Author: Andrew Kirov

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…

Festival of the Season Brings Holiday Shoppers to Duluth Farmer’s Market

A thousand people shopped from twenty-two local vendors

DULUTH, Minn. – A thousand holiday shoppers made their way to the annual Festival of the Season at the Duluth Farmer’s Market. Twenty-two local crafters and artisans sold their unique products ranging from ceramics to flowers to holiday wreaths. “Everything here is also homemade so if you buy it here, you know the person that’s selling it is the person…

Pro-Choice Billboard Vandalized in Duluth

Billboard on Sixth Avenue East read "Abortion is Healthcare"

DULUTH, Minn. – A women’s health organization is speaking out after a pro-choice billboard they put up in Duluth was vandalized earlier this week. The group says they’re committed to putting up more billboards soon. H.O.T.D.I.S.H. Militia (Hand Over the Decision It’S Healthcare), is a Duluth-based women’s health organization. They launched a GoFundMe page this fall, raising money to bring…

‘Christmas City Express’ Train Decorated for Holiday Season

The express starts on November 29th and runs four weekends from North Shore Scenic Railroad

DULUTH, Minn. – The holiday season is almost here and the North Shore Scenic Railroad is getting ready for this year’s Christmas City Express. Three train cars were turned into a virtual winter wonderland by staff members and volunteers at the Depot. The Christmas City Express treats passengers to the performance of a book, and a train ride where that…

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Held in Duluth

Annual vigil memorializes transgender lives lost to murder and suicide

DULUTH, Minn. – So far this year in the U.S., at least twenty-two transgender or non-conforming people have been fatally shot or killed by other means, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Transgender Day of Remembrance is held on November 20th every year. It memorializes transgender lives lost to murder and suicide and aims to bring attention to how common…

Duluth City Clerk Promoted to New Position

Chelsea Helmer will be come Director of Administrative Services pending council approval

DULUTH, Minn. – Staffing changes are coming to Duluth City Hall. City Clerk Chelsea Helmer will be promoted to Director of Administrative Services pending council approval. In her new role, Helmer would oversee the City Clerk’s office, IT, and Human Resources. “I think the benefit of this new department is these three divisions have the common element of we provide…

Duluth Man Charged in Gary-New Duluth Stabbing

43-year-old Stuart Miller charged with second degree assault

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth  man has been charged with assault after allegedly stabbing another man Sunday morning in Gary-New Duluth. 43-year-old Stuart Miller faces a second degree assault charge after the incident. According to the criminal complaint, Miller and the 27-year-old victim were at Shotz Bar on Commonwealth Avenue around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning. Video surveillance shows a struggle…

Bentleyville Themed Beer Available from Bent Paddle

Bentleyville Christmas Cookie Cream Ale is inspired by Scandinavian spritz cookies

DULUTH, Minn. – A special beer inspired by the Bentleyville Tour of Lights is now available from Bent Paddle Brewing. The “Bentleyville Christmas Cookie Cream Ale” is on tap at the Bent Paddle taproom and at Grandma’s restaurants. One dollar of every pint sold will go to support the holiday light display. “We came up with an ale that’s inspired…

Spirit of the Lake Community School in New Building

Waldorf education school is housed in an old church on East Superior Street in Lakeside

DULUTH, Minn. – The Spirit of the Lake Community School has its own space for the first time ever after it moved in to a new building this fall. The school is now in an old church building at the corner of Superior Street and 54th Avenue East in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood. It has a total enrollment of about 30…

‘Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea’ Shown at UWS

40-minute documentary tells the story of the 2017 UWS program suspensions

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A documentary about the 2017 program suspensions at UW-Superior was shown Thursday night at the university. “Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea” is a forty-minute film by two UWS alumni, Katie Lindow and Megan McGarvey. The film is full of interviews with faculty, staff, students, and community members about their thoughts on the program suspensions. The documentary was…

