Lauren Leigh

The Great Cabbage Giveaway

The Food Farm has been serving the Duluth Community since 1975.

DULUTH, Minn.- One organization is helping Northlanders put locally sourced food on the table during the winter time. The Food Farm gaveaway free cabbage at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe.  The Great Cabbage Giveaway gives people an opportunity to connect with the farmers who grow their food. “So often you connect with your farmer through the food you eat, which is great,” Food…

Police Officers Bond With Community Over Hockey

The Superior Police Department invited the community to team up and play some floor hockey.

DULUTH, Minn.- Officers with the Superior Police Department bonded with community members over some friendly competition. The Superior Police Officers invited people to gear up for some floor hockey.  Police officers took a night off from patrolling the streets and patrolled the hockey puck.  Kids and officers lined up next to the full court, waiting for a chance to hop back…

The Curling Effect

Curling equipment is flying off the shelves while the Winter Olympics are going.

DULUTH, Minn.-During the Winter Olympics curling spectators can watch at home, sparking newcomers and experienced curlers to give the sport a try. All you really need are shoes and a broom. More advanced curlers suit up in stretch pants, gloves and a helmet.  The Lakeside Curling Supplies Shop has it all, including the same broom as team U.S.A “The curlers…

Little Hands Big Hearts Spreading Awareness in the Northland

The newborn center at St. Luke's is giving away adorable winter gear.

DULUTH, Minn.- February is National Heart Month and St. Luke’s Hospital is spreading awareness with an adorable program. Every baby born this month is given a hand knit red hat. The campaign Little Hats Big Hearts aims to spread awareness for the variety of resources available for congenital heart defects in infants. “Very rewarding just to know that there’s other…

Preparing for the Polar Plunge

Volunteers are busy setting up in Canal Park.

DULUTH, Minn.-Friday volunteers were busy working in Canal Park setting up for the long awaited Polar Plunge. Although we’ve been talking a lot about the weather and chilly temperatures, the most important topic are the kids benefiting from the fundraiser. “You’re giving people opportunities that they might not otherwise have,” Duluth Police Officer Mike Thamm said. “It’s a great time.” Even…

Putting a Stop to Domestic Violence

Find out how you can help prevent domestic violence in your community.

DULUTH, Minn.- A group in Duluth is looking to put an end to domestic violence. The organization Men as Peacemakers are hosting training sessions to help volunteers for what they call  “Domestic Violence Restorative Circles”  which work with both survivors, as well as offenders, to help heal, and stop violence. “We can’t just put a band aid over something like…

Drivers Washing Away Winter Blues

Local car washes are booming with business during this warmer weather.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s starting to feel like spring is in the air, many drivers today lined up at the car wash cleaning away the winter blues. Workers at the Miller Hill Car Wash say sunny days are the perfect time to clean up the inside and outside of your vehicle. “Plus people are really dirty after the winter on the…

Organizations Concerned for Future of Great Lakes Funding

The White House's proposed budget plan would cut $30 million to $300 million dollars in GLRI funding.

DULUTH, Minn.- Local organizations are concerned on how the Great Lakes will be kept clean and for the future of job for the workers involved in the various projects for many years. The White House’s proposed budget plan cuts funding From the Great Lakes Restoration Innitiative. The GLRI It helps fund universities, state, and federal agencies. The GLRI launched in 2010 with…

Preparing Restaurants for Valentines Day

The New Scenic Cafe receives some reservations a year in advance.

DULUTH, Minn.- Its Valentine’s Day which for some means taking your partner out for a bite to eat, making it a busy day in the kitchen for Northland eateries. The New Scenic Cafe says they stock up on over %50 more food and ingredients than usual for Valentine’s Day. To honor couples that can’t celebrate on a week night the…

Experiencing the Outdoors, Inside at the Boat Show

The boat show offers many of unique displays.

