Author: Andrew Kirov

Husky Energy: No Damage Found to Stack at Superior Refinery

  SUPERIOR, Wis. – Husky Energy tells us no damage has been found to the stack seen swaying in the wind at the Superior Refinery. According to a Husky spokesperson, trained experts entered the site to safely conduct a closer examination of the stack. Drones and computer modeling reportedly provided the necessary engineering information for Husky to make that decision….

Husky Energy Evacuated Due to Infrastructure Concerns

Stinson Avenue blocked in front of refinery; officials say there's no risk of fire, explosion, or chemical release

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tonight, an investigation is underway at the Husky Energy Refinery in Superior after a swaying stack caused an evacuation. The stack could be seen swaying back and forth. Wind gusts at the nearby Bong Airport were reported at twenty-five miles per hour. The Superior Police Department tells us refinery crews heard a “pop” and noticed a problem…

Chicken Toss Draws Big Crowd, Animal Rights Groups Protest

More than 100 live chickens are tossed into crowd at annual event

RIDGELAND, Wis. – Every year, Ridgeland, Wisconsin holds a chicken toss as part of its Pioneer Days celebration. At the event, more than a hundred live chickens are thrown off a roof into a crowd of people. Some say it’s a harmless small town tradition. “Everyone stops you and says nice chicken and stuff like that. It’s just a fun…

Kids Train for Birkie Weekend

NorthStar Community Charter School students learn to cross country ski for Barnebirkie Youth Ski Tour

MINONG, Wis. – The American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race is next weekend in Hayward. Kids in Minong have been training to ski in the Barnebirkie Youth Ski Tour during Birkebeiner weekend. Students at NorthStar Community Charter School do project-based learning, meaning they can sometimes get outside during their school day and learn activities like cross-country skiing. Once or twice a…

Students Compete in High School Quiz Bowl Tournament

The annual battle of the brains brings students from across Northern Wisconsin

ASHLAND, Wis. – Students from across Northern Wisconsin battle it out every February, competing for a chance to win trophies and bragging rights in the annual High Quiz Bowl Tournament. The four-on-four battle of the brains demands knowledge on an almost limitless set of topics. “We only have fifteen seconds to answer every question and that could go from complex…

No Decision Yet on Effort to Save Kozy Building from Demolition

Legal challenges ask for more time to come up with $50,000 bond, and question who really owns crumbling building

DULUTH, Minn. – One day after the Duluth City Council signed off on the demolition of the condemned Kozy Building, the former owner has launched a last-ditch effort to save the building from destruction. The case is now being considered by a St. Louis County judge. Former building owner, Eric Ringsred, has to post a $50,000 bond to save the…

New Cloquet Clinic Construction Delayed

Essentia Clinic expected to open in 4th Quarter of 2020

CLOQUET, Minn. – A new Essentia Health clinic planned for Cloquet has been delayed. The $4.5 million facility was expected to open this summer. Officials tell us that’s now been pushed back to the fourth quarter of this year. The new clinic will be a little smaller than originally planned, but it’s still expected to provide the same services to…

CHUM Warming Shelters to Activate Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday night, CHUM homeless shelter in Duluth is activating its warming shelters at Gloria Dei Church in Central Hillside, and the Harmony Club in West Duluth. The warming shelters will be open from 8:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. CHUM is asking visitors to not arrive early. The entrance to the Gloria Dei Warming Center is the “breakfast door”…

How Can Northern Minnesota Become a Hub for TV and Film Production?

Local film and TV professionals discuss how to make the Northland a regional center in the media industry

DULUTH, Minn. – Movies like ‘North Country’ and ‘Iron Will’ were shot right here in the Northland. And according to media professionals, more producers want to bring their projects here. “We have some of the most talented people in the United States if not in the world, we have scenery that is unmatched,” said Steven Sanders of Ironbound Studios. In…

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson Attends State of the Union with Sen. Tina Smith

Larson calls it an opportunity to discuss Duluth issues with national officials

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson attended the 2020 State of the Union as the guest of U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (DFL-Minnesota). Larson told us before the President’s speech she thinks this is a great opportunity for her to talk with national officials about issues that are important to Duluth. “We’re talking about the St. Louis River corridor, we’re…

Glensheen Mansion Cancels ‘Fire Fest’ Event

DULUTH, Minn. – The Fire Fest event scheduled for February 15th at the Glensheen Mansion has been canceled. Glensheen announced the cancellation Friday saying Fire Fest had many unexpected elements that required additional planning time with a wide variety of stakeholders. Glensheen said a “cool new future” for the wooden shark made for Fire Fest is being planned for this…

Superior Middle School Students Compete in Geography Bee

27 students answered geography questions with a chance to win the school competition

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Middle School students showed off their knowledge at the National Geographic Geography Bee. The geography bee is similar to a spelling bee, but the student scholars have a different area of expertise. “I love geography. It’s really my thing,” said seventh-grader Jack D. Milliken. Twenty-seven middle school students battle it out to be the king, or…

Kids Enjoy ‘Marshmallow Madness’ at West Duluth Library

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids in Duluth spent the evening learning science with marshmallows. The ‘Marshmallow Madness’ event at the West Duluth Public Library gave students a chance to make catapults, build towers, and make marshmallow art. “Including engineering, some basic science with torque, it’s including some of those really interesting hands-on things, but we’re less emphasizing the different elements that…

Mental Health Facility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Kids Opens in Duluth

Therapeutic Services Agency is located on the 1000 block of East Ninth Street

DULUTH, Minn. – A mental health office for kids who are deaf or hard of hearing has opened in Duluth. Therapeutic Services Agency is now open on the 1000 block of East Ninth Street. The agency has been helping kids for the last several years in schools, but the new, centralized location is expected to give kids and families a…

New Light Fixtures Being Installed Along Duluth Lakewalk

New LED lights are more efficient than previous ones

DULUTH, Minn. – New, more efficient LED light fixtures are being installed along the Duluth Lakewalk. A portion of the Lakewalk is now closed from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Leif Erickson Park while city employees work to remove sixty-eight light poles and replace them with new ones. The new light fixtures are black and have a more storm-proof design….

American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at Miller Hill Mall

There is a critical need for blood donations across the country

DULUTH, Minn. – There is a critical need for blood donations across the country, with less than a three-day supply of O-positive and O-negative blood on hand. The American Red Cross held a blood drive at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth to collect much-needed donations. Organization officials tell us it takes less than ten minutes to donate blood, and…

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…