Andrew Kirov

Two Families Displaced After Fire in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Two families have been displaced after a fire Friday night in Superior. The fire started near a second story balcony at a home at 1613 1/2 Iowa Avenue. It then spread into the ceiling between the first and second floors of the home. The Superior Fire Department responded shortly before 9 p.m. last night and had the…

’31 Days of Halloween’ Display Gets Barnum Into the Fall Spirit

Every day, a different display takes over Amanda Agurkis' lawn

BARNUM, Minn. – A seasonal display in Barnum is celebrating thirty-one days of Halloween. Every day in October, the front yard of Amanda Agurkis’ house has a new decoration theme. She doesn’t tell anybody what her upcoming displays will be so they stay a surprise. She re-arranges and dresses her skeletons every day at about 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. because…

YMCA Pool Dedicated to Mark Frodesen

Frodesen used the pool daily and was an iconic member of the Superior YMCA

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The lap pool at the Superior YMCA has officially been dedicated to the memory of Mark Frodesen. After the dedication, the lifeguards and the Superior Whalers swim team took a lap to honor Mark, who used the pool daily. His family is happy that his endowment will be used to provide opportunities and scholarships for kids’ physical…

100 Year Olds Celebrated at the Senior Expo

Birthday party held for ten 100-104 year olds at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Some local 100 year olds celebrated their birthdays together at the Northland Senior Expo at the DECC. They ranged in age from 100-104. One hundred years is a huge milestone. Only about 55,000 people nationwide have made it to that age. Ten centenarians celebrated their latest birthdays on Thursday at the DECC. These local 100 year olds…

Two Hundred Students Play in UWS Tri-State Band Festival

Young musicians performed in a concert with college faculty and students

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Two hundred young musicians were at UWS playing in the tri-state band festival. Students from thirty-six area high schools played in the festival. They got their music to practice ahead of time but they put it all together over the course of one day giving the musicians an experience they’ll remember for a long time. “It allows…

Shoreline Cleanup Continues Five Days After Storm

Damage estimate is expected sometime this week

DULUTH, Minn. – Five days after the latest storm hit the Lake Superior shoreline, crews continue to work to clean up the damage. Much of the Lakewalk remains closed as the city continues to assess the damage to the boardwalk and other infrastructure. This coming after much of the Lakewalk had yet to be repaired after a devastating storm last…

Touchstone Awards Celebrate Non-Profits

Two organizations and an individual were presented with 2018 awards

DULUTH, Minn. – The Touchstone Awards have been recognizing outstanding work by area non-profit organizations for the last twenty-four years. This year, the Duluth Superior Community Foundation honored Community Action Duluth for their Jumpstart transportation program, WDSE-TV for their program “Native Report” and Mark Boben for his work in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood. “The amazing work that non–profit organizations do…

Get Scared at the Haunt at Wentworth Gardens

The event is a fundraiser for a local boy scout troop

WENTWORTH, Wis. – The haunt at Wentworth Gardens is scaring Northern Wisconsin for the second Halloween season. The seven thousand foot indoor maze has several scary themed rooms including a clown room, dolls room, and haunted bayou. The event is a fundraiser for a local boy scout troop. The scouts have a lot of fun scaring guests. “We’ve scared people…

Missing Canoe Returns After Two Years

The canoe washed up at the same Park Point family's home during Wednesday's storm

DULUTH, Minn. – After it had been missing for two years, a Duluth family’s canoe mysteriously reappeared outside their house during this week’s storm. The canoe was found on Wednesday night along the beach behind the family’s house on Park Point. Paul Kellner’s son went to see how the beach had changed during the storm and discovered the blue canoe…

Memorial Unveiled in Thomson Township 100 Years After 1918 Fire

The monument remembers the people buried in St. Matthew's Lutheran Cemetery whose grave markers were burned