DULUTH, Minn.- With the warm weather outside and the new boats inside, the Boat Show is a great place to create your summer wish list. From fishing boats, speed boats, to kayaks the show offers a wide selection if you’re looking for a new summer ride. Sadly you can’t test drive the boats this week but show includes many interactive…

Birkie Preparations Underway

Full installation of the infamous American Birkebeiner International Bridge will begin next week.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northern Wisconsin is preparing for the American Birkebeiner. Racers are anxious for trail condition updates and nearly 25 hundred volunteers are working to make it happen. “I think it’s beyond anybody’s wildest dreams, certainly we know the impact for Hayward, we know the impact for Cable,” executive director Ben Popp said. “We also know what it means to…

Fat Tuesday Sweets Help Fund Summer Camp

Eating household sweets on Fat Tuesday has been a longtime tradition.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Men of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Duluth are serving up pancakes for dinner Tuesday night. In the past families would cook up all their household sweets, into pancakes, as a fat Tuesday tradition. The congregation is coming together for their Mardi Gras celebration. “What we’ve turned it into is we’ve taken that pancake tradition supper and…

Local Pub Serves Up New Orleans Cuisine

Carmody Irish Pub wants to celebrate Mardi Gras the traditional way in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.- One local pub in downtown Duluth is serving up free food creole style. Carmody Irish Pub located on E. Superior St. will be boiling up the traditional New Orleans crawfish all Tuesday night long. They’ll even teach you how to eat the popular craw fish. “When the chef brings it in they just, they’ll elbow you out of…

Final Superior Superintendent Candidates Answer Public Questions

The new superintendent will be announced late Tuesday night.

SUPERIOR, Wis., Tuesday night  a new superintendent will be chosen for the Superior School District. Dennis Goodwin, Francis Redmond and Amy Starzecki are all in the running. The  school board and community members are asking the finalists an array of questions from handling funding issues to communication with the public. “I’ll say visibility is a big one, meeting with the…

Duluth City Council Passes Flavored Tobacco Ban

Ban Affects Convenience Stores, Not Smoke Shops

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth city council voted 7–2 Monday night in favor of banning the sale of flavored tobacco products in convenience stores, including gas stations. Councilors Noah Hobbs and Jay Fosle were the only two councilors who voted against the ban. The chamber was packed for the controversial vote. One side says flavored tobacco is a public health issue,…

Enjoying the Partially Frozen Lake Superior

According to Minnesota DNR the ice needs to be four inches thick to be walked on.

DULUTH, Minn.-  There are 1.5 million issued fishing licenses in Minnesota, according to Explore Minnesota %10 of license holding anglers are ice fishers. Before grabbing your fishing rod and tackle box, you need to make sure it’s safe. According to the Minnesota DNR ice needs to be at least four inches thick. Right now parts of Lake Superior have favorable…

Kids Compete In Martial Arts Tournament

DULUTH, Minn.- A competition held in Duluth Sunday brought in participants from four years old to sixty years old. The Spirit of the Arts Winter Tournament is a marshal arts competition. The sport has many benefits, including balance and self control. Competitors travel from as far as Canada to be on the mat in Duluth. “It’s kind like a big…

Volunteers Clean up Local Park with Bonfire Bash

Volunteers are clearing out honeysuckle brush and buckthorn.

DULUTH, Minn.- Volunteers held a bonfire bash with aims to help reach a $10,000 grant to improve Norton Park. The Duluth Invasive Species Red Rapid Respone team is helping make Norton Park an enjoyable place for everyone. Friday the clean up crew burned the collected invasive brush inviting volunteers to lend a hand and warm up by the fire. “We have…

Winter Frolic Hosts Unique Competition

The festival is going on throughout the weekend.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.-The 10th annual Winter Frolic Festival held a new unique competition this year. Coordinators of the Winter Frolic say, it’s all about getting families to enjoy the winter season. The Winter Frolic has sledding, bean bag toss, and new this year Kayak relay races. Community members gathered creating teams and sledding down a hill in kayaks. Participants said…

Rep. Nolan Retirement Announcement Surprises Northland

Many Candidates Have Announced Running for the 8th District Congressional Seat

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota’s 8th District Congressional Representative Rick Nolan announced he’s retiring at the end of his term and will not be a candidate for re-election. Rep. Rick Nolan has spent 16 years in elective office devoting a lot of time to Minnesota. In a statement released Friday Nolan says there’s a time and a purpose for everything and now is the…

Final Polymet Project Public Meeting Held

The public can make comments on the proposed copper nickel mine into March.

