Trees down in Canal Park

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After our cruise we went walking along Canal Park. The Wednesday night Thursday morning storm hit Canal Park pretty hard. Many trees were blown down.

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Sunset via Lake Superior

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It’s rare to see a sunset in Duluth … unless you are out on Lake Superior. Notice the little “tower” to the right of the photo almost to the edge …(it looks like just a little blip.) It is Enger Tower,  a 5 story structure constructed of local bluestone. For our anniversary enjoyed a dinner cruise about the Vista Queen, a 66 foot long, 2 deck yacht-style vessel. It was extremely hot today. Up into the 90s but it’s usually cold and winding on Lake Superior, so I dressed casually in jeans, with a sleeveless blouse and a sweater. Well, for once it wasn’t cold. I didn’t need the sweater. it was unusually  warm. 

 

 

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Storm downs trees

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Duluthians awoke to the sounds of thunder. Lighting flashed over and over for 30 minutes. Winds of 60 mph whipped through the airport in Duluth Heights. A ship on Lake Superior reported winds at 72 mph. Trees fell over power lines and streets early this morning. On social media I had some reports of roof damage to homes, but for as many trees that fell, it’s amazing that there are no reports of injuries. Minnesota Power is recommending no travel because of the danger of downed power lines.
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The top of this electrical pole snapped off.

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Posted in East Hillside, Kenwood.

Tiger lilies begin to bloom

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These tiger lillies are now blooming.

These tiger lilies are in bloom now, in some other areas with a warmer climate the tiger lilies bloomed a month ago.

Posted in Kenwood.

Town hall forum on public safety

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In light of the recent shootings in Minneapolis, Baton Rouge and Dallas and in the spirit of collaboration and transparency a town hall forum was held at Denfeld High School on Tuesday night.  About 60 people gathered at Denfeld High School to learn more about public safety from the Duluth mayor and Duluth’s police, fire department as well as the Citizen’s Review Board. Duluth is one of the few cities in the nation to implement a Citizen’s Review Board.  The Duluth Citizen Review Board is an advisory body to the Police Department and City Council for the purpose of fostering relationships and strengthening trust and communication between the police department and citizens of Duluth to further the best interests of the city and all of its residents.

About 60 people gathered. Microphones were provided to individuals who asked questions. And paper was provided for those to shy to ask in public. Citizens asked questions about the role of police officers in schools, how officers are hired and if racial profiling is used.

“We don’t like to have average officers we do a lot of coaching, guiding and mentoring with our staff,” said Chief Mike Tusken

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Ore docks

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A view from Lincoln Park High School of the ore docks. Notice the grass growing on the train tracks on the right. I’ve never been at a high enough elevations to see the tops of the tracks.

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Council Chambers fill with citizens concerned with earned sick time for workers

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Duluth citizens filled the city council chambers to discuss earned paid time off for workers who don’t currently have any sick time benefits.  Most of them were part of a campaign for Earned Sick & Safe Time in Duluth organized by Take Action Minnesota. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research 46% of the Duluth workforce doesn’t have access to earned sick and safe time.

At about the middle of the council meeting citizens were given time to express their thoughts on creating a task force to study this issue. The first people to speak were the president and CEO of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and the manager of Grandma’s Restaurant. They said to be careful that small employers were not driven out of business.

Individuals told their personal stories for the next two hours.

Studies show that many of the workers who don’t have access to sick time are members low income working women and minorities. Taking time for an illness or to take care of a sick family member will cause them to lose pay which in turn adds to the precarious tipping point of not being able to pay rent and on the road to homelessness.

“They give those that don’t have access to earned safe and sick time and name and a face,” said Council Em Westerlund of the numerous people who spoke.

Advocates call for paid sick leave in Duluth

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Chocolate lake

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Painting in the rain

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Two Plein air artist painting in the plain rain on Sunday July 10. “This is what plein air artists do,” Wegler said of painting in the rain.

Posted in Central Hillside, Skyline Parkway.

Patriotic garb for Independence Day

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Posted in East Hillside.