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.
Some roads in Duluth will be closed Saturday for the NorthShore Inline Marathon.
Congdon Boulevard (County Road 61) from Two Harbors to Duluth, London Road from 26th Avenue East to Superior Street and Interstate 35 from Mesaba Avenue to 26th Avenue East will close from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Superior Street and the Highway 61 Expressway are alternate routes.
This year’s race — with five events — includes the new Tunnel 10K, a chance to run through the Interstate 35 tunnels in town. It will start and end at Fifth Avenue West.
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.
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.
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.
While the tall ships are getting all the attention lately, Duluth still has its trains.
Tonight, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is offering a wine and dine ride.
Hop on the train at the Duluth Depot at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a leisurely 2½-hour ride, while dining on a five-course meal created by Chef Richard Selz of the JJ Astor Restaurant. The dinner will be paired with California wines.
This is the Scenic Railroad’s first wine train, but they are planning to make it a regular occurrence beginning Aug. 12.
Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at duluthtrains.com or by calling (218) 722-1273.
Head out to West Duluth this weekend and help the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad celebrate its return to service.
Last year’s flooding washed out bridges and the track along the scenic railroad’s route to New Duluth. Repairs are complete, and Saturday the train makes its first trip of the year.
To help celebrate, the first 15 adult tickets purchased for each ride Saturday and Sunday will be half-price. In addition, the LS&MRR will honor all 2012 tickets and BOGO coupons throughout the 2013 season. Normal ticket prices are $12.25 for adults and $7.50 for children. Children younger than 3 ride free.
The LS&MRR offers trips at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays into October departing from 7100 Grand Ave. (across from the Lake Superior Zoo). Each trip lasts about an hour and 40 minutes. Go to lsmrr.org for more information.
- Because of culvert work by the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Grand Avenue near Interstate 35, northbound Grand Avenue is closed. Southbound Grand Avenue is open, but the ramp from I-35 to Grand is closed. Traffic between I-35 and Grand Avenue is being detoured onto Central Avenue and Raleigh Street.
The Duluth Transit Authority is offering teenage riders a pass that allows for unlimited travel anywhere on DTA buses and the Port Town Trolley and discounted perks for June through August.
The pass is $55 — and valued at more than twice as much. Flash the pass at the Incline Station Bowling Center, Adventure Zone, Great Lakes Aquarium, Lake Superior Zoo, the Encounter and Duluth Huskies baseball games for discounted admission or other deals.
Passes are on sale at the Downtown Transit Center, DTA Operations Center (2402 W. Michigan St.) and DTA pass outlets. The passes are transferable to qualifying friends and family members when not in use by the primary pass holder.