Skip to main content

Preachers renew legal fight for access to Duluth holiday event

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A pair of northern Minnesota preachers returned to court to argue their first amendment rights should allow them unfettered access to a holiday event in Duluth.

Organizers of the Bentleyville Tour of Lights say the men are welcome to preach in a "First Amendment zone" outside an entrance to the light display.

The city attorney argues event organizers have the final say over who is admitted to their event. But the preachers and their supporters, including legal groups such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, say they should be allowed full access to the festival, which is in a public park.

Next Up

Minneapolis police

Man stabbed to death in his Minneapolis home identified

The victim's wife had an order of protection out against the suspect.

FLickr - AL Franken 2016 - Lorie Shaull

Al Franken filling in as guest host of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Franken, a comedian and former Minnesota senator, will perform comedy four nights in a row in Minneapolis following the appearance on the show.

Flickr - Minneapolis police squad - Chad Davis

1 dead, 1 critical after shooting at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis

It's the second killing in a week at the intersection in south Minneapolis.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 10.24.22 AM

Teen driver crashes into parked payloader; 16-year-old passenger dies

The crash happened early Saturday morning in Waconia.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 10.10.50 AM

Barrage of gunfire injures boy in Brooklyn Park; vehicles, apartments damaged

Police say they recovered evidence that more than 40 rounds were fired in the shooting.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 9.15.07 AM

Minnesota Wild back away from thin blue line T-shirt giveaway

The giveaway backfired when word of it reached social media.

Screen Shot 2022-08-13 at 1.26.13 PM

Workers at Minneapolis Trader Joe's become 2nd in nation to unionize

The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Friday.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Driver killed in ATV crash in Brooklyn Park

The crash occurred in Monroe Park Friday night.

ambulance

Woman killed by suspected drunk-driver in St. Louis County

The crash occurred on Highway 21 in Embarrass Township Friday night.

Related

Wolf hunting opponents rally in Duluth

Two groups against the upcoming wolf hunt in Minnesota, Duluth-based Northwoods Wolf Alliance and Twin Cities-based Howling for Wolves, organized an event dubbed the "Wolf Walk" in Duluth on Saturday, the WDIO reports. Minnesota's first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years is set to begin on Nov. 3rd.

Street preachers file lawsuit for access to Duluth holiday festival

Two men have filed a lawsuit in federal court to be allowed to preach during Duluth's holiday lighting festival. The men say police ordered them out of the display last year -- violating their First Amendment rights.

Groups frustrated with lack of access to Duluth superintendent

Some community and school district leaders tell the Duluth News Tribune that superintendent I.V. Foster sometimes cancels meetings and is often inaccessible. The city's mayor says he thinks Foster is "a good person and his heart is in the right place" but he does not seem interested in engaging the community. Earlier this week the school board placed Foster on leave and launched an investigation for undisclosed reasons.