Author: Arman Rahman

New Western Outdoor Clothing Store Opens in Lincoln Park

Free Air Life brings styles from Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new business is now open in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District all about bringing western outdoor style to the Northland. Free Air Life is located on 20th Avenue West. A version of the store used to be called I Lake It when it was in the Miller Hill Mall. The new name comes from the Norwegian word…

Foster Care Organization Receives Health Product Grant

New Hope for Families receives products from Arbonne company.

DULUTH, Minn.- An organization in Duluth that helps support and increase the number of foster received a sizable donation from a local natural cosmetic company. New hope for families received a $10,000 product grant from Arbonne, a consulting company which makes natural cosmetic and cleaning products. The products will go to foster families in the area that should keep them…

Second Night of Cold, Second Night of Duluth Warming Centers

Gloria Dei and CHUM Drop-In Warming Centers open again, in need of volunteers and supplies.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s the second night of intensely cold air across the Northland, and the second night the new warming center at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is open to give shelter. 10 people arrived at the church warming center Monday night, and nine stayed. Meanwhile at the CHUM Drop-In Center, which is also open through the night this season, 12-15…

Glensheen New Home for Marcia Hales’ ‘Spirit of the Lights’

After 20 years in her Park Point backyard, light display moves locations.

DULUTH, Minn.- Glensheen Mansion will officially house another Northland Holiday Tradition Tuesday–Marcia Hales’ Spirit of the Lights display opens on the estate from 4 to 9 p.m. For more than 20 years the same lights were on display at Marcia’s Park Point home for all to enjoy. About 30-40 volunteers helped shine the lights again on Glensheen grounds. An undertaking…

Duluth Council Approves $235 Thousand to Spirit Mountain

Councilors voice disappointment that resort is in this state.

DULUTH, Minn.- The fate of Spirit Mountain rested in the hands of the Duluth City Council, who voted to grant $235,000 to the resort, to make up for losses after a Thanksgiving blizzard cancelled this past Amsoil Snocross. While the council approved the resolution 8-1 with Jay Fosle opposed, it was not without a tone of disappointment that the resort…

Duluth Family Helped With Pub Fundraiser After Losing House in Fire

Caddy Shack Indoor Golf and Pub hosted band concert fundraiser for family.

DULUTH, Minn.- Through a silent auction, food sales, and regular donations, eight local bands raised money at the Caddy Shack Indoor Golf and Pub, for a family who lost their home and belongings to a fire. “We believe in the village concept,” said Caddy Shack owner Stephanie LaFleur. “And in a village you take care of everybody and your family—that…

Gloria Dei Warming Center Activated Monday-Wednesday

Guests should arrive no earlier than 8 p.m. each night.

DULUTH, Minn.- With dangerously cold air on the way, a new warming center will be opening tomorrow in Duluth. That center is the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on 6th Avenue East. CHUM will activate it on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Temperatures are expected to drop below 10 degrees those nights, which is the new…

Remembering the Day of Infamy: Duluth Veterans Honor Pearl Harbor Fallen

DECC Holds Wreath laying ceremony commemorating 78 years since Pearl Harbor.

DULUTH, Minn.- December 7th, 1941. Proclaimed “a date which will live in infamy” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The whole nation felt the shock of the surprise attack in Hawaii, and is still feeling the grief 78 years later as the day is commemorated across the country. Beside Lake Superior, the late morning air is broken by the sound of…

Celebrating Hmong New Year in Duluth

Hmong community gathers with others at the Coppertop Church.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Saturday many in Duluth celebrated New Years–not American New Year’s, but Hmong New Years. About 20 Hmong families currently reside in Duluth. The Hmong people come mostly from the country of Laos, and many emigrated here after the Vietnam War. There are also many Hmong students at UMD, and they performed traditional dances as the crowd at…

Thousands Shop Local Items at Duluth Winter Village

Last year brought more than 20,000 people to the market.

DULUTH, Minn.- The grounds of Glensheen were packed for the 4th annual Duluth Winter Village outdoor market. Last year was the market’s biggest year yet with more than 20,000 people shopping the locally made gifts. According to organizers, this year is looking to be just as big as people continue to be attracted to what Duluth has to offer. “It…

Candlelight Vigil Ignites Hope for Grieving Parents

Annual Angel of Hope vigil unites parents in remembrance of lost children.

