Andrew Kirov

Duluth Clears Sexual Assault Kit Backlog

Nearly six hundred kits dating back to 1993 have now been submitted to the state for testing

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth officials announced today that all of the city’s previously untested sexual assault kits have now been submitted to the state for testing. Back in 2015, Duluth had the most untested sexual assault kits of any city in Minnesota. After securing more than $2 million in federal grants to fund the project, local officials worked together to…

Volunteers Plant Milkweed in Hartley Park

Milkweed is one of the few plants Monarch butterflies will lay eggs on

DULUTH, Minn. – Volunteers spent Saturday planting milkweed at Hartley Nature Center in Duluth. The park got a grant to plant 196 milkweed plugs at several locations. Milkweed is one of the only plants Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on. Monarchs are important pollinators and have recently been disappearing in the Northland. “I think a lot of times we forget…

Duluth Delegation Still Emotional After Trip to Memorial of Peace and Justice

35 Duluthians attended the unveiling of the memorial dedicated to victims of lynching

DULUTH, Minn. – In April, thirty-five people from Duluth attended the unveiling of the Memorial of Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Nearly a month since their life changing bus trip to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, Duluthians are still struck by the emotions from the experience. “This lynching history, the light that this whole…

Zeitgeist Hosts Annual ‘Spirit of the Times’ Fundraiser

Event supports the non-profit organization's work in the community

DULUTH, Minn. – Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Entertainment held their annual ‘Spirit of the Times’ fundraiser Saturday. Attendees enjoyed food, drinks, improv comedy, and a dance party. The event supports Zeitgeist’s community work like their Zinema 2 movie theater, their Renegade Theatre Company, and efforts to improve food access and transportation equity in Duluth. “What we love to do…

UDAC Gets Donated Computers to Help Adults With Disabilities

Duluth organization will use the computers to teach job training skills and keyboarding

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth organization is receiving a technology boost so they can further help adults with disabilities. UDAC is getting computers that would have otherwise been thrown away from Global Ewaste Solutions. They will use the computers to teach job training skills and keyboarding to their 150 clients. “A win in terms of the technology that we can…

Companies to Classrooms Has Been Helping Teachers for Five Years

Organization has a free school supplies store for Northland educators

DULUTH, Minn. – An organization in Duluth has spent five years giving free school supplies to area teachers. Companies to Classrooms recently moved to a new location in the basement of the Old Central High School building. It is a free store filled with new and slightly used items donated by people and businesses to help students’ educational experience. “This…

Marinas Busy After Sudden Summer Weather

After a later than expected winter, boaters are all getting on the water at the same time

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Ice was still in the Duluth harbor until the first week of May. With spring finally here, local marinas are filling up with boats. Barker’s Island Marina in Superior has been busy with everyone bringing their boats at once. They say it may be a short boating season this year, but they hope the recent sunny weather…

Citizens Express Environmental Concerns at Husky Fire Listening Session

UW-Extension hosted the session to collect comments and questions from residents

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A community listening session at Superior Middle School got heated as community members express environmental concerns in the aftermath of April’s Husky Energy Refinery explosion and fire. The listening session was offered by the University of Wisconsin Extension for Superior and other area residents to ask questions about the refinery fire and have their comments heard. Fear…

Lake Superior College Holds 2018 Commencement

More than 700 graduates walked across the DECC Auditorium stage

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College celebrated their 2018 graduating class at their annual commencement ceremony. More than seven-hundred students walked across the stage at the DECC Auditorium to get their degrees, diplomas, and certificates. As students prepare for the next steps in their lives, family members came to show their support. “We are very proud of her. Very proud….

