Don’t sweep salt and grit into our streams

This photo was actually taken on Friday afternoon. It’s been a close call for the City to know when to have the street sweepers out and when to have the snowplows out. It did snow a bit on Friday. If all the salt and grit runs into our drainage systems it runs into the lake and pollutes the lake. You can help keep our lakes clean by 1. picking up pieces of plastic and other litter along the street and stuck in our street grates, and also by sweeping up the sand and grit and taking it to a designated disposal site. Do NOT sweep the GRIT down a street GRATE.

Here is a press release from the city

Citizens asked to use Road Sand Collection Sites
[Duluth, MN] – It’s spring cleanup time! The City of Duluth invites residents to dispose of excess road salt and sand from sidewalks, curbs, and boulevards at one of the Road Sand Collection Sites set up around the City.
Street sweepers collect road sand from the streets as quickly as possible in the spring, but any additional cleanup help from
citizens is greatly appreciatedIf not picked up before the spring rains, the sand washes into our streams and can damage critical trout habitat.
The best way to dispose of road sand is to sweep it up and bring it to one of the four dump sites that the City has set up around Duluth.
 The collection sites are large, green, roll-off dumpsters marked with a sign. They are open to all Duluth residents to drop off road sand from their sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. Sites are located at the following locations:
-Chester Bowl (near the playground)
-Duluth Heights Community Club Parking Lot
-Piedmont Community Center
-Wheeler Field (in the back)

These sites are monitored for illegal dumping. Please dispose of yard waste, leaves, grass clippings, and brush at the WLSSD yard waste site. Catch basins lead directly to our streams and Lake Superior, not to the wastewater treatment plant. Please do not dump anything into them. Contact the City of Duluth at 730-4130 during business hours or 730-4100 on evenings and weekends to report any illegal discharge or dumping.


Explosion at oil refinery

As I was on my way to a meeting I noticed a smokestack in Superior with a little black smoke coming out of it, and a little flame in the smokestack. By time my meeting was over the same area was billowing with black smoke. Superior residents said the explosion rocked their houses. Residents were ordered to evacuate.

According to the Duluth News Tribune: A series of explosions and fires rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior Thursday, sending a black plume of acrid smoke across the city, forcing massive evacuations and sending several people to local hospitals.

Groups of people, some of them from Superior gathered at the Coppertop church to watch the smoke. One woman cried in relief as she knew her whole family was safely in Duluth.

This man is carrying a dog. The dog is resting on his shoulder. I think the man is a Superior resident who came to the Coppertop parking lot to see the billowing smoke.

Yum, Yum, the church smells good

It’s not fall, but it is the Coppertop’s Roast Beef Dinner tomorrow. The Lakeview Social Hall is filled with parishioners peeling, slicing and cutting apples for homemade apple pies. Seen here are the Rev. Jeanine Alexander and her mother Sharon. Some pies were in the oven as I took this photo and it sure smells good.

Spring Roast Beef Dinner
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 4:30-7:00 pm

Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, roll, and homemade apple crisp. Adults $13, children under 12, $6

Dine in, carry out,  or drive through

A Year in the Wilderness

I was downtown to see a movie at the Zeitgeist and a bicycling crowd gathered around this red canoe. Members of the Sierra Club biked through parts of Duluth with Amy and Dave Freeman, authors of A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters. 

They will be pulling the canoe behind them as they bike the 1,750 miles to Washington D.C. They plan to take their canoe to U.S. senators and congressmen to discuss protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Areas the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the threat of proposed copper mining. The invited members of the public to sign the canoe.

They are National Geographic Adventurers of the year.