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of people packed the DECC for the final public input meeting on Polymet’s proposed copper nickel mine near Babbit. The police presence was ramped up, before anyone even entered the ballroom. The DNR and Duluth police doing pat–downs on the hundreds who wanted to attend. Beyond that the issues of pro–miners and those worried about the environment…

Snowmobilers Help Fight ALS

The 19th Blackwoods Blizzard Tour has raised $8.8 million over the years.

PROCTOR, Minn.-  Every year in the United States alone 6,000 people are diagnosed with ALS. For the 19th year, snowmobilers are helping to raise funds for ALS research. The Blackwoods Blizzard Tour, also known as the Million Dollar Ride, brings together experienced snowmobilers to donate and raise money for ALS. Riders will travel 150 miles each day during the 3-day–journey. One…

Hockey Players fill Outdoor Rinks Celebrating the Community

Hockey Night is an annual event at the Superior's outdoor ice rinks.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-  It’s hockey night in Superior, and the city’s rinks are full of all ages enjoying the outdoor ice. Hockey night is an annual event put on by the Superior Spartans and the UWS Yellowjackets. Players from each team hit the ice to skate with the community. The hockey players pass the puck or even offer tips to the…

Many Turn to Alternative Medicine During Flu Season

Workers at the Snooty Fox say customers curious for tea remedies.

DULUTH, Minn.-  According to the CDC this flu season is worse than years past. To stay healthy many are opting for alternative medicine. Workers at the Snooty Fox in Duluth say the flu season is always a busy time for the tea shop. Every day many customers walk in asking for something to help them feel better. “The request is…

Cold Front Celebration Brings Excitement to Canal Park

The weekend event is just the start of a month long celebration.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Along with the cold, winter brings plenty of activities perfect to spend time doing in Duluth. This weekend Canal Park is kicking off the first ever Cold Front Celebration motivating everyone to get outside.  It’s no secret tourists love Canal Park but the city of Duluth wants residents to get outside and take back the popular destination. “We’re…

It’s Finally Girl Scout Cookie Season

Girl Scouts are the largest female lead business in the world.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The second most purchased cookies in the United States are available this Saturday. The cookies are sold by the largest female lead business in the world, it’s Girl Scout cookies. Thursday the Girl Scouts received over 5,000 boxes of cookies and this shipment is just the kick off of the season. People around the country stock up on these…

Locally Sourced Meals Help Fund Duluth Gardens

The annual Art of Food is a packed fundraiser every year.

DULUTH, Minn.- Over 100 people gathered enjoying a unique meal, made completely of locally sourced vegetables with means to grow more in the Northland. The Duluth Community Garden Program teamed up with the Arrowhead Professional Chef Association creating locally sourced meals to raise money for local gardens. The annual Art of Local Food fundraiser helps the Duluth Community Garden Program…

Crews Continue Through Cold in Aerial Lift Bridge Construction

Officials say construction is right on schedule.

DULUTH, Minn.- This cold weather is not stopping workers on the Aerial Lift Bridge. This is the first time in 60 years the deck of the bridge is being replaced. As of Thursday the aerial lift bridge has traffic down to one lane. Officials say the construction is right on schedule. Work on the west side is almost complete. Projects…

Historic NorShor Theatre Officially Open

Downtown Duluth is beaming with excitement for the long awaited Theatre.

