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Lake Superior Zoo Celebrates Crow and Raven Day

The Event Was Held to Raise Awareness of an Endangered Crow

DULUTH, Min.- The Lake Superior Zoo Celebrated Crow and Raven Day today The Hawaiian crow is one species in the crow and raven family that is critically endangered. The Lake Superior zoo held their event to help educate zoo goers about the birds, and what people and conservationists are doing to try and save them. “What I’m mainly doing is…

Free Lead Testing for Young Children

The Lead Testing Will Be Held Again on Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn.- From toys and jewelry to soil and dust, lead can be found everywhere. But it’s not a normal part of the human body, and too much lead exposure can cause serious health problems, especially in children. That’s why the American Lung Association and Sustainable Resources Center joined forces to provide kids 6 years and younger, pregnant people, and…

Superior Mayor Asks City Councilor to Resign After Domestic Violence Incident

Graham Garfield is Facing Criminal Charges for the Incident

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior Mayor Jim Paine publicly demanded Councilor Graham Garfield to resign from his position on the Superior City council. Garfield is facing criminal charges after an alleged domestic violence incident on Friday. According to court documents Garfield allegedly bit his fiancée on the top of the head, and pointed a gun at her. As the Mayor, Paine doesn’t…

Roses Rising in the Rose Garden

The Roses Have Been Buried All Winter

DULUTH, Minn.- Volunteers and park maintenance worked Saturday to uncover the flowers at the Leif Erickson Park rose garden. The roses were buried in the ground using the Minnesota Rose tip method for many months, to protect them from the harsh conditions of a Northland winter. Now that Spring is here, the flowers are ready to come out and bloom….

11th Annual Bike Swap Wraps Up

Hundreds Of Bikes Were Sold

DULUTH, Minn.- It was the second and final day of the 11th Annual Duluth Bike Swap held at Continental Ski and Bike. Around 450 to 500 bikes were sold on Saturday, and though the weather was a lot colder today, Organizers say there were still plenty of people coming out to see and purchase a bike. “It’s a great, supported…

Janet Kennedy is Running for Duluth City Council

It's Her Second Time Running for City Council

DULUTH, Minn.- Janet Kennedy announced her candidacy for Duluth city council at large Sunday, at the Civic Center Park. Kennedy says she already works hard to create a better Duluth through her roles as planning commissioner, member of the Mayor’s Imagine Duluth 2035 Vision Committee, Co-founding member of the Cross Cultural Alliance of Duluth, and staff for health in all…

Canal Park Job Fair Held in Grandma’s Sports Garden

More Than 200 Jobs Were Available

DULUTH, Minn.- Folks looking for work had the chance to meet with employers at a job fair at Grandma’s Sports Garden Sunday. The job fair specifically focused on hospitality jobs in Canal Park. 9 different restaurant, hotel and family fun center businesses were at the fair, and more than 200 positions were open for people to apply to. “Everything from…

Western Duluth Little League is Raising Funds for Field Enhancements

Their Goal is to Raise More Than $30,000 This Year

DULUTH, Minn.- The Western Duluth Little League has been raising money through fundraisers for field enhancements, and Sunday, a spaghetti feed and silent auction was held to benefit their cause. Organizers of the event say their current facility and field is run down and in need for repairs.  The Western Duluth Little League is working with the city for a…

Thousands Run in the Fitger’s 5K

Proceeds go to Benefit Healthy Lifestyles for Youth

DULUTH, Minn.- Thousands took to the streets of Duluth today for the 28th annual Fitger’s 5k. Some of the runners used the race as a training session for Grandma’s marathon, while others were there just to enjoy running or walking on such a beautiful day. Jean Westberg, a participant, says she is a breast cancer survivor, and this is just one…

Thousands March for Science in Duluth

It's a March Taking Place Across the World.

