Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

Balancing tourism with safety

By TOM LAVENTURE

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HURLEY — Area communities have somewhat of a bipolar tourism message that both encourages and discourages travel during a summer season still under the yoke of a COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism generates more than $21 million annually for Iron County, according to Kelly Klein, coordinator of Iron County Economic Development. The industry employs more than 250 people with full-time-equivalent jobs which comprises a big segment of the local economy, whether it’s from lodging, restaurant, gas or events, he said.

“We are all impacted by it,” Klein said.

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