Matt Van Winkle

CSS Students Design and Promote New Products

Instructors saw this project as a great way to get students real world experience, by bringing many different majors together to collaborate

DULUTH, Minn. – Young Northland inventors showed of their stuff at a St. Scholastica trade show this afternoon. Students from different classes teamed up to develop, market, and promote a brand new product. The project also combined an e–commerce class to design a website and an entrepreneurship class to showcase a business plan for the product. Some ideas students came…

Legacy Glassworks Raises Funds for Chum Homeless Shelter

The shop is also hosting a music festival and silent auction at The Rex bar

DULUTH, Minn. – Local artists are coming together for a good cause on Thursday. Legacy Glassworks in Duluth is hosting their Spring Celebration with live music and glassblowing demonstrations. This year is a little different, as Legacy is helping raise funds for the CHUM homeless shelter. “We like to support the community, and since they’re our neighbors, we like to…

Superior Family in the Running to Appear on Packers Tickets

The photo was selected as a finalist and is now up against four other photos from fans across the country

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A Superior family needs your help in a competition that could land their kids on the front ofGreen Bay Packers tickets for the upcoming season. The Taylor family submitted a photo of their twin sons, Jaxon and Tavion, wearing their green and gold, into the Packers Ticket Takeover contest. The photo was selected as a finalist and…

Proposed State Funding Would Cause Tuition Increase, Cuts at UMD

State lawmakers plan to make big cuts in funding to University of Minnesota Schools

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are currently working through a spending plan for public colleges in the state. As it stands right now, it appears lawmakers plan to make big cuts in funding to University of Minnesota Schools. For UMD, this could mean an increase in tuition and cuts to university programs. The U of M had requested about $147…

Financial Educators Advise Caution to Students Relying on Loan Forgiveness

There has been growing concern by some students across the country that the program might end

DULUTH, Minn. – The financial aid office at UMD is giving some advice to students about Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs. There has been growing concern by some students across the country that the program might end. A lawsuit was filed last year, questioning the validity of some aspects of public sector non–profits where employees are given loan forgiveness. UMD’s…

DTA Looking to Add Five New Routes, Expand Downtown Trolley Service

Officials tell us the proposed routes are a direct result from community feedback

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority is on the move to expand bus routes within the city. DTA officials tell us the proposed routes are a direct result from community feedback. Those routes include a circle between the Hillside neighborhood and UMD, along with new routes between Lakeside and the Miller Hill Mall and a route on Arlington Road…

Roundabout Proposed At Midway And Maple Grove Roads

T–bone accidents account for up 70-percent of crashes at the intersection

Saint Louis County is hoping to cut down on serious crashes at a busy Hermantown intersection, proposing a single lane roundabout to be installed at Midway and Maple Grove Roads. T–bone accidents account for up 70-percent of crashes at this intersection, making it one of the most dangerous along the Midway corridor. Engineers conducted a study to look at the…

Students Raising Money to Repair Vandalized Playground

4th graders Zack Ellestad and Bryce Twaddle decided to come up with a way to help raise money to fix the damaged court

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at Bay View Elementary are taking action after somebody set fire to the school’s outdoor basketball court and spray painted graffiti on the school. When the kids returned to class on Monday, teachers told them about the damage that occurred to the playground. Two 4th grade students, Zack Ellestad and Bryce Twaddle, decided to come up…

Industry Leaders Talk Future of Mining at Annual Conference

THE SME Conference in Duluth is generating a lot of discussion about where the mining industry is headed

DULUTH, Minn. – Mining industry leaders are in Duluth this week as part of the 90th annual SME Conference at the DECC. The conference features more than 200 companies showing off the latest trends in mining and plenty of discussion about where the industry is headed. “We truly believe we can mine here, we can keep it local, use our…

Community Saddened After Popular South Shore Restaurant Burns Down

Pine Cone Ole's has been a staple in the Wisconsin town of Herbster since the 1920s

HERBSTER, Wis. – Pine Cone Ole’s restaurant and bar in Herbster, Wisconsin is being called a total loss after it caught fire early Monday morning. “It was a great little bar restaurant,” said John Powers, who used to be a cook at the staple along Highway 13. “It was a fabulous meeting place for the locals. It’s quite the hit…

