Author: Arman Rahman

New Loop Trail Opens on Superior Hiking Trail

New Trail Goes up Ely's Peak

DULUTH, Minn.- Hikers now have new uncharted territory to explore on the Superior Hiking Trail. Mayor Emily Larson hiked the new loop trail with a group yesterday, to install the maps for the route. Developers say, the trail allows you to see Ely’s Peak in a new way. “Hikers will be overjoyed with spectacular overlooks,” said Larry Sampson, Trail Renewal Consultant….

Duluth Declares Disaster Area

Federal Aid Being Sought for Lakewalk Damages

DULUTH, Minn.- The Saint Louis County Board has declared a “state of local disaster area” in Duluth after the October 10th storm. That declaration was made in order to help the city get needed funding for repairs along the lakewalk, along with numerous other spots along the shoreline. The total cost of damages sits at $18.4 million right now after an…

City Council Approves Riot Gear As Protesters Take Over Chambers

Disruptions Don't Stop Approval of Riot Gear Purchase

DULUTH, Minn.- After two tabled votes, and three community meetings involving the topic, the Duluth City Council voted 6 to 2 in favor of purchasing roughly $83,000 of riot gear for Police Officers. Counselors Gary Anderson and Joel Sipress voted against the purchase. Em Westerlund was out of town for work. Westerlund missed a city council meeting like no other….

Bikers Go Boo at Hartley Nature Center

COGGS Hosts 2nd Annual Shredding Pumpkins

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids and parents in Duluth took advantage of the good weather for some Halloween fun on Sunday. They rode their bikes over to the Hartley Nature Center for their 2nd Shredding Pumpkins event. Families decked out in their Halloween best could take on the new trails built by the Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores. also known as COGGS. “As…

Dovetail Open for Business

New Cafe Opens in Duluth Folk School

DULUTH, Minn.- A new cafe has opened at the Duluth Folk School in Lincoln Park. Dovetail Cafe and Marketplace opened their doors and welcomed first customers last week. The Folk School says, they hope to provide a space for the community to come together, being the only coffee shop in Lincoln Park. Almost everything in the cafe is handcrafted by artists…

Blessing from a Bar for Hurricane Michael Victims

Carmody's Irish Pub Holds Fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn.- With beer on every table and football on every TV, it looks like a typical Sunday at Carmody’s Irish Pub. But today is no ordinary Sunday, and these are no ordinary patrons. “It’s really nice that everybody paid attention to the invitation and came out to see us,” said Jonathan Lee. Newlywed Duluth natives Jonathan Lee and Jessica…

Frightening Four Legged Friends at Fitgers

Dogs and Owners Invited to Festival

DULUTH, Minn.- Some furry friends joined in the frightening Halloween fun, as dogs dressed as Superheroes, clowns, and more took over Fitger’s for the 5th annual Fido’s Fall Festival. Dogs and owners could shop for treats from vendors, and also be models for a day at a photo booth. “The photo costume contest is the biggest draw, for sure,” said…

Northland’s Trash is the Northland’s Treasure

Junk Sale at Superior Middle School

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Saturday Superior Middle School was filled with junk, but not the type to throw away. The “For the Love of Junk” sale took over the halls. It featured interesting baubles made in Superior and Duluth spread out for people’s enjoyment. “This is the second one where we haven’t done it as a fundraiser,” said Coordinator Shelly Wick….

