Have you ever had something you grew up with that you thought was totally normal until you opened your mouth? That happened the other night when I mentioned to my wife about running home when you heard the curfew siren as a kid. Apparently, not everybody had these warning blasts at a specific time each night.

If my memory is correct, I believe the tornado siren went off for one long wail at 9 pm every night. No matter where you were in town, you said goodbye to your friends and you high-tailed it back home. I don't remember if we had them in the winter, I only remember it being a summer thing. Of course, in Biwabik, Minnesota you would be crazy to be out at 9 pm on a winter night. Brr.

Yellow Siren

I looked up the current ordinance, and there still is a curfew from 9:00 pm to 6 am. Any minor under the age of 16 must be home and off the streets. If they are with their parent or guardian the curfew doesn't apply.

I reached out to Joan a friend of mine who still lives in Biwabik and said the siren has been off for decades now. But there recently was a push in some communities to bring them back as recently as the beginning of the pandemic.

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Other small towns have had them, and some still do.

Robbinsdale, Minnesota recently did away with its curfew siren. Now, some are wanting to bring it back.

Curfews In Duluth & Superior Exist Without Sirens

I looked up what the curfew in Duluth is, and not surprisingly it's a little more relaxed as it's a bigger city. The curfew for minors in Duluth is 11 pm to 5 am. If you're 16 or 17 it's 12:01 am to 5 am.

Superior's curfew for under 16 is 9:30 pm to 5 am. For 16 and older is from 10:30 pm to 5 am.

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