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Neighborhood Youth Services Celebrates 25 Years in Hillside Neighborhood

The Program Sees 40 to 70 Students On a Daily Basis

DULUTH, Minn.- Seiquayia Morris was first introduced to the Neighborhood Youth Services around a decade ago, as a student. “My family was we were living in poverty, and it was just a place to come and get away from troubles and help get tutored with homework, I mean it was a great dynamic of culture here and sense of family,”…

Far West Fest Invites People to Gary New Duluth

The Event Has Been Going on for 7 Years

DULUTH, Minn.- The Far West Fest continued today on the 1300 block of Commonwelath Avenue in Gary New Duluth. The festival has been going on for 7 years, with the goal of getting people out to enjoy the neighborhood, and meet their neighbors. The event draws around 5,000 attendees to the neighborhood each year. “You’ll be surprised at what we…

CHUM’s Rhubarb Festival Draws Big Crowd

It's One of the Organizations Biggest Fundraisers

DULUTH, Minn.- Churches United in Ministry or CHUM’s Rhubarb festival is a tradition that’s been going on for years, and has become a staple event in Duluth. Pie, Bratwursts, Burritos and lemonades were all served with a rhubarb twist. With Hundreds of people attending each year, the Rhubarb festival is one of CHUM’s biggest fundraisers held all year. Organizers say…

High School and Jr. High School Students Study Music at UMD Music Camp

The Students Held a Concert at the End of the Camp

DULUTH, Minn.- 140 High School and Jr. High School students developed their musical talents at the 23rd Annual North shore Summer Music Experience at UMD. It’s a music camp for students interested in pursuing a career or education in Music. The camp had 4 different categories like Piano, Choir, String instruments, and band. Saturday was the final day of the…

Park Point Art Festival Is Back in Duluth

More Than 100 Artists Showcase Their Work

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a celebration of arts, community and the environment. More than 100 artists were down at Park Point for the Park Point Art Fair. The event started as a neighborhood gathering 48 years ago, that grew into the premiere outdoor visual showcase that it is today. Photographers, painters, sculptors and jewelry crafters showed off some of their work…

Kids Enjoy Puppet Show at the Duluth Public Library

It's Part Of the Kids Summer Reading Program

DULUTH, Minn.- Children enjoyed a puppet show at the Duluth Public Library Plaza, Friday. The traveling show was a one-time event for the library, and featured funny puppets, clowns, and original music and songs. It’s sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, is part of the kids summer reading program. The library will have more children’s programs in the plaza starting…

Community Members Rally to Defend the BWCA

A Public Hearing Will Be Held July 25th in Virginia

DULUTH, Minn.- Congressman Rick Nolan was on the Iron Range on Tuesday to show his support for the Twin Metals lease renewal, and today, demonstrators rallied in front of Nolan’s office in Duluth, calling for the congressman to protect the BWCA. Many people at the rally believe pollution from the mines could have negative impacts on the boundary waters that…

Vacant Building Owners Could Face Harsher Penalties

Vacant Buildings Can Be Dangerous for Fire Fighters

DULUTH, Minn.- Vacant buildings can be a safety hazard to the public, according to Duluth City officials. That’s why a resolution is headed to the Duluth City Council, proposing harsher penalties to owners of those buildings. Vacant building registration fees are currently 500 dollars a year, but the new proposal would bump the registration fee up 500 dollars, every year…

Outdoor Writers Conference Brings Crowds From Out of State

The Conference Covers Topics Surrounding the Outdoor Industry

DULUTH, Minn.- The 90th Annual Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference kicked off in Duluth. The conference is an opportunity for outdoor writers and journalists to network, brainstorm, and discuss issues surrounding the Outdoor industry. The talks at the event cover everything from photography, writing, and outdoor media ethics, to more political topics like Public Lands, and the new administration….

Teenagers Learn About Aviation at a Special Summer Camp

The Camp Encourages More Women Into Aviation

DULUTH, Minn.- Fifteen to 19 year old students are trying their hand at operating a flight simulator, building propellers, and even experiencing a flight in one of Lake Superior College’s aircraft, at the aviation summer camp held each year. Women make up only 2-percent of aviation engineers, and this camp aims to change that by offering two different options. A…

It’s the Summer Solstice

It's the Longest Day of the Year

DULUTH, Minn.- The summer solstice is Tuesday and while many people are celebrating the longest day of the year, the solstice is a special day for Wiccans and pagans. For pagans, the summer solstice is a celebration of fire, and centuries ago, was also a time to celebrate the ripeness and fullness of growing crops. Lady Ocalat of the Lady Ocalat’s…