THOMSON TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A hundred years ago Friday, several fires burned through Minnesota, killing more than 400 people. People are remembering the disaster at several events across the Northland. Eleven people died in Thomson Township near Esko during the 1918 fire. The fire tore through homes, farms, forests, and a cemetery there. A brand new monument was dedicated in…

Haunted Ridge Opens Friday

The haunted shack is in a new location this year, at the Ru-Ridge Corn Maze

CARLTON, Minn. – The Haunted Ridge opened tonight in Carlton. The attraction combines the Haunted Shack that formerly took place at the Buffalo House Restaurant with the Ru-Ridge Corn Maze. For the first time this year, guests can take a hay ride through the forest and a haunted walk through the corn maze before entering the haunted shack. “He actually…

Gift Shop Offers Discount for Storm Pictures

The shop at the Lake Superior Marine Museum offered 20% discount

DULUTH, Minn. – The gift shop at the Lake Superior Marine Museum in Canal Park gave discounts to guests who showed their photos of the storm. The owner offered twenty percent off everything to customers who traveled through the nasty conditions to visit the shop. “I thought if they were hearty enough to go out there and brave the elements…

Canal Park Recovers After Storm

Businesses are back open as crews begin assessing infrastructure damage

DULUTH, Minn. – A normal fall day in Canal Park; sunshine, tourists walking along the shore. It’s a sharp contrast from the fury on Lake Superior only one day before. “She’s like holy cow look at all the waves and stuff and it progressively got worse and worse and worse and so we decided to come out here and take…

Waves Touch Bottom of Aerial Lift Bridge

Lift bridge supervisor tells us wind gusts rose over 50 m.p.h.

DULUTH, Minn. – The big waves rolling into the harbor from Lake Superior got so big the bottom of the Aerial Lift Bridge was getting hit. Wind speeds on the bridge hit more than 50 miles per hour. The bridge’s supervisor, Dave Campbell, tells us he spent much of the day stacking sand bags, trying to prevent flooding around the…

Waves Crash into Canal Park Causing Flooding

Lake Avenue and Canal Park Drive have been closed off to non-residents south of Buchanan Street

DULUTH, Minn. – Major flooding in Canal Park as Lake Avenue and Canal Park Drive are now closed off past Buchanan Street to all non-residents. Waves continue to crash over the breakwater walls surrounding the canal, bringing huge amounts of water into the parking lots and streets. “It’s spectacular and it’s frightening at the same time,” said Anne Wolf while…

Rare Disease Diagnosed in Six Minnesota Children

AFM affects less than one in a million people every year in the U.S.

DULUTH, Minn. – At least six children have been diagnosed with a rare disease in Minnesota. We’re told it’s similar to polio because it can cause paralysis. Health officials don’t know much about the disease known as Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM. What they do know is that it’s typically rare. The CDC reports less than one in a million…

Clothing Drive Helps Victims of Domestic Violence

Clothes can be dropped off all month at the American Indian Community Housing Organization

DULUTH, Minn. – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To help their domestic violence shelter, the American Indian Community Housing Organization is collecting winter clothes all month long. Donations of coats, socks, boots, and thermals are being accepted at the AICHO in Downtown Duluth to help women and children displaced by domestic violence. Employees say their shelter is now full….

Duluth Food Day Held at CSS

Local restaurants brought samples as part of Homecoming Week

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s homecoming week at the College of St. Scholastica and students are celebrating with events all week long. Tuesday was Duluth Food Day. Local restaurants and coffee houses brought food samples and coupons to help make the students feel comfortable with local dining options. “St. Scholastica promotes community and we do our community days twice a year…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Shannon’s Stained Glassery

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Stained glass is growing in popularity. One shop in Superior is making the art form more available in the Northland. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own glass creation or find the perfect piece of glass art, Shannon’s Stained Glassery in Superior may be the local destination you’re looking for. “There’s something for everyone in glass,”…

