Many in the state’s tourism industry are opposed to having Iowa schools start in August, before the Labor Day holiday. Paul Rasmussen runs the Spook Cave and Campground near McGregor, and has to close when school starts because his high school laborers go back to class. Rasmussen says a lot of people from Minnesota and Wisconsin stop at the Spook Cave in the week before Labor Day and over that weekend, but he has to turn them away because his workers have gone back to school. Senator Jack Kibbie, a Democrat from Emmetsburg, says it’s a perennial issue. Kibbie says the tourism spots in his northwest corner of the state argue that once school starts, families stay home for Labor Day rather than spend time at travel destinations like the Iowa Great Lakes.
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