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LSC Preparing to Welcome Students Back to School

The School is Hosting an Early Bird Event Saturday

DULUTH, Minn.- Colleges and Universities in the Northland are preparing for school to start again. Lake Superior College is having an early bird event tomorrow, where students can step into the school a day early to find their classrooms, get acquainted with the school, and meet some of the faculty. The event helps take some of the stress off of…

Gloria Dei Moving Forward With Plans to Rebuild

The Goal is to be Back by End of 2018

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church have voted to move forward with an architectural plan for the Church building and the budget that goes with that. Church representatives are hoping they can start demolishing the interior like the floors and walls in September, so the rebuilding process can begin. The goal of the church is to be…

Businesses Sound Off About Walleye Woes On Lake Mille Lacs

Some Businesses Have Been Struggling With the Tough Regulations on Walleye Fishing

MILLE LACS, Minn.- Lake Mille Lacs was a popular Walleye fishing destination, but after a plummet in the population of the fish, strict regulations have restricted fishing in the area. “The people in the upper midwest, you know take Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota and Northern Iowa, walleye is their favorite fish and that’s not going to change,” says Terry Thurmer,…

Most Renowned Bass Fishing Tournament Will be in Mille Lacs for Second Year

The 2017 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Tournament Will Take Place September 14-17

MILLE LACS, Minn.- The 2017 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Tournament is taking place at the lake on September 14th through the 17th. Last year the event brought more than 14,000 people to the area, where spectators had the chance to watch the nation’s top 50 anglers battle it out with the fish. “It’s gained the notoriety of it,…

Chisholm Pocket Park Making Downtown a Better Place to Be

The Park is the First Component of the Revitalization Project

CHISHOLM, Minn.- Chisholm’s downtown now has a pocket park  for community members to enjoy. The Chisholm Downtown Revitalization Committee received a grant from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation board to make the city’s downtown a better place to be. The Pocket park used to be an unused lot, but now has been developed into a space with benches designed…

Superior Working to Become a Better Place to Live

Leaders Are Working on Making Exposition District a Reality

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The business community in Superior has been working to grow the city for the last 4 years, and in the November 2016 election, citizens in superior voted to approve the Better City Superior Referendum. Now, local leaders in Superior are working to pass an advisory referendum asking legislators in Madison to allow Superior to make an exposition district….

Rainy Weather Hasn’t Stopped CSA Farms from Thriving

Sunny Weather Between Rainy Days Has Been the Saving Grace

WRENSHALL, Minn.- Despite the rainy weather and even storms that have hit the Northland this summer, Community Supported Agriculture farms are still thriving. Rick Dalen, the farmer at Northern Harvest Farm says a saving grace of the rainy weather has been the warm and sunny days that have followed the rain.  This season Northern Harvest Farm has also planted Almost…

Bike Duluth Festival Wraps Up

Hundreds of People Raced in the Event

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of bike lovers were at Spirit Mountain for the weekend to race their hearts out, and enjoy other bike related events. The festival holds more than 20 different races over the course of 3 days. It’s a chance for people to show off their cycling skills for a good cause. It’s a non-profit event, with 50 percent…

Civilian and Military Car Show Held at Richard I Bong Center

Attendees Even Had the Chance to Get Inside a WW2 Tank

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Military vehicles like tanks, and civilian vehicles like mustangs lined the parking lot of the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center. It’s all part of a Military and Civilian Car show. “It’s awesome you got these really cool civilian cars with these big ol’ military vehicles here,” said Hayes Scriven, the Executive Director of the historical center. Community…

Art Lovers Enjoy the Lake Superior Art Festival

The Festival Has Been Going on for 4 Years

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Art Festival drew hundreds of Art lovers to the shores of Lake Superior. People walked Brighton beach to check out the work of dozens of artists using a wide range of mediums like photography, watercolor, and glasswork. Festival goers used the opportunity to purchase handmade and original pieces by the local artists to take home….

UMD Invites Community to Tour Land Lab

The Lab Teaches Students About Sustainable Agriculture

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD invited community members to see their land lab for farm and field day. The UMD land lab teaches students how to grow organic produce, and sells the food they grow to the school. Employees of the land lab gave guided tours of the 15 acre organic farm, and showed people the projects they have been working on….

