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Reader's view: Fond du Lac a haven compared to Duluth

A former Fond du Lac resident asked in a letter to the editor if residents of Fond du Lac would like the rest of Duluth to know they were alive ("Fond du Lac seems to be the forgotten neighborhood," Dec. 23).

A former Fond du Lac resident asked in a letter to the editor if residents of Fond du Lac would like the rest of Duluth to know they were alive ("Fond du Lac seems to be the forgotten neighborhood," Dec. 23).

I grew up in the Fond du Lac neighborhood and also questioned such things. Now, I believe I can speak with confidence that the good folks from Fond du Lac probably would prefer to limit their attention and not highlight their presence.

When you consider Duluth's current path -- with drugs, crime, the perception of a welfare gold rush, and unsellable, run-down properties and neighborhoods -- Fond du Lac is a haven. Why wouldn't you want to live there? The same can be said for Hermantown, Esko and elsewhere. The evidence shows that incoming, relocating, taxpaying professionals migrate to these towns and not to Duluth. There's nothing in Duluth for them except some nice new schools.

In Fond du Lac, people still care for their homes, properties and neighbors. They display community pride and are community-involved. The neighborhood is safe and secure -- as it always has been. Gone with time are the draws that brought people by the carloads to the neighborhood: the Old Depot Inn, the Café Stuga, Vines Gas Station, Swanson's General Store and Post Office, the Paddle Wheeler Montauk and the pier, the spring smelt run in Mission Creek and, of course, the 90-meter Fond du Lac ski jump. Most current residents may not even know where many of these were located.

I believe the writer would be pleased, as I am, to see that the residents have done a good job caring for the neighborhood. Duluth take heed: We have a lot of work to do to take our community back. Stand up to drugs and crime. Get involved.

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In the meantime, Fond du Lac is doing A-OK.

Mike Patenaude

Duluth

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