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Street art made to say ‘thank you’ to frontline workers

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DULUTH,MN-- Locals in the community are getting creative to bring more light to Duluth during a dark time.

The Duluth Street Art Initiative and Minnesota's Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke collaborated on a way to say thank you to healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19.

"I wanted to do something to show my appreciation for those that truly are going into work every day and exposing themselves," says Artist Michelle Misgen, who helped created the sign.

"You know they have a lot on their shoulders," says Judge Floerke. "So anyway we as a community can say thank you, you know seems like a real win, win."

On Saturday morning, the artwork Michelle Misgen and her partner Sean Moore created was installed outside St. Luke's hospital for the whole community to enjoy.

"My heart goes out to all of them, and all workers deemed essential. It's not about me, it's about them," says Misgen.

Meanwhile, Floerke says it's a small gesture of gratitude.

He has friends that are out on the frontlines and knows how much they are sacrificing.

"If I had a million N-95 masks I'd give that too. It's just neat to bring people together," says Floerke. "This seemed like a neat way to bring together some really talented people, and to be able to say thank you and to give out some encouragement."

Because during tough time a simple thank you can go a long way.

"I hope they know the community is behind them, is supporting them, and really appreciates the work they're doing," he says.

The Duluth Street Art Initiative has several other smaller-scale projects they are working on, including tiles which symbolize other essential workers such as police officers, grocery store workers, etc.

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Emma Quinn

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