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Local Leader Wins Well Deserved Award

Phil Norrgard Wins Award for Work During His Time With the Fond du Lac Band

DULUTH, Minn.- A local leader wins a prestigious award at UMD. An award ceremony was held for Phil Norrgard who received the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award for the work he has done as the Human Services Director for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The Outstanding Achievement Award is given to people who have demonstrated outstanding…

Belknap Construction Project is Beginning in Superior

Some Roads Will Be Closed

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Construction to improve Belknap Street in Superior is beginning as soon as the weather is warm enough. People involved with the project say the current street is reaching the end of its useful life, and costing too much to maintain. The two year project on Belknap Street will replace around 1.4 miles of concrete roadway, upgrade the storm…

It’s Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen

It's Dairy Queen's Way of Celebrating Spring

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s the first day of spring, and Dairy Queens across the Northland and Nation, is celebrating with free Ice Cream Cones Ice Cream Cones are free today at participating Dairy Queens. The Cones are limited to one per person, and each person getting a free cone needs to be there in person, but no purchase is required. “The…

Zack Filipovich Vying for Duluth City Council Re-Election

Filipovich Was the Youngest Council President in Duluth History

DULUTH, Minn.- City Councilor Zack Filipovich announced he is running for reelection to the Duluth City Council at Large. At the age of 25, Filipovich was the youngest council president in Duluth History. If re-elected, Filipovich plans to continue to focus on public safety, infrastructure, environmental issues, and economic equity in Duluth. “After being on the council now for over…

Northland College Working to Serve 80% Local Food

The First Phase to be Completed This Spring

ASHLAND, Wis.- Around 50 percent of Northland College in Ashland’s food supply is sourced locally. But Northland College is working to have even more local food available, and plans to have its cafeteria serve 80 percent local food by 2020. The college launched what they call the Food Systems Center to help reach that goal. “We have a lot of very…

Nikki’s Notebook: Northland College Pledges Sanctuary

The School Pledges to be a Sanctuary School for Immigrant Students.

ASHLAND, Wis.- Northland College in Ashland pledged to be a Sanctuary school for Immigrant students. College President Michael Miller says Northland college has a history of commitment to social justice and diversity.  The college promises students that the school will not voluntarily share student information with immigration enforcement officials, unless it is legally required. “The policies primarily focus on us…

Boxers Fight to Knock Out Bullying

Program Helps Educate Youth About Bullying

HIBBING, Minn.- A program in Hibbing is working to knock out bullying It’s a campaign by Iron Range Boxing to help fight bullying. Youth groups attend a 30-minute class to learn about bullying, and how to stop it. The classes feature different guest speakers. Some of the speakers were bullied in their life, and some were the former bullies. Topics…

Essentia Health Hosts Health Center Survivors Conference

DULUTH, Minn.- Cancer survivors and their families networked and learned about resources at the Essentia Health Center Survivors Conference. The 2017 Cancer Survivor Conference was created for Cancer survivors and their families to share their experiences and learn from each other. Health professionals and survivors discussed advances in cancer research, strategies to cope in-between and leading up to office visits,…

Children Get a Taste of Being an Engineer for 1 Day

The Event was Put on by UMD Students.

DULUTH, Minn.- Around 40 3rd, 4th and 5th graders had a small taste of what it’s like to be an engineer. The Society of Women Engineers at UMD hosted the Spring into Engineering event, where children tried out hands on activities, that put their problem solving skills to the test.  The goal behind the event is to “If we can…

Registrations Opened for Family Freedom School

It's a Program That Started in the Civil Rights Movement Era

DULUTH, Minn.- The Family Freedom center opened up registrations for the Family Freedom school, a 12 week program designed to engage and empower black families and community members. The program addresses internalized racism, economic isolation, and structural racism that can affect black families. The program also helps educate people on the civil rights movement, cultural values, and youth development.   A…

4th Saint Fennessy 4K Kicks Off Saturday

The Race Starts at Hermantown High School

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Runners are preparing for The 4th Saint Fennessy 4k that kicks off Friday. The race is named after a former employee of Grandma’s marathon that passed away, and has been increasing in popularity each year. This year, the race registration has reached its maximum capacity of 600 people. The Race starts at Hermantown High School and Ends at…

