Author: Andrew Kirov

Take a Look Inside Historic UMD Limnology Building

Building began as a fish hatchery in 1880s, was taken over by UMD in the 1940s.

DULUTH, Minn. – As you drive along Highway 61 on your way in or out of Duluth, you may notice a unique building on the Lake Superior shoreline. That’s the UMD Limnology Building, a historic estate at 6008 London Road, that many people aren’t familiar with. It got its start as a freshwater fish hatchery in the 1880s. The University…

UMD Hosts Annual Sustainability Fair

Students learned about sustainable resources in the area and browse through donated winter clothes

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Campus Sustainability Month and the University of Minnesota Duluth is celebrating with a sustainability fair and a pop-up winter shop. Twenty local and regional organizations met with students about how they can get involved with sustainability efforts. Some ways are walking and biking instead of driving, and changing diet and shopping habits. “Anybody and everybody…

Kids Learn Mental Illness Awareness with Storytime at West Duluth Public Library

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s mental illness awareness week and a local group is doing what they can to end the stigma surrounding brain diseases. A storytime at the West Duluth Library addressed the topic in a kid-friendly way. The Northland Healthy Minds Collaborative gave families the book “Happy Sad.” It helps unpack feelings in a way little ones can understand…

Catalyst Content Festival Begins in Duluth

Hundreds of Hollywood executives and creators are in the Northland for the media festival

DULUTH, Minn. – The Catalyst Content Festival kicked off Wednesday in Downtown Duluth. The festival showcases never-before-seen TV shows and other media made all around the world. Creators are hoping the festival is what they need to get their original content recognized. “The ultimate thing would be that we can be able to create the show here and have a…

700 High School Students Attend Wisconsin Education Fair at UWS

Students meet with colleges, universities, and military branches

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Seven-hundred high school students came to the Wisconsin Education Fair at UWS. Sixty-three colleges, universities, and military branches met with prospective students at the fair. It gives high-schoolers a two-hour window to see how many options they have after graduation. “You get the chance to talk to representatives about the application process, about scholarship opportunities, about the…

Tri-State Jazz Festival Brings Dozens of High School Musicians to UWS

Students from across the Northland put together jazz concert in one day

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Some of the best high school musicians in the Northland are at UW-Superior for the annual Tri-State Jazz Festival. Dozens of high school musicians traveled hundreds of miles to UWS and put together a jazz concert all in one day. The students rehearsed music for hours, having some fun along the way. It’s an opportunity for them…

Duluth Mall Walker Celebrates 100th Birthday

Julien Berntson walks the Miller Hill Mall every day

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man celebrates his 100th birthday with friends at the Miller Hill Mall Julien Berntson walks around the mall every day. He tells us he used to do a few laps, but now he’s cut back to one. The army veteran says he likes going to the mall to see all his friends there. “My wife…

Touchstone Awards Celebrate Local Nonprofits

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation has been giving awards for 25 years

DULUTH, Minn. – Local nonprofit organizations were honored at the Touchstone Awards. The annual ceremony filled the Harbor Side Ballroom at the DECC with hundreds of volunteers and donors. This year, awards were given to the Head of the Lakes United Way for civic engagement, the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop for inclusiveness, and Northlander Sandy Sandbulte for all her generosity….

Marshall School Celebrates Completion of $4.3 Million Next Horizon Campaign

New art and music classrooms unveiled Monday

DULUTH, Minn. – The Marshall School is celebrating the completion of its Next Horizon Campaign. The multi-million dollar project remodeled much of the private school that serves grades 4-12. New art and music classrooms have been unveiled at the Marshall School. School officials call them “bright spaces dedicated to creativity.” The school’s $4.3 million Next Horizon Campaign is now complete….

