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Skate with Santa at the Heritage Sports Center

The event was full of kids activities to give families something fun to do durring the holiday season.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a winter celebration over at the Heritage Sports Center in Duluth. Wednesday as the annual Skate with Santa event. It included all kinds of kids activities, as well as some ice skating. It’s put on as a way to help families have fun during the holidays, without having to worry about their pocketbook. “There’s not…

Community makes wreaths to support Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

The money raised will go to fund educational programs at the center

DULUTH,Minn. – Folks were able to stop by the Glensheen Mansion for a night of wreath making on Wednesday. The event was a fundraiser for the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center. Families paid $20 for each wreath, and that money will be used to fund educational programs at Boulder Lake. “We really want to spread the word, and let people…

Lights go on for another year at Marcia Hales’ house

Thanks to the help of the neighborhood, Hales' lights shine for yet another season

DULUTH, Minn. – After almost not happening this year, the lights are lit and the public is invited to come check out Marcia Hales’ lights display. Marcia Hales loved looking at Christmas lights as a kid, and now her light display on park point has been a tradition for many families for several years. After announcing that last year might…

Local business man holds toy drive for second year

Mike Letica is holding the "Make Every Child Smile" toy drive

DULUTH, Minn. –  With Christmas coming up just around the bend, some families have a hard time putting gifts under the trees. One local business man is trying to help out those families buy organizing a toy drive. Mike Leticia is organizing the “Make Every Child Smile” toy drive. He hopes to be able to deliver toys to families who…

7th annual Evening of the ARTS for CHOICE, unlimited

The program helps adults with disabilities with employment and community inclusion

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday was the 7th annual Evening of the ARTS for Choice, unlimited. Choice, unlimited is a day program that helps adults with disabilities find employment and inclusion in their local communities. on Wednesday, the organization shared some of the arts projects they worked on, such as writing and dance. “It’s a sense of accomplishment,” visual arts instructor Maria…

Northland Finnish community celebrates 100 years of independence

Finland declared their independence from Russia in 1917

DULUTH, Minn. – December 6 Finland’s Independence Day, and Northlanders were celebrating. Wednesday is the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917. Northlanders filled the Great Hall at The Depot to celebrate Finnish heritage, listen to music and eat some traditional food “There certainly are a lot of people here,” organizer Arlene Putikka Tucker said. “You go through the phone…

Hmong Community Prepares to Celebrate New Year

Coppertop Church will be the place to be to celebrate Hmong culture Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. –  The people of the local Hmong community are getting ready for a celebration this Saturday.  The Hmong New Year celebration is happening on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, also known as the Coppertop Church in Duluth. It will be a celebration of Hmong culture with traditional music, clothing and of course, great food. “Coming here…

Hermantown Students Graduate from D.A.R.E.

More than 170 sixth graders graduated the program

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown kids are ready for some of life’s toughest lessons, thanks to the D.A.R.E program. More than 170 sixth grade students graduated from the 2017 D.A.R.E program In Friday. Hermantown police handed out certificates and prizes. The program teaches kids about the effects of drugs and alcohol, but it doesn’t stop there. “The D.A.R.E. program is so much…

Northlanders Raise Awareness on World AIDS Day

More than 36 million people are living with HIV

DULUTH, Minn. – A candlelight vigil took place in  Downtown Duluth to commemorate the lives lost to HIV and AIDS, as well as draw attention to the illness as a way to de-stigmatize the topic. “People with HIV and AIDS are just that – They’re people,” advocate Will McGraw said. “I think that all people deserve to feel safe and respected…

Superior Police Spread Acts of Kindness For The Holidays

Superior police are issuing gift cards instead of tickets

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Police Department is getting in on the giving spirit. Between now and Christmas, police officers will be handing out gift cards instead of tickets. Superior’s police chief Nicholas Alexander tells Fox 21 it’s a great way to build positive relationships with the community. “It lightens the mood. When someone gets a gift card, it opens…

City of Superior sees tax decrease for residents in 2018

Superior residents should see a 2.17% decrease in their tax bill for 2018

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Property taxes are decreasing for superior residents in 2018. Mayor Jim Paine says the final budget numbers are in and that comes with 2.17% decrease in the overall property tax bill for residents. Paine tells us after several years of tax increases for the City of Superior, he’s pleased to see the budget heading in a different…

Hermantown Sammy’s Pizza Closes

The pizza place loses its lease as the Lakehead Oil's gas station closes

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – After 26 years in Hermantown, the Sammy’s Pizza at the BP gas station on Miller Trunk Highway is closed. Lakehead Oil’s gas station, that housed the pizza place, has closed, which means that the Sammy’s Pizza there had lost its lease and was also forced to close up shop. Sammy’s manager Pat Daly said it’s the people…