Moms Spend Time with Their Kids at Popular Duluth Attractions

Vista Fleet and North Shore Scenic Railroad host Mother's Day specials

DULUTH, Minn. – Moms and their kids are out celebrating Mother’s Day at some popular Duluth attractions. The North Shore Scenic Railroad offered a special Mother’s Day Luncheon aboard a dining car riding up and down the North Shore. One mom told us she lives out of town so it was a great way to spend the day with her…

Munger Trail Revamped After 2012 Flood Damage

North Shore Inland Marathon celebrates its reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony

DULUTH, Minn. – A five mile section of the Willard Munger State Trail was heavily damaged in the 2012 flood. That section has now been revamped by the Minnesota DNR and the North Shore Inland Marathon celebrated its reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony kicked off the Mother’s Day Skate, Ride, and Run. The seventy mile trail is…

‘Run Smelt Run’ Parade Marches Down Duluth Lakwalk

Annual celebration pays tribute to the smelt running through Lake Superior waters

DULUTH, Minn. – A tradition like no other filled the Duluth Lakewalk with colorful characters and a celebration of the smelt run. “I don’t know of anything like this anywhere else,” said Karin White, the parade’s Olympic presenter. “It’s region specific.” The parade celebrates spring in the Northland. “The smelt are running,” said John Finkle, one of the parade’s smelt…

Bent Paddle Celebrates Their 5-Year Festiversary

Craft brewery has special brews available for the occasion

DULUTH, Minn. – Bent Paddle Brewing Company turned five years old Saturday and they celebrated with a Festiversary. The Duluth-based craft brewery made some special brews for the annual event. While there, guests could watch live music on two stages, play games, and celebrate all the Lincoln Park Craft District has to offer. “Really this is a celebration of Duluth…

Mayors’ Bike Ride Celebrates Biking in the Twin Ports

Annual event includes a discussion about bike infrastructure improvements

DULUTH, Minn. – Bicycling took center stage as the leaders of both Duluth and Superior came together for the annual Mayors’ Bike Ride and Luncheon. More than a hundred bikers rode from Duluth City Hall to Clyde Iron Works for Lunch and then back to City Hall. Many riders hope the event leads to more awareness about the city’s bike…

Housing Summit Aims to Find Solutions to Duluth Housing Crisis

Duluth is one of the least affordable housing markets in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth is one of the least affordable housing markets in Minnesota and there are not enough units to fill the housing need. Affordable housing summits brought Duluthians together at First Lutheran Church on Superior Street and Gloria Dei Church in Lakeside. The meetings aimed to collect ideas from the community about how to solve the housing crisis….

Duluth Tourism Tax Collection on Record Pace

Tourism industry leaders met to discuss how to expand on record-setting 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s hotel motel and food and beverage taxes brought in about $2.3 million through March of this year. That’s about six percent more revenue than at that time last year. Visit Duluth held a meeting in Duluth with local businesses to discuss ways to continue to improve after their record-setting last year. “The economic impact is significant…

Olympic Curling Team Tells Their Story to Middle School Students

The Gold Medal athletes inspired kids to follow their dreams

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Members of the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Curling Team shared their stories with middle school students in Duluth and Superior. The curlers shared their Olympic journey and their inspiring stories of growing up in the Northland and achieving their dreams. John Shuster, John Landsteiner, and Joe Polo spoke to hundreds of students at Superior Middle School….

Kids Carnival Held at Damiano Center

Event kicks off new renovated space

DULUTH, Minn. – A kids carnival was celebrated at the Damiano Center in Duluth. The event kicks off their kids space being renovated and a custom-made library opening there. The center’s children’s program offers after school help, cooking, and games. “This is huge to be able to just celebrate and to just have inflatable Twister or the UMD mascot come…

All Students Released and Returned Home Following School Bus Rollover

Bus carrying 22 Grand Rapids students and a staff member overturned in Northwestern Minnesota Monday morning

LENGBY, Minn. – A bus carrying Grand Rapids High School students overturned Monday morning on U.S. Highway 2 in Northwestern Minnesota about five miles outside of Bagley. Twenty-two Grand Rapids High School students and a staff member were traveling to the Great Plains Institute in Crookston when, at about 8:20 a.m., their bus overturned. According to the Minnesota State Patrol,…

LSC Firefighting Students Complete Hands-on Training

After the '14 Hour Shift' second year students graduate from the program

DULUTH, Minn. – There is a big demand for firefighters across the nation. Lake Superior College firefighting students took their training to another level today before trying to find jobs in the competitive field. Firefighting students at LSC completed their ’14 Hour Shift’ Monday. The training puts together everything they’ve learned throughout the year and asks them to use it…