DULUTH, Minn.- Leif Erickson park was full of people Saturday morning, holding signs to celebrate the environment, science, and the planet we live on. Though the march was a bi-partisan event, many of the participants say they believe some of President Donald Trump’s policies threaten the environment. “We have such great air, such great water, and it’s so important to…

Electric Fetus Celebrates Record Store Day

It's a Day to Celebrate Independent Record Stores

DULUTH, Minn.- Electric Fetus in Duluth was hoppin’ for the holiday, with in–store performances, vendors, and of course, the release of rare albums that can only be found on this special day. “It is very limited. Some of those pieces they only make a couple hundred pieces, some of them make a thousand. You never really know what you’re going…

Bears at the North American Bear Center Are Out of Hibernation

The Bear Center Will Open Daily Starting May 1st

ELY, Minn.- The bears at the North American Bear Center are out of hibernation. The four bears that live at the center came out of hibernation a little earlier than wild bears in the Northland because of a difference in their genes and the environment they live in. The bears being out means the Bear Center is that much closer…

Experts Urge People to Get Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If You Have One, Batteries Should Be Checked Twice a Year

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Colorless and odorless, Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer, and without a detector, it’s easy to go unnoticed until it’s too late. The Superior Fire Department urges everyone to invest in a Carbon Monoxide Detector, and says it can help save lives.  The detectors are sold at most places that sell smoke alarms, and are just as important….

4 Year Olds Clean Trash Around Barker’s Island

Learning to Appreciate the Lake is Part of Their Education

SUPERIOR, Wis.- 4 year old kids learned about Lake Superior while cleaning up trash around Barker’s Island. The students were from Newborn 2 School Education in Superior, and had been learning about the importance of the place where we live, and the role Lake Superior plays in everyone’s lives. Cleaning up the shores of Lake Superior today was part of…

High School Students Show Off Their Welding Skills

It's a Competition Held at LSC Each Year

DULUTH, Minn.- High School students showed off their Welding skills at a competition held by Lake Superior College. 5 schools participated in the event where students were judged on their welding skills and a written test. The goal of the competition was to encourage high school students to pursue a career in welding. “This is a big help in increasing…

Superior City Councilor Arrested After Alleged Domestic Dispute

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior City Councilor Graham Garfield was taken into custody Thursday night, after a third party called the Superior Police Department about a domestic dispute at Garfield’s residence on Banks Avenue. Superior police arrived on the scene after receiving the call at around 7:30 Thursday night, and found Garfield’s Fiance, the alleged victim, who had been living with…

International Wolf Center Reaches Visitor Milestone

One Million People Have Visited the Wolf Center

ELY, Minn.- One million people have walked through the doors of Ely’s International Wolf center since it first opened in 1993. Visitors have been a mix of locals and tourists, all stopping by to get a look at the wolves living at the center, and to take part in one of the many programs offered there. “People are coming from…

Tax Season is Coming to an End

Experts Warn to Get Taxes Done

DULUTH, Minn.- Tax season is ending tomorrow, and if you’re put off doing taxes until the very last minute, you still have time. Taxes can still be filed electronically, or be sent in as long as they are post marked by Tuesday. Whether you’re actually getting your taxes done last minute, or planning on getting an extension, experts say it’s…

Quarry Park to Get a Disc Golf Course

Volunteers Are Working to Remove Vegetation Until July

DULUTH, Minn.- Quarry Park in West Duluth is getting a Disc Golf Course this summer Duluth’s newest park was dedicated last year, and has been used for different types of recreation, like Ice Climbing and mixed climbing through the winter season. Now, the Lake Superior Disc Golf Community and volunteers have been working to clear vegetation for a proposed 9-hole…

UMD Students Teach Grade Schoolers Science

It's an Outreach Program to Help Kids Get Interested in Science

DULUTH, Minn.- Science can be hard for a lot of young students, especially if they’re just learning from a book. That’s why UMD created an outreach program, so that college students could help teach science to grade school students in fun and creative ways. The UMD students work with grade school students a couple times a month to teach them…