Take a Tour of Three Historic Northland Theaters

Look inside the Lake Theater in Moose Lake, the Ironwood Theatre in Ironwood, and the State Theater in Ely

In small towns across the Northland, historic movie theaters serve as the primary entertainment venue. Many of these theaters have been around for generations and mean a great deal to communities. In Moose Lake, Minnesota, you can take a journey back in time at the historic Lake Theater. “I’m fourth generation doing it. I have a nephew that’s working here,…

Study Presented to Superior City Council Recommending Part-Time Mayor, Full-Time Administrator

Study also recommends major software investment and some staffing changes

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A study was presented to the Superior City Council about how the city can become more efficient and effective. The study focused on things like staffing, workflow, and management structure. One recommendation calls for the mayor’s position to be reduced to part-time while hiring a full-time city administrator. According to RW Management Group who conducted the study,…

Humane Society of Burnett County Opens New Shelter

Take a look inside the new facility that houses dozens of cats and dogs

WEBSTER, Wis. – The Humane Society of Burnett County in Webster recently opened a brand new shelter building. Staff tell us the new facility allows them to provide better care to even more animals. It has double the space for furry friends like puppy Joan of Arc. “We have more animals, we have more people, we have more adoptions, it’s…

Emily Larson Re-Elected Mayor of Duluth

Larson defeated challenger Dave Nolle

DULUTH, Minn. – Emily Larson has been re-elected Mayor of Duluth. Larson was first elected mayor in 2015 and was re-elected Tuesday night to another four-year term. Larson finished her re-election bid with 13,071 votes, or 63.33 percent to challenger Dave Nolle’s 7,465 votes or 36.17 percent. Emily Larson spoke with Fox 21 during her election party at the Duluth…

UWS Moving Forward Two Years After Program Suspensions

A path may soon be in place for suspended programs to possibly be reinstated

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior is reworking some academic programs to move forward after major cuts were made two years ago. Now, some of the suspended programs may get a chance to be reinstated. In 2017, UW-Superior administration announced the suspensions of twenty-five academic programs saying they wanted to trim down offerings and give students a clearer path…

Superior Invests in New Snow Removal Equipment

New sander trucks and the chemical potassium acetate are expected to make snow removal more efficient

SUPERIOR, Wis. – New snow plows have arrived in Superior just in time for winter. The city spent nearly a million dollars on the trucks and a new chemical compound used for melting show. Superior officials tell us their brand new equipment is expected to make snow removal faster and more efficient across the city. Three new sander trucks now…

Early Voting Now Open in Duluth

Duluthians have two places to vote early: Duluth City Hall and City Center West

DULUTH, Minn. – Early voting is now open in Duluth for next week’s municipal elections. Now through Monday, November 4th, voters have two places to cast their ballot early: At Duluth City Hall and at City Center West. The city clerk tells us early voting has become more popular over the last few elections as people become more aware of…

First Two Formal Graduates Complete St. Louis County Veterans Court

Program helps veterans through the criminal justice system

DULUTH, Minn. – The first two formal graduates celebrated their completion of St. Louis County Veterans Court. The specialty court helps high risk, high need veterans through the criminal justice system. The veterans are closely supervised during the program, which lasts at least 14 weeks. One graduate tells us he recommends the court to other veterans because it helped him…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Thai by Thai

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s a family restaurant serving up authentic Thai food in Downtown Duluth. Thai by Thai is owned by two sisters in Thailand. They tout their menu as having something for everybody. The kitchen in Thai by Thai is filled with the smells of delicious foods and spices. “This is definitely some of the most homestyle, authentic Thai…

Man and Dog Die in Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

CANOSIA TWP., Minn. – A man and dog are dead after a suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in St. Louis County. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Steen, 54, was found unresponsive at his home by a friend on Thursday evening. Deputies and first responders determined Steen and a family dog were both deceased inside the home in…

Superior Days Meeting Identifies Issues for Lobbying Effort

Transportation funding, access to mental health care among the subjects discussed

