Housekeeping Olympics Stress Importance of Service to Iron Range Tourism

By KBJR News 1

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM CDT

Tower, MN (NNCNOW.com)
Handcuffed housekeepers making a bed in the middle of a parking lot?
It seems like a Salvador Dali painting or a scene from a fever dream but this is real.
This is the ninth annual Housekeeping Olympics at Fortune Bay Resort in Tower.
"Pillows on this end! Pillows on this end!" said an onlooker.
At the end of the bed making competition, a Virginia Police officer removed the handcuffs so Olympians could comment on the event.
"Exciting and a little painful but it's a rush and it is fun!" said two competitors.
The Olympics are more than just fun, they're a way to celebrate a cornerstone of the Iron Range economy – tourism.
"It sure is. There's an annual sixty million dollars spent on the Iron Range in tourism." said hotel manager Jim Makowsky.
"Hotel workers from all over the Iron Range took part and it was part Olympics and part thank you for the hard work they do for our economy." said reporter Dave Anderson at the Super 8 in Eveleth.
Though some of the competitors had a hard time figuring out how the towel toss competition was a show of thanks.
"It's hard! You can't see!" said a competitor from Grand Rapids.
But, by instilling pride in a job well done by hospitality workers, it's hoped more tourists will see the Range as a destination.
"That's what we're about and that's the whole spin of this event, bring the competitors together to attract people to come to the Iron Range." said Makowsky.
In Tower, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

The housekeeping team from the Super 8 in Eveleth won the Gold Medal.
The Americ–Inn of Virginia took the Silver.
The Hibbing Park Blue team went home with the Bronze.