Levi LaVallee started his career years ago as a professional snowmobile rider, racing at Spirit Mountain's Snocross, and he plans to return to Duluth next week to begin filming an action-packed production along the lines of a 2016 daredevil piece he put together with support from Red Bull also set in his home state of Minnesota depicting and entitled, "Urban Snowmobiling in St. Paul."
That production shows LaVallee tearing through downtown streets on his sled, making unlikely jumps onto buildings and overpasses and doing things most snowmobilers would never think to try, with good reason.
Mayor Emily Larson is onboard with the project and held a Friday afternoon press conference to inform residents of the pending spectacle of LaVallee's visit to Duluth.
"He says he has always been inspired by Duluth. So, we're excited to have him back," she said.
"I can assure you that it is going to be fabulous and that Levi will be releasing a video of all of his stunts. And we're asking the public to give him space so it can be safe for him and the crew and for the public," Larson said, encouraging people to simply move along and also warning that gathering in crowds at this time, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, would be unwise.
Some temporary shutdowns of streets and areas of town are to be expected in the coming week of filming, but city officials offered no advance details on the specifics.
Larson advised people to go about their regular business next week, saying it will be clear when and where areas are being cleared for specific shots.
"We're trying to make sure it's done quickly and safely. So, we're not expecting a lot of inconvenience for residents," said Kate Van Daele, public information officer for the city of Duluth
Larson said, "We're grateful that he selected Duluth for the project, and we're really excited for the world to see Duluth through Levi's eyes."
LaVallee's crew members have already been in Duluth for a few days making advance preparations.
The Duluth-set video is expected to drop around March 15.
"This is really big for not only the city of Duluth but for northern Minnesota, especially at a time when we know businesses are needing to recover. So, we're really excited to see the impact that this project will bring," Van Daele said.
"It's going to be awesome," Larson said.