveling. With all those people comes a boost to the economy as well.

Thelda Haack and her husband took in the local parade on their Memorial Day morning.

“We are enjoying retirement and a leisurely weekend,” Haack said. It helps that the weather could not have been much better during the long weekend. “It’s nice to have the nice weather to be able to walk outside and walk along the lakes and see the pretty flowering crabs and the lilacs and just enjoy the beautiful day,” Haack said.

This extra day off for many in the area means extra business for local establishments. But in an odd twist of events, the weather actually kept people away from local golf courses.

“I don’t know if it’s ever bad to have good weather in the golf business, but it’s certainly been affecting play. The lakes and the community and people traveling up north for cabins and graduations has a lot to do with this,” said Donnie Teeter, Director of Golf at Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea.

The cold start to the season may have had people itching to get out on the lake this weekend, but he knows that soon enough, they will work their way back out to the course.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve really had no wind and warm temps. We’re looking forward to a great year with the turf in good shape. It’s just going to get better by the day,” Teeter said.

So, although business may not have been as good as he hoped this weekend, they will take what they can get at Wedgewood Cove.

“To have four beautiful days and a long weekend is nothing I ever complain about,” Teeter said.

The golf course took part in some Memorial Day events of their own Monday morning, including a special golf tournament. Teeter said numbers for that event were average.

Many restaurants and liquor stores were also open during this holiday and many said they were busy all day.

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