Children Learn About Science at Discovery Camp

The Camp Goes On All Summer

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Children’s Museum is hosting their Discovery Camp. The camp helps teach kids about science, math, and the arts in fun and engaging ways. The camp also makes time to get the kids outdoors for a little while. The goal of the camp is to help the kids continue learning while they’re out of school. “When kids…

The Duluth Experience Offers Bus Tour Highlighting Historic Areas in the City

The Bus Tour Goes to Places Like Glensheen and the Depot

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Experience is offering a city tour highlighting the history of the city. One study done last year shows that the second biggest reason tourists visit the city of Duluth is for its historic charm. So the Duluth experience is offering a bus tour that takes people to see historic areas of Duluth like the Glensheen mansion,…

It’s Been 5 Years Since the Flood of 2012

The Flood Cause 47 Million Dollars Worth of Damages

  DULUTH ,Minn.- Monday marks 5 years since the flood of 2012 that caused damage to thousands of households in the Northland. Experts say a few days before the flood, there had been a couple inches of rain that had saturated the soil, so when the next round of rain came on June 19th the soil couldn’t hold anymore rain. …

Local Businesses Prepare for Grandma’s Weekend

Black List Ales is Screening The Race Live

DULUTH, Minn.- Grandma’s Marathon is Saturday, and it’s not just runners who are preparing for the day. Businesses in Duluth are getting ready to celebrate the annual event with the rest of the community. This year will be the first Grandma’s Marathon for Black List Artisan Ales, and they have some big plans for the weekend. The brewery, which is right…

Iron Range Makerspace Ribbon Cutting is Saturday

The Ribbon Will be Made of Steel and Cut With a Plasma Cutter

HIBBING, Minn.- The Iron Range Maker Space is having its Grand Opening Saturday. A Makerspace is a place community members can go to use tools like 3d printers, laser engravers, and woodshops, for a membership fee each month. It’s a way for people to get their hands on tools they may not have access to otherwise. The equipment at the…

UCare Opens Office in Hermantown

A Ribbon Cutting Was Held in Celebration.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate U Care opening a new office in the Northland. Previously, the closest U-care office had been in Minneapolis, and was quite the drive for Northlanders to get access to. But now, U-care has opened up an office in Hermantown, where people in the area can visit with questions, or to discuss…

Runners and Supporters Gather for Spaghetti Feed

The Tradition Has been Going on Since 1977

DULUTH, Minn.- Runners and supporters gathered for a spaghetti feed at the DECC in preparation for Grandma’s Marathon. Attendees enjoyed Spaghetti with Marinara sauce, Caesar salad, milk and dessert at the event.  The Michelina’s all you can eat Spaghetti dinner is a tradition since 1977. It’s a way for runners to get their carbs in before the race, while enjoying…

Almost 100 Years Later, Community Gathers to Remember Infamous Duluth Lynching

Clayton, Jackson and McGhie Were Murdered in 1920

DULUTH, Minn.- 97 years ago, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie were falsely accused of raping a woman were dragged across the city of Duluth, beaten, and hung from a light post. A memorial was dedicated October 10th of 2003 at the intersection where the lynching happened, and Thursday, a remembrance ceremony was held in honor of the 3…

Lake Superior Zoo Celebrates Fang the Tamarin’s 20th Birthday

The Average Life Span of a Tamarin in Captivity is in its Upper Teens

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo is celebrating a very special day for one of their residents. Fang, a Cotton-Top Tamarin turned 20 years old today. The zoo and visitors celebrated by signing a card for Fang, and coloring monkey inspired pictures. A pin badge with Fang’s photo on it was also available, with proceeds benefitting Tamarin conservation efforts in…

Mine Project In Nashwauk Steps Closer to Reopening

Chippewa Capital Partners and Governor Mark Dayton Reached a Settlement Tuesday

NASHWAUK, Minn.- An Iron Ore Mine project in Nashwauk is steps closer to reopening. Chippewa Capital Partners and Governor Mark Dayton reached a settlement, allowing Chippewa to take over the Former Essar Steel Project. Essar had been working on the project in Nashwauk for more than 7 years, but after racking up millions of dollars in debt, Essar filed for…

Concerned Citizens Have Their Voices Heard at a Meeting About Enbridge Line 3

Meetings Are Being Held Across the State of Minnesota

Enbridge Energy is proposing to construct a new 340 mile oil pipeline to replace an old Oil pipeline, called Line 3. “This Line 3 replacement project does is it modernizes the pipeline, so the best way to continue to keep the Environment and the community safe is to replace it,” said Jennifer Smith, the Community Engagement Manager of Enbridge. But…

Pre-Teens and Teenage Girls Learn to Become Rescue Divas

The Middleschoolers Are Learning Emergency Medical Skills

Mason, Wis.- Kylie Burhans wants to be a police officer when she grows up. That’s why she decided to take part in the Rescue Divas EMS Summer Camp for girls, hosted at Camp Northwoods in Mason Wisconsin. “To be a police officer you need to know how to help people,” said Kylie. “I wanted to learn how to help people…

The Great American Canoe Festival Wraps Up in Ely

But It's Not Just the Festival. Canoeing is a Part of Ely's Culture.

