Nearly a quarter million people are expected to show up in Duluth this weekend with the arrival of the tall ships, which have made their way from Cleveland in the last week.
The tall ships festival is expected to generate almost $15 million dollars for the local economy, according to organizers.
The ships have been racing across the Great Lakes this summer commemorating the military events of the War of 1812. They’ll only be in Duluth until Monday, when they head for another festival in Chicago.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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