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Snowball fight planned for Leif Erikson Park

A "City-Wide Snowball Fight" is planned for Sunday in Leif Erikson Park.

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Jim Richardson, aka Lake Superior Aquaman, is planning a city-wide snowball fight on Sunday in Leif Erikson Park in Duluth. (2019 file/News Tribune)
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A "City-Wide Snowball Fight" is planned for Sunday in Leif Erikson Park.

Jim Richardson, known locally as Lake Superior Aquaman , is organizing the event, which is set to begin at noon in the "ruins" of the Snow Fort City, a project Richardson and company had encouraged people to build after 22 inches of snow blanketed Duluth in early December.

"The only rules are: if you hurt anyone, you're doing it wrong," Richardson wrote on the Facebook event . "This is not a dominance ritual but an expression of exuberance. That said: let loose the dogs of war! Form teams, go solo, or hire yourself out to the highest bidder. Bring shields, banners, 3-person slingshots etc. Plan ambushes, build fortifications, betray your teammates for fun and profit!"

Last Februrary, Richardson hosted the People's Free Skate Rink, an ice rink shoveled by Richardson and others a quarter mile out on Lake Superior that hosted community parties and live shows .

This year, he organized Snow Fort City so he didn't have to wonder if or when the lake would freeze over again.

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With no safe ice and generally warmer weather, it's not looking like the People's Free Skate Rink will return this winter.

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