DULUTH, Minn.- Dozens of parents and grandparents gathered around the Angel of Hope statue in Leif Erickson Park on the cold night, warmed in unity and remembrance of the souls they all lost too soon. The vigil was held for those who have lost children to illness, accidents or other causes. Everyone stated the name of their lost child, followed…

Preparing Food for Hmong New Year Celebration

Over 1200 egg rolls and 120 pounds of rice made before celebration.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Hmong community of Duluth is preparing for their annual New Year celebration happening Saturday at the Coppertop Church on Central Entrance. Currently the cooks are preparing about 1200 eggrolls and up to 120 pounds of rice for the big celebration. They said they make all the food every year to keep their culture and traditions from the…

Curling Bonspiel Held in Memory of Junior Curling Champ

Teams from across U.S. and Canada came to compete.

DULUTH, Minn.- Up to 90 junior curlers are hitting the ice at the Duluth Curling Club for the eighth annual Elizabeth Busche Memorial Junior Bonspiel. The competition draws teams from across the U.S. and Canada, competing in three divisions. It’s held in memory of Elizabeth Busche, a 2012 Junior National Champ in the sport who passed away at 19 from…

Duluth Youth Strike for Climate Change

Students strike with youth around the world to demand action on Climate Change.

DULUTH, Minn.- Young people in Duluth rallied with youth around the world holding a strike to raise awareness of Climate Change. Students with Duluth Youth Climate Strike posted up in front of City Hall to demand legislative action, and draw attention to the issue. They said it’s important that youth continue to stand up, as climate scientists have said there…

Doctors Remind to Shovel Smart to Avoid Heart Problems

People with heart and weight problems and the elderly advised to shovel light.

DULUTH, Minn.- When shoveling all this snow off driveways, streets and cars in a hurry, it can be hard to remember to take it easy for your health. According to Cardiologists with Essentia Health, people should be careful not to lift enormous amounts of snow when shoveling to avoid a possible heart attack. That goes double, they said, for the…

Superior Mayor Paine: Most Streets, Alleys Plowed

Mayor asks public to email with missed streets or alleys.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Across the bridge in Superior, Mayor Jim Paine said almost all streets and alleys have been plowed. According to the Mayor, Midtown and South End neighborhoods are the last to get cleared up. If there’s a street or alley that’s been missed where you live, Mayor Paine would like you to e-mail him so a plow can be…

Crews Busy Clearing Snow from Roofs to Avoid Ice Dams and Vent Blockages

Snow removal businesses seeing an increase in business after the storms.

DULUTH, Minn.- Roads aren’t the only things experiencing problems under all the snow–roofs should be added to your shoveling list. Big piles of snow can create bigger problems in the form of ice dams and blocked vents, which can cause issues not just on your roof, but inside your house. Crews with businesses like Duluth Ice Dam Removal are three…

Side Streets Stuck Under Snow Waiting For Duluth City Plows

City hopes plows attack residential roads in the next day.

DULUTH, Minn.-The City of Duluth hopes to be 50% done with plowing the city’s 530 miles of roads by 6 a.m. Tuesday. It’s been a real challenge for crews tackling main roads while some people on residential streets say they haven’t seen a plow since the storm started. “We can’t deal with it at all,” said Mike Koberstein. Koberstein lives…

Bentleyville Snowed In For Third Day In a Row

Volunteers needed to help clear snow piles

DULUTH, Minn.- Too much snow has Bentleyville closed for a third day in a row, and maybe more. Crews and volunteers have been working to clear snow from Bayfront since 8 a.m. Monday. They are asking for more volunteers to help clear pathways and parking lots. You’re asked to bring your own shovel or snow blower. “We’ve never had snow…

Travelers Hunkering Down, Cancelling Thanksgiving Plans Due to Storms

Comfort Suites in Canal Park has already received at least 15 cancellations.

DULUTH,Minn.- The effects of the incoming storms are creating cancellations for business in Duluth. Comfort Suites in Canal Park received at least 15 cancellations Monday night for Thanksgiving weekend. But one family isn’t letting the storm stop their holiday plans to get up to the Gunflint Trail–as they’ve been doing for almost 30 years. “We’re gonna ride out the storm…

Ahead of Winter Storms Park Point Gears Up for More Flooding

High wind gusts could push Lake Superior's already high lake levels on to shore.