Mentor Duluth Celebrates Match of the Year

Awards Were Given at a Luncheon Held in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Mentor Duluth celebrated the Mentor Mentee match of the year at the Making a Difference Luncheon at Holiday Inn in Duluth today. Past and present mentors, local leaders, and others involved with Mentor Duluth honored Mentor Duluth’s 20th birthday at the Luncheon, where they also recognized the Match of the year. Every year, Mentor Duluth honors a mentor…

Shipping Season Around the Corner

Shipping Season Starts Again March 25th

DULUTH, Minn.- Shipping season is starting back up next week, and Duluth could be seeing ships coming in, as soon as Next Sunday. The St. Lawrence Seaway and the Welland canal which connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie are opening on Monday, and the locks at Sault Ste Marie are opening on Saturday.  This means the twin ports maybe seeing…

Local Leaders Hold Round Table to Discuss Healthcare

DULUTH, Minn.- Local leaders discussed healthcare at the MNsure round table event at Generations Health Care Initiatives in Duluth, Friday. Leaders like MNsure CEO Allison O’Toole, and area representative Jennifer Schultz attended an in-depth discussion on the current state of MNsure and the affordable care act, and what the future of Minnesota healthcare may look like, with legislative changes. One…

Coast Guard Breaks Ice to Make Way for Ships

Coast Guard Clears Way Before Shipping Season Begins

DULUTH, Minn.- The Alder cruised through Lake Superior, cracking and breaking the ice that formed on the water’s surface. “The Alder is a 225 foot buoy tender, it is ice capable, so it’s not actually designated as an ice breaker, we just have the ability to break ice,” explained Lt. Christian Von Stralendorff of the U.S. Coast Guard. Shipping season…

Preparations Underway for St. Patrick’s Day

Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub Believes Record Numbers May Turn Out

DULUTH, Minn.- Many local pubs are gearing up for a big day of business, including Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub. It was recently voted the second best event in Minnesota to attend on St. Patrick’s day. Dubh Linn representatives say they are expecting record crowds. “Most years you get two things: people come out on the day, or people come…

High School and Middle School Students Learn About Future Career Options

Mentoring Day is an Event at Font Du Lac That Has Been Going On Since the 90

  CLOQUET, Minn.- Grace Daniel and Jay Stahl Students from Duluth East High School, are already thinking about what they want to do, when they graduate high school. And Mentoring Day at Fond Du Lac Community College is helping them and other middle and high school students, do just that. “I really wanna do like filming for big companies, kind…

Whole Foods Co-op Celebrates 1 Year in the Denfeld Location

They Kicked Off the Week With Free Re-Usable Bags

DULUTH, Minn.- The Whole Food Co-op in Duluth is celebrating their Denfeld Location’s 1 year anniversary. Both the Denfeld and Hillside Locations offered free re-usable grocery bags to the first 100 customers, and had 50% off of their hot and salad bar today as part of the celebration.  Whole Foods Co-op representatives say environmental sustainability is important to the company…

Northlanders Celebrate Spring at Bockfest

DULUTH, Minn.- Northlanders celebrated the coming of spring at the 23rd Annual Fitger’s Bockfest. Bockfest is a traditional celebration started in Germany hundreds of years ago, but has also been celebrated in Duluth for more than 2 decades.  And Today, Attendees had a taste of authentic German food, and beer caramelized with a hot fire poker in celebration. People also…

Duluthians Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Running and Drinking Beer

It's the Time of Year for the Shamrock Pub Shuffle

DULUTH, Minn.- Temperatures below freezing, and wind chills in the single digits didn’t stop hundreds of Duluthians from celebrating  St. Patricks day at the Shamrock Pub Shuffle. “It was a beautiful day actually, just to be together with our friends, and with the lake, and hearing the open water splash against the rocks,” said Stephanie Francis, a runner. Runners start…