DULUTH, Minn.- The wait is finally over the 1910 NorShor Theatre is open for business with actors on stage Thursday night performing to a sold out audience of roughly 700 people. “Are you kidding this is the biggest thing that has happened in our town since I don’t know when,” Duluth Playhouse Executive Director Christine Gradl Seitz said. “I mean lets think…

UWS Invites Students to Help Build the Kindness Quilt

The supplies are provided in select offices on campus.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The University of Wisconsin Superior is asking students to tap into their creative side to show kindness on campus. The Kindness Quilt has become a UWS tradition. During the month of February students, faculty, and families on campus are invited to decorate a felt square to represent equality. The supplies are located on campus at the Veterans and…

Northlanders Prepare for Upcoming Caucus

The training is put on completely by volunteers.

DULUTH, Minn.- Wednesday night training was held at the Duluth Labor Temple in preparation for caucuses starting Tuesday Feb. 5th. The Northlanders undergoing training learn how to host their precinct caucus. Training goes through how to register people and how to except resolutions that could be passed on to the state. The training is ran completely by volunteers. “All these…

Community Celebrates Northland Olympic Curlers

The athletes will officially leave in two days for their final training.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Northland curlers are being sent off to compete for team U.S.A in South Korea for the winter Olympics. The Duluth Curling Club put together a spaghetti dinner to help raise money for the athletes’ families. The curlers say they’re going to face some tough match–ups at the Olympics. “My big thing is I just want to walk away…

MnDot Considers “Can of Worm” Intersection Updates

The can of worms intersection is a visibility concern.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s ‘can of worms’ or what the Minnesota Department of Transportation formally calls the “Twin Ports Interchange Project” is slowing sliding along. MnDot is currently narrowing down the preferred alternatives to make the “can of worms” intersection a safer place for drivers traveling through the Twin Ports. Monday night transportation officials discussed advancing the design process and taking…

One Book Northland Honors Local Author

The book club aims to celebrate reading books accessible to everyone in the region.

DULUTH, Minn.-  For the 17th year libraries around the region are joining together celebrating the One Book Northland project. This month’s chosen book is written by local author Katharine Johnson titled The Wind and The Drum. Officials are excited to celebrate a book from the community. “Even better in a year like this when we can find a local tie…

Superior Sister City Celebrates 20th Year

Students are fundraising to make a trip to the Sister City

SUPERIOR, Wis.-  The Superior Sister City is celebrating a 20 year relationship with Ami Machi, Japan. Monday night kids in the Superior School District are getting a taste of another culture. The Japanese New Year was honored Monday night. Families tasted exotic foods. learned origami, and dress up in kimonos. “Just to be a kid from this area and have the…

Inside Look at the John Beargrease Marathon Starting Line

Every musher has a different story behind their passion to race.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.-  Mushers heading out for the John Beargrease marathon say dog racing is unlike any sport. Winter along the Northshore can create the ideal conditions or make for a challenging journey. “We go out there and what happens, happens. You just kind of go with the flow, that’s what this sport is,” first time Beargrease musher Liza Dietzen…

Carrying Trail Mail in the Beargrease Marathon

The trail mail is sent in from people around the world.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.– While on the trail mushers are looking after more than just their sled team, each racer is carrying up to a dozen pieces of trial mail. Racing with the letters is another way to honor John Beargrease and his route delivering mail. The Two Harbors Postal Service, volunteers helping run the event every year. Workers say they’re…

Volunteer Veterinarians Have All Eyes on Beargrease Dogs

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The John Beargrease race is made possible by many volunteers, including nearly 20 volunteer veterinarians. The vets travel from all over to provide pre-race vet checks and ensure safety during the event. “It’s wonderful to be able to come here and work with these athletes,” head vet volunteer Gregg Phillips said. “I mean we see the couch…

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Visits Superior

Gov. Walker addressed health care and sales tax rebate.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-  Governor walker traveled to the Northland Saturday meeting with the Republican Party of Douglas County. The Republican Party of Douglas County held its annual Lincoln Day dinner in Superior. Governor Walker spoke to on-goers addressing issues, including what he hopes for the future of healthcare. “Affirms that preexisting conditions will be covered in the State of Wisconsin,” Gov….

