- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Mild temperatures are drawing record crowds to the lakefront light show in Duluth.

Each year, tens of thousands of people visit the Bentleyville Tour of Lights at Bayfront Park. Over the weekend, 19,000 people visited the display of more than a million lights.

Last year, the bitter cold weather kept overall attendance down to 168,000, about 40,000 fewer visitors than the previous year.

The man who started it all more than a dozen years ago, Nathan Bentley, says this season has been extraordinary with the warmer weather and long lines of people. Local businesses are benefiting from the traffic. Downtown council president Kristi Stokes tells WDIO-TV (https://bit.ly/1qRgvih ) there are more people in the restaurants and retail stores.

The light show runs through Dec. 27.


Information from: WDIO-TV, https://www.wdio.com

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