Children Enjoy St. Louis County Fair

There Were Animals, Games, and Rides for Families to Enjoy

Drew and Bryce Aune smiled as they reached out to pet a donkey inside a barn at the St. Louis County fair. It was children’s day at the county fair, that has been going on for 133 years. “There’s rides and animals that we get to see and pet,” said Drew. The boys were there with their mom Nikki Aune…

Carlton Residents Vote “No” On Referendum

CARLTON, Minn.- Carlton residents casted votes in a special election Tuesday. They voted “No” 1202 to 475 “Yes” votes not to approve the issuance of $23.6 million dollars in bonds to construct a grades 6-12 addition at the South Terrance site and make improvements to the existing building. By 11 a.m. Tuesday morning close to 300 people had turned out…

Carlton County Historical Society Invites Public to Watch Historical Movies

The Historical Society is Sorting Through What Movies to Keep

CLOQUET, Minn.- The Carlton County Historical Society is inviting you to join them in watching historical movies. The Historical Society has a few videos and film in their collection. But many of these old films are unmarked, or haven’t been watched in years. So historical society staff members are having a viewing of the movies to decide if they are going…

Cloquet Middle School Getting New Building

The Old School was Around 100 Years Old

DULUTH, Minn.- The old Cloquet Middle School building was almost 100 years old, and was in dire need for an upgrade. After the 50 million dollar referendum was passed and construction began, students are now only weeks away from stepping into the new building. The school has an upgraded pool facility, gymnasium, classrooms, and open learning spaces. The new school…

NE BBQ and Smokehouse Open in Cloquet

BBQ Lovers Have Been Waiting for 2 Years

CLOQUET, Minn.- The North East Barbecue and Smoke House in Cloquet is finally open. BBQ lovers in the area have been waiting for almost 2 years for the restaurant to open, and earlier this month, their wishes were answered. The menu includes smoked meats, burgers, sandwiches, and even offers vegetarian options like black bean burgers. “We’re really determined to make…

Carlton Residents Voting in a Special Election Tuesday

Community Residents Will Vote on Carlton School District Referendum

CARLTON, Minn.- Carlton residents will be casting votes in a special election Tuesday. There will be two questions on the ballot. One is for renovating South Terrace Elementary School and building a new High school. The second question is for building an auditorium, outdoor spaces, and other improvements for those schools. “Carlton high school was built in 1916, and South…

It’s National Purple Heart Day

It's an Honor Given to Soldiers Wounded or Killed in Battle

  DULUTH, Minn.- The Purple Heart is a medal awarded to members of the United States Military who are wounded or killed in combat. Bradley Bennett of Duluth served our country during the Vietnam War. While at war, Bennett was hit by shrapnel through his arm and ankle during a battle. He says the wounds were relatively minor, and after…

Students with Autism Attend Creative Workshop

The Event Has Been Going on for 2 Years in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.0- Students on the autism spectrum and members of the creative community worked together for an art workshop. Islands of Brilliance, a non-profit organization, is using the Hailey Sault office in the Dewitt Seitz building in Duluth to help people with autism use their creativity to make art. The students are paired one on one with art mentors to…

Kids on the Autism Spectrum Take a Ride on Thomas

The Event is the First of its Kind

DULUTH, Minn.- Children on the autism spectrum had a chance to enjoy a Day out With Thomas. Children with autism can be sensitive to loud noises, big crowds, and too much going on all at once. The Lake Superior Railroad Museum, in collaboration with other organizations is offering a Sensory Friendly Day Out with Thomas. Children with Autism had the…

Families Enjoy St. Luke’s Family Summer Bash

The Event is Sponsored by St. Lukes

DULUTH, Minn.- Families enjoyed quality time together at the St. Luke’s Family Summer Bash The event, held at Bayfront Park, had fun for people of all ages including yard games and water activities, princess and superhero appearances, and family races. “It’s a great chance for families to get out, be active and do fun activities together. Make some memories and…

Duluthians Meet with Students from Sister City in Japan

It's Part of a 2 Year Student Exchange Program

DULUTH, Minnl.- It was a reunion for Hinano Kurokawa of Ohara and Emma Stottleman of Duluth. Emma visited Ohara Isumi city in Chiba Japan last year, where she stayed with Hinano’s family. Now, Emma’s and other families in Duluth have the opportunity to host students from Duluth’s sister city for a few days. “Their hospitality was incredible and they were thrilled…

Kids Try on Fall’s Newest Fashions at Fashion Show Parade in Younkers

The Children Had the Chance to Choose Their Own Outfits for the Event

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids and parents had the chance to get a look at this year’s fall fashion at the Annual Back to School fashion Show at Younkers in Duluth. Children tried on some of the newest looks at the department store and participated in the fashion show as models, walking around the store in outfits they picked out for themselves….

