Bits & Pieces of News from Duluth

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 10:46am.

 

So much news – so little time. We’ve chosen a couple of items that we think you’ll be interested in hearing.

Slide the City Cancelled

We told you last month about the much anticipated Slide the City event that was coming to Duluth this month. It’s been cancelled. The folks from Slide the City initially claimed they lacked sufficient time to organize it after the city released the permits. Eventually they copped to the fact that there’s some franchise stuff going on that precludes them from holding the event in Duluth this summer.

Pity for the fire department as this was to be a major fundraiser for its Operation Warm program. “When an event like this doesn't happen we lose money and that means losing jackets for these kids," Jon Otis, local co-chairman for Operation Warm, told Duluth News Tribune. "We're really disappointed that it's not happening."

When doing your back-to-school shopping, consider picking up an extra coat and dropping it by the City of Duluth offices at 411 West First Street.

There is Good News, However

Ya win some, ya lose some, right? We may have lost a chance to ride down a gigantic water slide but we've pretty much gained the right to hold next year’s Hockey Day at Bayfront Festival Park.

The all-things hockey event is scheduled for Feb. 6, 2016. The collaborative effort between local organizers, Fox Sports North and the Minnesota Wild (the Kris Lindahl Team’s Official Partner) is ongoing as they hammer out the final details, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Have some Free Time? Volunteer in Duluth!

If you’re a Boomer with some spare time, consider becoming a Foster Grandparent. No, you don’t need to take a kid into your home, but your parental skills will be put to work helping tutor and mentor kids in Duluth’s parochial and public schools.

Volunteers must be 55 years or older and commit to volunteering with the program for a minimum of 15 hours a week. They provide a small stipend, training and even assist with your transportation. If you’re interested, call 715) 394-5384.

The Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank needs volunteers. Call (218) 727-5653, ext. 108, if you’re interested in this opportunity to help our community.

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