Power's out and you need to cool down? Try these places

With many residents without power -- and temperatures climbing into the 80s and 90s -- the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Amsoil Arena was opened Thursday as a temporary cooling center.

Powerful winds from the storm knocked down a large tree which snapped a power pole near 46th Avenue East and Superior Street. The top half of the pole and power lines still dangle near the entrance to Matilda's Dog Bakery & Pet Nutrition Center. Bob King /
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With many residents without power - and temperatures climbing into the 80s and 90s - the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center’s Amsoil Arena was opened Thursday as a temporary cooling center.

The Duluth Transit Authority offered free rides to the facility, which will be open again Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“Most people in Duluth don’t need air­conditioning, but some depend on it for their health,” said Duluth city spokeswoman Pakou Ly. “We worked with the DECC and the DTA to make sure they have access to somewhere safe. ... 

"The arena is already covered in ice, so it’s the perfect location for this,” Ly said. “Pets are allowed as well, if they are kept on leash.”

The cooling center includes drinking fountains, restrooms, air conditioning and Wi­-Fi.


The Duluth Area Family YMCA also is offering free use of its facilities while the power is out for showering, water or Wi-Fi.

Douglas County

Douglas County is opening cooling centers to the community Thursday and Friday to beat the dangerously hot weather that has been predicted.
They include the following:

  • Room 270 of the Douglas County Government Center, 1316 N. 14th St. in Superior from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Superior Douglas County Senior Citizen Center, 1527 Tower Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Solon Springs Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday.
  • Lake Nebagamon Village Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave., from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
  • Superior-Douglas County Family YMCA, 9 N. 21st St., Superior, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Mariner Mall, 69 N. 28th St., Superior, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Itasca County

Itasca County will reopen its cooling center from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday for those affected by the storms. It will be at Zion Lutheran Church, 2901 U.S. Highway 169, Grand Rapids, and will provide a cool place, information, water, food, and showers.

Hill City

A cooling center is operating at the Hill City Community Center/City Hall. The center will provide air conditioning, food and water until 9 p.m. today. The center will reopen from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. If you are in Aitkin County and in need of overnight accommodations, call the Aitkin County Health & Human Services Office at (218) 927-7200.

The Superior Telegram contributed to this report.

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