Arrowhead region initiative aims to thank and honor frontline workers

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REGIONAL — Northeastern Minnesota public health staff are again partnering on Project Blue Light to honor frontline workers who are keeping communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses and individuals are asked to light up the exterior of their home or business from January 24 – 31 with a blue lightbulb or blue string lights. Project Blue Light is coordinated by public health staff from Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties along, with the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage and Mille Lacs bands of Ojibwe. The

effort began as a way to thank those whose jobs required them to work in public settings while many others were able to work from home.

Employers and schools are also encouraged to designate a day of the week for everyone to wear blue. Businesses are encouraged to display signs or banners, and residents are encouraged to hang a poster in a window to honor all frontline workers. Everyone is urged to share a photo of how they are participating with the hashtag #thankyouwithblue on social media.

“This pandemic has been a challenge to healthcare and public safety workers who have worked tirelessly over the past two years, and their ongoing sacrifices are worthy of our gratitude,” said Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin. “But we also need to recognize the many everyday Minnesotans without whom our quality of life would also suffer—people who work in our grocery stores and restaurants, in schools and childcare settings; people who deliver mail and packages or distribute food and other supplies. These and other hardworking people who support our life, health, and safety, deserve our recognition and appreciation as well.”

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