ELY, Minn.- Ely is known as the gateway to the boundary waters canoe area. Some even call it the canoe capital of the world. And thousands of people visit to paddle the pristine waters surrounding the town each year. “The people here are very dedicated to it and we like to show other people what we do here, and we…

Minnesota State Parks Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day

The Parks Let People In For Free

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- With warm temperatures giving the Northland a little taste of summer, it was a perfect day for families to frolic in the waters of Gooseberry River. But that wasn’t the only thing that invited people out to the State Parks of Minnesota Today. It’s the 10th Annual National Get Outdoors Day, and parks across the state celebrated…

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend Begins in Minnesota

People Who Fish With Kids 15 Or Younger Don't Need a License

DULUTH, Minn.- Take-A-Kid fishing is a state wide event, where Minnesotans 16 or older who take kids 15 or younger fishing, can do so without a fishing license Many believe it’s a great way to promote quality time with family, while teaching children how to enjoy the natural beauty that the Northland has to offer. Some even say it’s a…

Duluth and Thunder Bay Form Relationship Through Tai Chi

Duluth and Thunder Bay are Sister Cities

DULUTH, Minn.- Around 30 Canadians from Thunder Bay are in Duluth to experience one of their sister cities. UMD’s University of Seniors invited people from Thunder Bay to Duluth for a couple days of shopping, sight-seeing, and Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a slow exercise sometimes called a moving meditation, that is said to help reduce stress, and increase flexibility,…

Twin Ports Mayors are Starring in a Play

The Two Will Be in the Play "Love Letters"

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Mayor Emily Larson of Duluth and Mayor Jim Paine of Superior are working together to put on a play, just for one night. The play “Love Letters,” by AR Gurney, follows two life-long friends and how they communicate with each other throughout their lives. The play is being put on as a fundraiser for the Downtown Superior Arts…

Duluth Edison Charter School Won’t Be Opening a High School

School Officials Say It's No Longer Financially Feasible

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Edison Charter School had been looking for a building for their new school for years, but after finding the plan to open a high school was no longer financially feasible for them, they are dropping that idea. The Charter school hoped to fund the new high school through public bonding money.  But Bonnie Jorgenson, head of school,…

Unions Are Recruiting Women and People of Color for Construction Jobs

They Are Offering an 8 Week Pre-Apprenticeship Program at No Cost

  DULUTH, Minn.- North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters and SOAR Career Solutions are inviting women and minorities who are interested in the construction industry to take part in their 8 week pre-apprenticeship program, all at no cost. The program aims to recruit people who are underrepresented in the industry, and put them through training so they can have…

Duluth Public Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program

The Program is Also Open to Adults

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Library kicked off their summer reading program, Monday. The program encourages kids to read by giving them small prizes for logging reading hours. Once a child logs 20 hours of reading time, they also get a book of their choice. But the program isn’t just for kids. Adults can also join the reading program and win…

Trees Are Planted in Superior to Honor People

It's Part of the City's Tribute Tree Program

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The City of Superior planted trees to honor community members. It’s part of the City’s Tribute Tree program. People can buy a tree that will be planted in honor of something or someone. The tree is then planted by the city’s tree crew on the boulevard, or the neighborhood of the donor’s choice. Today some of the trees…

Grandma’s Marathon and Toyota Kick Off Shoe Drive

Funds Will Benefit the Young Athletes Foundation

DULUTH, Minn.- Grandma’s Marathon and Toyota are working together to fill up a Toyota Tundra truck with old sneakers. The organizations are partnering with Sneakers4Funds for a shoe drive.  They’re asking people to bring their gently used or new sneakers to one of their drop off locations. Once enough shoes are collected, Sneakers4Funds will donate money to benefit the Young…

Duluth Air Show Wraps Up

Thousands Attended the Popular Event

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Air Show 2017 that brought out thousands of spectators, wrapped up Sunday. This year’s Headliners were the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, but those who attended the show also enjoyed seeing performances by other aircraft, sky diving teams, and even a jet truck. And though the show is now done for the year, Aviation Fans only have to…

Sen. Al Franken Holds Book Signing In Duluth

Book Title: "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate"