Teamwork Celebration to Mark Heritage Sports Center’s 10th Anniversary

Event will feature Vikings hall-of-famer and former Minnesota Supreme Court justice Alan Page

DULUTH, Minn. – The Essentia Duluth Heritage Sports Center is turning ten years old. To celebrate the milestone, the center is hosting an all-city teamwork celebration featuring Alan Page, a Vikings hall-of-famer and former Minnesota Supreme Court justice. The ceremony will celebrate values like teamwork and dedication that are displayed on the Heritage Sports Center’s walls. “What’s worth celebrating is…

New Bill Would Help Local Law Enforcement Fight Opioids

SALTS Act would make it easier to prosecute the sale and distribution of synthetic drugs

DULUTH, Minn. – A new bill is awaiting the President’s signature that would help local law enforcement fight the opioid epidemic. It’s called the Synthetic Abuse and Labeling of Toxic Substances (SALTS) Act. It passed the senate last week. The bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL-Minn.) would allow law enforcement to pursue drug charges even if the specific…

Postal Service Workers Rally Against Privatization

Superior rally was one of hundreds across the country

SUPERIOR, Wis. – United States Postal Service employees are rallying across the country to protest the Trump Administration’s proposed plan to privatize the agency. “U.S. Mail Not for Sale.” That slogan written across the t-shirts and signs of postal workers lined up along Tower Avenue in South Superior. Post Office employees are asking for public help. They want people to…

Students Tour Factory for Manufacturing Week

The Pathways to Prosperity program aims to get more women in manufacturing jobs

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton declared this “Manufacturing Week” in Minnesota. Some prospective workers had the chance to tour a manufacturing facility in Duluth. Students in the Pathways to Prosperities program through Lake Superior College took the tour. The program is aimed at getting more women working in manufacturing careers like machine operation. “The one thing I really do…

Bayfield Apple Festival This Weekend

Businesses are getting stands and booths ready for the thousands of tourists

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Shops in Bayfield have been spending the week preparing for the Apple Festival crowds. Booths, tents, and stands are going up all around town. The Fat Radish will be serving shrimp tempura, fish tacos, hot drinks, and plenty of pie for all the tourist passing by their restaurant. “The last week or two we’re just prep, prep,…

Orchards Ready for Apple Festival

More than 50,000 expected to attend Bayfield festival

BAYFIELD, Wis. – The Apple Festival is October 5-7th in Bayfield. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the 55th annual event. October is here. That means it’s apple season in Bayfield. “We have Courtland, McIntosh, the Honeycrisp and the Paula Reds are the main ones,” said Jim Hauser, owner and operator of Hauser’s Superior View Farms in Bayfield….

Great Outdoors: Fall Colors

CARLTON, Minn. – Fall colors are near their peak in many places across the Northland. In this week’s Great Outdoors, we take you to the colorful landscape at Jay Cooke State Park. “You’ve got to love the crisp fall air, the beautiful variety of the colors, the bright reds, the greens, the yellows, it’s just a great time of year,”…

New Superior Fire Station Under Construction

Station is expected to open in early 2019

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new fire station is being built in Superior. The $5 million building will be about twice as big as the current fire station. It’s expected to be completed next summer after years of planning and months of construction. Crews expect to have the exterior of the building complete by the time the weather becomes very cold…

Poverty Simulation Held in Superior

Professionals and community members learn the struggles of people living in poverty

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A program in Superior showed the community what living in poverty can be like. It’s sometimes difficult for people who didn’t grow up in poverty to understand what it’s like on a daily basis. At the Billings Park Civic Center, the Douglas County Fostering Futures Initiative gave community members the chance to experience a month of poverty…

Imagine Canal Park Pilot Project Comes to an End

City expected to release a preliminary report in late October, full report in November

DULUTH, Minn. -Duluth’s Imagine Canal Park plan, a pilot project to rethink the neighborhood, is coming to an end. The city received more than 600 submitted forms and hundreds more comments for and against September’s pilot program. Buchanan Street has been re-opened after being shut down for a community space, and Lake Avenue’s lane changes will be changed back to…