DULUTH, Minn.- While snow is a big concern for most with the oncoming storms, lakeshore flooding is a whole other story, especially for homeowners on Park Point. Last month’s wicked October storm slammed Canal Park and Park Point homes with Lake Superior’s waves. “I heard stories all up and down on Park Point about that kind of thing,” said Bob…

Superior Meats Busy with Fresh Turkeys

Meat Shop says new batch of Turkeys will be gone by Wednesday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- If you still haven’t gotten your Thanksgiving turkey yet, it’s not too late as Superior Meats just got in a fresh batch of turkeys. The meat shop offers fresh never frozen turkeys along with double smoked hams and turduckens. The manager said the new turkeys aren’t going to last long. “We offer fresh never frozen, all natural turkeys,”…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Downtown Duluth Photo Gallery Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

Tischer Photographic Gallery sells nature images.

DULUTH, Minn.- The photographer at Tischer Photographic Gallery on West Superior Street captures breathtaking scenes of Lake Superior, Gooseberry Falls, or other Northland scenes and turns them into pieces you can hang in your home. “If you come into our gallery and purchase a piece of artwork y’know we make it with our hands right here,” owner and photographer Ryan…

Christmas Lights Up, Christmas Tours On at Glensheen Mansion

Choose from three different tours to take.

DULUTH, Minn.- The holidays are in full swing at Glensheen Mansion, with their Christmas Tours now underway. You can choose from three different tours at the mansion: a self-guided tour, a half self-guided full mansion tour, and the new candlelight tour. For the candlelight tour, staff turns off all the interior lights, illuminating the mansion in only Christmas lights. Staff…

Duluth Council Passes Plastic Bag Fee, Two Councilors Opposed

City has until April to decide enforcement.

DULUTH, Minn.- After discussing the issue of plastic bags for almost four years and  debating the Five Cent Bag Fee ordinance for two months, Duluth City Council has passed the ordinance 6-2, with Councilors Forsman and Van Nett opposed. As per usual with the meetings over the past couple months, many members of the public spoke out on the issue,…

Holiday Pop-Up Gives the Gift of Essential Oils

Participants make colognes and perfumes out of essential oils.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Holiday Pop-up at Clyde Iron Works is focused on making some holiday gifts out of essential oils. The group mixed natural scents like lemon, frankinscense and rose with a base of vodka to make perfumes and colognes. They hoped to provide a healthy alternative to the conventional perfumes and colognes that use toxic ingredients. “People want a…

Hundreds of Bowlers of All Abilities Fill Special Olympics State Tournament

Over 5,000 participants statewide, over 450 here in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of bowlers of all abilities gathered at the Incline Station in Downtown Duluth for Special Olympic’s Minnesota’s State Tournament. Duluth was one of nine cities hosting a state tournament Sunday, adding to the pot of over 5,000 participants statewide. Bowling balls land on the lane floor with a resounding thud. “Knock those pins down,” Jeniece Klammer of…

Dancers Gather to Compete, Honor Fallen Breakdancer

9th annual Willie Kruger Dance Competition held at the Encounter.

DULUTH, Minn.- Tapping feet and grooving bodies filled the Encounter on First Street for the 9th Annual Willie Kruger Dance Competition, held in honor of the local breakdancing pioneer. Dancers came from around the country–from nine-year-olds to adults. Founder John D’Auria started the competition in honor of his cousin Willie, who died in 2010. According to dancers, the competition highlights…

Wisconsin Hunters Take to the Woods for Deer Opener

Hunters reach milestones with family, meat processors see spikes in business.

POPLAR, Wis.- Hunters across Wisconsin took to the millions of acres of public hunting lands for the firearm deer hunting opener. “It’s one of the best states in the nation for both quality of deer and quantity of deer historically,” said Greg Kessler, Wildlife Biologist with the Wisconsin DNR. It’s that time of year again, and hunters aren’t wasting a…

Christmas City of the North Parade Decks the Halls of Superior Street

Crowds take over sidewalks to watch the 61st Parade.