Families Celebrate Easter at the Zoo

DULUTH, Minn.- Families across the Northland celebrated Easter Sunday in special ways, but some families wanted to do something a little different, and the Lake Superior Zoo helped them do just that. Many families were at the zoo to see both real life animals and the Easter Bunny, and to have a quick meal at the zoo’s first Easter Brunch in…

Community Members Stand Behind Message: Local Needs Matter

DULUTH, Minn.- Community members and local organizations like Veterans for Peace, Grandmothers for Peace, and Socialist Action joined forces to send out a message to legislators: Local Needs Matter. “The leadership in Washington in particular, does not understand the things that we value as a community. The things that are important to us as individuals and as community members,” said…

Kids Enjoy an Egg-celent Time at the Lake Superior Zoo

It's the Twin Ports Biggest Public Pre-Easter Event

  DULUTH, Minn.- Kids and families had an egg-citing time at the Lake Superior Zoo’s Easter Egg-stravaganza. It’s the biggest public pre-Easter fun event in the Twin Ports. Children had the chance to look for Easter Eggs hidden in the zoo, look at some of their favorite animals, and watch the animals get special Easter treats. “It’s a great family…

An Egg-splosion of Easter Fun in Lincoln Park

The Event Has Been Going on for 4 Years

DULUTH, Minn.- Families decorated eggs and watched them Egg-splode at the 4th Annual Lincoln park Egg-splosion. It’s an event where people learned unique egg dyeing techniques like tie-dying or marbling, and then launch the eggs into a field with a wrist rocket. “We wanted something that would appeal to both boys and girls, and our thought was, who doesn’t want…

Agate Bay Gets Tugboat for First Time in Decades

The Nancy J is Owned by Heritage Marine

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Agate Bay hadn’t had a Tugboat servicing the area for 36 years, after the last boat, Edna G, was retired. And though the Edna G is still docked at Agate Bay, a new tug boat is taking over her job.  The Nancy J, owned and operated by Heritage Marine in Duluth, is the new boat servicing the…

Florists Prepare for Easter

Flower Shops Sell Over 1000 Easter Lilies

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- With Easter just around the corner, flower shops in the Northland are busy preparing for the big holiday. Engwall Florist and Gifts in Hermantown is expecting to sell around 12 hundred Easter Lilies this season. Though some stores have already sold out of Easter Lilies, Rod Saline, Owner of Engwall says there are enough Easter Lilies at his store…

Animal Allies Receives Big Check from Miller Hill Subaru

The Money Was Raised During Subaru's 'Share the Love' Event

DULUTH, Minn.- Our furry friends at Animal Allies in Duluth received a big check, Friday. Miller Hill Subaru was at Animal Allies to present a check of more than 11 thousand dollars to Animal allies. The money came from Subaru’s Share the Love event, where customers purchasing a vehicle from Subaru could choose 1 out of 5 charities that Subaru…

Bike Swap Around the Corner

Hundreds of Bikes Will Be Available at the Event

  DULUTH Minn.- Continental Ski and Bike is preparing for their annual Bike Swap that takes place next week. If you’re looking to sell your bike at the swap, take your bike into Continental Ski and Bike on Friday April 21st between 9 AM and 7PM, or Saturday April 22nd from 8 AM to 9:45 PM. “This bike swap is…

5th Graders Act Out Colonial Days

It's A Tradition That Has Been Going On At Stowe Elementary For Years

DULUTH, Minn.- Fifth Grade Student at Stowe Elementary hosted Acted out history at the Colonial Fair today. Students studied what life was like in the colonial times, and dressed in costumes to show what they learned to their family and friends. The school gym became a colonial village and children acted out roles like black smiths, and store owners of…

Former NHL Athlete Henry Boucha Visits UWS

He Talked About His Career as an Athlete and About Racism

SUPERIOR Wis.-  Henry Boucha who played for the Detroit Red Wings in the 1970s, gave a presentation on diversity, and answered questions from students, fans, and community members, at the Multicultural center in UWS. Boucha talked about his career playing in the NHL and in the Olympics, and the adversities and racism he experienced, even as a professional athlete. He…

