Thomas the Tank Engine Comes to Duluth
Thomas the Tank Engine will visit North Shore Scenic Railroad over two weekends in August for special kid-friendly train rides and activities, such as meeting Sir Topham Hatt and experiencing food, bouncy castles and more! Children can meet Sir Topham Hatt while also meeting new friends like Thomas himself! Children will also have an opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt himself! Plus enjoy train rides, kiddie train rides, train rides with music from Thomas himself as well as food, bouncy castles and much more.
Tickets start at $22 for those aged one and up, including a ride aboard Thomas the Train. Children under one year do not require their own ticket but must sit in the lap of an adult with valid tickets.
Early Life and Education
Thomas was an esteemed longtime member of the Xerces Society, known for her interest and advocacy for invertebrate conservation. Additionally, she was an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time at her home on Prairie Lake. Additionally, she was an avid sports fan – often attending University of Maryland sporting events or cheering her son at youth basketball matches.
As an active volunteer, she was involved with numerous boards and committees at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. She is survived by her two daughters Therese Hallback and Sandra (Michael) Sangster as well as seven of their grandchildren including Brent Hallback (fiancee Amy Comstock), Amii Thomas, Jeff Ditman, Kacie Thomas, Kelli Brokaw and many nieces and nephews; predeceased by husband Robert Thomas who passed away.
Thomas Thomas is widely respected Mortgage Professional both locally and nationally, earning recognition from Scotsman Guide, Mortgage Executive Magazine, Top Agent Magazine and Zillow for his strong work ethic, integrity and professionalism. His success can be attributed to these traits.
At the beginning of this season, statistical workers in the Amsoil Arena press box speculated on how many goals Minnesota Duluth senior center Jared Thomas would score this season; their maximum prediction was six goals; but their guess proved far off target.
Since 2000, Thomas the Tank Engine has welcomed families to the Northland for “Day Out with Thomas.” But this year he will meet passengers in Two Harbors instead of Duluth in order to maintain regular excursions from Duluth during Thomas’ visit.
Achievement and Honors
Tom is well known for his commitment to his community and family. He is involved with various organizations such as Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and Camp Miller where he served as board chair. Additionally, he supports the YMCA, Duluth Playhouse and participates in other local activities.
He is honored with induction into the Duluth East High School Hall of Fame and recognized for his expertise on large lakes. Moreover, he is considered one of the foremost experts in his field worldwide.
He has also provided resources and education for people struggling with substance use disorders. Working alongside UMN medical students, he distributed overdose reversal kits and taught classes on harm reduction. In addition, he has volunteered with syringe exchange programs as well as spoken at numerous events about his approach to treating unhoused patients.
Thomas was deeply committed to his family and an avid supporter of Minnesota sports, taking great joy in watching his grandchildren compete and always offering assistance when necessary. A master chef by trade, Thomas also loved traveling extensively – spending winter months in Mission Texas while summer evenings would find him relaxing at his lake park home in Duluth.
He was generous with his time, being a strong supporter of the Duluth Playhouse. Additionally, he provided volunteer services in Gramercy Park where he lived for nine years; also serving on several committees and being actively involved with his church as an active member. Furthermore, he enjoyed golfing, reading and advocating for invertebrate conservation.
Thomas Congdon had an estimated net worth estimated in the millions. As both a businessman and community leader, he made lasting memories for families at Lakehead Boat Basin Marina and Goddess III Charter service; furthermore he enjoyed watching dirt track racing events and hosting foreign exchange students.
He donated funds to purchase Gleensheen House on the north shore of Minnesota’s Superior lake – now home to an historic mansion known as Glensheen House Museum – with his gift.
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