The Christmas City of the North Parade is coming Friday, and motorists in downtown Duluth should plan accordingly.
Parade participants will stage on Railroad Street in advance of the event, which is scheduled to begin at 6:20 p.m. They will travel east on Railroad Street to Lake Avenue, cross the freeway on Lake Avenue and then head west on Superior Street to Fifth Avenue West.
There will be no parking allowed along the parade route after 5 p.m. Traffic diversions around the staging area will begin at 2 p.m.
Exits to northbound and southbound Lake Avenue off Interstate 35 will be closed from 5:45-8:30 p.m.
Buses will use First Street.
In short, avoid the area with your car. If you can’t, be patient and “nicicle.”
A street dance will impact traffic on Duluth’s First Street on Friday.
Spurs on First is holding a street dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. As a result, First Street will be closed to traffic from First Avenue West to Second Avenue West from 6:30 p.m. until midnight for setup and the dance, according to the Duluth Police Department. All westbound traffic on First Street will be diverted at First Avenue West. Drivers are urged to use caution when driving the area of the event.
To raise awareness that youngsters will be crossing streets to get to the new Myers-Wilkins Elementary School in Duluth’s hillside next week, a group of crosswalk ambassadors will be out in force today and Thursday.
The ambassadors will be walking the crosswalks by the school on East Ninth Street at the Sixth Avenue East and Eight Avenue East intersections from 7-8 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. each day to coincide with the start and end of the upcoming school day.
The Share the Road events are being held one week before school starts next Monday. The Safe and Walkable Hillside Coalition teamed up with the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition to do it.
They are reminding us that both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for pedestrian safety at intersections. And they point out that every intersection is a crosswalk, whether it’s marked or unmarked with lines, stop signs or stop lights.
The moon is a long way to go to deliver a letter, but three Duluth postal carriers have done it twice.
Not literally, of course. (The moon doesn’t have a ZIP code, yet.) But Lee Henderson, John Anderson and Larry Rauvola each have driven about that distance — a million miles — during the course of their careers, the U.S. Postal Service tells us. And none of them has had even a single accident.
For that feat, the Duluth trio is among eight Minnesota postal carriers to receive the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Safe Driving Award.
“Reaching this pinnacle requires 30 years of service and a safe attitude,” the Postal Service’s news release says.
Henderson, Anderson and Rauvola are part of the world’s largest civilian fleet, the Postal Service says. Nearly 300,000 letter carriers and truck drivers in almost 214,000 vehicles drive more than 1.2 billion miles annually while delivering mail to 151.5 million addresses.
On Labor Day weekend, Minnesota will host its first “Free Wheeling Weekend,” making it free to ride on state and grant-in-aid trails for two days, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials said.
On Saturday and Sunday, Minnesotans whose ATVs are registered only for private or agricultural use can enjoy riding the more than 3,400 miles of state and grant-in-aid trails without paying the additional registration fee to ride on public trails. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota trails, too, without the need for a nonresident trail pass.
Information on trail maps and where to ride is available.
The massive crane that has obstructed traffic in the 100 block of West Superior Street this week should soon be done with its work.
Crews used the machine to lift equipment and supplies to the top of the US Bank Building, where they were used to replace the roof and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and to update a sign. The work was expected to wrap up by today, said Dennis Lamkin, a vice president and senior property manager for the bank. He said the bank arranged for all the work to coincide so as to minimize the disruption.
“We’re trying to be good neighbors,” Lamkin said. “We apologize for the inconvenience it has caused, but unfortunately this is part of doing business in a downtown area when you have a tall building and you need to maintain it.”
The Duluth Transit Authority and the city of Superior will provide special evening service between downtown Duluth, downtown Superior and the Head of the Lakes Fair from today through Saturday.
Look for “Fairgrounds” displayed on the bus’ front destination sign.
The evening runs to the fair will depart downtown Duluth hourly at the Holiday Center from 6:15-10:15 p.m., with service along Route 17 toward South Superior. Return trips from the fairgrounds will run hourly from 6:40 p.m. with the last return trip leaving the fairgrounds at 10:45 p.m.
Daytime bus service to the Head of the Lakes Fair is available on the DTA’s regular Route 17 weekday service. Sunday service is available to the fairgrounds on Route 17 from 10:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
File this item under the “faith in humanity restored” category.
Dale Kaczmarek hopped on his motorcycle July 29 at the end of his shift at Perkins by the Miller Hill Mall. Not long into the ride, Kaczmarek unknowingly lost his wallet. Fortunately the wallet was spotted by a woman driving behind him, who scooped it up and brought it to the St. Louis County Courthouse and asked for help in returning it to its owner.
The wallet was returned, cash and all, but Kaczmarek never got the woman’s name. He said he’s thankful and grateful for her kindness.
The city of Duluth has taken a step — actually, a few steps — out of the process of parking along Canal Park Drive.
The pay stations that replaced parking meters remain, but now instead of printing out a receipt and returning to the vehicle to place it on the dashboard, drivers can simply enter the number of the parking space in the pay station.
The pay stations accept coins, bills and credit cards. Maximum allowable parking time is two hours at a cost of $1.50.
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association is hosting a free social meet-and-greet Sunday.
The event begins at 1 p.m. in the social hall of Morgan Park’s St. Margaret Mary Church, 1467 88th Ave. W. All makes of motorcycles are welcome.
Founded in 1977, the nonprofit group of 72,000 members uses the motto “Friends for fun, safety and knowledge.”
For more information, contact Gold Wing Road Riders Association District Director Scott Mattson at (952) 930-3970 or (612) 508-2441.