DULUTH, Minn.- The crowds outside of Sir Ben’s were full of holiday cheer as Superior Street turned into a Winter Wonderland for the 61st Annual Christmas City of the North Parade. Thumping marching bands, colorful floats, and favorite characters line the street. It’s a special night not only for spectators, but those who have been preparing to be in the…

Torah Scroll Remnants from Adas Israel Synagogue Fire Caught in Garage Fire

Remnants of four Torah scrolls stored in storage garage to be buried, garage caught fire Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn.- More than two months since the Adas Israel Synagogue burned to the ground, a new tragedy has struck the congregation–remnants of four Torah scrolls that were damaged in the original fire were caught in another fire Sunday. Rabbi Phillip Sher of the Adas Israel Congregation said the remnants of those four Torah scrolls were stored in that garage…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Buy and Sell Gear at Great Lakes Gear Exchange

New outdoor gear consignment store opens in East Hillside.

DULUTH, Minn.- Here outdoor activities are a part of life in any season. But all of that equipment can get pricey. Great Lakes Gear Exchange is hoping to change that. “Our mission is to make outdoor adventure financially and culturally accessible while promoting sustainability in the outdoor industry,” said co-owner Brooke Wetmore. Before occupying their new storefront on East 4th…

Minnesota Power Strings Lights on 35th Christmas Tree

3400 ft of LED lights strung on tree.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas throughout the rest of Duluth as crews decorated the Minnesota Power Christmas Tree in lights for the 35th year. The 54 ft tree will be strung in 3400 feet of LED lights, to be lit Friday at five before the Christmas City of the North Parade. The tree will be…

Bentleyville Prep Wraps Up Five Days Before Opening

Volunteers finish setting up gift shop.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Bentleyville Tour of Lights is almost done setting up in Bayfront Park, for opening night this Saturday. Over the last eight weeks, about 15 hundred volunteers helped set up the 21 acres of over 5 million lights. Founder Nathan Bentley said the display wouldn’t happen without all of that help. “I sometimes believe the public maybe doesn’t…

Out-of-State Trainer Visits Spring Hill Farm for Horseback Riding Clinic

Paul Belasik helps riders with Dressage riding skills.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some Northland horseback riders spent time working with a trainer from out of state this weekend. Paul Belasik flew in from Pennsylvania to Spring Hill Farm on Jean Duluth Road for the weekend. He helped riders with their Dressage riding, where the horse and rider are expected to perform a series of pre-planned movements from memory. “It’s often…

UFC Star Teaches Families Self Defense with Jiu Jitsu

6 time UFC Star and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt at Inner Strength in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Marcus Aurelio is a 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a 6-time UFC star. But Sunday night he was an instructor for an all ages Self-Defense Seminar in Superior. “I wanna help people in a way that they need to have understanding about what’s gonna happen, what can happen with them on the street,” Aurelio…

International Students Serve Up a Taste of UMD Cultures

15 countries represented at Taste of UMD

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD International Club took people on a trip around the world with their annual International Taste of UMD event. About 15 countries had their cuisine represented, made by the students themselves. According to the President of the International Club, the event makes international students feel like part of the community. “I think it creates a sense of…

Duluth Heights Hockey Rink Opens, Community Center Still Closed

Hockey Association has quotes on roof repair.

DULUTH, Minn.- The sound of metal skates on ice mean it’s that time of year: hockey season is back again. And the Duluth Heights Community Center is the first to open their outdoor rink this season. “The kids spend 4–6 days here every week in the winter I would say,” said Duluth Heights Hockey Association President Kim Oppelt. “So it’s…

American Heart Association Wants You to Eat Smart, Live Smart

AHA partnered with Essentia Health and St. Luke's at Super One.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s Eat Smart Month, and the American Heart Association, St. Luke’s and Essentia Health partnered together to get Super One customers to eat healthier. The three had a display inside of the Duluth Kenwood Super One. Shoppers could talk to registered dieticians, be trained in hands-only CPR, and receive gift cards to purchase healthy foods. “Just to build…

UMD Undergrad First to Perform Drop Test on Building Material

Test dropped 250 lbs on material from a height of one foot.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the first time at UMD, an undergraduate student measured the resilience of a material using a drop tower test. As part of his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), senior Tom DeMars dropped 250 lbs on material sent in from a building company, from a height of one foot. It measures how well the material handles under different…

