Author: Alexandra Burnley

Sen. Smith Promotes Bipartisan Idea To Keep Public Health And Social Service Workers Incentivized To Stay

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Tina Smith is teaming up with another Democrat and two Republicans to push legislation that would encourage more people to stay in the public health industry. The lawmakers say that more people are leaving certain sectors of the field, causing a shortage of much-needed employees. The director of the CDC says America is short about 80,000…

How Frosty Ridge Keeps Their Alpacas Warm During The Winter

DULUTH, Minn. –At the Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm in Duluth, the owners tell us that the challenge to keep their alpacas warm isn’t the subzero temperatures in the winter, but actually keeping them comfortable with the humidity level. Alpacas are native to the Andes Mountains in South America, where it’s actually far less humid than Minnesota, even in the winter….

North Star Academy Moves Some Grades To Temporary Virtual Learning During Staffing Shortage, COVID Cases

DULUTH, Minn. — The North Star Academy of the Duluth Edison Charter Schools is having some of its grades switch to virtual learning for a few weeks. It’s happening for two reasons: one, COVID has caused staffing issues and teacher shortages, and two, the number of COVID cases within the schools doubled between the first and second week of January…

Daughter Accused Of Shooting Mother, Then Driving Away

ST. LOUIS CO., Minn. — A juvenile-aged girl allegedly shot her mother on Sunday afternoon in the Cook area, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities were sent over after a 911 call was made while the 40-year-old mother was brought to the hospital around 4:30 p.m. While law enforcement was on the way, the daughter got into…

Eveleth Celebrating 100th Anniversary Of Hippodrome On Saturday

EVELETH, Minn. – The 100th anniversary of the Hippodrome opening in Eveleth will be celebrated this weekend. For the past century, it’s been the venue where quite a few famous hockey stars have graced the ice, and it’s now somewhat of a mecca for Iron Range hockey history. It was also home to many basketball games, fundraisers, and even concerts…

Cloquet Gets Funding For Expanding Broadband, Asks Residents To Take Survey

CLOQUET, Minn. – A foundation is recognizing Cloquet as an area of rural Minnesota that could use some help boosting its access to broadband internet. The Blandin Foundation offers $75,000 matching grants to help advance technology goals for communities that apply to be a part of the program, and Cloquet is one of the newest cities to receive funding from…

Hospitals Talk About Reasoning Behind Endorsing Now-Failed Duluth Mask Mandate

DULUTH, Minn. — Essentia Health and St. Luke’s had a united front when it came to endorsing the now-failed mask mandate proposal that went up for a vote on Monday during Duluth city council’s meeting. One Essentia doctor who works in the emergency department says she knows a new possible mask mandate seems sudden, but explained that hospital beds are…

WI Breaks Record For Daily COVID Cases, State Hopeful With Antiviral Pill Distribution

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin just broke a record as it tallied up more than 11,000 new COVID cases on Thursday, the highest single-day total ever for this state. Just on Wednesday, the state saw roughly 10,000 new cases. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the daily rate is 200% higher than it was just two months ago. The state…

How A Grant From DSACF Is Helping Young Moms Who Have Nothing

TWIN PORTS–  The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation plans to give another $1 million out to nonprofits in the Northland this year. One nonprofit is the Duluth YWCA’s Young Moms program, which is getting $20,000 from the foundation. Young Moms provides daycare while mothers, ages 16 to 21 who may be experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of it, go to…

DTA Talks About Further Impact From Route Temporarily Shutting Down

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Transit Authority is updating the public on the further impact from shutting down one route temporarily. The DTA is experiencing staffing shortages, and some employees are calling out sick with COVID and seasonal illnesses. For now, the trips on Route 5 are on pause. It’s a direct connection between West Duluth and the Miller Hill…

Superior School District Ends Mask Mandate For 4K-6th Grade Classrooms

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Masks are no longer required in the Superior school district. The mandate, which was only in place for students in 4k through sixth grade and the staff and visitors who were around them, was lifted on Monday when the holiday break ended. The superintendent, Amy Starzecki, said that there has been a decline in cases within the…

