- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WABASHA, Minn. (AP) - When a Wabasha hotel didn’t have enough rooms for all the migrant workers helping with the apple harvest, it set up a couple tents with cots and pillows.

Now, the city has stepped in and ordered Coffee Mill Inn and Suites to take down the tents.

The hotel owner and Pepin Heights Apple Orchard in Lake City provided the impromptu lodging when some hotel rooms needed electrical work and weren’t ready for the workers. KTTC-TV (https://bit.ly/1rk46kZ ) says the orchard workers have been staying at the hotel every fall for a dozen years. About 50 temporary workers stay in the area over a 6-week period.

Hotel owner Dewey Lexvold says city officials told him Monday that because the property wasn’t a campground and because it wasn’t an emergency, the tents would have to come down.


Information from: KTTC-TV, https://www.kttc.com

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