250 Nursing Leaders Gather in Duluth for Conference

Nurses say semi-annual conference is a great chance to meet new people and network

DULUTH, Minn. – Two-hundred-fifty nursing leaders from across Minnesota came together in Duluth for a conference to discuss important topics in their field. They’re talking about innovation, finance, and emergency response. Nurses tell us the semi-annual event is a great chance to meet new people and network. “You get to see different approaches to everyday problems that nurse leaders have…

Essentia Health Seeking Community Feedback on Vision Northland Project

Project will consolidate Essentia's Duluth medical campus with a new 12-story hospital tower

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health is asking for community input on their $800 million Vision Northland project. On Thursday, they held a community meeting about the new healthcare center. The project is expected to transform Duluth’s skyline with a new twelve-story hospital tower. Essentia caregivers tell us it will change the way medicine is practiced across the region. Displays gave…

With Frost Expected to Hit the Northland, Greenhouses Warn to Cover Plants

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Parts of the Northland could soon see scattered frost, so gardeners may want to cover their plants, or bring them into a garage or house. Tomatoes and peppers have to be brought inside before frost strikes, but some plants like cabbages can handle the cold. Larry Stute, the greenhouse manager at Engwall’s Florist in Hermantown, tells us…

University of Minnesota President Tours UMD

President Joan Gabel visited the Community Sciences and Disorders Department

DULUTH, Minn. – The new University of Minnesota president is touring the UMD campus and meeting with students and staff about opportunities in Duluth. President Joan Gabel visited the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department on Wednesday. She tells us the tour helps her learn about the programs in Duluth and how they fit with needs across the state. “I’m also…

Community Grabs ‘Coffee with a Cop’ at UWS

Officers get to know Superior residents over a cup of joe

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior police officers met with the community over a cup of coffee at UWS. It was all part of the “Coffee with a Cop” program. Officers interacted with people of all ages and even taught them how they can join the Superior Police Department. One officer told us the event is all about getting to know the…

Twin Ports Officials Discuss Possibility of Local Bomb Response Team

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A bomb scare outside Superior Fire Department headquarters is raising some questions about why there’s not a local bomb response team in the Twin Ports. It’s a topic brought up again after a Wisconsin bomb squad came from hours away in response to the potential threat in Superior. Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander and Mayor Jim Paine…

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Used to Instantly Calculate Road Damage Estimates

Students at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College studying GIS with goal of pursuing in-demand career

CLOQUET, Minn. – Damage estimates on roads from events like floods are now calculated instantly for Carlton County with the help of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It’s all part of a collector app that gives officials information digitally that normally took days to figure out on paper. At Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, a program is…

Flooding Washes Away Roads in Carlton County

$80,000 in damage has been assessed so far, with some townships still calculating damage

CLEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Multiple roads are washed out and closed in Carlton County, including County Road 8, which also washed out during last year’s flooding. Stony Brook rose feet in a matter of hours, carrying the entire gravel road downstream. “When you get it that quickly it has no place to go slow,” said Milt Hagen the Assistant…

Fall Carnival at Stella Maris Academy

DULUTH, Minn. – The fall season was celebrated with a carnival at Stella Maris Academy in Duluth. Kids dunked their teachers and the priest in a dunk tank, enjoyed festival food, and a bounce house. The catholic school also kicked off a year of service. Kids went into the community to spread cheer to their neighbors. “Our kids got to…

St. Luke’s Nurses Voting Whether or Not to Approve New Contract

DULUTH, Minn. – Nurses at St. Luke’s are voting on whether or not to approve a new labor contract with the hospital. This comes after union negotiators reached a tentative agreement with St. Luke’s last Saturday. The Minnesota Nurses Association is recommending members vote for the new contract. It includes paid short staffing bonuses for nurses and guarantees that their…

Ground Broken on $800 Million Vision Northland Project

Essentia Health expansion is the largest private development in Duluth's history

DULUTH, Minn. – Ground has been broken on an $800 million hospital development in Duluth. Essentia Health’s “Vision Northland” project is the largest private development in the city’s history. Buildings on the Essentia Health campus will start being demolished over the next few weeks to make room for a new twelve-story, 900,000 square foot medical center. “This will be a…

