Beth Schupp is a fourth-generation resort owner in Detroit Lakes, Minn. And she’s bracing for the best for the 94th summer that the Fair Hills Resort has been operating. But with Covid-19 fears, it’s created some uncertainty for these owners whose livelihoods depend on people leaving home for a summer getaway.
In this interview with One Greater Minnesota Reporter Kaomi Goetz, Schupp talks about what their all-inclusive resort stays might look like and whether guests say they’re still coming. Her other respite, Five Lakes Resort, is more remote and can easily accommodate a week of social distancing, she says. And while some cancellations have already rolled in, Schupp says she’s hopeful that people will still need a place to recharge and that she is working on a plan to make it as safe as possible.
With an endless supply of lakes, Minnesota is a haven for lake resorts, which have drawn people for summer getaways for more than a century. But since the 1980s, the number of resorts in the state has dwindled. One Greater Minnesota reporter Kaomi Goetz explores the reasons why so many have them have shuttered.
While visiting the Northwest Angle, One Greater Minnesota reporter Kaomi Goetz shared a story about the state’s last one-room public school where children in the tiny community – population 125 – learn through a form of mostly independent study until the end of sixth grade. After that, many are homeschooled, while others make a three-hour round-trip journey to Warroad, Minn., where they complete their studies.