Author: Alexandra Burnley

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…

UMD Recreation Program Offers Sunset Sea Kayaking For Everyone

DULUTH, Minn. —¬† There’s nothing quite as peaceful as watching the sun set in the evening, and UMD’s rec program is offering a way for everyone to enjoy it in a unique way. The UMD Recreation Sports Outdoor Program hit Lake Superior on Wednesday for sea kayak sunset paddles. It was the third time they’ve gone out this season. Everyone…

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,…

Duluth Police Looking For Suspects Accused Of Burglarizing Bluestone Apartments

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Police are looking for two people they believe burglarized two of the Bluestone apartment buildings early Sunday morning. Investigators say the man and woman stole tools from maintenance rooms, and also walked away with a bike rack and a mountain bike from an underground parking garage. Police are trying to figure out how the pair got…

Officials Update Greenwood Fire Mapping, Plan Public Meeting For Monday

FINLAND, Minn. — A public meeting is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. where officials will provide updates on the Greenwood Fire, as well as the fires burning in the Superior National Forest which have caused the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to close. Presentations will be given by the Forest Service, the Incident Command Team, and the local sheriff….

Sled Dog Racing Community Helps Evacuate Almost 250 Dogs From Path Of Greenwood Fire

ISABELLA, Minn. — As the Greenwood Fire grows to 4,750 acres, members of the sled dog racing community rushed to help others who love the sport evacuate their sled dogs this week. Dr. Jen Freking, a veterinarian and Beargrease competitor who has trained and raised sled dogs for more than 30 years, knew that there wasn’t much time to evacuate…

Local Agencies Discuss Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Plan

This year's scenario went over the coast guard's plan of handling a bomb going off on a cruise ship.

DULUTH, Minn. — 37 organizations and agencies met in Duluth on Tuesday to go over what their roles would be in a mass disaster situation. This year’s scenario went over the Coast Guard’s plan of handling a bomb going off on a cruise ship. Each agency, such as police, fire, the sheriff’s office, and more went over how roles would…

Third Suspect Charged In St. Paul Man’s Murder After Body Found At Bottom Of Lake

COOK COUNTY, Minn. — A third person has been charged in connection to the murder of a St. Paul man whose body was found dismembered at the bottom of Lake Superior this summer. Jacob Colt Johnson, a 35-year-old from Superior, was charged with intentional but not premeditated second-degree murder in the Cook County district court on Monday. Two other suspects…

Section Of Burning Tree Road Closing Monday For Month-Long Construction

DULUTH, Minn. — A section of Burning Tree Road is closing on Monday for the next month. The plans include pavement milling and a stormwater project. The section that will shut down runs from Maple Grove Road to Mountain Shadow Drive. There will be a detour, but crews will try to keep access open to businesses when possible. The project…

“The Great Twin Ports Get Together” Scheduled for August 15th

DULUTH, Minn. — “The Great Twin Ports Get Together” is coming to Wade Stadium in Duluth on August 15th, according to a press release from the organizer. It will include live music featuring five bands playing throughout the day and fun activities for kids, such as bouncy houses and games with prizes. The event will also have beer, popcorn, and…

Main Lodge Of Camp Burns Down In Fire

LAKE ESQUAGAMA, Minn. — The main lodge of a camp on Lake Esquagama has been wiped out by a fire. According to the Northland FireWire, the blaze happened on Friday afternoon shortly before 1 p.m. at Camp Sigel, which offers Bible study camps. When firefighters got to the scene, the lodge was already fully engulfed, with the flames spreading to…

Majority Of Duluth’s Central High School Sold To Property Developer

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth School Board approved the sale of Central High School to Saturday Central Heights, LLC on Tuesday for $7.4 million. During a special meeting, the board unanimously signed off of selling 52 or more acres to the developer. The school district has been trying to sell the property for the past 11 years after the school…

Man Charged For Shooting At Stabbing Suspect In Babbitt

BABBITT, Minn. — A Babbitt man has been charged with three felonies after he was accused of shooting at a stabbing suspect last Saturday. 38-year-old Joel Earl Vandervest had a court appearance on Tuesday morning for second-degree assault, intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety, and reckless discharge of a firearm. According to the criminal complaint, he shot at…

Uber And Lyft Drivers Disappear In Duluth, While Taxis Make A Comeback

DULUTH, Minn. — If you’ve tried ordering an Uber or Lyft in Duluth recently, you may have noticed the “few drivers available” warning on the apps. It’s a national problem Americans are dealing with after the country has reopened for business, and there’s no telling how much longer it’s going to continue. Some college seniors in Duluth say that when…

Bayfield Authorities Looking For Driver Of SUV Possibly Involved In Fatal Motorcycle Accident

BAYFIELD CO., Wis. — The Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office needs help finding the driver of an SUV that may have been involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. The collision happened just after 1 p.m. on Thursday on Highway 2 in the Township of Eileen, over in Bayfield County. When first responders arrived, they found the man who had been on…

Sen. Tina Smith Introduces Mental Health Legislation As Demand For Therapists Skyrockets

WASHINGTON, D.C./DULUTH, Minn. — U.S. Senator Tina Smith, a Democrat representing Minnesota, wants to expand and support mental health resources with several proposals in Congress as clinics are seeing their patient lists fill up like never before. For Mental Health Awareness Month, Senator Smith posted several tweets on her Twitter page about her own journey with depression. “Having that opportunity…

Bentleyville Building “World’s Largest Lit-Up Iron Snowman” For 2021 Season

DULUTH, Minn. — On Tuesday, the founder of Bentleyville announced that the organization and its partners are building the “world’s largest lit-up iron snowman” that will be a part of the 2021 Bentleyville Tour Of Lights. Founder Nathan Bentley says the lighted snowman will stand at 120-feet-tall with a 50-foot diameter. Bentleyville is partnering with LHB, Braun Intertech, and the…

The Grumpy Goose: A New Vegan Food Truck Rolling Through Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — A new vegan food truck just opened in Duluth, offering comfort food so those with plant-based diets don’t have to miss out. It’s called The Grumpy Goose, and it’s run by owner Josh Gosar and his family. “Through the pandemic, I spent a lot of time sitting at home, working through recipes and things to make,” Gosar…

Duluth’s Authentic Art Deco West Theatre Adding More Concerts, Blockbuster Movies This Summer

DULUTH, Minn. — The West Theatre in Duluth is welcoming back more musical acts this summer. The restored Art Deco theatre from the 1930s, which underwent a $1.5 million renovation in recent years, shut down for awhile during the pandemic, but then re-opened with movies and concerts. This Thursday, a John Denver cover band will be playing there, and then…

BWCA Fire Now Down To 782 Acres

BWCA – Firefighters are making progress controlling the raging flames in the BWCA, saying that while it’s not out yet, it’s “100% contained.” Right now, firefighters on the ground and in aircrafts are working to fight back the edges of the fire, and bringing down the pockets of heat to cooler temperatures. The headway is showing with the number of…