DULUTH, MN — Minnesota’s fall season is here and that means a full palette of red, yellow, and orange splashing onto trees all around the state. These vibrant colors reach their peak at various times throughout the month of October, but in Duluth, one of the least known colors is now at full capacity: White.
“Yeah, we got a dad out in Lincoln Park still wearing cargo shorts,” said Minnesota DNR Officer Brad Risdon. “When the sun came out last weekend, this individual was listening to live music on the patio of a local craft brewery, and, apparently, the harsh bright whites of his legs blinded several passersby.”
The dad, Bruce Raymond, had no idea he had reached maximum paleness so early in the fall season.
“This is Duluth, so summer’s usually over by July 7,” said Raymond. “But the sun was out, my daughter had a gig here at Ursa Minor, so I figured ‘what the heck’ and dug out the shorts.”
Officer Risdon noted that the DNR has alerted highway patrol around the state to be vigilant for other Dad Fall White Leg situations. But for now, it appears to be isolated to one supportive Duluth Dad.
“She loves it when I come hear her play,” said Raymond of his musician daughter. “Sometimes I sing along when she belts out ‘Closer to Fine’. It’s kinda our thing.”
The daughter could not be reached for comment.
Brian Matuszak has been trying to make Duluth funny for 35 years now through the writing, directing, performing and producing of live sketch comedy revues, as well as scripted plays. His current theater company, Rubber Chicken Theater, will be celebrating their 15th birthday in 2023. He also wrote a weekly humor column for the Budgeteer News, creating nearly 400 columns over seven years. He can be found on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (@rchickentheater). His interests include geocaching, time with family, and singing along loudly and proudly to Barry Manilow, not necessarily in that order.