Teenagers Get a Taste of Trade Careers

Around 1000 Students Attend 'Construct Tomorrow' Held at The DECC

DULUTH, Minn.- Sarah Mckean is a 10th grade student at Denfeld High school. But she and her friend Cami Martin are already thinking about their future careers. And the “Construct Tomorrow” event at the DECC in Duluth, is helping broaden their horizons of what job opportunities are possible “I think these are like the jobs you don’t hear about that…

Rescue Dogs Find New Calling in Sled Dog Racing

Jim's Team is a Sled Dog Team Made up Entirely of Rescue Dogs

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Ryzo, a husky, lived inside as a house pet before being adopted by Jim Lynch and Sally Hedges, and joining the couple’s Sled Dog team, made up entirely of rescue or unwanted dogs. “He came from a gal who had a medical issue in Ashland, who wanted to give him away and also give him a job,” explained…

High School Girls Get Free Prom Dresses

33 Dresses Have Been Chosen Already

DULUTH, Minn.- High school girls had the chance to pick out a perfect dress for free Sunday at the 2nd Annual Prom Dress Giveaway. Girls chose their favorite dress from 170 formal dresses, donated from community members over the past year. The event is put on by If the Dress Fits, a local non-profit that helps high school girls get…

Frosted Fatty Weekend Wraps Up At Spirit Mountain

Around 100 Racers Competed in Fat Tire Bike Races

DULUTH, Minn.- The Frosted Fatty Weekend wrapped up after 2 days of Fat Tire Biking fun at Spirit Mountain. Fat tire bike lovers from throughout the country visited Duluth for two days of races, bike demos, and a silent auction. It’s the 2nd annual event, and this year, a cross country race, and a head to head race between skiers,…

Duluth Feminists Create Wikipedia Pages for Female Artists

Duluth Feminists Believe Women Artists Are Underrepresented

DULUTH, Minn.- Artists and Feminists edited and created Wikipedia pages Sunday to improve the coverage of women and people of color in arts — while fighting what they call a gender gap on  Wikipedia. It’s all for Wiki Edit-A-Thon, an event held at the Duluth Art Institute. It’s all for Wiki Edit-A-Thon, an event held at the Duluth Art Institute….

Children Meet Real Super Heroes at Superhero Family Day

Police Officers Engaged With Children at the Event at the Depot

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Police foundation and the depot hosted Superhero Family Day, Saturday where Children, some dressed up as their favorite heroes took part in activities like face painting, coloring, and meeting with police officers. They also had the chance to pet horses from the mounted horse patrol, and tour the inside of the Duluth police department mobile command…

Runners Gather for ‘Gearing Up for Grandma’s’

Professionals Give Tips to Marathon Runners

DULUTH, Minn. – With Grandma’s Marathon just a few months away, marathoners are training for the big race Essentia Health and Grandma’s Marathon hosted the annual Gearing Up for Grandma’s Pre-Race Seminar today, to help people prepare for the race.  Medical professionals, dietitians and even an Olympian spoke at the seminar, giving tips and advice to all people planning to…

Gamers and Anime Lovers Attend SAGA Con

It's a Gaming Convention Held at UWS

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Gamers and Anime lovers indulged in some of their favorite activities and hobbies at the Superior Alliance of Gamers and Associates, or SAGA convention Attendees played games like guitar hero, magic the gathering, and other table top games. Video game and Magic the gathering tournaments were also held throughout the day. Organizers say events like this one, is…

Local Leaders Discuss Jobs in the Arrowhead

DULUTH, Minn.- Local leaders and legislators held a panel discussion today discussing new job prospects in the Arrowhead. The event was hosted by Duluth for Clean Water, and was the organization’s second forum. The leaders talked about jobs, and how to create jobs while still protecting clean water and the environment. “When you have a resource based economy you need…

Positive Future Ahead for UMD Land Lab

The Lab Was in Jeopardy, But Not Anymore

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD Land Lab and Sustainable Agriculture farm has a bright future ahead of it The land lab and SAP farm was in jeopardy because of the school’s budget. But after many people showed support for the program, the school has made the decision to keep the 10 acre land lab available to students who want to learn…

CSA Farms Prepare for Growing Season

Organic Food is Growing in Popularity

DULUTH, Minn.- CSA creates a partnership between farms and members who purchase shares.  The members financially support the farm by purchasing a share before the growing season. In Return, they receive fresh and organic produce from the farms. The partnership is one that lasts through the good, and the bad. This means some years a member could receive plenty of…

No More Snow Days In Minnesota?