Race Car Parks at West Duluth Dairy Queen

Dan Kingsley Racing Team is gearing up for 2018 race season

DULUTH, Minn. – People driving along Grand Avenue in West Duluth may have seen this Number 68 race car sitting in the Dairy Queen parking lot. The team from Dan Kingsley Racing is showing off their car before the race season starts and highlighting Dairy Queen as one of their newest sponsors. “It helps bring people in to see who…

World Accordion Day Celebrated in Superior

World of Accordions Museum hosts music festival to celebrate

SUPERIOR, Wis. – May 6th is World Accordion Day. It celebrates the date in 1829 when the first accordion was patented. The World of Accordions Museum in Superior is the largest in the world with more than 1,300 unique instruments. They paired Sunday’s celebration with a music festival showcasing accordion music throughout the world. “It plays all kinds of music,”…

‘Horses in Your Neighborhood’ Offered Throughout the Northland

Families learned how to groom and ride horses

DULUTH, Minn. – Families spent Sunday learning all about horses in their neighborhood. The event was offered at five barns across the Northland. Kids and adults learned how to groom horses and took pony rides. “It’s different than what kids get to do every day,” said Lauren Brickley, a working student at West Amity Stables. “You get to interact with…

Sex Trafficking Memorial Held in Duluth

Ceremony and Procession Memorializes Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

DULUTH, Minn. – Victims of human trafficking were honored at a memorial in Duluth. Every year on May 1st, a ceremony and procession memorializes missing and murdered indigenous women. That group is disproportionately affected by sex trafficking. “It’s an issue in our community and I just don’t think on a day to day basis it gets enough attention and we’ve…

Duluth Announces LED Streetlight Pilot Project

Project will test 3,000-Kelvin LEDs instead of whiter, harsher 4,000-Kelvin lights

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth has installed energy-efficient LED streetlights across much of the city, but some citizens and business owners are not happy about the brighter, white lights on their streets. The city plans to expand the installation of LED streetlights as part of the Superior Street reconstruction, and may install them in other parts of Downtown…

‘One District, One Book’ Project at Duluth Edison Charter Schools

Students, Staff, and Administrators will all read "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" together

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Edison Charter Schools are starting a district-wide special reading project. Every kindergarten through fifth grade student, staff member, and administrator will receive a copy of “The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles,” a children’s book by Julie Andrews. They are all asked to read the book at home over the next few weeks. “It’s a great…

Questions Arise After Refinery Explosion

Husky Energy used Hydrogen Fluoride, a potentially deadly chemical compound in their facility

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Questions are rising involving Husky Energy’s use of Hydrogen Fluoride, a deadly, skin eating chemical when in contact with humans. This comes after the historic explosion and fire April 26th at Husky’s Superior oil refinery, which miraculously did not take any lives or release any of that Hydrogen Fluoride in the process. Governor Scott Walker (R-Wis.) was…

Concert Offers Free Admittance to First Responders, Red Cross Volunteers, Husky Employees

UWS athletics announced portion of ticket sales will be donated to those organizations

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior Yellowjacket athletics is honoring first responders, Red Cross Members, and Husky Energy employees by gifting them free admission to a concert held at Wessman Arena. “We had guys and women put their lives on the line to put that fire out,” said Tony Guerra, a Disaster Program Manager. “We had folks coming in to help people…

‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Opens at UWS

Opening was delayed because of the University being closed Friday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Because of Thursday’s mandatory evacuation after the Husky Refinery explosion and fire, UW-Superior was closed Friday, April 27th. Because of that, the opening of their spring musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” was delayed until Saturday. The comedy musical tells the story of six students all trying to win a spelling bee championship. There are…

Two People Fall Through Lake Superior Ice

St. Louis County Sheriff's Office urges everyone to stay off ice

DULUTH, Minn. – Saturday evening, two people fell through ice on Lake Superior off of Park Point. A 13-year-old boy was seen in the water floating on an ice chunk. He was pulled out of the water by a supervising adult and was treated for possible injuries at the scene. Later, a 47-year-old woman also fell through the ice in…

Volunteers Encouraged to Raise Roses Saturday in Duluth

Flowers will soon be on display at the Rose Garden on London Road

DULUTH, Minn. – The roses will soon be back for the season at the Rose Garden on London Road. Saturday, April 28th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, Duluth Parks staff and volunteers will raise the roses out of the ground. Pre-registration for volunteers is encouraged but not required. Volunteers are reminded to wear gloves and dress for the weather.

