Author: Andrew Kirov

St. Louis County Public Works Employees Return to Work After Strike

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – St. Louis County Public Works employees are back at work after a six-day strike. The Teamsters Local 320 approved a new three-year contract Monday night with a unanimous vote. According to the county, the Teamsters will get wage increases, extra personal leave days, and the chance to shop around for health insurance plans. County officials…

Superior Mayor Proposes Cuts to Capital Improvement Program Budget

City takes in less than projected from Oil Pipeline Terminal Tax

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The city of Superior is making cuts to its capital improvement program budget. The cuts are proposed after the city took in less money than expected from the Oil Pipeline Terminal Tax, which brings in millions of dollars in revenue every year from Enbridge. According to Mayor Jim Paine, for the first time in ten years, there…

Ground Broken on New Senior Care Facility in Duluth

$8.2 million project will provide 36 new housing units for assisted living and memory care residents

DULUTH, Minn. – Ground has been broken on a new senior care facility coming to Duluth. The Bluffs of Duluth on Coffee Creek Boulevard is an $8.2 million project. It will provide thirty-six new housing units for assisted living and memory care residents. The developer tells us there’s a big demand for that kind of housing in Duluth. “Duluth is…

‘Duluze’ Weight Loss Challenge Kicks Off

Challenge aims to encourage healthier lifestyles in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluze Weight Loss Challenge started Thursday at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. Every week for the next thirteen weeks, competitors will step on a scale and log their weight. At the end of the challenge, those who have lost the most weight will become winners. The event is put on by the Duluth News Tribune. Organizers…

‘Food for Thought’ Program Raises Money for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

College officials hope to raise $25,000 for their scholarship program

CLOQUET, Minn. – Tables-full of delicious food help raise scholarship money for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. More than three-hundred-fifty people attended the annual ‘Food for Thought’ fundraiser. Fifteen local vendors served up some of their best dishes to the crowd. College officials tell us it’s their biggest fundraiser of the year and a great way to show…

St. Luke’s and Duluth YMCA Announce New Physical Therapy Partnership

Physical therapy location now open inside Downtown Duluth YMCA

DULUTH, Minn. – A new partnership has been announced between St. Luke’s Hospital and the Duluth Area Family YMCA. A physical therapy location is now open inside the downtown YMCA branch. St. Luke’s tells us the new partnership will bring nearby physical therapy care to patients in Downtown Duluth. “The convenience of being downtown and then being able to walk…

City of Duluth Hires Full-Time Sustainability Officer

Mindy Granley will start serving the city in February

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson has announced the hiring of Duluth’s first-ever full-time sustainability officer. Mindy Granley will start serving the city next month. She spent the last twelve years as the sustainability director at UMD. Granley tells us she’s excited for the opportunity to make Duluth more sustainable by reducing waste, adding solar resources, and working with partners…

Essentia Health Opens Partial Hospitalization Mental Health Program in Superior

Eight patients can go through the three-week program at once

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Essentia Health has opened a new Partial Hospitalization Program at its Superior hospital for adults with mental health concerns. Eight patients can go through three-week program at once. They are at the facility for six hours a day working through struggles like anxiety, depression, and coping with life changes. Essentia has offered this program in Duluth for…

Teamsters Local 320 Members Discuss Upcoming Plow Operator Strike

Union members say it was a tough decision to strike, but won't return to the table until their 'top priorities' are addressed

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – St. Louis County plow drivers are going on strike Wednesday, the same day measurable snowfall is expected to fall, and just before a winter storm arrives Friday that could dump more than six inches of snow. “I hope we get a ton of snow and I hope the employer, the county, thinks about that and…

Teamsters Union Rejects Final Contract Offer from St. Louis County

Potential strike could happen as early as January 14th

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – The Teamsters Local 320 has rejected St. Louis County’s latest contract offer, moving them closer to a potential strike. Nearly 180 county public works employees are represented by the union, including plow operators, mechanics, bridge crew members, and maintenance workers. “We are disappointed in the outcome of today’s vote rejecting this Last Best Final Offer,”…

Winter Tourism in Full Swing Along North Shore

Snowmobile trails reportedly in good condition

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Winter tourism is in full swing along the North Shore. Snowmobile and cross country ski trails are in great condition according to the Lake County Chamber of Commerce. They tell us it’s been a busy winter so far because of how much snow fell early in the season. “It’s really nice when you drive by and…

