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Visitors to Canal Park walk on the north pier of the Duluth ship canal on Sunday afternoon. In recent days, officials say, a number of young adults have dived or tried to dive into the canal — an illegal and potentially dangerous action — as part of a social media-fueled challenge to raise money for various charities. (Steve Kuchera /

Officials warn against jumping into ship canal

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A recent rash of people jumping, or trying to jump, into the cold, turbulent waters of the Duluth ship canal has prompted officials to issue a warning that doing so is illegal — and potentially life-threatening.


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