Now that spring has officially started, (season-wise, not necessarily weather-wise), it might be time for some spring cleaning, too. Here are just a couple of local tips about how you could do some tidying.

Clean your vehicle at Duluth's newest car wash

Tommy's Express Car Wash opened last Thursday at 321 E. Central Entrance in Duluth. The car wash offers a membership package where, once you register online, cameras at the car wash will automatically recognize your license plate.

Membership includes a monthly rate for unlimited washes, plus a fast-pass through the outer lane of the car wash designated for members only. Members can also group multiple cars together on one account. Membership is valid at any Tommy's Express location. Tommy's Express has car washes all over the country, including Minnesota locations in Mounds View, New Hope and Rochester, with a Waite Park location coming soon. Wisconsin has Tommy's Express car washes in Weston and Wausau, with an Eau Claire site opening soon.

Tommy's Express also has free vacuums and various settings for washes and waxes. Single-wash services are available, so you don't have to be a member to use it. Tommy's Express is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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Keep the city clean as the snow melts away

Although this isn't necessarily a business event, many local businesses have partnered to organize volunteer cleanups around Duluth. And while you should always pick up litter when you see it, Keep Duluth Clean is coordinating a citywide cleanup event next weekend for the whole community to participate in together.

Next Saturday, April 10, the public is invited to pick up litter from wherever they are — whether it's your frontyard or backyard, a park, or anywhere else you see trash — for at least 30 minutes.

The cleanup event is self-directed this year in order to maintain COVID-19 safety restrictions. Participants can register at and submit a litter report to be entered to win prizes.

People are encouraged to follow safety precautions during cleanup, including watching for traffic on roadways, wearing proper protection like gloves, staying in easily accessible areas and reporting hazardous or unbaggable items to Keep Duluth Clean through a litter report. A full list of safety guidelines is available on the Keep Duluth Clean website.

Participants are encouraged to be picky and look for litter of all sizes, even cigarette butts or small pieces of plastic. People are also encouraged to share photos of their cleanup efforts by tagging @KeepDuluthClean and #KeepDuluthClean on social media.

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Laura Butterbrodt covers health and business for the Duluth News Tribune. Contact her at 218-723-5320 or