Inside the John Beargrease Opening Ceremony

The ceremony brings together everyone involved in the marathon, one last time before the race.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Preparations for the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon took place in Two Harbors Saturday. Saturday night’s opening ceremony sheds light on how many volunteers, sponsors, and participants it takes to make this tradition going for years to come. “Let people know that they’re involved in this race and if you ever sit down and listen to…

Duluth Coffee Company and Earth Rider Join Forces

The new coffee beer can be found in Superior and Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.– Two brewers of different kinds have teamed up to create the perfect coffee beer. Earth Rider Brewery and Duluth Coffee Company released the pale ale Thursday night. Workers say told the coffee beer is created using an imperfect pale ale but made complete with the help of the Duluth Coffee Company. “Overall in the flavor you might not…

Plans Underway for New Unique Hotel

Officials say the hotel aims to attract millennials to Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.– New details are being revealed for a new hotel like no other planned for Duluth’s central entrance. The hotel is called “Tru by Hilton” it’s aimed at giving young professionals, a fun affordable place to stay.  The rooms will cost $100 a night and be smaller than an average hotel room. City officials say although there are many hotels, none…

Hundreds Partake in Northland Figure Skating Competition

The event is free and open to the public all weekend.

DULUTH, Minn.- This weekend figure skaters are hitting the ice for the 38th annual Northland Figure Skating Competition. The Duluth Figure Skating Club puts on the competition all weekend at AMS Oil Arena and the DECC. The skaters range from little ones to adults. Club coach Heather Seyfer has been apart of the club for 35 years; starting as a competitor, now…

UMD College Republicans Host Fundraiser

The group will be traveling to Washington D.C.

DULUTH, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Duluth’s College Republicans held a fundraiser at Glensheen Mansion. The UMD College Republicans met with gubernatorial candidates at the event is a fundraiser. The group is attending the CPAC in Washington D.C. UMD College Republicans President Kynze Lundeen says organizing the event is an honor. “It means a lot to me to have my CR’s…

Duluth Public Library Rewarding Reading

The library is also giving away prizes if you attend events.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Public Library is giving away prizes to promote reading. Now until February 24th if you attend a class held at the library, you could win a prize. Wednesday the library held a Metal Tool Workshop partnering up with the Duluth Art Institute. The workshop inspired people to tap into their creative side, making raised art with tin foil…

Public Comments on Barker’s Island Plans

The city is hoping for your input to restore the beach.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The city of superior focused in on the future restoration of Barker’s Island Beach during a public meeting. The city held the public meeting to share preliminary engineering concepts for the beach’s future. The beach is a major part of the overall success of Barker’s Island. Wednesday night the Parks Rec and Forestry Department presented drawings of the proposed…

Emergency Responder Training in the Cold

Duluth Hosts the State's Largest EMS Expo

DULUTH, Minn.-  EMS workers in Minnesota face many tough situations and harsh weather conditions on the job. To provide the best care workers are taking part in the state’s largest EMS Expo in Duluth.  Around 1,000 EMS workers from Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota come take part in Arrowhead’s EMS Expo. The training courses offered help workers learn more about advancing…

Discount Duluth Offers More at Larger Location

Discount Duluth aims to supply affordable big brand products.

DULUTH, Minn.- Two brothers are creating jobs and bringing affordable shopping to their hometown. Discount Duluth opened one year ago, now the retail shop is moving to a new location. The store is now five times larger than before. Discount Duluth sells overstock big brand products at a discounted price. “It means a lot to us because we always use…

Local Businesses Honoring Minnesota Vikings

Would you decorate your home with purple gear?

DULUTH, Minn.- The Vikings victory last Sunday not only has fans shouting SKOL but businesses are getting into the spirit as well. Duluth’s own Riverside Soy Candles now has a purple edition. The candles are typically colorless, but the creator says she knew she needed to honor the team. “I think it kind of brings the community together and people…