Grandma’s Marathon Registration Opening

The 2019 race will happen June 22nd

DULUTH, Minn. – Registration for the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon, Gary Bjorkland Half Marathon, and William A. Irvin 5K will open at 7 p.m. on Monday. Last year, registration for the 7,500 person half marathon filled up in about four and a half hours. In 2019, marathon staff is extending their “Controlled Queue” to all races. That allows runners to keep…

UMD Students Learn About Climate Change Impacts on the Northland

Field trip took them to the UMD Land Lab, Hawk Ridge, and a research vessel

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD students took a field trip to learn how climate change could be impacting the Northland. Students learned about sustainable farming practices on the UMD Land Lab farm, went to Hawk Ridge to learn about changing bird migration patters, and took a ride on a research vessel to learn how water has been impacted. “Things are happening…

Wolf Dies After Capture for Relocation to Isle Royale

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) – Officials say a gray wolf captured in Minnesota for relocation to Isle Royale National Park has died. The National Park Service plans to move 20-30 wolves from the U.S. and Canadian mainlands to the Lake Superior wilderness park in the next few years to rebuild a once thriving population. A 4-year-old female and a 5-year-old male…

With a Hard Freeze Coming, It’s Time to Cover Outdoor Plants

Many plants should be taken indoors for shelter

DULUTH, Minn. – With the season’s first hard freeze in the forecast, it’s time to cover your plants or bring them indoors. At the UMD Land Lab, students and staff members are rushing to get squash, tomatoes, and peppers off the farm and into shelters. They already had a minor frost and say it helped them prepare for the hard…

Duluth Considers Changing Policy Requiring City to Clear Sidewalk Snow

Ordinance now requires city crews to clear snow plowed onto sidewalks

DULUTH, Minn. – If a plow pushes show onto shoveled sidewalks, it’s the City of Duluth’s responsibility to clear it away, but city officials say it’s impossible to clear all that snow. City crews don’t clear every sidewalk a plow covers in snow. They never have. But according to officials, Duluth is the only city they know of with an…

Monthly Art Walk Shows Off Duluth’s Culture

Walk takes participants to 26 art spaces in the city

DULUTH, Minn. – Every month, the Downtown Arts Collective hosts a Duluth Arts Walk. Everybody is welcome to join in on the free night of galleries, studios, eateries, bars, and performance spaces. Individuals, groups and even kids can find something for them along the walk. “It’s a nice way to support local artists for one thing, but it’s also a…

Chisholm and Hibbing Teachers Rally for New Contracts

Teachers say they want the districts to negotiate raises with them

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Teachers in the Hibbing and Chisholm school districts rallied. The teachers’ union is asking for a new contract but, so far, they haven’t gotten one they find suitable. Teachers in Hibbing and Chisholm are fed up. Their unions are asking for new contracts from the school districts but they say so far the districts have refused to…

Range Regional Airport Drills for Emergencies

Airport staff partnered with local organizations for an aircraft fire drill and active shooter drill

HIBBING, Minn. – The Range Regional Airport is making sure they are prepared for the worst. Airport staff had an aircraft fire emergency drill with are fire and EMS departments. Crews battled flames on the runway near a training plane cabin. The airport also held an active shooter drill inside their terminal for the first time ever. “This could happen…

Bomb Threat Exercise Held at St. Luke’s

55th Civil Support Team held training simulating a bomb and radiation threat

DULUTH, Minn. – Meanwhile, a bomb threat exercise brought National Guard soldiers to St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Fifteen members of the 55th Civil Support Team responded to a fictional bomb and radiation threat that included several sites at the hospital. The St. Paul based anti-terrorism team holds training sessions every month with different civilian partners. “It’s the training that…

