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Sacred Heart Music Center seeks community help following break-ins

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DULUTH, MN -- The pandemic and a string of burglaries, a very unfortunate one-two punch for Duluth's Sacred Heart Music Center.

Now, the venue is turning to its neighbors for help to keep the historic space alive.

For the Twin Ports music community, Sacred Heart Music Center is a venue unlike any other.

"It's the place where everyone comes together," said Nick Muska, guitarist for the band One Less Guest. "All the musicians in the community come together there."

The space, which is usually filled with life and music, has sat mostly empty since the start of the pandemic and left it a target for crime.

Mark Nicklawske sits on the board of directors for Sacred Heart. He said they have seen at least three break-ins since July.

"They stole some monitors and speakers, house speakers, a computer and some musical equipment," said Nicklawske.

According to Nicklawske, damages total to more than $7,000 and are forcing the non-profit to turn to the community for help.

"Any little bit helps as we are struggling to keep this place going while we are struggling during COVID times," said Nicklawske.

The historic building is not cheap to maintain, with thousands set aside just to keep it warm through the winter months.

Muska hoping the Twin Ports community rallies together to support a place that has given so much.

"I think I can speak for everyone up here and just say that as musicians we just appreciate the Duluth Superior community and how much they support the arts and come out, not just to attend shows, but donating and I think that's huge right now," said Muska.

Sacred Heart is planning on using money raised to replace stolen items and upgrade its security system.

If you would like to donate, click here.

Natalie Grant

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