Companies Show Superior High Students Manufacturing Careers

Five Companies and Lake Superior College stopped by the high school.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Five companies and Lake Superior College stopped by Superior High School to talk to students about manufacturing careers. This, at a time when the industry is also dealing with an aging labor force. Students stopped by each company’s table to learn about the different types of positions within those companies. According to the school’s Transition Coordinator, many of…

Great Lakes Gear Exchange Moves to East 4th Street

Consignment equipment store went from pop-up shop to storefront.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new store in Duluth’s Hillside neighborhood is aiming to offer outdoor gear at lower prices, by selling them on consignment. Great Lakes Gear Exchange started as a pop-up shop at the Duluth Folk School before moving to its location on East 4th Street. The consignment store will accept any non-motorized, gently used, clean clothing and gear to…

Duluth Council Tables Plastic Bag Ordinance Again to Hear from Dept. of Revenue

Some councilors want questions about taxability to be answered, others say it's time to vote.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council has once again tabled a plastic bag ordinance that would require businesses to charge customers five center per single-use bag. This time, councilors want to hear back from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, to find out whether or not the fee would need to be taxed. The bag fee has been in front of…

More Snow Means More Business Up North Shore

Different North Shore Businesses prepare for winter tourists after last week's snowfall.

NORTH SHORE, Minn.- It seems Jack Frost made an early stop up the North Shore, and businesses couldn’t be happier. “We all live here for a reason. So we’re big fans of the snow and the cold,” said Jordyn Timberlake. The Bartender and Housekeep at Knotted Pine Inn and Tavern in Isabella is looking at increased business for both the…

Hundreds of Pets Adopted at Miller Hill Subaru ‘Love-A-Pet’

117 animals adopted, including 55 dogs.

DULUTH, Minn.- Miller Hill Subaru was crawling with pets this weekend for their annual Love-A-Pet Adoption event. 117 animals were adopted at discounted fees over the course of the weekend. Saturday was “Cat-ur-day,” and Sunday was “Pup Day,” where 55 dogs went home with their new families. Five different organizations including Animal Allies Humane Society came together to get these…

Remembering the Lives Lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald

Split Rock Lighthouse holds their annual Muster Roll and Beacon Lighting.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- On this day in 1975, tragedy rocked Lake Superior. The Edmund Fitzgerald sank, taking all 29 crew members with it. At Split Rock Lighthouse, a crowd gathers in front of the lighthouse, in front of a lone gray ship’s bell. “Frederick J. Beecher, Porter.” The bell tolls. “Very, very sad. All the people who died. And the…

Legacy Toys Packed with Families for Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Day is a chance to celebrate local toy stores.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s National Neighborhood Toy Store Day, and toy stores throughout the country are celebrating with the little customers who love them so much. Legacy Toys in Miller Hill Mall celebrated with a 25% discount on any item, and other sales. They also had free arts and crafts and coloring for anyone who came in. Legacy Toys’s Store Manager…

St. Scholastica Honors Veterans with Music

Let Freedom Ring concert by band and orchestra.

DULUTH, Minn.- With Veterans Day just two days away, the College of St. Scholastica honored those who served our country with some music. On Saturday they hosted their Let Freedom Ring Band and Orchestra Concert. Two of their students weren’t playing tonight, as they have just been deployed themselves. So the concert was a chance to honor them, along with…

Bucks Beware: Minnesota Firearm Deer Season Begins

Nearly 500,000 hunters expected to bring in about 100,000 deer, according to DNR.

DULUTH, Minn.- Bucks Beware as nearly 500,000 hunters throughout the state are taking to the woods for the start of Firearm Deer Hunting Season. The Minnesota DNR reminds hunters that a deer license purchased after opening day is valid starting the next day after being issued, not the same day. You can register your deer in-person, over the phone, or…

Neuroscience Lab Helps Middle Schoolers Have Fun with Brains

Lab visits Cloquet Middle School, with sheep brains.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Kids at Cloquet Middle School got an in-depth look at the inner workings of the brain. The UMD Mobile Neuroscience Lab made a stop at the school with some sheep brains. 13 UMD psychology undergrad and graduate students used the brains to help the middle schoolers learn about the functions and parts of the human brain. “They’re, I…