Finding Zeb Part 1

The story of real-life legend, Zeb Butterfield

ELY, Minn. – What is a legend? A tall tale? A myth? Does it have to be a story about King Arthur or Paul Bunyan, or can a legend be real? I think we all know someone who’s larger than life; someone who everyone’s got a story about. I have a friend like that. His name is Zeb. “There’s this…

Reusable Bags Collected for CHUM Food Shelf

'Bag It Duluth' organization aims to move the organization away from using plastics

DULUTH, Minn. – The organization ‘Bag It Duluth’ held a reusable bag donation drive at the Great Lakes Aquarium. The bags are being collected for the CHUM food shelf so they can move away from plastic and spend less money on containers. The event also had a screening of the film “Bag It” which calls attention to the way plastic…

Virginia Chili Cook-off Raises Money for St. Michael’s Foundation

34 different chilis competed in three divisions for the title of best on the Iron Range

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The 9th Annual St. Michael’s Foundation Chili Cook-off was Thursday in Virginia. The Miner’s Memorial Building was filled with hundreds of people tasting thirty-four different chilis made by cooks competing in three divisions for the title of “best on the Iron Range.” “This is the range’s biggest gas because with all the chili and beans, of course…

Urban Search and Rescue Team Coming to the Iron Range

Virginia Fire Department got a grant to pay for training and equipment for the team

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Virginia Fire Department has received a federal grant of more than $700,000 to get urban search and rescue training and equipment. The group based in Virginia will be the only team with that training in Minnesota outside of the Twin Cities metro area. Urban search and rescue includes situations like building collapses, trench collapses, and confined…

Zoomobile Visits UWS

Animals interacted with students and taught all about their species

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Animals from the Lake Superior Zoo visited the library at UW-Superior Wednesday. The Zoomobile program traveled with a python, hedgehog, bearded dragon, plus much more. Students could hold and touch the animals and ask educators any questions they could think of. “For the snake, how they go to the bathroom is a great question that we get…

Bird Migration Nears Peak at Hawk Ridge

Some days, counters see thousands of flying overhead

DULUTH, Minn. – Bird migration is at its peak for many species flying over the Northland. At Hawk Ridge Observatory in Duluth, counters are keeping track of exactly how many birds and dragonflies pass overhead. They have counted birds for the last forty-seven years, submitting the data they gather for wildlife information and studies. Though Wednesday was slow, on some…

Superior Repeals Panhandling Ordinance

Action comes after Superior and seven other Wisconsin cities received a letter from the ACLU

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It was back in July when Duluth repealed its panhandling ordinance. Now, the Superior City Council has voted unanimously to do the same. Last month, Superior and seven other Wisconsin cities got a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) addressing why the organization believes panhandling laws are unconstitutional and asking the cities to repeal those…

Civilian Bosses Take Off with 148th Fighter Wing Employees

Supervisors tour the base and take flight during a refueling mission

DULUTH, Minn. – Most service men and women employed at Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing also have civilian jobs. When they’re gone for deployments or training, it can put stress on their civilian employers. More than five-hundred members of the 148th recently returned home after a deployment overseas. Because their civilian bosses were so understanding of their time away, the airmen…

National Juicy Lucy Day Celebrated

The holiday is observed on the anniversary of the first Crooked Pint Ale House opening

DULUTH, Minn. – September 12th is National Juicy Lucy Day. It’s celebrated on the anniversary of the first Crooked Pint Ale House opening in Minneapolis. Juicy Lucys are a Minnesota tradition. They’re two burger patties filled with melted cheese and topped with other goodies. Even though they’re mostly found in the Midwest, local restaurant managers would like to see them…

UMD Office of Sustainability Aims to Limit Food Waste

School is studying how much is composted by their dining services daily

DULUTH, Minn. – About a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted every year according to the United Nations. The UMD Office of Sustainability is trying to cut down that waste on their campus. To build awareness, they had students scrape all their excess food into bins. Those bins were weighed to determine how much…