SUPERIOR, Wis. – People from across Northern Wisconsin are identifying which issues they will bring to the state government in this year’s Superior Days lobbying effort. At a meeting Thursday night at Superior City Hall, people discussed which issues are most important to them. Transportation improvements, access to mental health care and addiction treatment, and lack of local government control…

Community Conference Identifies Duluth Health Needs

Mental health, food insecurity, and youth substance abuse identified as biggest needs

DULUTH, Minn. – Organizations from across the region came together at Clyde Iron Works to discuss the biggest health challenges in Duluth. According to a community assessment, the biggest needs to address are mental health care, food insecurity, and youth substance abuse, including vaping. “These are really complicated health problems that we’re trying to address and it’s going to take…

Halloween Costumes Flying off the Shelves at Local Stores

Some of the most popular costumes there are aliens, zombies, animals, and decade-specific outfits.

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland stores are busy with people shopping for their Halloween costumes. Staff at Ragstock in Downtown Duluth tell us October is their busiest month because of Halloween. This year, some of the most popular costumes there are aliens, zombies, animals, and decade-specific outfits. The manager encourages people to be as creative as possible. “We love helping people…

Union Gospel Mission Gives Winter Clothes to the Community

Last year, mission gave away more than 1,200 coats at one event

DULUTH, Minn. – With cold temperatures moving into the Northland, Union Gospel Mission is making sure Duluthians have proper winter clothes. On Wednesday, the organization held their first warm coat giveaway this season. Thousands of people are in need of winter clothing this winter season. So, Union Gospel Mission put out a call for donations and the community responded, bring…

Hundred-Year-Olds Celebrated in Duluth

Five centenarians celebrated their birthdays together at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluthians who are a hundred years old or older were celebrated at the Northland Senior Expo at the DECC. Five centenarians celebrated their birthdays together in the company of family and friends. Julien Berntson turned a hundred years old this month. He served in the army during World War Two and worked many years for the Duluth…

Park Pointers Concerned as Flooding Strikes Again

Basements and homes flooded after Monday's powerful Lake Superior storm

DULUTH, Minn. – Park Point residents are concerned as flooding in and around their homes and businesses becomes more common. “It does seem to be happening like clockwork and that’s an alarming frequency,” said Rachel Mock, who lives on Park Point. There, hoses run from basements, draining the latest round of flooding from homes. “My sump pump runs continuously and…

Victim in Fond du Lac Shooting Identified

Victim identified as 45-year-old Broderick Boshay Robinson of Minneapolis

  CLOQUET, Minn. – The victim from Friday’s shooting on the Fond du Lac reservation in Cloquet has been identified as 45-year-old Broderick Boshay Robinson of Minneapolis. According to the Cloquet Police Department, Robinson was released from a Duluth hospital Friday night after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head. Police and tribal officials say the shooting happened around 10…

Golfers Enjoy Beautiful Fall Day at Enger Park

Enger Park Golf Course is the only Duluth public golf course still open this fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – Golfers were out on Northland courses enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Enger Park Golf Course is the only Duluth public golf course still open this fall. Staff there tell us they’re booked through this weekend with golfers wanting to play on what could be the last warm days of 2019. The course usually stays open until there’s…

Ceremony Honors Former Fire Chiefs Who Passed Away This Year

The evening featured music, bagpipes, and prayer to honor those who have died.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association wrapped up their final day of their annual conference with the annual memorial service honoring former fire chiefs who have passed away over the last year. The evening featured music, bagpipes, and prayer to honor those who have died. “For the fire service it’s a family and a brotherhood and we…

Twin Ports Rescuers Gifted with ARM-LOC Devices

Emergency devices were invented in Duluth by Water Resource Innovations

DULUTH, Minn. – Twin Ports rescue organizations have been given some new life-saving equipment that will help them with water and ice emergencies, and the technology behind it was invented in Duluth. According to Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj, his department responds to twelve to fifteen water emergencies every year. Now, the Duluth Fire Department, Duluth Police Department, Superior Police…