One Last Strike for Bowling to Beat Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser Says Goodbye

DULUTH, Minn.- A Northland hallmark of Breast Cancer awareness and empowerment comes to a close this weekend. Country Lanes North hosted the 11th Annual Bowling to Beat Breast Cancer fundraiser. Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed among women aged 50 and older, according to the American Cancer Society. But you wouldn’t know it, watching these women…

Essentia Duluth Heritage Center Turns 10

10th Anniversary Celebrated at Denfeld High School

DULUTH, Minn.- A staple of Duluth community sports celebrated a special birthday Thursday night. The tribal thunder of boomwhackers leads you to the auditorium of Denfeld High School, as the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary. All ages attended the interactive program to wish a happy 10th birthday to the sports center. John Shuster was even in attendance, bringing a…

CHUM Gala for Street Outreach Program, Struggles with Housing

Event held at Greysolon Ballroom

DULUTH, Minn.-  A gala was held by CHUM Thursday night, to raise money for their Street Outreach program. All proceeds benefit the Street Outreach program, which helps homeless people living outside or in their cars. “So we really work with people to try to get them inside,” said Development Director Mary Schmitz. “And once they’re inside, then we can work…

Trip Around the World at UWS

Cultures Around the World Event Held in Library

SUPERIOR, Wis.-University of Wisconsin-Superior was a melting pot of different cultures tonight, as they held its 3rd annual Cultures Around the World event on Wednesday. The upper floor of the Jim Dan Hill Library became filled with cultural games, different languages, and brightly colored garb. Organizers say while the event was marketed towards kids, any age can benefit from it….

Community Voices Heard One Last Time for Riot Gear

Issue with Comments from Meetings Now Goes to City Council

DULUTH, Minn.- “…we stop being oppositional and look for ways to make our community safe.” The tired plea from one concerned citizen at a third community meeting discussing whether the Duluth Police Department should purchase new riot gear. The Citizens Review Board held its final community meeting about the proposed purchase of riot gear. The feedback along the way will…

Curling Club Creates Curling Community

Duluth Curling Club Holds Lessons

DULUTH, Minn.- After taking home Olympic gold last year, the USA Men’s Curling Team has become a staple of Duluth. Now the club they call home is helping other Duluthians try out the sport. Team Shoostie, as they’re called, named after leader John Shuster, is making waves after their Olympic win. Despite Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman being interested…

New Eastside Church Open for Holy Business

Vineyard Church Holds Grand Opening

DULUTH, Minn.- After a year and a half the Duluth Vineyard Church welcomed people for their first Sunday Mass. The church opened in partnership with Duluth Congregation Church. The Vineyard says having a smaller, more intimate location than their Arrowhead church, breathes new life into the community. “It’s just so exciting to us, and I think inviting people into a new…

Northland Pets Out ‘Fur’ a Good Cause

Fur Ball Gala held at Northland Country Club

DULUTH, Minn.- Some more cuddly animals gathered in their Sunday best for the Animal Allies’ Humane Society’s 17th annual Fur Ball Gala. The Northland Country Club was decorated with shiny tables, elegant dresses, and friendly pets. The goal of the fundraiser is to earn over $100,000, to be used for education efforts. “So Duluth is a community that values pets,”…

Lake Superior Zoo Goes Boo

Boo at the Zoo Held

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland must not know that Halloween is still a few weeks away, and neither did the animals at Lake Superior Zoo. The Zoo hosted their annual Boo at the Zoo on Saturday. Kids got to enjoy tricks at the bounce house, and the animals got the treat of seeing everyone in their costumes. Even some of the vendors…

Superior Spectacularly Spooked at North End Days

Spooktacular Parade Took the Streets

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The streets of Superior were full of ghastly ghouls, pretty princesses, and stupendous superheroes, as everyone came out in their trick or treat best, to ring in Halloween. For the first time ever, the Superior Spooktacular became a fixture of North End Days. And it seems all of Superior came out for this festival of fall fun. “I think…

Drawn From Abbey Road to Lake Avenue

Beatles Cartoonist at Prove Gallery

DULUTH, Minn.- A figure of musical history was celebrated at the Prove Art Gallery in Duluth on Friday. The works of Ron Campbell were up on display. Campbell is the original artist for the Beatles’ tenth studio album: yellow submarine, the musical film spin-off and the Beatles’ Saturday morning cartoon. Each of his paintings jump off the canvas with bright, popping…