Two Harbors Vigil Honors Sex Trafficking Victims

Lake County sex trafficking task force working to build awareness

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – There are more than 20 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, and the average age of a trafficking victim is only thirteen. January is human trafficking prevention month. According to the FBI, Minnesota has the third highest number of trafficking cases of any state. Trafficking can and does happen everywhere: In the Twin Ports, and in…

Officials Warn to Check Radon Gas Levels in Homes

The radioactive gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Radon kills up to 20,000 people every year in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Homeowners can’t see or smell the cancer-causing radioactive gas, and the EPA estimates about one in fifteen homes has high enough radon levels for action to be taken. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. Smoke…

Meat Raffle Raises Money for Douglas County Historical Society

Raffle was held at Birds Bar in South Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A meat raffle in Superior raised money for the Douglas County Historical Society. The raffle was held at Birds Bar, a historic building that’s been in South Superior for more than a hundred years. Guests bought raffle tickets for a dollar and were entered to win prizes like hamburger meat, chicken breasts, bacon, and gift certificates to…

Lake Superior Ice Festival Happening January 24-26

Ice Festival is on Barker's Island in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is expected to fill Barker’s Island with hundreds of people having winter fun. New this year, the Souptown Showdown three-on-three hockey tournament will be played at the Superior Amateur Hockey Association. Plus, a kubb tournament and disc golf course will be added this year. If the ice is thick enough, organizers say…

Superior City Council Votes to Hold Advisory Referendum on Part-Time Mayor, City Administrator Change

Referendum scheduled for November 3rd

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior City Council voted to hold an advisory referendum for the voters to weigh in on whether the city should move to a part-time mayor and city administrator from just a full-time mayor that they have now. This after a consulting group, RW Management Group, recommended that, among other changes, Superior should move to a part-time…

Wisconsin UPS Driver Convicted of Sexual Assault, Stalking

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – A Wisconsin UPS driver has been convicted of Stalking and Fourth Degree Sexual Assault. The convictions stemmed from events in August 2018 in Ashland County. According to the Bayfield County District Attorney, Gerald Moon used his employment as a delivery driver as a ploy to stalk the victim. Moon is no longer employed with UPS. Moon’s…

Drummond Man Killed in Bayfield County Crash

Photo courtesy: Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office GRAND VIEW, Wis. – A Drummond man was killed in a vehicle crash Friday in Bayfield County. The crash happened at about 4:40 p.m. on U.S. Highway 63, a mile northeast of South Sweden Road in the Town of Grand View. According to the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office, preliminary investigations revealed a passenger car…

AICHO Awarded Grant for Indigenous Food Sovereignty Policy Initiative

Grant expected to help people who are food insecure and folks who want more Native American food options

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) has been awarded a big grant to help create an indigenous food network in the Lake Superior area. AICHO wants to help people have sustainable access to food in the Northland. They tell us the $78,122 grant will help people who are food insecure and folks who want more native…

St. Louis County Plow Drivers’ Union Files Intent to Strike

Strike could happen as early as January 14th. Both sides continue to negotiate.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – The Teamsters Local 320 Union has filed an intent to strike. This comes after the labor agreement between St. Louis County and the union expired January 1st. About 180 St. Louis County Public Works employees are teamsters. They are plow operators, mechanics, bridge crew members, maintenance workers, and more. Those employees are now set to…

Parents Work 24 Hours to get Duluth Rink Ready for Tournament

Volunteer parents cleared inches of water from the top of the ice

DULUTH, Minn. – Youth hockey parent worked for twenty-four straight hours getting the Rip Williams Memorial Ice Rink in Duluth ready for a weekend tournament. Warm weather caused ice to melt at outdoor Duluth rinks, so volunteers moved several inches of water from the top of the ice to get the rink in good shape for the kids to enjoy….

Auto Repair Shops Busy This Winter

Wayne's Automotive in Grand Rapids tells us they have been replacing a lot of tires

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Car repair shops have been busy this season replacing tires and doing suspension and steering work. The foreman at Wayne’s Automotive in Grand Rapids tells us it’s very important to get vehicles checked this time of year, when the weather is the most extreme. “Along with the snow comes the cold of course and the fluid…

Gov. Walz Announces Initiative to Give Homeless Population Shelter This Winter

Nearly $5 million has already been raised for Winter Homeless Initiative

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (DFL) has launched a new initiative to help Minnesota’s homeless population find a warm place to stay this winter. On a given night, more than 1,600 Minnesotans sleep outside, including 300 children. According to the Governor’s office, that number has doubled since 2015. The Winter Homeless Initiative is a public and private partnership…

