College Students’ Return Brings About Mixed Feelings

Restaurants Welcome the Business, Neighbors Disturbed by the Noise

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If you drove up Woodland Avenue Tuesday near UMD, you were sure to spot students out on their lawns enjoying the last week before fall classes get underway.

Some say they’re happy the students are back, but others not so much.

The boys and the girls are back in town.

“It’s definitely freshman move–in day,” said UMD senior Sam Pineur.

Welcome week is a tradition…

“We had the same thing freshman year, so we got to do the same thing for the freshmen,” Pineur explained.

Re–connecting with friends…

“My roommate, Molly, just got here, I just said hi to her,” smiled Megan Strehlke, also a senior at UMD.

And few responsibilities.

“Jobs, school, we’re right in the middle,” Pineur laughed. “It’s great to be back up here, I’ve been waiting all summer to be back up here.”

But for others just down the street, it’s the week they dread all summer.

“No, I haven’t missed the college kids,” Swenson said.

Angela Swenson, a mother of four, lives next door to what she says is one of the biggest party houses on the block.

“Smashed bottles and glass all over the place, so you really can’t go barefoot,” she explained. “I’ve been woken up at two, three in the morning from their partying.”

For her, the nuisance goes beyond the noise.

“There’s a person parked in the front of my driveway and it’s like, ‘Well, do I wait and give them a chance, do I call the cops, do I call a tow truck?”

“So far today we have not written any tickets,” said Duluth Police Sergeant Gayle Holton.

Duluth police say the number of party calls has decreased in recent years.

“They have a right to be out here to a certain degree, as long as they’re not disturbing the whole neighborhood,” Holton explained.

By now, these seniors know the drill.

“Now we’re seeing a lot of these addresses are putting up caution tape three feet back from the sidewalk, like we as them too, and have signs up that say ‘21 and over only,’” Holton told FOX 21.

Nearby businesses welcome the students with open arms.

“You can definitely start feeling their presence,” said Andrew Hallfrisch, store manager at Qdoba Mexican Grill.

They say lines stay long until the books are shut.

“It’s a fantastic, definite increase in business until May of next year when they all leave,” Hallfrisch added.

Students are making an effort to be good neighbors.

“We try to be respectful, we talk to the neighbors and say, ‘Let us know if we’re being too loud’, stuff like that,” Strehlke said.

While residents are counting down the days until the party gets shut down for good.

“I would take the snow over the partying any day,” Swenson laughed.

Last year during move–in weekend, Duluth police handed out 149 drinking tickets to students.

They are hoping to keep that number down this year.

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