Marcus Duluth Cinema Gets New Luxury Recliner Seats

4 Of Their Theatres Have New Chairs

DULUTH, Minn.- Movie time has become more comfortable at the Marcus Duluth Cinema, thanks to their new chairs The Marcus Duluth Cinema has installed new chairs called Dream Loungers in 4 of their theatres. The Dream Loungers are all electric and recline back all the way, so theatre goers can watch the newest movie with more space and comfort than…

Empty Bowl Preparations Take Place at the Depot

Its One of the Scond Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's Biggest Fundraisers

DULUTH, Minn.- Tables topped with Artistic and unique bowls made by local artists and community members lined the depot, Monday. It was part of Second Harvest’s preparation for Sea of Bowls and Empty bowl, Their biggest fundraiser of the year.  The fundraiser raises money by selling ceramic bowls of all shapes and sizes to people. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Northern…

Rep. Erin Murphy Tours Duluth Schools

She Was in Duluth to Learn About Education Issues in the Northland

  DULUTH, Minn.- Representative Erin Murphy visited Duluth schools to learn about school programs, and meet students and teachers. Representative Murphy, lead by student guides, toured Lincoln Park Middle school, and talked with students and teachers about what each day is like to attend the school. She toured an art class, and talked to 6th graders there about their work,…

“College for All Act” Supporters Thank Rick Nolan With Banner Drop

The Proposed Bill Would Make Colleges Tuition Free for the Majority of Americans

DULUTH, Minn.- It was an act to show gratitude. Students and supporters dropped a banner to thank U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan for taking steps to make college more affordable for all students. Monday, Congressman Nolan stood with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in support of the proposed “College for all Act”. The bill would make four year public colleges and Universities…

UMD Bulldog Hockey Fans Cheer Team on at Viewing Parties Across Duluth

Viewing Parties Were Held at Many Locations Across the City

DULUTH, Minn.- As the Bulldog Hockey game was starting Saturday evening, lines poured out the door of grandma’s sports garden, where another viewing party is being held. Bull dog fans eager to watch the game cheered loudly and shared why it’s such an exciting time, not just for UMD students, but people across the Northland. “Drink, watch a hockey game,…

UWS Hosts Annual Science Night

Children of All Ages Learned About Science at the Event

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Kids of all ages spent the day learning about science at UWS. Science night offers children and their parents a chance to explore science together through demonstrations and hands on activities. “This is an opportunity to show kids that science is really fun,” said Jessica Buelow, the Co-President of Students of Science, a UWS group putting on the event….

Around 1200 People Enjoy Beers at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest

Proceeds from the Brewfest were Donated to the Superior Jaycees

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Around 1200 people packed the Wessman Arena for the 20th Annual Gitchee Gumee Brewfest. Beer lovers had the chance to taste brews from more than 35 different craft breweries, each one bringing their own special beers to the party. “Kinda overnight, all of the sudden craft beer was the thing to be, so we’re lucky that in this…

More Than 1000 Turn Out to Rummage Sale

Clothing, Antiques, Beanie Babies, and Jewelry were Available for Purchase

DULUTH, Minn.- The 2nd annual Arena Rummage Sale was full of vendors selling things like clothing, furniture, jewelry and antiques. More than 1000 people turned out to find good deals and unique gifts, at the first rummage sale of the season. “The reason people come and buy, you just never know if there’s going to be a treasure,” said Lou…

WLSSD Collects Unwanted Medication for Free

The Event Happens 3 Times a Year

DULUTH, Minn.- The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District held an event to collect unwanted medication for free. Medicine Cabinet Clean Out day is a one day event where Northlanders can get rid of unwanted medication by dropping it off at the WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Facility. It’s a perfect time for community members to dispose of their medication in a…

