Minnesota Power posted on their Facebook page this morning a few updates for the community. Sadly one of those updates is that there will not be a large Christmas Tree downtown at the Minnesota Power Plaza. MN Power says ongoing construction has prevented that from happening. It's a yearly tradition where MN Power hauls in a giant tree harvested from somewhere in the Northland to decorate the plaza. Instead, this year they've announced that they are donating $10,000 to charities in the Northland.

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According to KBJR 6, MN Power will be donating the money between three charities. CHUM will receive $5,000 for the warming shelter and to host a holiday meal. Duluth's Life House, and The Kid's Closet will receive $2500 to help purchase warm clothes for kids. Minnesota Power had reached out to these organizations and asked for how they could assist them.

While they are sad that they won't be able to have the Christmas tree this year, they plan to have it back next year when the plaza is complete. We can be hopeful that Christmas next year will be more back to normal in many ways.

Minnesota Power is setting a good example by helping those in need this Holiday Season. Many of our local charities need assistance more than ever this time of year. The Duluth Salvation Army is looking for volunteers and donations as they are very short this year. CHUM is hiring for warming shelter staff as well. The Union Gospel Mission in Downtown Duluth is also needing help this season including funding a new van. There's no shortage of places for you to lend a hand or donate money too this year.