Vitta Pizza Uses Mostly Wood-Burning Stove, Not Thermostat, To Heat Business

DULUTH, Minn. — Heating bills can get high in the winter, unless you have a business that generates its own warmth. Vitta Pizza in Canal Park barely has to touch the thermostat, as its wood-burning pizza oven helps heat up the restaurant. The oven can heat up to 900 degrees, cooking pizzas in just 90 seconds. While the heating bill…

Ursa Minor Welcomes Guests To Covered Patio For Outdoor Beers

DULUTH, Minn. — One business taking advantage of how hardy Minnesotans can be when the temperatures drop is Ursa Minor Brewing, which is going into its first winter season with an added roof on its patio. The roof was first added back in August. The brewery’s founder tells us even before the patio became a little more sheltered from the…

Duluth Man Arrested For DWI, Hitting Almost A Dozen Cars

When police caught up to the driver, the 41-year-old suspect ditched his car and ran near Redeemer Lutheran Church.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth police arrested a man on Sunday who was suspected of hitting almost a dozen cars while driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Police say they arrived on-scene at 9:15 a.m. on the 9400-block of Grand Avenue after multiple people called in about a man driving recklessly and hitting several cars. When police caught up…

Bentleyville Looking For More Volunteers To Help With Tear-Down

DULUTH, Minn. — The Bentleyville Tour Of Lights in Duluth wrapped up its final night on Sunday, and now volunteers are helping put all those displays away. We caught up with one young man who down to help out with his volunteer group, called Youth In Action, while he’s home from school on winter break. He said he likes visiting…

Footwear That Will Help Prevent Slipping On Ice 

DULUTH, Minn. — With winter weather hitting the Northland, icy spots are all over the place, even ones you can’t see. Tortoise And Hare in Duluth sells footwear that provides more traction on the bottom of your feet to help prevent slipping and falling on ice. The store sells different brands, such as Icebug, which include boots with the traction…

ISD 709 Addresses Concern Of School Threats Stemming From Disturbing National TikTok Trend

DULUTH, Minn. — The ISD 709 superintendent is addressing the issue of school threats being made over social media, causing safety concerns for students, parents, and campus staff in the city. In an email sent on Thursday, superintendent John Magas passed along the information that was sent to all school districts in Minnesota from the state’s Department of Public Safety…

Ordean East Middle School Investigates Snapchat Threat Made By Unknown Person

DULUTH, Minn. — An email sent to parents from the Ordean East Middle School administration on Wednesday addressed a threat made over Snapchat reported by multiple students. According to the email, a few students said that they were sent a photo showing guns on Snapchat from a person they didn’t know. The administration said the photo didn’t have a message…

UWS Student-Athletes Go Caroling For Cans

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Some UWS student-athletes continued doing good deeds for their Week Of Giving. On Thursday, about 100 athletes representing different UWS sports teams went out caroling through Superior neighborhoods, encouraging those who opened their doors to donate canned goods or checks, all going to St. Vincent’s food shelf. The teams have been out in the community all week…

Juice Pharm Makes Shepherd’s Pies That Are Vegan, Gluten-Free For Holidays

DULUTH, Minn. — The Juice Pharm in Duluth has created gluten-free and vegan Shepherd’s Pies for the holidays. It’s the first time the business has tried it, and it’s been pretty successful in its first run. The general manager said she was expecting about 25 orders, but instead 56 came in. Personal-sized pies are $10, while family-sized ones are $35….

Glensheen Mansion’s “Spirit of The Lights” and Self-Guided Candlelight Tours Kick Off This Week

DULUTH, Minn. — The “Spirit Of The Lights” and self-guided candlelight tours are bringing holiday cheer to the Glensheen Mansion starting this week. Both open to the public on Friday, but on Monday, Glensheen members were the first to be able to take it all in. The mansion closed down for two weeks so the inside and outside of it…

CHUM Will Begin Handing Out Thanksgiving Boxes Full Of Food On Monday

DULUTH, Minn. — Beginning on Monday, the CHUM Food Shelf will be handing out 300 boxes of Thanksgiving meals in Duluth with everything you need for a feast. They will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. On Monday, boxes will be distributed at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. The address is 4831 Grand Avenue. Then,…