Bill Would Replace Snow Days With 'E-Learning Days'

PROCTOR, Minn.- A House committee is discussing a bill that could replace up to 5 snow days each year with electronic learning days, where students would complete school work online, from home. Proctor High School Asst. Principal Mark Hughes believes the transition would be a smooth one for students at Proctor High School, if the bill passes, because the school…

Courage Kenny Ski Camp Helps People Ski on Adaptive Skis

More Than 20 Skiers Learn to Ski

DULUTH, Minn.- Skiers on adaptive skis hit the slopes as part of Courage Kenney’s Ski camp. Around 20 skiers had the chance to learn, or brush up on their skiing techniques at Spirit mountain, Thursday. The Ski camp is designed for adults and teenagers with disabilities, and helps encourage people to pursue healthy life styles and hobbies. “It’s just a…

Interest in Home Security is Going Up

  DULUTH, Minn.- After a string of violent crimes in Duluth, some community members are looking into making their homes a little more secure. Experts say interest in home security has been going up in the last couple of years. But experts say simple things like trimming bushes in your yard to eliminate hiding spots, and making sure your doors…

Superior Police Department Getting New K9

Currently the Department Only Has One Dog

SUPERIOR, Wis.- With the current schedule and lack of dogs, the Superior Police Department has to use dogs from Duluth, St. Louis County, and other police departments with K9 Units, on a regular basis. But thanks to a grant from the Amsoil K9 Foundation, that’s all about to change.  The Superior Police Department will be getting a new K9 though the…

Food Shelves in the Northland Asking for Donations This March

It's Part of a State Wide Campaign to Benefit Thousands of People

DULUTH, Minn.- Food shelves across the Northland are participating in The Minnesota Foodshare March Campaign. Food shelves in Northeastern Minnesota are able to raise more money and food during the campaign, through getting a proportionate match to what is donated.  This means each dollar raised in March, goes further to help people in need. “It was developed 34 years ago…

Fire in Superior Damages Home in Superior

$70,000 Dollars Worth of Damages, But No One Was Injured

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A fire in Superior left behind $70,000 worth of damages to a home. The Superior Fire Department responded to a fire on Cumming Avenue in Superior late Sunday night. Upon Arrival Crews saw fire coming from the 2nd floor windows of the building.  Crews were able to extinguish the fire that started in the upstairs apartments kitchen. All…

Petition: Reinstate Former Proctor Police Chief

Walter Wobig Served As Chief Since 2002

PROCTOR, Minn.- An online petition was growing Monday for the reinstatement of former longtime Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig. The petition had more than 180 signatures Monday evening, along with personal messages of support. This comes one week after Mayor Phil Larson and councilors Troy DeWall and Gary Nowak got the majority vote to not renew Wobig’s contract as chief….

Congressman Nolan Visits Hermantown

Local Leaders Attend Forum to Talk About Transporation

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- U.S Congressman Rick Nolan held a transportation forum in Hermantown Saturday. Local leaders and stakeholders were invited to discuss transportation and infrastructure needs in the Northland.  Attendees included wastewater treatment managers, city planners, and economic developers. “We’ve been neglecting America. And trying to rebuild the rest of the world. But we have to refocus and get America back…

People March Nearly Naked for a Good Cause

Veterans and allies hiked 10 miles on Duluth’s Lakewalk

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of people dressed down to their skivvies and braved the cold to raise awareness of Veteran suicide rates Veterans and allies hiked 10 miles on Duluth’s lakewalk wearing nothing but underwear and a pack full of weights. The packs represented the weight that veterans carry in the battle against combat stress. “I have many military friends,…