Safety is Key at Dog Parks

Dogs Have a Lot of Energy in the Spring, Which Can Sometimes Lead to Dangerous Situations

DULUTH, Minn. – With the warm weather finally here, dogs and their people are heading to dog parks across the country and here in the Northland. But while dog parks can be important and fun places for pets, there are some risks. According to Consumer Affairs, dog park injuries affected 24,000 Nationwide insured dogs last year. Dogs are just like…

Housing Forum Addresses Needs in Minnesota

Governor's Housing Task Force Met with Northeastern Minnesota Housing Leaders

DULUTH, Minn. – Experts say there is not enough housing for the growing workforce in Minnesota. Members of the Governor’s Housing Task Force met with Northeastern Minnesota housing leaders at the DECC in Duluth. They discussed ways to solve the problem like lowering rent costs, offering more down payment assistance, and providing help building single family homes. “The construction industry…

Shooting Victim Andrew Gokee Remembered

The 57 Year Old Was a Retired Director of the Native American Center at UW-Stevens Point

PROGRESS TOWNSHIP, Minn. – On April 20, Andrew Gokee, 57, of Wisconsin Rapids, was shot in the head at his brother’s house in Carlton County, Minnesota. Gokee later died from that gunshot wound. The State of Minnesota is charging Gokee’s nephew, James Montano, with second degree murder for the shooting. We are learning more about the life of Andrew Gokee,…

Superior Firefighters React to the Loss of Former Battalion Chief Erik Sutton

Firefighers Describe Him as a Special Guy Who Was Always There to Help

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Firefighters in Superior continue to remember their longtime battalion chief who died last wee Firefighters describe the 46 year old Erik Sutton as a special guy with a lot of character. They say he was quick with a joke and was always there to help his brothers and sisters no matter what. They tell us the department…

Last Week’s Lakewalk Damage Expected to Cost $600-700K to Repair

That's in Addition to the Millions of Dollars in Damage Sustained in October

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Lakewalk was heavily damaged by the massive waves during last week’s storm. The Lakewalk had yet to be repaired after an October storm caused millions of dollars in damage. Some sections of the Duluth Lakewalk, like one near the Fitger’s complex and the Portland Malt Shop, have been closed off for public safety, but city…

Duluth Delegation to Attend Unveiling of Museum of Peace and Justice

Duluthians Are Raising Money for Their Trip to the Alabama Museum Dedicated to the Legacy of Enslaved African Americans

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, a delegation from Duluth will attend the unveiling of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alamama. It will become the first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved African Americans. Recently, a walking tour of the Duluth lynchings was given to raise money for the Duluth delegation’s trip. Many people have seen…

Gooseberry Falls State Park Busy This Warm Weekend

Waterfall Was Roaring and Tourists Were Taking Pictures and Hiking

CASTLE DANGER, Minn. – With all the warm weather this weekend, people were getting out to state parks enjoying the first weekend that actually felt like spring. The water is really flowing over the waterfall as the spring thaw has finally ramped up at Gooseberry Falls State Park up the north shore. With all that comes a lot of tourists…

Two People Hospitalized in Virginia House Fire

Residents Were Hospitalized for Possible Smoke Inhalation

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A house fire Saturday afternoon sent two residents to a local hospital to be treated for possible smoke inhilation. More than a dozen Iron Range fire departments battled the flames at the house on the 500 block of 8 1/2 Street South. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Shooting in Carlton County Leaves Two Men Hospitalized

A 57 Year Old Man Was Reportedly Shot in the Head by His 32 Year Old Nephew, Who Also Sustained a Gunshot Wound

