Author: Alexandra Burnley

Catalyst Story Institute Hires Anna Tanski For Leadership Role

DULUTH, Minn. — The Catalyst Story Institute has hired the former president and CEO of Visit Duluth, Anna Tanski, as the new Head of Festivals And Events for its organizations. It also hired four other women for leadership roles in New York and Los Angeles. The Institute’s headquarters are in Duluth, and is known for holding its Catalyst Content Festival…

Mask Requirements Loosening On U of M Campuses Starting March 21st

MINNESOTA — The University of Minnesota system is loosening its mask requirements for all campuses as COVID case rates drop. The university president wrote in a statement last Friday that the school system always aligned its mask policies with CDC recommendations. Starting on March 21st, the restrictions are loosening but not going away entirely yet. Anyone on campus will no…

Veteran, Councilors Speak About Reaching Deal To Continue Duluth’s Memorial Day Parade

DULUTH, Minn. — A veteran and two city councilors spoke with FOX21 about reaching a deal last Friday to keep the Memorial Day parade in West Duluth. The Memorial Day parade has been a long-standing tradition in the city, but there was a chance this year that it would move to Proctor or Rice Lake. This, after the veterans who…

Essentia Health To Open New Outpatient Surgery Center At Miller Hill Mall This Summer

DULUTH, Minn. — Essentia Health is getting ready to open its new outpatient surgery center at the Miller Hill Mall this summer. The Miller Hill Surgery Center will take over the empty building that sears left behind. The 41,000 square-foot building will have 12 operating rooms. The goal is to offer a place where patients can go home in less…

Politicians, Students, And Supporters React To President Biden’s UWS Visit

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The Yellowjacket Union welcomed President Joe Biden on Wednesday afternoon, along with a number of politicians, students, and supporters who were ecstatic that the commander-in-chief chose Superior as his first stop the day after the State of the Union address. “It’s not too often you get an email saying the president of the United States is coming…

Veteran Community Upset Over Increasing Fees For Duluth Memorial Day Parade

DULUTH, Minn. — Some veterans and community members are concerned that they are losing some city funding for the annual Memorial Day parade. Organizers say the city of Duluth used to cover the costs of the Memorial Day parade for free. Then from 2008 on, there was a “gentleman’s agreement” that the vets would pay $400 for it every year….

How Superior-Grown Produce Is Teaching Job Skills To Adults With Disabilities

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Next time you’re in the grocery store, check out the produce section and see if you spot some vegetables with the “Bay Produce” stickers on them. It turns out, there’s a whole mission behind those vegetables that is helping adults with disabilities learn job skills. Bay Produce in Superior is part of the Challenge Center, which supports…

President Biden Will Visit Superior Next Week

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) SUPERIOR, Wis. — President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will head to Superior next Wednesday to promote the bipartisan Infrastructure Law, according to a press release from the White House. Mr. Biden plans to highlight how the law “delivers for the American people by rebuilding roads and bridges and creating good-paying, union…

Duluth Man With Vintage Mazda Does Well In Florida Drag-And-Drive Races

DULUTH, Minn. — A Duluth man who went down to Florida to participate in the “Sick Week” drag-and-drive races ended up doing very well. Michael Janousek brought his 1988 Mazda RX-7 convertible down south earlier this month. It wasn’t an easy 36-hour trip, as he hit a massive snowstorm while traveling through Illinois with the race car in a trailer….

Kindness And A Coincidence: What Happened After A Family’s Sacred Funeral Items Were Stolen

SUPERIOR, Wis. — A family that traveled to Superior for a funeral of a loved one last weekend saw their painful experience become even more tragic, after a thief stole items from the service out of their car. Gerald “Jerry” Zowin was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who passed away on February 5th at age 81. His funeral was…

Man Dies After His Snowmobile Collides With Ambulance While Trying To Cross Road

ST. LOUIS CO., Minn. — A man died on Saturday afternoon after he collided with an ambulance while driving his snowmobile. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, 61-year-old Jeffrey Joe of Thief River Falls was riding on the Arrowhead snowmobile trail when he tried to cross the road to continue onto the Ash River Trail in the area…

Hibbing PD Chooses Winning Name For New K-9

HIBBING, Minn. — The Hibbing Police Department has a name for its new K-9 who will work in electronic detection. Meet Dottie, the chosen name for this beautiful 2-year-old black lab who is completing K-9 training in Indiana. The winning name was picked out of more than 400 ideas sent in by the community. The police department says the meaning…

Snowmobiling Blizzard Tour Raises More Than $1.5 Million To Support Those With ALS

PROCTOR, Minn. — The Black Woods Blizzard Tour just raised more than $1.5 million to support the needs of those diagnosed with ALS. The three-day snowmobiling ride ran from this past Thursday through Saturday. Riders go up to Lake Vermillion, then over to Two Harbors and Proctor. Participants must raise or donate the money, and they clearly have a lot…

Beargrease Needs More Volunteers In Multiple Regions To Keep Race Safe 

DULUTH, Minn. — The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is just a few days away, but the event that spans over multiple cities in the Northland is still looking for more volunteers. Beargrease averages about 400 volunteers every year who help out in a multitude of ways, but COVID has been taking some of them out with quarantine. Right now,…

Staffing Shortage Is So Bad In Schools, Even The Duluth Superintendent Is Filling In

DULUTH, Minn. — The national staffing shortage in schools is also being felt locally, with even the Duluth schools superintendent filling in in the classroom. Superintendent John Magas says he’s stepped in as both a paraprofessional and a substitute teacher, adding that he’s never seen staffing shortages so severe in the education field before. Even the number of bus drivers…

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….