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Enger Tower Celebrates 75 Years

Updated: 06/10/2014 6:33 PM
Created: 06/10/2014 6:18 PM WDIO.com
By: Briggs LeSavage
blesavage@wdio.com

Duluth's Enger Tower is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and the city isn't letting this milestone fall by the wayside.

On Sunday, June 15, Enger Park will be packed with events to honor the tower's namesake and native Norwegian Bert Enger along with everybody who has given their time volunteering at the park. The city hired Crystal Taylor with Viva Public Relations, Communications and Events to promote the event, and she said it means a great deal to the community.

"It's a really important anniversary for the city because it's truly a celebration," Taylor said. "The main purpose of this event is to really celebrate those who have given so much back to Enger Park."

The free celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Enger Park and will include Duluth food trucks, music by My 95.7, children's activities from the Duluth Art Institute, Duluth Children's Museum and Son's of Norway Duluth SunFundays. Duluth Mayor Don Ness will give an official program at 1 p.m., introducing some of those who have given to the park and recognizing the anniversary.

Following the mayor's presentation will be three tours at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. along with Yoga in the Park at 3 p.m. put on by Evolve Duluth.

Taylor said she hopes for a large turnout Sunday because of Enger Tower's important role in the Duluth community.

"There is a true love for Enger Park in our city, and I would even say statewide, and I would even go a step further and say nationwide. When people hear about Enger Park, they get so excited … and people really have a sense of pride."

Kris Eide, who serves on the Sons of Norway's Board of Trustees, said this celebration is also very exciting for Duluth's Norwgian community.

"It's very exciting because, again, people are focusing on what Norwegians have contributed to this community, and Bert Enger is a person who was a member of the Sons of Norway<' Eide said. "He was a Norwegian businessman who settled here … and made a wonderful contribution to the city of Duluth."

Enger Tower was built in 1939 with helped from monetary and land donations from Bert Enger. The same year, Crown Prince Olav and and Crown Princess Martha of Norway visited Duluth to dedicated the structure to Bert Enger.

"I think he truly must have loved Duluth and loved this area to be so generous as to give two-thirds of this estate to the city and funding to build this wonderful tower we are looking at today and people are enjoying," Eide said.

Taylor said light drizzle won't affect Sunday's plans, but severe thunderstorms could cancel the event.

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