Superior High School Senior Puts on Car Show at Billings Park Days for Senior Project

Money Raised During the Show Will be Donated to Charity

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Celebrations for Billings Park Days started Friday, and continued on Saturday. Friends and Neighbors enjoyed chalk art on the streets, rummage sales, and food stands in Billings Park. but today’s celebrations also included a car show, organized by Brenden Penney  a Senior from Superior High School, as part of his senior project. “My family has been involved in…

Former Clyde Iron Works Employees Come Together for Reunion

Some of the People Hadn't Seen Each Other in 30 Years

DULUTH, Minn.- Clyde Iron Works had some special visitors come through the restaurant Saturday. It’s been 30 years since the employees of Clyde shut down operations in the Lincoln Park Building, and Saturday, some of the employees came back for a reunion. “It’s amazing how many people you look at, and you haven’t seen them in 30 years and you…

Duluth Businesses Getting Attention from Twin Cities Publications

It's Not Just the Locals Loving Our Flavors

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is a tourism city, and each year thousands visit to spend time in the city on the shores of the Lake Superior.   That’s why it’s no surprise that many of Duluth’s local businesses are highlighted by Publications in the twin cities as great places to eat, drink, or play. Perk Place Coffee House and Bakery is one…

School Nutrition Conference Takes Place in Duluth

It's the Biggest School Nutrition Event in the State

  DULUTH, Minn.- More than 800 School Nutrition professionals were at the DECC to talk about nutrition, school meals, and ideas on how to provide healthy options that even picky kids will still eat. The conference is the state’s largest school nutrition event, and is a way to bring together school nutrition professionals for educational sessions and networking. “The children…

Women Receive Free Mammogram Screenings

It was Part of the Women's Wellness Day Celebration

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Community Health Center offered free Mammogram screenings today for their Women’s Wellness Day Celebration. Statistics show that uninsured women are at a greater risk for all types of cancer because they are not able to afford preventative care. So today, dozens of women were screened for breast cancer in a pink truck in the parking…

Flag Retirement Boxes Placed in St. Louis County

Now People Can Get Rid of American Flags Properly

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County is helping people dispose of their U.S. Flags properly. In the past when people’s American Flags were tattered, ripped or become dirty, many community members didn’t know how to get rid of it. But now, St. Louis County has installed two flag retirement boxes for people to dispose of their worn flags in. Once the…

LSC Hosts Career Exploration Class

The Class is a Collaboration Between LSC and CAD

DULUTH, Minn.- Community Action Duluth has teamed up with Lake Superior College to offer a free Career Exploration Class The class started today and teaches participants valuable skills to work in customer service. Participants will have a chance to learn useful math skills, how to use a computer, and how to create a resume. They will also have the chance…

Veterans Benefit Event Will Take Place at the El Dorado Bar on Saturday

The Event Has been Going on for 5 Years

OLIVER, Wis.- The annual Veterans benefit and Walk for the Fallen is being hosted this Saturday at the El Dorado Bar and Grill In the Village of Oliver. Community members are invited to support veteran organizations in the area at the event that includes a Horseshoe tournament, pig roast, and raffles. The bar will open at 8 am for breakfast,…

Construction Starts Again on Airport Runway

The Whole Project is to be Completed in 2018

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth International Airport has been working on a multi-million dollar project to replace a 60 year old runway for the first time. The construction on the project has started again, Monday. The construction is done in phases to allow for operations like air traffic to continue on different parts of the runway, and last summer, a small…

Hillside Youth Theatre Program is Putting on Their Play

Kids Learned All Aspects of Theatre During the 6 Week Long Camp

DULUTH, Minn.- Students in the Hillside Youth Theatre Program are putting on a play at Myers Wilkins Elementary School. The program is six week long camp that aims to teach students about all things theatre, including being in the play, understanding the storyline, what goes on behind the scenes, and building sets. Organizers hope giving the students different responsibilities helps…

