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Duluth Police Reserve members Donna Beaupre (left) and Becky Lesch move barricades into position while closing off Harbor Drive in Duluth as they prepare for Fourth of July fireworks Friday. (Clint Austin /

Duluth Police Reserves provide aid, direct traffic — and offer a friendly hello

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By day, Donna Beaupre is retired.

She’s had a few different jobs, ranging from insurance to working for St. Louis County. But when there are major high-traffic events such as Grandma’s Marathon, the Christmas City of the North parade or Friday’s Fourth Fest celebration, Beaupre dons a uniform and works as a civilian assistant to officers from the Duluth Police Department.

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