Park Rangers Provide a Watchful Eye in Summer Months

By KBJR News 1

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 8:15 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Duluth Police are putting extra boots on the ground this summer.

The Park Rangers are patrolling areas of the Lakewalk and parts of Superior Street, adding a watchful eye during the busy tourism season. Unlike police, however, the rangers are not armed and are not authorized to use force.

"Every shift you learn something new," said Samantha Roseth, a Park Ranger. "All of us are former or current interns."

Thanks to Duluth's City Council allocating funds from the city's tourism tax fund, the Park Rangers are making their presence known this summer.

"They like to keep us on foot on the Lakewalk," said Roseth. "We're just another set of eyes and ears for the Duluth Police Department."

"They've helped tourists in finding locations and finding restaurants," said Ken Zwack with Duluth Police. "Just being there for the citizens of Duluth and the people visiting Duluth."

"Having an ear to the radio if they want us to direct traffic for accidents, doing little things like that," said Roseth.

The ranger patrol will give those on duty some great experience to hit the ground running in a field helping to protect and serve.

"It's nice getting better people skills, and learning to talk to people and advise them on city ordinances," said Roseth.

The Rangers will be patrolling through Labor Day.

Zach Vavricka

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