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Tourism down at Apostle Islands
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

It's not just the flooding that's done a number on Wisconsin tourism.

The Apostle Islands are at least 250 miles north of the flooded-out territory and their business is down 10 percent so far this summer.

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Bob Krumenaker, who runs the National Lakeshore near Bayfield, is not sure if it's weather or the economy or the $4 gas that's keeping some folks away.

The Apostles normally attract 80,000 visitors a year.

Meanwhile, the head of Apostle Islands' cruise service wants a smaller boat.

Dave Strzok runs the 80-passenger Island Princess. It's only averaging 17 riders at the moment and with fuel at $4.26 a gallon, he says it's tough to make ends meet.

Strzok is thinking about downsizing to a 15-passenger cruiser.

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