Northlanders raise money for hurricane victims in the Virgin Islands

The benifit was held to raise funds and awareness of the rebuilding efforts in the Virgin Islands

DULUTH, Minn. – A couple of Northlanders with ties to the virgin islands are hosting a fundraiser for hurricane victims there. It featured many live musical acts, as well as a silent auction. Organizers hope that this event can bring awareness to the recovering efforts that are still going on in those heavily affected areas. “The U.S. Virgin Islands is…

City of Duluth hosts open house to discuss Superior Street reconstruction

The Superior Street reconstruction project is set to begin in early 2018

DULUTH, Minn. -Plans for the major Superior Street reconstruction project in the Duluth is one step closer to being finalized. The city held an open house on Thursday for the public to see the plans for the downtown project. Residents, Superior Street business owners were on hand to share their input about the upcoming transformation. “This is the transition from…

Lincoln Park Business Business Group hosts annual Turkey Bingo

It was the 69th annual Turkey Bingo

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lincoln Park community came together a the VFW for the annual Turkey Bingo. It was the 69th year for the Turkey Bingo. The event is put on by the Lincoln Park Business Group as a way to bring people together, share some laughs, and hear about all the ways Lincoln Park is growing. “We got some…

Spirit of Duluth Dinner and Film Series hosts A Taste of Russia

The event included a Russian dinner and a screening of a Russian film

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders had the chance to enjoy a taste of another culture at the Zeitgeist Arts Building on Monday. The Spirit of Duluth Dinner and Film Series, hosted by Zeitgeist held “A Taste of Russia,” where community members enjoyed an authentic Russian dinner, followed by a Russian film screening. The series is meant to showcase some of Duluth’s…

Newer, bigger coffee roaster arrives at Duluth Coffee Company

Duluth Coffee Company's new roaster will substantially increase output

DULUTH, Minn. –  It was an exciting day for Duluth Coffee Company on Monday. A custom built coffee roaster arrived at the Duluth Coffee Company’s new second location on Superior Street. Owner Eric Faust said the big new roaster is in response to the community embracing the local coffee company, and this new addition is going to expand their reach…

Duluth Superior Community Foundation Seeks to Close Opportunity Gap for Children

There are more than 1,000 children living in poverty in Superior, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Community members in Superior gathered on Monday to talk about the opportunity gap that underprivileged children face in the Twin Ports. The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation hosted the Opportunity Rising dinner, and discussed ways to better help children in poverty have the same chances in life as their peers. “Every child deserves to have opportunities that…

Santa Claus Arrives at the Miller Hill Mall in Style

It was the 5th annual Santa Slumber Party

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of Northland kids were at the Miller Hill Mall this evening to see Santa Claus arrive. It is the 5th annual Santa Slumber Party at the mall. Santa arrived in style in a decorated trolley thanks to the Duluth Transit Authority. “We just dropped Santa Claus off, and now all the boys and girls of the…

“Lettuce Meet Up” with the Duluth Community Garden Program

The community garden group holds a meet up every month

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Community Garden Program held their first monthly get–together at Bent Paddle on Tuesday. It’s called “Lettuce Meet Up!” It’s a way for community gardeners to get to know each other, and discuss tips and tricks. “You can meet people from different gardens, some all the way in west side, some all the way in Chester…

Mental health conference held in Duluth

The conference brought mental health professionals from all over the region together

DULUTH, Minn. – Mental health professionals from around the region met up in Duluth on Monday and Tuesday. It was the third annual Comprehensive Mental Health Conference. Organizers say it’s a way for health professionals to learn more about their practice, network, and encourage young professionals to seek careers in the mental health field. “This work can be tremendously fulfilling,…

P.T.S.D. discussion held at Duluth Public Library

Health officials say it's important to talk about mental health

DULUTH, Minn. – With Veteran’s Day coming up this week, some groups are having discussions surrounding mental health. A presentation was held a the Duluth Public Library discussing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in veteran’s. Organizers say it is important for people to talk about mental health, and understand that help is out there. “Mental illness is still a stigma, unfortunately, so…

City of Duluth Moves Forward with Seawall Replacement Project

The project could begin as soon as spring of 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is making moves to replace the failing sea walls surrounding the Minnesota Slip. Funding is in place for the $6 million project. According to city officials, right now the sea walls are deteriorating, and would cause problems with the surrounding structures. Construction of the project could begin as soon as spring 2018. “We’ve been worrying…

Fire Officials Remind to Check Smoke Detector Batteries This Weekend

According to fire officials, a majority of house fire related deaths are in houses with faulty smoke detectors