Record-Setting Globetrotters Show Off Their Skills in Duluth

Families got a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with the basketball stars

DULUTH, Minn. – The Harlem Globetrotters were in Duluth Thursday as part of their 2017 World Tour. Before the show started at AMSOIL Arena, families hit the court with some of the players for a once in a lifetime experience. The Globetrotters signed some autographs, took a few photos, and even taught fans a few tricks of their own. “I…

Fourth Street Construction to Resume Monday

Work will be done in phases, starting between 10th and 19th Avenues East

DULUTH, Minn. – Construction on 4th Street in Duluth will pick back up next Monday. Last year, crews completed work to replace old utilities and damaged roads between 6th and 10th Avenue East. Construction will be done in phases, starting between 10th and 19th Avenue East , and continue down to Wallace Avenue as work is completed. That portion of…

Sheet Metal Business Specializing in Custom Design Projects

The business hosted an open house and ribbon cutting Wednesday at their new location in Lincoln Park

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth company is making a name for itself, working on custom projects for other local business. Sheet Metal Solutions hosted an open house and ribbon cutting Wednesday at their new location in Lincoln Park. Last year, Mark and Becky LaTour moved their business from a small workshop at their home, to a new 5,000 square foot…

Local Artists Design Stained Glass Windows for Duluth Chapel

Jim & Barb Collette spent three months assembling 1,300 pieces of glass

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth chapel is looking a little more colorful, thanks to pair of local artists. Four stained glass windows were unveiled Wednesday afternoon at Benedictine Living Community. The senior living center commissioned the work to Barb and Jim Collette, who have been working out of a studio in their home for the last 20 years. The couple…

Duluth Public Schools Facing $2.3 Million Budget Deficit

The distric says it's making every effort to keep any cuts away from the classroom

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools is looking at more possible cuts as it faces another budget deficit. Declining enrollment is the main factor leaving the district with a nearly $2.3 million dollar budget shortfall. Doug Hasler, Chief Financial Officer with Duluth Public Schools, says the district is working to identify any possible areas to create savings in order to…

Fans Celebrate Special Season with UMD Men’s Hockey Team

April 11, 2017 was declared as Bulldog Hockey Day in Duluth to honor the accomplishments of the team this season

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team finished the year on an incredible run, but came up just short with a tough loss to Denver in the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. Bulldog fans had one final chance to thank the team for a great season. Players and coaches were met with a standing ovation as they entered AMSOIL…

Annual License Fee Set for Rideshare Companies

Uber and Lyft drivers are set to hit the streets on April 27 in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council took another step forward in allowing rideshare services to operate within the city. Councilors unanimously passed a resolution to asses a yearly fee of $3,5000 to companies operating rideshare services in Duluth. With a target launch date of April 27, councilor Noah Hobbs says everything is coming together, as Uber and Lyft drivers will…

Future of Taller Downtown Buildings Discussed at Duluth City Council

City councilor Zack Filipovich wants to see more high density development brought to the downtown area

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth city councilors discussed what the future landscape of downtown Duluth should look like when it comes to buildings. City councilor Zack Filipovich wants to see more high density development brought to the downtown area. Tonight, he proposed a resolution asking council to look at the idea of adding more multi–story buildings to help address the housing…

USPS Stepping Up Awareness of Dog Bite Prevention

According to the USPS, dogs bit four carriers in Duluth last year

DULUTH, Minn. – The U.S. postal service wants to keep letter carriers safe, so the USPS is raising awareness to prevent carriers from being bitten by dogs. Thursday kicked off Dog Bite Prevention Week nationwide. According to the USPS, dogs bit four carriers in Duluth last year. Postal officials remind owners to keep their pets where they won’t come into…

Minnesota Math and Reading Corps Looking for Tutors

The program is looking to hire about 80 tutors to work in participating schools throughout northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Two statewide programs are looking for people interested in tutoring students for next school year. The Minnesota Math and Reading Corps help students failing to reach basic levels of math and literacy. The program is looking to hire about 80 tutors to work in participating schools throughout northeast Minnesota. Those interested do not need any prior teaching…

