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Northland encouraged to display blue lights next week for front-line workers

Project Blue Light, coordinated by 11 county and tribal public health departments, is an effort for individuals and businesses to show support for front-line workers Jan. 24-31.

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Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center on East Third Street was illuminated in blue light in August 2013 to mark the milestone of 125 years of service.
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Project Blue Light is back for the second year to bring the Northland together to show support for the region's front-line workers. Eleven county and tribal public health departments are coordinating the effort by asking residents to display blue lights outside their homes and businesses Jan. 24-31.

In a news release from the coordinating public health departments, Northlanders are asked to set aside their opinions about COVID-19 to offer thanks and support to front-line workers, including those in health care, public safety, grocery and food service, education, child care and delivery service.

"Many of those front-line workers are struggling with COVID-19 fatigue, caretaker fatigue, moral fatigue, along with physical and mental fatigue," the release stated. "A simple blue light turned on as a sign of appreciation can mean so much to a front-line worker driving home after a hard day and might help them feel like they are not alone."

Participants are invited to share photos of their blue lights, signs or banners on social media with the hashtag #thankyouwithblue. Employers and schools are also encouraged to designate a day of the week for everyone to wear blue.

Project Blue Light is a partnership organized by public health staff from Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties and the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage and Mille Lacs Bands of Ojibwe.

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