CASDA Holds 5th Annual Socks for Survivors

It's One of CASDAs Biggest Fundraisers

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse hosted its 5th annual “Socks for Survivors” golf tournament at Nemadji Golf Club. The fundraiser is one of the Organization’s biggest of the year. Golf players and teams sign up and play a round of golf, while wearing wacky socks. Money is raised through registration fees, which was 50 dollars a…

The American Red Cross Is Facing a Critical Blood Shortage

They Are Calling for Blood Donations Nationally

DULUTH, Minn.- The American Red Cross is on an emergency need for blood. Nationally, the Red Cross aims to collect around 14,000 units of blood daily, but in May and June, the number of units donated dipped down. So now, the American Red Cross is asking people to donate. Donations can be made through contacting the local Red Cross chapter…

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Has a Dog Park for Fido

Customers Can Let Their Dogs Play While They Eat

CLOQUET, Minn.- A dog park in the parking lot Of Gordy’s Hi-Hat and Gordy’s Warming House is helping people enjoy their meals, while getting their dogs some exercise. Earlier this month Gordy’s put up a fence for the dog play area, to help traveling pet owners let their dogs run and play in a safe environment. “We just want people…

Highway 53 to be Open to Traffic This November

The Construction is Coming Along Right on Schedule.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation built the original roadway in 1960, on land owned by mining companies. In 2010, the lease on the land expired and since then, MnDOT has been working to move Highway 53 to a new location. The highway relocation work has many components to it, including moving a portion of the highway onto…

New Storefront in the Works for Thunderbird Mall

Construction Could Begin Later This Summer

VIRGINIA, Minn.- The Thunderbird Mall in Virginia is going through a transformation. Rock Step Capital, a company that owns the mall announced their plans to put more stand-alone stores on the mall property, last year. And now, Tractor Supply Company is set to be the first new storefront there. “The whole concept the whole theme, the whole structure, the whole…

Little Kitten Takes Ride of a Lifetime Underneath Truck

The Cat Rode from Silver Bay to Carlton

CARLTON, Minn.- It was a regular work day for Joshua Nelson, A Black Bear Casino Security guard, when he got an unusual call on his radio that there was a possible cat underneath a car. “Get out there and hear these meowing. Look under the vehicle couldn’t see anything,” says Joshua. After closer inspection Joshua saw the head of a…

The Duluth Harbor Mission Opens Doors to Outreach Center

They Aim to Fight Homelessness and Chemical Dependencies

DULUTH, Minn.- A new center is helping serve underprivileged people in West Duluth. The Duluth Harbor Mission Incorporated began in 2015 by serving hot meals to people in need. Monday the Harbor mission opened the doors to their new outreach center. The organization plans to work on the front lines to help people fight poverty and addiction. “We help the…

Beloved School Secretary Retires After Working for 41 Years

Some She Worked With Say She Knew Everything About the School

DULUTH, Minn.- Sherry Holten worked as the secretary of Homecroft Elementary school for more than four decades, but retired from the long stint June of this year. “It’s a huge range of responsibilities from financial to dealing with people, meeting with public, working with kids. And that was the fun part,” says Sherry. After working with 14 principals and thousands…

Storm Blows Through Northland Leaving Many Without Power

Some Homes Sustained Damages. Others Cannot be Accessed Because of Downed Trees and Powerlines.

FREDENBERG TOWNSHIP, Minn.- Andrew Schlichting was in Fredenberg township visiting his parents when the storm rolled in, Friday night. “Kind of came out of nowhere. Just a solid wall of rain. And then the rains came. Kinda felt like a hurricane we thought the windows were going to bust through,” said Schlichting. The blowing winds and heavy rains brought down…

25th Annual Taste of Greece is Back

Attendees Had the Chance to Eat Greek Food, and Learn a Little About the Culture

DULUTH, Minn.- The Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church held its 25th annual Greek Food Festival It’s a fundraiser that started out serving just 200 people, that has grown into a massive event that now draws 3,000 people to the church. Attendees had the chance to get a small taste of Greek food and culture, by trying out authentic Greek…

Ojibwe Language Camp Helps Pass on Culture and Heritage to Next Generation

The Camp Uses Games and Activities to Help Teach Children the Ojibwe Language

FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn.- The Language and culture of the Ojibwe has been fading after generations of tribal members had been forced to assimilate into European-American culture. “I don’t know the language, my mom grew up in the era where she was punished for speaking in school, and she didn’t want us to go through it. Her kids. So…