Mother Nature has had some good days and bad days lately in Southeast Minnesota.  Unfortunately, some of those bad days included colder than normal temps, lots of rain, and we've had quite a bit of hail too.  Unfortunately, the weather has been a frustration for some seasonal businesses in our area, and two just announced that they are closed for the season.

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Seasonal Businesses in Rochester, Minnesota Announce They are Closed for 2022

On a good year, when Mother Nature is giving all the right temperatures and mix of sun and rain, strawberries in Southeast Minnesota can be picked until early July.  Sadly, we are seeing our strawberries fields suffer this year due to a huge array of weather.  The strawberry farm at Sekaap Orchard is one of those.

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Greetings from Ron at Sekapp Orchard strawberry farm. The weather hasn’t been cooperating. We are closing for the season. Hopefully we get a better crop next year. - Ron at Sekapp Orchard Facebook page

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Firefly Berries also shared the disappointing news that there aren't enough berries to continue this season.

Unfortunately, we will NOT be open for you pick strawberries on Thursday, June 30th as we originally hoped. There just aren't enough berries out in the field anymore for us to be open.
Thank you for those of you who came out to support us this year, despite the less than ideal conditions. We appreciate you!  - Firefly Berries Facebook Page

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11 of the Most Devastating Weather Disasters in Minnesota Throughout The Years

We might be full of lakes and "nice" but Minnesota has had its fair share of horrible and nasty weather. Throughout the years we've had floods, fires, storms that have crushed stadium roofs flat, and tornadoes that have destroyed lives.