Playing Disc Golf on Beautiful Fall Day

Disc golf is growing in popularity in Northeastern Minnesota, according to players

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Iron Rangers were out enjoying the beautiful fall day at Olcott Park in Virginia. Disc golf is a sport that’s growing in popularity in Northern Minnesota, according to players. There are several courses on the range, in Hibbing, Chisholm, Mountain Iron, Virginia, and at Giant’s Ridge. Disc golfers say it’s a great way to experience the great…

Emergency Shelter Training Prepares the Northland for Disaster

Officials from nine counties, tribal health departments, and organizations came together for the drill

VIRGINIA, Minn. – If a disaster were to strike the Northland, officials have to be prepared to open emergency shelters. So on Tuesday, local organizations partnered with St. Louis County for a disaster training drill in Virginia. Officials at the training session say they hope to never use the skills they learned there but, if a real disaster happens, they…

Veterans Honored at POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn. – September 20th is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, when military service members who never returned home from war are remembered. The Vietnam Veterans Association hosted a ceremony at Memorial Park in West Duluth. There, people honored the sacrifices made by thousands of American veterans still missing in action. A military motto is “never leave a man behind,” but…

Child Car Seat Safety Clinic Helps Drivers Install Seats Correctly

Clinics offered the third Thursday of every month at various Duluth fire stations

DULUTH, Minn. – Drivers learned how to properly install child car seats in their vehicles. The free clinic is offered every month at various Duluth fire stations. Rear-facing car seats are recommended for kids until they’re between two and four years old. All kids should be in a special car seat until they’re between eight and twelve years old. Clinic…

29 Chilis Compete at Virginia-Quad Cities Cook-off

Event brings close to a thousand Iron Rangers together at the Miner's Memorial Building in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – At the Virginia-Quad Cities Chili Cook-off, twenty-nine chilis are competing for the top prize. Now in its tenth year, the cook-off brings close to a thousand people together from across the Iron Range to the Miner’s Memorial Building in Virginia. “And everyone thinks they make the best chili, so why not have a cook-off and get some…

Remodeled Skyline Social and Games to Reopen Soon

Former Skyline Lanes set to open Friday, September 27th after $3 million renovation

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Skyline Social and Games is expected to reopen soon after a major renovation. After a $3 million renovation project, the former Skyline Lanes will include a lot more than bowling. The entertainment center will have a forty-piece arcade, virtual reality experiences, and a game called Duckpin bowling in the expanded bar area. “Winter’s a lot longer up…

College of St. Scholastica Celebrates Homecoming Week

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s Homecoming week at the College of St. Scholastica, and students are celebrating school pride. A student activities fair filled the Benedictine Commons. About fifty clubs met with students, teaching them all the ways they can get involved on campus. “I think it’s good for people to get involved, especially for our first year students who are…

UMD Multicultural Center Reopens After Renovation

New design features larger community space for students to connect

DULUTH, Minn. – A big renovation has transformed the Multicultural Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Multicultural Center is a space for all students to feel welcome at UMD. Staff tell us it hasn’t been updated since it opened in 2004, and a remodel was more than a decade in the works. The new layout has a bigger…

UWS Celebrates Constitution Day with Trivia Game

Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution

SUPERIOR, Wis. – September 17th is Constitution Day, and annual holiday recognizing the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. At the University of Wisconsin-Superior, students and staff celebrated with a Constitution trivia game. They were asked questions about where the document was adopted, who was there, and what articles and amendments are included. “It really is part of our everyday experience…

People Work to ‘Unmask’ Traumatic Brain Injuries in Minnesota

Survivors and family members paint masks depicting their journeys with traumatic brain injuries