Bank Donates $10K to CHUM

DULUTH, Minn. — The North Shore Bank in Duluth presented CHUM with a $10,000 donation on Thursday. Funds came from the bank’s employees, which the bank then matched. “North Shore Bank really values all of the wonderful organizations in our community that do give back, especially they give back to help out with basic human needs,” Mandi Peterson with the…

Driver Involved In Crash That Killed 148th Fighter Wing Member Charged With Vehicular Homicide

PINE CO., Minn. — The driver who crashed into a 148th Fighter Wing member in Hinckley back in May has been charged, just a few days shy of the six-month anniversary of the victim’s death. Certain evidence testing from the BCA took until October to process. 21-year-old Tabitha Sue Sigler of Cambridge, MN, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide…

Duluth Orgs. Promote Rent, Utility Help For Those Behind On Payments During Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. — Leaders from multiple organizations and the city of Duluth got together at AICHO on Wednesday to promote resources that can help those who are facing evictions and utility shut-offs as we go into the winter. Mayor Emily Larson said the city is definitely seeing a jump in the number of people experiencing homelessness, which is why she,…

Family Donates $63K From 5K To Fund Addiction Recovery For Those Who Can’t Afford It

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge received a tremendous donation for its Northland location on Tuesday, coming from a family that started a 5K fundraiser years ago. A couple named Stevie and Sandy Paulson, along with their children, dropped off a check for more than $63,000 to the organization, which helps people start their recovery from substance…

Duluth Police Raise $2,853 For American Cancer Society

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Police Department raised $2,853 for the American Cancer Society through its “Pink Patch Project” last month. The DPD sold pink versions of its traditional police patches during October, which is nationally recognized as breast cancer awareness month. Chief Mike Tusken said it’s important to find a cure for all types of cancer, as many people…

28-Year-Old Dies After Being Hit By Car While Crossing Street In Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. — A 28-year-old man from Hibbing died on Thursday evening after he was hit by a small SUV while crossing a street in the city, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. An 18-year-old man, also a Hibbing resident, was driving a Ford Ecosport and heading north on Highway 169 close to Howard Street just after 6:30 p.m. At…

Homeless Encampment Under I-35 In Duluth Catches Fire, Burning Freeway Before Being Put Out

DULUTH, Minn. — Part of I-35 northbound caught on fire on Monday evening in Duluth because of the large homeless encampment underneath it, according to the city’s fire department. It happened near the Mesaba-Superior Street exit around 6 p.m. Crews didn’t find anyone in the camp during their search efforts, and no one was hurt from the fire. Firefighters did…

Federal Reserve Bank Of Minneapolis Meets With Diverse Group Of Business Owners In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. –For the first time in Duluth, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis held a roundtable on Monday to learn about how businesses owners who are women and/or people of color are doing during the pandemic. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is a part of America’s central banking system, which oversees financial institutions and creates economic policies. The…

A Year-And-A-Half Later, Duluth Playhouse Finally Gets To Showcase “Monty Python’s Spamalot”

DULUTH, Minn. — Friday was a big day at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth, as it was opening night for the Duluth Playhouse’s first full production since the start of the pandemic. The Playhouse’s cast and crew are putting on Monty Python’s Spamalot production, which they were originally going to perform back in March 2020. That was, of course, when…

Greenwood Fire 80% Contained Since Friday

Photo courtesy: U.S. Forest Service SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. — The sprawling Greenwood Fire that has burned more than 26,000 acres of land was updated to 80% containment on Friday. According to a press release from the multiple agencies working together on this fire, there are 196 crew members working on containment efforts. The fire ignited more than a month…

Fitger’s Complex Shuts Down Sunday Due To Natural Gas Issue

DULUTH, Minn. — A natural gas issue forced the entire Fitger’s Complex to shut down on Sunday evening, cutting the night short for local businesses inside. That’s according to a Facebook post from the Boat Club Restaurant And Bar. The restaurant said it would reschedule Sunday reservations by calling customers individually. It’s unclear when the building will reopen. Categories: Business,…