PROGRESS TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A suspect is in custody pending formal charges after a shooting on Friday night in Carlton County. The shooting happened at about 11:30 p.m. at a residence at 4020 Kari Road in Progress Township. Police discovered Andrew Gokee, 57, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, with a gunshot wound to the head. According to a report from Gokee’s…

Feminist Action Collective Takes a Walking Tour of Duluth Lynching Sites

Tour Was a Fundraiser to Send Duluth Representatives to the National Lynching Memorial

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Feminist Action Collective took a walking tour of the 1920 lynching of three black men in Duluth. The tour began at the old police station on East Superior Street and ended at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on East First Street. The tour is given to about thirty groups every year to help put the lynching…

Arrowhead Fly Fishers Club Teaches Casting at Monthly Meetings

Despite Cold Weather, Hearty Fly Fishers Are Out in Northland Rivers

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite the cold spring, some fly fishing has been happening out on the Brule River in Wisconsin and up the North Shore. The Arrowhead Fly Fishers have meetings every month where they teach people new to the sport how to cast. They welcome everyone at their events to learn more about fishing in the Northland. “For me,…

Duluth East Daredevils Raise Money for Trip to World Championships

Team Hopes to Raise About $30,000 to Compete at Worlds Next Week in Detroit

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East Daredevils robotics team is competing in the world championships next week in Detroit. The team held an annual fundraiser to raise money for lodging, food, and travel costs associated with their trip. They hope to raise about $30,000 from today’s pasta dinner, bake sale, silent auction, and robotics demonstrations to fund their chance at…

Junior League of Duluth Awards More than $13,000 to Local Non-Profits

Damiano Center, Duluth Community Garden Program, First Witness, Life House, Girl Scouts, and the Great Lakes Aquarium Received Grants

DULUTH, Minn. – The Junior League of Duluth awarded more than $13,000 to local non-profits. The organization of women donated money every April to help improve the community. Six different non-profits were granted a total of $13,340 at Tuesday’s Junior League meeting. The money is expected to go a long way in helping those organizations complete their missions. The Damiano…

Knowing Your Neighbors: AmeriCorps Legacy House

DULUTH, Minn. – AmeriCorps volunteers are building a new legacy house in Lincoln Park that will house future members and volunteers while they serve in the organization. A team of nine National Civilian Community Corps, or NCCC members and a VISTA volunteer are working on the project on West Third Street in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. “We just gutted the…

Duluthians Have a ‘Taste of Muslim Cuisine and Culture’

Event Was the Latest in the 'Spirit of Duluth' Series at Zeitgeist

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluthians got a taste of Muslim cuisine and culture at the Zeitgeist Arts Building in Duluth. Food was served featuring the kind of flavors made by Muslim families throughout the world, in the Middle East, Africa, and East Asian regions. After dinner, the documentary film ‘The Sultan and the Saint’ was shown to teach more about Muslim…

New World War I Memorial Expected to Be Built in Duluth

Memorial Park on Grand Avenue Has an Aging Memorial, but Could Soon Be Home to a Brand New One

DULUTH, Minn. – A new World War I memorial is expected to be built this year in West Duluth. Memorial Park on Grand Avenue has memorials for World War I veterans now but, according to Parks and Recreation Department officials, they have aged and lost their function. Veteran’s Day 2018, on November 11th, will mark a hundred years since the…

Mont du Lac Resort to Remain Open for at Least One More Weekend

Resort Officials Expect Great Ski and Snowboard Conditions This Weekend

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With all the recent snow, Mont du Lac Ski Resort in Superior has decided to stay open for at least one more weekend. Resort officials tell us this is the latest into Spring they’ve been open for quite some time. They’re expecting great conditions this weekend for skiing and snowboarding. “We were still advertising about twenty to…

Duluth Kids Help Neighbors Shovel

Tessa Bixler and Selah Green have been shoveling snow for about five years

DULUTH, Minn. – Two Duluth kids have been helping their neighbors shovel. Tessa Bixler and Selah Green say that each cleared at least twenty driveways today and got help from the thankful residents at many of those homes. “It’s good to help out the community,” said Green. “We like helping people,” added Bixler. “And people that are in wheelchairs, they…