Shutdown launches Itasca Sports expansion
When the state shutdown closed Itasca State Park, the propellers for Itasca Sports' pontoon rental business came to a halt.
Sam and Caren Smith, who are second-generation owners of the family rental enterprise, put a business plan in place in 24 hours.
"Need a pontoon?" they asked via Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber e-mails.
And the wheels (holding pontoons) began to roll. Itasca Sports now offers mobile pontoon delivery.
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