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No downtown Duluth Christmas tree, Minnesota Power to make huge donation instead

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DULUTH, MN -- Instead of putting up its annual Christmas tree in downtown Duluth this year, Minnesota Power announced Tuesday it will be making a large donation to several local non-profits.

Minnesota Power spokespeople say ongoing construction on the plaza where the tree normally sits won't allow for a tree this year.

Instead, the company will make a $10,000 donation to be divided among CHUM, Life House, and Kid's Closet.

According to Minnesota Power, CHUM will receive $5,000 for winter footwear and a holiday meal at the warming shelter.

Life House and Kid's Closet each will receive $2,500 for kids in need of cold weather gear.

“Once it became apparent we wouldn’t be able to host the Community Christmas Tree, a tradition we have held dear for many years, we reached out to area nonprofits to see how we could embrace the spirit of the season in other ways,” said ALLETE President and CEO Bethany Owen.

“As Duluth and our region continue to feel the effects of a global pandemic, we want to spread some holiday warmth and make a meaningful difference by supporting these organizations in their efforts to ensure that children and adults can stay warm on frigid nights. We look forward to celebrating with community members on the newly refurbished plaza next year for our Community Christmas Tree time-honored tradition.”

Tune in to KBJR 6 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. tonight for details on the company's generous donation and how the non-profits plan to put the company's gift to good use.

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