Relief from Superior During Fire of 1918

City Across the Bridge Took in Refugees

DULUTH, Minn.- The Fire of 1918 sent up a bellowing smoke cloud of history, that is still being explored today. And that smoke cloud encompassed Superior as well. As the Douglas County Historical Society found out, for those caught in the flames on that fateful day, Superior ended up being a safe haven. “Over 5,000 people came on 98 train…

UMD Takes Back the Night

March and Rally held Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD Campus was alive Thursday night, with rallying cries against sexual assault and domestic violence, and in support of survivors, as a group Took Back the Night. The Kirby Ballroom abuzz with men, women and children gathered to work to end sexual and domestic violence, and reclaim the nighttime from fear and vulnerability. “I think it’s just…

New Police Program Provides Hope to Addicts

Superior Police Department Launches 'Pathways to Hope'

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Police Department is launching a new pilot program, to give people battling drug addiction a choice over their fate. The “Pathways to Hope” program offers eligible offenders a choice of going to jail, or going through rehab for their addiction, with costs covered for the under-insured and the uninsured. Transportation will also be provided, to get…

Storm Damages Boats, Sends One Into Duluth Harbor

DULUTH, Minn.- The raging water of Lake Superior knows no bounds. It doesn’t recognize that the dock is where boats are to be kept, safe and secure. The bobbing stern of a boat reads “Wild Water.” That boat lived up to its name, rocking back and forth violently with its peers at the pier by Lakehead Boat Basin. The dock fights…

First Indigenous People’s Day at UWS

University Officially Declares the Day, Honors Natives with Medicine Wheel

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Columbus Day has been recognized as a national holiday for more than 80 years. But many places around the country are flipping the script and celebrating today as Indigenous People’s Day. Here in Minnesota there are 13 recognized Native American tribes, and in Wisconsin, 11. They, like their fellow indigenous people across the country, have occupied this land…

Get Felted Soap at Apple Fest

Some Unique Vendors Selling their Goods Alongside Apples

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Believe it or not there’s more than just apples at Apple Fest. There are all types of vendors taking advantage of the large crowds to sell their unique items, like felted soap. “It’s a bar of handmade soap that has wool roving wet-felted around the outside in alternating layers,” said Naomi McFadden, daughter of The Felted Soap Lady….

Apple Festival: Apple of Bayfield’s Eye

57th Annual Festival Ends with Parade

BAYFIELD, Wis.- The chilly October wind, normally piercing through the air, was overcome by the warmth of community, and food, at the 57th annual Bayfield Apple Festival. “Turnout was very good, I mean it was a little cold,” said Gordon Ringberg, Bayfield Mayor. “The weather never stops us.” Indeed, the weather didn’t stop the thousands gathered by the lake. For many,…

Essentia Hosts White Ribbon Campaign for Child Loss Awareness

Grief Resources and Ribbons Handed Out

  DULUTH, Minn.- October is Pregnancy and Child Loss Awareness month, and it was acknowledged at Essentia Health with their white ribbon campaign. The campaign’s mission is to educate the public about the impact of pregnancy and child loss, and to offer grief resources to families. Organizers say, dedicating a whole month to this issue can have a lasting impact….

New ‘Kids Don’t Float’ Life Jacket Loaner Station Opens in Superior

City Says with Life Jackets You'll Float Too

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Loon’s Foot Landing just got a lot safer, as a “Kids Don’t Float” Life Jacket Loaner Station was unveiled there Thursday. The Loon’s Foot station is one of the two new ones in Superior. The long-term goal is to have one of these loaner stations at every water access point in the city. Developers say, this community service,…

Night at the Museum Offers After Hours Tours of Glensheen

Grounds Lit Up and Whole Building Opened for Event

DULUTH, Minn.- The Glensheen Mansion got its evening dress on as the building and the grounds were opened up for Night at the Museum. Glensheen staff said this free event was to give back to the community, who they say has done so much for the mansion. The grounds, trails and buildings were lit up for the public to enjoy…