Local Musician Sells Hand-Painted Ornaments at Pop-up Shop

Ingeborg von Agassiz creates ornaments with improvisational process

DULUTH, Minn. – A local musician is selling original ornaments at a holiday pop-up shop. Ornaments and paintings filled a table inside Duluth Cider. Each hand painted creation is unique and made using an improvisational process. “I just take glass bulbs that you can buy at Michael’s or Walmart or Target and I take acrylic paints and I paint blobs…

Holiday Wreaths Made at Glensheen Mansion

Event is a fundraiser for Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of wreaths were created at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. They were made with balsam fir that was sustainably cut from the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center. The event has sold out every time for the past three years. “It’s just this pre-holiday community family friend event that they’re able to get together and there’s just something…

Cloquet, Fond du Lac Police Departments Fill Squad Cars with Toy Donations

Annual "Stuff the Squad" toy drive collects donations for Cloquet Area Salvation Army

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet and Fond do Lac Police Departments are spreading holiday cheer with an annual toy drive for the Salvation Army. This year, they hope to fill three and a half or four squad cars with toys for kids in need. Law enforcement officers have been collecting donations all week for the ‘Stuff the Squad’ toy drive….

One Year After Globe Grain Elevator Fire, Owner Hasn’t Been Paid for Damages

Owner Gordon Oftedahl tells us the 130-year-old grain elevator was valued at $10 million

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s been one year since the Globe Grain Elevator was destroyed by fire. The structure was the largest wooden grain elevator in the world at one time, and it was made of rare, expensive wood. The elevator’s owner tells us he has still not been paid for the millions of dollars in damages caused by the fire….

$1.6 Million Lottery Ticket Sold in Hermantown

Gopher 5 jackpot ticket sold at Hermantown General Store

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Someone who bought a lottery ticket in Hermantown is now a millionaire after winning the $1.6 million Gopher 5 jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at the Hermantown General Store on Morris Thomas Road. The store gets a $5,000 bonus for selling the ticket. Employees tell us they’ve been selling a lot more lottery tickets than usual…

Taco Arcada to Close Saturday After 7 Months in Business

DULUTH, Minn. – Taco Arcada will close Saturday after seven months in business. The restaurant and arcade in the Lincoln Park Craft District opened this May. Its closing was announced with this Facebook post: “We wish to THANK everyone for supporting the Taco Arcade, and want to inform you that today Saturday, December 14th will be our last day of…

Community-Made Felt Rug Donated to West Duluth Library

DULUTH, Minn. – A felt rug made by the community is now on display at the West Duluth Public Library. The reg was designed by a group led by artist Mary Reichert. It symbolizes the importance of libraries as community gathering places. Felt sections were binded together to make the rug by people walking and dancing over the project. “I’ve…

Energy Leaders Discuss What Their Companies Mean to the Twin Ports

Representatives from Husky, Enbridge, Minnesota Power, and Superior Water Light and Power held a discussion at UWS

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Leaders from energy companies in Superior are talking about how important industrial development is in the Twin Ports. Representatives from Husky, Enbridge, Minnesota Power, and Superior Water Light and Power, say their businesses are key to protecting the environment and growing the local economy. At a panel discussion Thursday night, they talked about their companies’ history and…

Kids Make Gingerbread Houses at Lester Park Elementary

The Gingerbread Man came to the school, sharing his love of gingerbread creations

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth kids spent the evening making gingerbread houses with their families and classmates at Lester Park Elementary. All the gingerbread and candy was provided by a parent known as “The Gingerbread Man.” He fell in love with making the holiday-themed houses and want to pass that love onto the dozens of families at the annual Gingerbread Extravaganza….

State Patrol Urges Minnesotans to Stay Safe on Icy Highways

Three law enforcement vehicles were hit within fifteen minutes of each other on I-35 Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. – A plea for safety comes from the Minnesota State Patrol after three law enforcement vehicles were hit within about fifteen minutes of each other on I-35 near Midway Road Sunday. Nobody was killed this time, and state troopers tell us these crashes can be avoided, even in snowy and icy conditions. Thirty-six Minnesota State Patrol vehicles have…

Northern Lights Express Rail Line Seeks Funding to Start Project

Rail line would take passengers from the Twin Ports to the Twin Cities

DULUTH, Minn. – The conversation about a passenger rail line between the Twin Ports and Twin Cities has been carrying on for more than a decade. Now, local leaders are trying to find ways to pay for the half-billion dollar project. The Northern Lights Express is a modern, high performance passenger train. Officials say it will be ready for construction…