UMD Students Take a Stand Against Sexual Assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD Students, faculty and staff lined the halls from the Kirby student center to the library, holding signs calling an end to sexual violence and assault, Sexual violence is a problem in colleges and Universities across the nation. Statistics show that around 1 in every 4 college aged women are sexually assaulted or raped, and around 90% of…

UWS Celebrates TRIO Day and Honors Students

It's a Program to Help 1st Generation College Students Get Through School

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The University of Wisconsin Superior celebrated Trio Day, a day to honor the achievements of Students from the TRIO and Upward Bound programs. High School students had the chance to ask questions to a panel of College students about what college life would be like for students in the upward bound program.  Organizers and program directors gave remarks…

Community Members Enjoy Warm Temperatures

Northlander Soak Up the Sun

DULUTH, Minn.- Spring is finally here and temperatures in Duluth were around mid 40’s to lower 50’s. People were out soaking up the rays, and getting a little exercise outdoors on the Lake walk. “It seems that this has been the mildest winter we’ve had in a long time so it’s nice to not be wearing my winter jacket today,”…

A Cross Border Organization Discusses Public Land

The Ontario-Minnesota Group Has Been Working for 10 Years

  DULUTH, Minn.- The Heart of the Continent, a cross border partnership is made up of land managers and local stakeholders working to protect public lands, promote tourism, and create economic stability for surrounding communities. The group kicked off a two day meeting Thursday, to discuss important topics like the recreational opportunities available on public lands, and how public lands…

PAVSA Hosts 8th Annual Herstory Luncheon

The Luncheon Focused on the Volunteer Program at PAVSA

DULUTH, Minn.- The 8th annual Program for Aid to Victims Herstory Luncheon took place at the GreySolon Ballroom on Thursday. Each year PAVSA focuses on a certain aspect of the organization at the luncheon, and this year, they focused on the volunteer Advocacy program. PAVSA representatives say Volunteers are crucial to the organization, and that the group would not be…

Job Seekers Find New Opportunities at WITC Job Fair

60 Local Employers Attended the Event

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Job seekers had the chance to meet with around 60 local employers at the WITC Job Fair Today Job seekers and students learned about new job opportunities, and talked with employers from a wide range of fields like cosmetology, business, trade, and human services. “Our students are ready to hop into those jobs and get out and start…

High School Students Show Off Their Math Skills at Math Meet

Around 200 Students Compete at the Annual Event

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Around 200 high school students from area schools competed in the 43rd annual High School Math Meet held at UWS. Nearly 15 schools from across the region signed student teams up for the event. Students solved problems using calculus, trigonometry, statistics, and algebra. The event helps build interest in Math, and sharpen the students’ skills. “You can’t survive…

Activists Promote Equality Through Art and Music

Artists and Activists Showcased their Work in the Kirby Ballroom at UMD

DULUTH, Minn.- Artists and Activists are promoting social change through paintings, photography, sculpture, and music in the Kirby Ballroom at UMD. An Open house for the Arts for Activism event showcased artwork that promotes environmentalism, marriage and gender equality, and racial equity.  Organizers believe art can be an effective tool to make others think and communicating ideas. “Even before language, art…

Organ Donors Celebrated at a Ceremony in Duluth

Community Members Raise Awareness of the Importance of Organ Donor Programs.

DULUTH, Minn.- Essentia Health, LifeSource and the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank raised awareness of the need for Organ Donations, at a ceremony held in front of the St. Mary’s Building in Duluth. Community members shared their personal experiences and thoughts of how organ donor programs have touched their lives. Family members of donors and recipients were among those who attended…

Doulas in Minnesota are Helping Incarcerated Women Give Birth

Erica Gerrity was just a student working at the Minnesota Department of Corrections Shakopee location, the only Women’s prison in Minnesota. “I was noticing that the pregnant women there were really struggling they were looking really really sad, particularly in the postpartum period,” said Gerrity. Mothers in the prison were giving birth without family members, loved ones or any emotional…