A Duluthian recently told the Budgeteer about driving through Walker, Minn. and stopping for a meal at Benson's Eating and Drinking Emporium. After ordering her food she noticed an old photo on the wall of a man hanging from a noose with a crowd gathered around. Two words were written on the photo, "Charboneau Hanging." No other explanation was provided.
The National Weather Service issued warning of heavy snowfall and rapidly deteriorating travel conditions, all of which came true. But the Christmas City of the North Parade went on as scheduled the evening of Nov. 18 and Duluthians flocked downtown to watch. 1127.F.DBN.Parade.HonorGuard.jpg The Honor Guard leads the parade. 1127.F.DBN.Parade.Four.jpg From left, Chris Allen, Josh Lehtinen, Dan Richardson and Colton O'Connell enjoy hot cocoa. 1127.F.DBN.Parade.Fryberger.jpg
Beginning in November and continuing through April, the City of Duluth is inviting the public to provide input for "Imagine Duluth 2035," the updating of the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The plan was adopted in 2006, but the city has changed over the last 10 years. Issues such as housing, transportation, public infrastructure and open space were not fully addressed in the 2006 plan.
Around 150 people attended the Duluth Area YMCA's Showcase Dinner on Oct. 26 at Northland Country Club. The event honored supporters of the Y's Heritage Foundation. "It's a celebration of people who are currently giving or plan on giving," said Chris Francis, president and CEO of the Duluth Y. The foundation provides scholarships for youth and family memberships and programs. "Our goal is that no one is turned away," said Kevin Peterson, development officer. The Duluth Y has over 10,000 members and provides subsidies to 3,000, he said.
Every Halloween since 1985, Tom Grier has drawn hundreds of people to the haunted graveyard in his yard on Grandview Avenue in Chester Park. The elaborate interactive display includes fog, sound effects, a chainsaw, live silhouettes, a walk-through corridor, Dr. Frankenstein and assorted ghouls. "We always add something new," he said. "We discontinued the maze and the guillotine this year, but we added projections, which, when it gets dark, will have phantasms and ghosts and things like that."
"I always thought the odds were against me," said a Native American woman who identified herself only as Miranda. She said she was neglected and abused starting at a young age. "My identity was taken since I was a kid," she said. "I didn't have anybody."
The Duluth Transit Authority and Jefferson Lines presented the inaugural Discover Duluth Transportation event at the Duluth Transportation Center on Oct. 13. This event commemorated the grand opening of the Jefferson Lines ticket counter at 228 W. Michigan St. The $30 million Duluth Transportation Center opened earlier this year. Jefferson Lines moved in Oct. 11 and has closed its terminal on Grand Avenue in West Duluth. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed the day as "Jefferson Lines Day in Duluth."
Duluth celebrated its Hartley Park replanting project Oct. 12. Dozens of volunteers, along with a crew hired through Community Action Duluth, have embarked on planting 3,500 new trees in the park. So far 2,500 trees have been planted with approximately 1,000 left to go. Over 10 acres of Hartley Park is being replanted. The project started in September. The timing is fortuitous as Hartley suffered much damage in the July 21 storm with over 1,000 fallen trees on the trails alone, according to Tom O'Rourke, Hartley Nature Center director.
Thousands of Native Americans have established a tent city on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannonball, N.D., to stop a controversial oil pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners is building the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline through the area, but protesters say it poses a danger to water and the environment. The matter has become an internationally celebrated cause with supporters from around the world traveling to the area to bring supplies and show solidarity. Many Duluthians have undertaken the 18-hour round-trip drive.
Duluth MakerSpace, a cooperative workshop that offers access to 3D printers, laser cutters, wood and metal-shaping machinery, computer technology and more, held its grand opening Sept. 18 at 3001 W. Superior St. The co-op is for hobbyists, artists, inventors, teachers and anyone who wants to create but needs the know-how and the equipment. It's also for those who have such assets and want to share them.