DULUTH, Minn. – About 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury every year in the United States. On Tuesday, people made masks at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, depicting how they’ve been impacted by brain injuries. Over the last four years, 1,400 Minnesotans have made their own, unique masks. They communicate in a way words can’t about how traumatic…

Shofar Blown at Adas Israel Synagogue Site

Synagogue was destroyed by fire on September 9th

DULUTH, Minn. – A shofar horn was blown Saturday evening at the site of the Adas Israel Synagogue, which was destroyed by fire early Monday morning. Many of Charles Edward Cohen’s family members belonged to the synagogue’s congregation. He says by blowing the shofar, he’s serving God’s will, blessing the land, and spreading love. “He called me to come here…

Woman Dead After Single Vehicle Crash in St. Louis County

CULVER, Minn. – A 61-year-old woman is dead after a single-vehicle crash Saturday in Culver. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, emergency personnel responded to the area of 6500 Highway 47 for a call that a vehicle had hit a tree. Once on scene, first responders determined that the driver, Rachel Ann Wermter, was dead. Wermter’s vehicle had…

Catalyst Content Festival to Bring Hundreds of TV Executives, Creators to Duluth

Festival organizers say the event could be the beginning of a year-round film and TV industry in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – In October, the Catalyst Content Festival will bring a hundred TV executives and hundreds more producers from Hollywood to Downtown Duluth. At the festival, people will watch never-before-seen shows made all around the world. The Catalyst Content Festival, formerly called the Independent TV Festival, chose Duluth as its home over every other city in America because it…

WLSSD Seeks State Bonding Money to Fund Renewable Energy Project

Project would build generators to convert methane gas into an energy source

DULUTH, Minn. – A renewable energy project at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) in Duluth could mean big savings for the organization and for customers. WLSSD officials met with Minnesota State Senators, asking them for some money through state bonding to help pay for the project. In the treatment of wastewater, methane gas is created. That gas can…

Direct Support Professionals Honored in Duluth

There is a shortage of DSP workers nationwide

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, workers who provide services to people with disabilities are being recognized across the country, including in Duluth. There is not a shortage of direct support professionals, and that deficit is expected to grow as more people reach retirement age. This week is dedicated to honoring people in that field. Many of them say their jobs…

Coastal Clean-up Month Kicks off in the Twin Ports

Elementary school students pick up trash on Rice's Point

DULUTH, Minn. – Coastal Clean-up month kicked off Wednesday in the Twin Ports. Students from Lake Superior Elementary School in Superior picked up trash on Rice’s Point, right under the Blatnik Bridge. Last September, volunteers in the Twin Ports cleaned up nearly 5,000 pounds of garbage that could have otherwise ended up in Lake Superior. “These kids are learning the…

Duluth Firefighters Honor 9/11 First Responders

11 firefighters climb 110 stories on stair-climbers at the Downtown Duluth YMCA

DULUTH, Minn. – As part of honoring the sacrifices made back on September 11, 2001, Duluth firefighters climbed 110 stories on stair-climbers. That’s equal to the height of the World Trade Center, which hundreds of first responders climbed on 9/11. Not only did eleven Duluth firefighters climb 110 stories, they did it wearing their full turnout gear, which can weigh…

Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Repair Homes for Older Adults

Organization working on six homes this week in the Two Harbors area

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity is repairing six houses in the Two Harbors area. It’s part of the organization’s Age in Place program, which helps older adults stay in their homes. The sounds of power tools and demolition pierce through a quiet Two Harbors morning as volunteers remove the old front porch from Cheryl Sundstrom’s house. “So when…

Powersports Safety Event Coming Thursday to Superior

Event runs from 3:30pm - 6:30pm at Superior Middle School

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Hundreds of people die in ATV related accidents every year, and most of them were not wearing helmets. This week, a powersports safety event in Superior will teach people how to safely use their equipment. The Let’s Ride program was co-founded by “Nitro Circus” star, Hubert Rowland. “No matter where you go, you’ll run into someone that…