Knowing Your Neighbors: In a New Light Gallery

WEBSTER, Wis. – Kids in mental health treatment are finding their strengths in a unique program in Northwestern Wisconsin. Northwest Passage is a residential treatment facility that helps about seventy-five kids at a time and three-hundred fifty every year on campuses in Webster and Frederic, Wisconsin. Along Highway 35, the program has a special gallery showcasing original artwork made by…

Two Injured in Carlton County Train Accident

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – A 41-year-old woman and 10-year-old boy were taken to the hospital after an accident involving a car and a train. According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday on E. Stark Road in Thompson Township. Emergency Medical Services from the Esko Fire Department and Cloquet Area Fire District responded to…

Duluth Winter Village This Weekend at Glensheen

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the Duluth Winter Village will fill the Glensheen Mansion grounds with thousands of shoppers. The fourth annual event is a one-stop shop for Duluthians to shop local this holiday season from more than forty vendors. Marcia Hales’ light display is now on the grounds, which organizers say will help make this year’s village even more…

St. Louis County Focused on Widening Streets, Clearing Sidewalks

County crews have been working hard since last weekend's winter storm

PIKE LAKE, Minn. – St. Louis County tells us all county roads have been plowed for days, but snow removal isn’t done yet. County crews are now pushing snow piles back and clearing sidewalks. Plows have been filtering in and out of the county public works building in Pike Lake after the district was pelted with more than twenty inches…

Park Point Closed to Non-Residents

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth has closed Park Point for non-residents. The Duluth Police Department is checking identification before the Aerial Lift Bridge. According to city officials, they have also closed Buchanan Street and a portion of Canal Park Drive that connects to Morse Street. The City of Duluth advises absolutely no travel unless it’s an emergency. They…

DTA Suspends Service Until Further Notice

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority announced they will suspend bus service starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday until further notice due to the ongoing winter storm. They tell us they will work to restart service as soon as it’s safe to travel again. Categories: News, News – Latest News

57-Year-Old Man Dead After Sawyer County Crash

SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – A 57-year-old Brookfield, Wisconsin man is dead after his truck hit a tree Friday morning in the Town of Weirgor. According to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, the 2003 GMC truck was traveling southbound on Highway 40, crossed the northbound lane, and struck a tree. Eyewitness statements indicate that the driver was hunched over the steering…

‘Continental’ Employees Bike and Ski to Work on Snowy Day

DULUTH, Minn. – With roads slippery and snow covered, employees at a local business decided to make their commutes without using cars. Instead, fat tire bikes and cross country skis took workers to Continental Ski and Bike Wednesday morning. The assistant manager tells us fat tire biking is the best way to commute in Duluth. “It’s just us using things…

Duluthians Dig Out After Winter Storm

Duluth students enjoy first snow day of the winter

DULUTH, Minn. – The first major winter storm of the season dropped a big layer of snow on the Northland leaving a lot of people digging out in the aftermath. “Looked out my window and I turned my alarm off because the amount of snow that I saw on the deck was like ‘Oh, there’s no school today,’” said Ordean East…

Incoming Winter Storm Expected to Impact Holiday Travel

Travelers hit the roads and hop on planes, but major snowfall could impact those plans

DULUTH, Minn. – As Thanksgiving approaches, thousands of travelers are hitting the road or hopping on a plane to their holiday destinations, but incoming winter storms could have a big impact on those plans. MnDOT has a hundred snow plow routes in Northeastern Minnesota. They expect drivers to be out in twelve-hour shifts on Tuesday night and Wednesday. “All of…

Student-Run Free Store Opens at UWS

Store open to students, faculty, and members of the community

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A student-run free store is now open at UW-Superior. The store is in the university’s Old Main building. It’s open to students, faculty, and members of the community. Anybody can donate items or shop for anything from clothing to books to non-perishable food items. Students opened the store to promote sustainability on campus. “It took a lot…

Northland Top Cops Talk Importance of Armored Vehicles to Face Active Shooters, Save Lives

Five Law Enforcement Agencies in the Northland Have Some Type of Armored Vehicle

From schools and workplaces to concerts and nightclubs, innocent lives are being taken away in America by heavily armed suspects in active shooter situations, which is why more law enforcement agencies across the country and right here in the Northland are investing in armored vehicles that can withstand the worst of the worst.  FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. The city…

Man Dies After Falling Through Ice on St. Louis River

A 34-year-old Scanlon man pronounced dead at the scene

SCANLON, Minn. – A 34-year-old man is dead after falling through the ice in the St. Louis River early Saturday morning. According to the Cloquet Police Department, officers responded to a call at a local bar at about 1:30 a.m. where they were notified of the sound of someone calling for help. Officers discovered a person had fallen through the…