Fans Celebrate As UMD Advances to NCAA Championship Game

The Bulldogs edged past Harvard late in the 3rd period on a goal from Alex Iafallo

DULUTH, Minn. – Fans across Duluth are celebrating as UMD has advanced to the NCAA Championship Game. The Bulldogs edged past Harvard 2-1, as Alex Iafallo scored the go-ahead goal with just 26 seconds left in the 3rd period. The Sports Garden in Canal Park was packed with fans, glued to the big screens. Over at UMD, students gathered in…

Nemadji Set to Open West Golf Course Friday

Maintenance and grounds crew have been working nonstop the past few weeks there, removing standing water to help dry out the fairways

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – With above average temps across the Northland, golfers are already getting their swings ready. Nemadji Golf Course in Superior was packed this afternoon. Right now only the driving range and putting surfaces are open, but staff there says they will open the west course this Friday. Maintenance and grounds crew have been working nonstop the past few…

9/11 Mobile Exhibit on Display at Home & Builders Show

The tour helps raise money for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which helps build homes for injured service men and women

DULUTH, Minn. – Visitors to the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show will have a unique opportunity to get an up close view of one of America’s darkest days. The 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit will be on display at Pioneer Hall through the end of the week. First responders from the New York City Fire Department will be on hand…

Observation Hill Dog Park Keeping Busy With Nice Weather

Keene Creek and Jean Duluth Parks are closed for at least another week at least because the ground is too soggy

DULUTH, Minn. – This nice weather is bringing people out the dog park on Observation Hill. In Duluth, it’s the only dog park open right now. Keene Creek and Jean Duluth Parks are closed for at least  another week at least because the ground is too soggy. But, it’s all good at Observation Park. The sandy surface is perfect for…

New Exhibit Coming to Children’s Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids

The exhibit includes activities themed around Minnesota's four seasons of life at the lake

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The Grand Rapids Children’s Discovery Museum will be featuring a new interactive exhibit later this month. On April 22nd, the museum will debut Lake Life. The exhibit includes activities themed around Minnesota’s four seasons of life at the lake. Kids will be able to learn about the environment around them on a fishing dock, a hunting…

Former St. Louis County Rescue Captain Locates Body of Missing St. Cloud Student

Tom Crossmon located the body of Jesse Dady in the Mississippi on Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – On March 25th, 21–year–old St. Cloud State student Jesse Dady went missing . Police believe he may have fallen off a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River. That’s the river where his body was found Friday by retired St. Louis County deputy Tom Crossmon. While crews in St. Cloud worked tirelessly for a week to locate Dady’s…

Minnesota Family Donates Historic Engine to Lake Superior Railroad Museum

The Northshore Scenic Railroad will put the new engine to use right away this summer

DULUTH, Minn. – A piece of Minnesota history has made its way to Duluth. On Thursday, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum received one of the first diesel engines purchased by the Soo Line in the Twin Cities back around 1939. The Number 320 Switch Engine was donated to the museum by the Independent Locomotive Service and the Nesbit Family, who…

Limited Tickets Remaining for Friday’s Taste at Fitger’s

Organizers say you can still purchase tickets online or at the Fitgers Inn

DULUTH, Minn. – The 23rd Annual “Taste at Fitger’s” is Friday night. The event features food and spirits, all crafted by chefs and bartenders from more than 30 Duluth area restaurants. All proceeds collected at the event benefit the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. “If you’re new to Duluth or have been to Duluth and haven’t had the opportunity…

Dredging Project to Help Boaters at Arrowhead Fishing Pier

Flooding has caused extra sediment to pile up near the dock along the Saint Louis River

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A project in Superior is aiming to make fishing a little easier on the Saint Louis River. The city is working with the DNR to dredge the area around the Arrowhead Fishing Pier. Flooding over the last few years has caused extra sediment to pile up near the dock. Fishermen have expressed frustrations about their motors bottoming…

New Executive Director Plans to Make Bong Veterans Historical Center More Social

Hayes Scriven plans to bring more community events to the museum

SUPERIOR, Wis. – There’s a new face in charge of Superior’s Bong Veterans Historical Center. Hayes Scriven was hired as the executive director, to oversee the museum’s day-to-day operations and help with fundraising. Scriven interned with the center while in school at UMD and plans to make the museum more social, by opening it up for more community events. He…

