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Coronavirus: More summer events canceled, including Lumberjack Days

Stillwater has canceled all events till late July.

Stillwater City Council voted on Tuesday evening to cancel all of the city's events up until July 19, which includes its popular Lumberjack Days festival.

The cancellation also includes the city's Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations on the St. Croix River, with the decision taken because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Council members were presented with three options for summer events, including proceeding as planned, canceling all events till the end of June, and canceling events till the end of July.

Even when the state's Stay at Home order ends, Gov. Tim Walz has warned that large gatherings will be one of the last things that come back as the virus works its way through the country, with multiple waves possible.

Lumberjack Days, which was scheduled for July 15-19, in addition to Fourth of July celebrations, attract huge crowds each year.

And Stillwater Mayor Ted Kozlowski felt now was the time to cancel, with the Pioneer Press noting that deadlines were approaching for the city to finalize contracts with vendors at the events.

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Other cities and event organizers have been taking similar steps with regards to summer events. In the Twin Cities, the likes of Grand Old Days, Twin Cities Pride, Rock the Garden and the MSP International Film Festival have all been canceled or postponed.

It was also announced on Wednesday that the Mines & Pines Revisited Festival in Hibbing, which was scheduled for July 17-18 at Bennett Park, has also been canceled.

"In addition to considerations around health and safety, the organizing committee looked at the requirements to organize and execute the festival and ultimately felt that we could not put on the high-quality event that we had envisioned for 2020," organizers said.

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