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Motels ramping up again

DAVENPORT – Local motels here responded to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns in different ways, and customer bases have also proven their differences. As summer begins to get under way as hot weather rolls in this week, the lodging businesses are in the midst of what is typically their busiest season.

Response to shutdowns

Black Bear Motel owner Kimberly Elwood, who has owned the motel for 19 years, never shut down operations. She said the first months were slow for business.

"But that's only because people were waiting to get back to work," Elwood said.

She said when essential workers were perm...


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