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was in Duluth Sunday to talk about and sign his new book “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.” Franken’s new book is about his life growing up in Minneapolis, being a comedian on “Saturday Night Live,” and his transition into political life. Dozens of people packed Greysolon Ballroom for a chance to meet the…

Duluth Trolleys Are Back for the Summer

They Will Be Running Through Labor Day

DULUTH, Minn. – The Port Town Trolleys are back on the streets of Duluth for the summer. The trolleys circulate between downtown Duluth, Canal Park, and Bayfront Park daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The fare is only 50 cents and free for children 4 and under. The trolleys will be servicing customers through Labor Day. For more information,…

Giant Chair Greets Visitors In Two Harbors

The Chair Was Built by High School Students

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The RJ Houle Information Center in Two Harbors now has a giant chair in front of it. People visiting Two Harbors can hop on the chair and take fun photos, which, Janelle Jones, President and CEO of the Two Harbor’s Chamber of Commerce, says is the biggest chair on the North Shore. “This year we’re just going…

Northlanders Enjoy Summer Temperatures

It Was Over 80 Degrees At One Point On Sunday

DULUTH, Minn.- It was a hot day in Duluth, and folks were out soaking up the sun. Some families spent the day watching baseball and cheering on the Duluth Huskies that played at Wade Stadium. Darin Bergsven, who was watching the game said enjoying a warm day with his family reminds him that summer is just around the corner. “We’ve been…

Pets and Owners Strut at the Walk for Animals Event

It's One of Animal Allies' Biggest Fundraisers

DULUTH, Minn.- Pet lovers had the chance to strut their mutts at Animal Allies’ 25th Anniversary Walk for Animals Event. It’s the biggest pet centered event in the twin ports with lots of fun activities. Dogs bobbed for hot dogs, tried their paws at an agility course, and walked a two mile course. Their owners had the chance to make…

Duluth Airshow 2017 Kicks Off

The Blue Angels Headlined This Year

DULUTH, Minn.- Thousands of Aviation lovers watched in awe as planes twirled and zipped through the air for Minnesota’s Greatest Air show. “It was fun seeing the parachutes I mean I’ve never actually seen the act before so it was fun seeing them rotate in the air,” said Sam Thompson, an attendee. The show usually happens every other year, but this…

Climate Change Affects Great Lakes

Surface Water Temperatures are Up

DULUTH, Minn.- President Donald Trump announced he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Deal. The controversy is leaving many Northlanders wondering about the future of our area. The surface water temperatures of the Great Lakes have been rising in the last few decades, and people who study the lakes say climate change is to blame. Scientists also…

Community Members Remember Those Who Died by Gun Violence

Dozens of People Rang the Memorial Bell in Honor of Gun Violence Victims

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland Brandy Campaign and Protect Minnesota chapter honored those who had passed away because of gun violence, at a ceremony held in Duluth. Dozens of people rang a memorial bell at the ceremony, in memory of loved ones who had lost their lives to incidents involving guns. Many of the attendees wore orange to raise awareness of…

Project in Duluth is Preserving Area Veteran Stories

A Training for Volunteers Was Held Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- Veterans Memorial Hall, a Duluth Historical Society program,  is putting together a project to preserve stories about Veterans. Volunteers were trained today to conduct one on one interviews with veterans in the area, for the Memorial Hall’s Oral History Program. Once the interviews are done, they will be transcribed and stored at the Albert J Amatuzio Research Center…

Visit Duluth Moves to New Office

The Company Hopes to Open on Friday, or Early Next Week

DULUTH, Minn.- Visit Duluth is officially moved into their new office. Visit Duluth used to be in a building owned by Minnesota Power, but after Minnesota Power announced they were expanding their clean energy department, Visit Duluth decided to move buildings. It’s taken a few months for Visit Duluth find a space and make the move, but now they are…

Walgreens Installs New Safes to Prevent Drug Robberies

The Time Delay Safes Stop People From Getting Access to Drugs Immediately

DULUTH, Minn. Prescription drug abuse is a big problem across the Nation, but now, Walgreens in Minnesota are using time delay safes to prevent selected Narcotics from being stolen. The rates of robberies that happen in Pharmacies have gone up, since the Nation started facing an opioid epidemic. To combat this, Walgreens in Minnesota now put certain drugs in a…

Memorial Day Services Held at Green Wood Cemetery

Speakers Highlighted Contributions by Women in the Military

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Veterans, family members and loved ones honored fallen veterans at the Green Wood Cemetery in Superior. The Memorial Day celebration in the cemetery is an annual event. This year the vice commander of American legions spoke at the event and highlighted the contributions made by women in the military and the roles the alliance between US and Canadian…