GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Minnesota’s North Shore depends on tourism to keep the economy booming, especially as the weather gets warmer. And while there are signs the worker shortage could be letting up, some popular places there are having a hard time keeping up with demand as tourism bounces back. “We need the visitors, we love the visitors,” said Jim Boyd, a member of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce. “They are what allows us to have jobs and allows our families to survive.” Grand Marais is Cook County’s retail center that features several businesses run mostly by families, like Beth Rogers Kennedy.
‘We need the visitors’: North Shore businesses hope to see return of seasonal workers ahead of busy season