Judge Cuts Millions from Shannon Miller Verdict, Orders UMD to Pay Fees

DULUTH, Minn. – A judge has cut $2.25 million from the payment for emotional damages owed to former UMD women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller. In March 2018, Miller was originally awarded $3 million in emotional damages following a federal trial. U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz said in his decision that “$750,000 is the highest amount that the jury could reasonably…

Hundreds of Runners Compete in Minnesota Mile

DULUTH, Minn. – Runners celebrated the fall season with the annual “Minnesota Mile.” About seven-hundred runners took part in the one mile event along Duluth’s Skyline Parkway. Racers enjoyed great views of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River. “I’ve never run any race with the start with this beautiful view,” said Tom Sederquist, who won the Minnesota Mile with…

WITC Students Welcomed Back with Luau

SUPERIOR, Wis. – WITC students were welcomed back for the semester with a luau. They enjoyed a pork lunch, smoothies, and got free henna tattoos. College staff tell us it’s a great way to relieve students’ stress. “They’ve got jobs, they’ve got families, they’ve got school now that they’re adding to their plate and this is just a chance to…

Local Organizations Hold Summit on Domestic Violence

St. Louis County Attorney's Office hosted summit in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Domestic violence claimed the lives of twenty-four Minnesotans in 2017, according to a study by the Minnesota Coalition of Battered Women. Local organizations came together for a summit in Duluth on how to best handle domestic violence in Northeastern Minnesota. The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office hosted the summit at Clyde Iron Works, bringing together criminal justice…

DEA to Expand Into Northeastern Minnesota

2 DEA agents will now be stationed in Duluth to combat opioids, meth, and other drugs

DULUTH, Minn. – The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will soon be expanding into the Duluth area. Two DEA agents will now be stationed in Northeastern Minnesota, embedded with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. “The addiction is destroying lives, it is disrupting families, it drives up crime and it tears apart our community,” said Duluth Mayor…

Downtown Duluth YMCA Offering Free Open House

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the Downtown Duluth YMCA is hosting an open house where folks can come try the Y for free. The five floor facility on West First Street is full of activities and spaces for everybody. Staff say anyone and any body is welcome to work out there. “Folks are able to start on something as simple…

National Recovery Month Celebrated in Duluth

Recovering addicts and local officials met on the steps of Duluth City Hall

DULUTH, Minn. – In honor of National Recovery Month, local officials and recovering addicts met on the steps of Duluth City Hall. People shared their stories about the impact of addiction and mental illness on their lives. Duluth’s Opioid Program Technician, Jessica Nickila, has been working with local addicts for nine months. She says the most rewarding part of her…

UWS International Students Share College Experience

This Fall, UWS is welcoming 200 international students from 40 countries

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The school year starts Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. This fall, the university is welcoming two hundred international students from forty different countries. About nine percent of UW-Superior students are from a foreign country. That’s the highest percentage of any college in Northwestern Wisconsin or Northeastern Minnesota. “I’m from Vietnam, an Eastern country, I really want…

Police Warn Drivers to Pay Attention to School Buses

Fines for Minnesota stop-arm violations start at $500

DULUTH, Minn. – With thousands of kids coming back to schools across the Northland, it’s important for drivers to pay attention to school buses on the roads. When the stop-signal arm is out and the red lights flash, it’s illegal to pass a school bus from any direction. Fines for stop-arm violations in Minnesota start at $500. “Inattentive driving is…

Minnesota Man Wanted for Murdering Parents Arrested in Mexico

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (FOX 9) – Authorities announced Saturday they have arrested the man wanted for the double murder of his parents in Long Prairie, Minnesota. Friday, police said it was believed Dylan Bennett had fled the state and country to Cancun, Mexico after the murders. His parents, retired NFL player Barry Bennett, 63, and his wife Carol Bennett, 66, were found dead…