We're entering that delightful time of the year when our thoughts turn to the challenge of keeping our sidewalks clear of snow.
It's a perennial problem in cities that require homeowners and residents by law to keep the sidewalks outside their homes clear of the white stuff, lest they present a slipping hazard to pedestrians.
But given that not everybody has or wants to use a snowblower, and the fact that a not insignificant number of people suffer heart attacks while shoveling snow every year, the City of Duluth is trying to get help to those who need it.
Last week it launched the "Snow Removal Assistance Program," a pilot program that will provide help for those without the physical capabilities to shovel their sidewalks, or the money to pay someone to do it for them.
These people can register with the city to receive help from a group of local volunteers who will shovel their sidewalks for them whenever the city receives a dumping.
To start with, there are only 20 slots available, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by those who qualify.
Those eligible need to live in the city, "lack other resources," and be over 60 years of age or "otherwise physically disabled."
To register, go to duluthmn.gov and click on the "Winter Watch" tab, then the "Snow Shoveling Assistance" button and then the "Get Help" button.