STARBASE STEM Program Gets Trial Run with Duluth Elementary Students

State Sen. Erik Simonson says he's working on legislation to expand the program to Duluth by next school year

DULUTH, Minn. – The 148th Fighter Wing hosted a group of Duluth elementary school kids for a unique look at a future in science, technology, engineering, and math . All week, instructors from the STARBASE program in the Twin Cities worked with 5th graders from Lowell Elementary, applying lessons learned in the classroom to stem challenges and experiments. “We get…

House of Hearts Brings Curlers Together to Support “Project Joy” Program

Organizers hope to raise about $40,000 to help feed hungry kids on weekends

DULUTH, Minn. – Some of America’s best curlers are in Duluth raising money by doing what they do best. More than 100 curlers are here for the 16th Annual House of Hearts charity bonspiel, raising money for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s “Project Joy” program. “That organization was started by the Plys family. They started that in Patrick’s name…

Motorhead Madness Car Show Starts Saturday

Remote–controlled car races, free model making for kids, and a used parts swap meet are all planned for the event

DULUTH, Minn. – If cars are your passion, a drive to the DECC is in order this weekend. The 49th Annual Motorhead Madness car show starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. Owners from around the region will be showing off a variety of cars, both old and new, from the early 1920s up to the 2000s. Vendors will also be…

Donations Needed to Send Northland Veterans on Honor Flight

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland’s tenth Honor Flight will depart Duluth next month for Washington D.C., but they still need help to get there. Honor Flight Northland is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the All American Club, 1931 West Michigan Street. Dinner is $10 per person. All money raised will fund sending…

Paine Trying To Build on Strong Mayoral Primary Results

The two candidates for mayor of Superior took part in a debate Thursday night

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Jim Paine says he feels he’s feeling good as Election Day approaches. The candidate for mayor of Superior had a strong performance in last month’s primary, receiving nearly 600 more votes than his opponent Brent Fennessey. According to Paine, eight labor organization and more than two dozen current and former elected officials have come forward to endorse…

UMD Students Celebrate Anniversary of Legal Access to Birth Control

Representatives from Planned Parenthood spoke about the history of birth control and reproductive rights in the United States

DULUTH, Minn. – 45 years ago the Supreme Court legalized the use of birth control for non–married couples. Today, students at UMD celebrated the anniversary of that decision on campus. Representatives from Planned Parenthood spoke about the history of birth control and reproductive rights in the United States. “It really gave access to women who weren’t married, whereas before it…

Fuse Duluth Celebrates 12th Anniversary of Connecting Young Professionals

Since they started back in 2005, attendance at events has more than doubled

DULUTH, Minn. – Fuse Duluth is celebrating 12 years of connecting young professionals. The group gathered Wednesday night at Clyde Iron Works to network and celebrate with samples from local businesses. Fuse was started by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce to attract and retain young talent to the area. Since they started back in 2005, attendance at events has more…

Great Outdoors: UMD’s Clean Snowmobile Team Takes 3rd in National Competition

A busted engine was no problem for this experienced group of engineering students

DULUTH, Minn. – Living in the Northland, most people have seen and heard snowmobiles buzzing through the snow during the winter months. Over at UMD, a group of students has been working hard, designing a new, cleaner sled and they’re already seeing the results pay off. “When we first started we were just barely trying to get something to work,”…

Lakewalk Bustling for First Day of Spring

With temperatures near 50 degrees in Duluth, people flocked to Lake Superior to enjoy the start of a new season

DULUTH, Minn. – It may still look and feel a bit like winter around the Northland with some snow scattered about, but Monday marked the first official day of spring. Many people were out enjoying the warm weather, including Barb and Jim Lundborg, who were visiting from the St. Paul area. “There’s energy in spring,” said Barb. “It’s kind of…

Duluth Citizens’ Police Academy Begins

The classes are designed to create transparency and a better understanding of how the Duluth Police Department serves the community

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department’s citizens’ police academy started Wednesday night. Over the next 11 weeks, participants will take part in classroom and field instruction, covering a wide variety of topics the department handles. This year, 21 people will go through the academy classes, with a goal of creating transparency and a better understanding of how the department…

Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Duluth as Spring Approaches

Last year, Duluth residents logged more than 6,000 hours of community clean up

DULUTH, Minn. – With the official start of spring less than a week away, downtown Duluth will soon look a little brighter. The Greater Downtown Council is looking for volunteers to help with its annual “Dig In for the Downtown Waterfront” in June. The project helps plant flowers in the streetscape planters and hang baskets on the streetlights throughout the…

Belknap Street Construction Starts Next Week

On Monday, drivers will see workers surveying the area setting up road signs for detours

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – After years of planning, construction is finally set to begin next week on Belknap Street in Superior. On Monday, drivers will see workers surveying the area setting up road signs for detours. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation tells us the ground is still a little too hard to start digging right now. Work could start as early…

Project Bringing Life to Forgotten “Pocket Park”

The Lincoln Park Business Group is asking for public opinion for the park at 19th Avenue West and Superior Street

DULUTH,Minn. – As the revitalization of Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood continues, a local group is working to bring life to a forgotten park. Tonight, the Lincoln Park Business Group heard feedback from residents about the “Pocket Park” at 19th Avenue West and Superior Street. The park sits in the heart of Lincoln Park. Businesses in the area saw this as…

Lake Effect Snow Leaves A Mess in Morgan Park

This afternoon, people were still digging out their cars, plowing the sidewalks, and shoveling out driveways.

DULUTH, Minn. – Snow in March isn’t out of the question here in the Northland, but the powder some folks woke up to this morning might have been one of the strangest of the season so far. While many areas of the Northland scraped through yesterday’s winter storm with just a dusting or even a few inches, lake effect snow…

Western Duluth Little League Seeking Support to Update Facilities

The city of Duluth stepped up with a commitment to match up to $100,000 in donations

DULUTH, Minn. – The Western Duluth Little League needs to improve its facilities, but they also need money for the project. The city stepped up with a commitment to match up to $100,000 in donations. Representatives from the league say their facilities are unsafe and difficult to maintain. “Things that not only need to be done, need to be replaced,…

Duluth Women’s Expo Takes Over the DECC Saturday

More than 100 vendors will be on hand this year

DULUTH, Minn. – Women take over the DECC tomorrow. The 9th annual Duluth Women’s Expo starts tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. More than 100 vendors will be on hand this year. A new feature is the “Women Rock” VIP section to benefit the Saint Lukes Foundation’s fight against breast cancer. Organizers say it’s a day for the ladies. “They come…

Vikre Celebrates Anniversary with New Single Malt Whiskey

Iron Range American Single Malt is Vikre's 3rd anniversary blend

DULUTH, Minn. – Today is a happy birthday for Vikre Distillery and they’re celebrating with a brand new whiskey. Iron Range American Single Malt is Vikre’s 3rd anniversary blend.  This release is a little more special, because it’s the first batch of whiskey distilled when Vikre opened. “We sat down the other night with a bottle of it off the…

Bockfest Begins at Fitgers Brewery

The beer festival is a celebration of spring, that brings people together to welcome the changing of the season from cold to warm

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of years ago the tradition of Bockfest began in Germany. Tonight, that tradition continued in Duluth. The 23rd annual Bockfest kicked off at Fitgers with the blessing of the bock. The beer festival is a celebration of spring, that brings people together to welcome the changing of the season from cold to warm. The Split Rock…

World Kidney Day Helps Raise Awareness

This year's theme focuses on the relation between kidney disease and obesity

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year millions of people die prematurely due to complications from kidney diseases. Today is World Kidney Day. The health awareness campaign helps raise awareness on kidney disease and what people should be aware of as they age. This year’s theme focuses on the relation between kidney disease and obesity. Duluth Kidney Services provide care to those…

Proposed Cuts to EPA Cause Local Concern

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative could see their funding could go down from $300 million to just $10 million

DULUTH, Minn. – The Environmental Protection Agency is bracing for budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. The budget proposal would include a 25 percent cut to the EPA. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative could see their funding could go down from $300 million to just $10 million. Such big cuts would jeopardize many ongoing projects. “Over the years, the…