SUPERIOR, Wisc. –  Sunday is the day to set the clocks back for daylight saving time, which means it’s also an important time to check something else around the house. Fire officials say it’s time to change the batteries on those smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Experts say having a functioning smoke detector is a matter of life or…

The Spirit Room Pairs Beer with Halloween Candy

The Spirit Room experiments with the beer and candy combinations

  SUPERIOR, Minn. – Halloween isn’t only for the kids. The Spirit Room in Superior hosted the Beer and Candy Tasting event this Halloween. They paired several kinds of local beer with a bit of Halloween candy, in an effort to find some unique tastes. “This kind of brings a new level of seeing what kind of flavors can be…

UMD Hosts 22nd Annual ‘Haunted Halls’ For Kids

UMD students decorated the halls and handed out candy to trick-or-treaters

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD students had the chance to celebrate Halloween with younger members of the community on Monday. It was the 22nd annual Haunted Halls at UMD. Students dressed up in costumes and decorated the living spaces  on campus, and hundreds of kids got to go trick or treating with them through the halls. “Kids going through get to…

After more than 20 years in business, How Sweet It Is Cakes is closing

The owners cited financial reasons for the decision to close up shop

DULUTH, Minn. – After more than 20 years in business, popular Twin Ports cake decorators, How Sweet It Is Cakes is closing its doors. How Sweet It Is posted to Facebook on Monday to announce that they will be shutting down, citing a “significant decline in sales,” among other personal reasons. Eileen Brown, the owner of How Sweet It Is…

Bars open early for Vikings fans

Bars were able to open one hour early to accommodate the 8:30 a.m. kick-off.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Fans of the Minnesota Vikings made the early morning trek to their favorite bar to catch that 8:30 a.m. kickoff Sunday morning. With the Vikings playing the Cleveland Browns in London, England, the time difference made for an early start to football Sunday. Thanks to a state exemption, made only for today, bars in St. Louis county…

Last day for corn maze at Ru Ridge

Despite the snow, Ru Ridge Corn Maze stayed open until the end

CARLTON, Minn. – The weather didn’t stop the folks out at the Ru–Ridge Corn Maze from staying open another day. It was the last day for the corn maze at the Ru-Ridge Produce in Cartlon. It was Ru–Ridge’s first year having the corn maze, and the owners were pleasantly surprised by the show of support from the community, even on the…

Biggest Scarium at the Aquarium yet for Great Lakes Aquarium

Kids dressed up in costumes and enjoyed some family-friendly fun and games

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of kids and their families made their way to the Great Lakes Aquarium for the annual Scarium at the Aquarium.  There were fun and games, a dance party, and super hero divers. Families dressed up in their favorite costumes and trick or treated through the aquarium. “It’s really a family party,” Great Lakes Aquarium’s Allison Iacone said. “We…

Area Goodwills hold Halloween sales

The Goodwill stores have discounts on costumes and halloween supplies

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween is just around the corner, and many folks still haven’t picked out their costumes yet. So, if you need some help, Goodwill stores in the Twin Ports area might be a nice stop. The stores are packed with Halloween gear, and right now those items are up to 50 percent off. “We have that unique, one…

Earned sick and safe time advocates express disappointment with Duluth City Council

The Duluth City Council voted to postpone hearing taskforce recomendations.

DULUTH, Minn. – Supporters of earned sick and safe time showed up at the Duluth City Council meeting to express disappointment in the council’s decision to postpone hearing recommendations from the earned sick and safe time task force. Last year, Duluth City Council voted to assemble a task force to investigate the possibility of passing an earned sick and safe…

“Harmony” Forum Discusses Culture, Environmentalism

The panelists included people from a variety of faith backgrounds

DULUTH, Minn. – A community discussion was held at the College of St. Scholastica on Sunday, about how humanity relates to the environment. The panelists were gathered from a variety of faith–based backgrounds, and they discussed the connections between cultures and the natural world, as well as ways to keep the environment healthy. “Our goal is to try to build…

Lake Superior Zoo celebrates International Sloth Day

Northlanders got the chance to see Georgie the Sloth hang out on her special day

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday was International Sloth day, and the Lake Superior Zoo decided to get in on the action. The zoo offered fun activities like scavenger hunts, as well as a chance to get to see their very own sloth, Georgie. “There just so cute, and so slow moving,” zoo goer Claire Roufs said. “They’re just really cool animals.”…

Duluth Public Library throws Captain Underpants party

The event included arts and crafts and a showing of the Captain Underpants movie

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library was the place to be for young fans of Captain Underpants on Friday. The library threw a party for the popular children’s book, complete with crafts and games. The library throws events like these to encourage young people to read. “It’s just about imagination and about getting kids interested in reading,” Duluth Public…

Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet unveils new clinic

The Advanced Wound Clinic treats patients with wounds that won't heal

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Community Memorial Hospital is celebrating new ways to help patients. The Advanced Wound Clinic opened in September, and on Thursday, it hosted an open house for the community. The clinic specializes in treating patients with wounds that are not healing or responding to traditional treatment. Clinic officials say it’s important to have facilities like this in…

Cancer researchers at Essentia Health share work with community

Northlanders gathered at Clyde Iron Works to hear from healthcare professionals on cancer research

DULUTH, Minn. – Health professionals from Essentia Health hosted a gathering at Clyde Iron Works on Thursday to share with the public ways in which local researchers are studying cancer and treatments. Researchers there say it’s less about finding an all–out cure, and more focused on reducing deaths from cancer, improving the lives of those living with it. “Research is…

Superior celebrates the new Poplar Wetland Basin

The wetlands are designed to naturally treat polluted storm water runoff

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The City of Superior celebrated the New Poplar Wetland Basin with an open house on Monday. The community was invited to come and learn more about the wetland area, which is designed to receive some of the city’s storm water runoff. The basin is meant to naturally remove pollutants that get picked up by storm water. “The…

Sneakers in Downtown Duluth closes after 32 years

The restaraunt and its employees will combine into the new Lyric Kitchen and Bar

DULUTH, Minn. – A long–time Downtown Duluth restaurant has closed its doors. Sneakers Sports Bar and Grill in the Holiday Center downtown has closed up shop after 32 years in business. With the opening of the new Lyric Kitchen and Bar opening up soon, Holiday management decided it would be best to combine the two businesses. “It was a staple…

Big Bentleyville Tree Now Standing Tall in Bayfront Park

Volunteers are busy getting the Bentleyville Tour of Lights ready for the season

DULUTH, Minn. – People might notice something a little different now in Bayfront Park – The Bentleyville tree is officially up. Volunteer crews are still busy setting up the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Crews are out there stringing up lights and setting up the big displays. The 128 foot tree just went up on Saturday, and on Sunday, workers from…

Football fans come out for the border battle

Green Bay Packers squared off against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis

DULUTH, Minn. – Vikings and Packers fans were glued to their television sets on Sunday for the first border battle of the season. The Minnesota Vikings squared off against the Green Bay Packers at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. As always, the fans enjoy coming out as the rivalry rages on. “We all love the Vikings here, and they…

Animal Allies hosts 16th annual Fur Ball Gala

The fundraiser looks to raise around $100,000 for Animal Allies Humane Society

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies, friends and supporters came out to celebrate the organization on Saturday. It was the 16th annual Fur Ball Gala. The event is a fundraiser for the Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Last year, the organization raised more than $100,000, and this year, they hope to top that. “We don’t have a lot of stray…

Lincoln Park businesses celebrate the Craft District with Open House

More than 30 businesses celebrated the second annual Lincoln Park Open House

DULUTH, Minn. – Businesses in Lincoln Park celebrated the growing Craft District on Saturday for the second annual Lincoln Park Open House. More than 35 businesses, as well as some pop–up shops, celebrated by hosting special events, deals, and showing off all the crafts the neighborhood has to offer. “I’m just really excited about being in the same place as…

Northlanders march to dismantle racism

More than 250 people showed up to march

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds marched in the streets of Downtown Duluth on Saturday, to address the issue of racism. The Justice City Coalition organized the March to Dismantle the Legacy of Racism and Build a Community of Peace. The marchers joined in with marches happening in cities across the United States. They are calling on elected officials, business owners, and…

Lincoln Park Open House Happening Saturday

The event showcases the growing Lincoln Park Business District

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lincoln Park community in Duluth is getting ready to host their second annual Lincoln Park Open House. More than 30 businesses in the Lincoln Park area will be hosting special events and deals on Saturday. The event is meant to showcase the growing business community happening in the district. “There are a lot of things happening…

Duluth resident creates big haunted maze in yard

Derick Tomaich wants to create the Bentleyville of Halloween

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth resident Derick Tomaich is getting his yard ready to scare the Lakeside neighborhood. He built his very own haunted maze full of all kinds of horrors right in his yard. The “Lakeside’s Lost Souls” has a soft opening set for Friday the 13th, with the full opening happening Saturday. “Every year, I decorate my yard, and…

‘Keep Everyone Warm’ Drive Collects Winter Items For Homeless

The group collected items such as food, clothes, hats and mittens.

DULUTH, Minn. – The fall chill is ramping up for the Northland, and a group is hoping to help keep people in need warm this season. On Wednesday, the “Keep Everyone Warm” drive was held at Duluth Dodge. Organizers were collecting items like warm winter clothes, sleeping bags and tents, as well as food and hygiene products, like towels and…