Superior Police Get a New UTV

New Vehicle Great for Community Events Officers Say

SUPERIOR,Wis.- Christmas came early for the Superior Police Department, as they just received a new utility task vehicle, or UTV. This is the same UTV used by the Duluth Police Department for President Trump’s visit, and now it has been passed on over the bridge. The UTV is more versatile, more compact, and more agile than a squad car. It…

Surveyors Scavenger Hunt at GIS/LIS Consortium at DECC

Conference Brings Together GIS/LIS Community

DULUTH, Minn.- The DECC got the lay of the land Wednesday, as it hosted the Minnesota Geographic Information System/Land Information System, or GIS/LIS, Consortium. Land surveying can be helpful to people who own property. At the conference  GIS professionals from around the state gathered to share methods and ideas. They also got their hands dirty, finding a “street corner” (a buried…

Terrifying Trays at Pottery Burn

Store Hosts Halloween Clay Platter Painting Event

DULUTH, Min.-  Some Duluthians can now eat off something ghostly, as the Pottery Burn hosted a “Boo–tastic Platter” workshop today. Anyone could stop by and start crafting some creepy clay plates. People could choose from a sushi platter or standard flat platter, trace a design, and begin painting. “This is kind of seeing the step 1 through the finished project,”…

Damaged Superior Fire Gear Approved for Replacement

City Council Approves Purchase of New Gear After Husky Explosion Damage

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior Firefighting gear damaged in the Husky Refinery Explosion is being replaced, thanks to a settlement agreement with the oil refinery company. The Fire Department was approved Tuesday night by the City Council to use the settlement money to purchase new turnout gear. Firefighters who came in contact with hazardous materials during that massive explosion at the Superior…

Superior Approves: No More Jail Time For Little Pot

City Council Approves New Ordinance for Small Amounts of Pot

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A very quick but very productive City Council meeting took place Tuesday night. An ordinance was unanimously passed decriminalizing marijuana possession in small amounts, to avoid a life–long mark on one’s record. Previously, anyone found with any amount of marijuana would be arrested, and charged with a misdemeanor, or even a felony. But now in the City of Superior,…

1918 Marked by More than Just Fire

Presentation at Duluth Public Library Highlights Other Travesties of the Year

DULUTH, Minn.-A presentation took place at the Duluth Public Library tonight to shed some new light on what some call Duluth’s most devastating year, 1918. Organized by Twin Ports Genealogy, the free event focused on the summer of 1918, when a catastrophic fire burned along the outer edge of Duluth. Organizers say that the fire overshadows two other terrible parts…

Wisconsin Historical Society Asks Community How to Assemble New Museum

Community Gathers at Bong Veterans Historical Center to Give Feedback

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s not everyday that a whole community is asked what they want to go into a museum. But that’s the opportunity people in Superior got on Monday, as the Wisconsin Historical Society sought feedback about what should be exhibited at their upcoming museum, being built on Capitol Square in Madison. 33 other cities around Wisconsin will also have the…

DECC Turned into Wedding Wonderland

First Ever Fall Wedding Show Offers Help to Couples Getting Married

DULUTH, Minn.- If you always cry at weddings, then hopefully you didn’t find yourself at the DECC today, as the first ever fall Gitche Gumee Wedding Show helped paint Duluth as the exotic wedding destination. A special day for couples’ special day. The Lake Superior Ballroom lined with dress makers, caterers, entertainers and more. Organizers say, it’s seventh heaven for soon-to-be-wed…

Atari Aces Attack at VIP Pizza

Superior Pizza Restaurant Hosts Atari Competition

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Joystick champions of the 80’s can now defend their titles and compete again in Superior, as an Atari Tournament was held at VIP Pizza. The tournament was organized by the video game store Games Then and Now. all ages could come and play Atari’s Asteroids, with cash prizes for the highest scorers. Organizers say those old video games just…

Minnesota Senator on Saturday Night Live

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Portrayed on Saturday Night Live Cold Open

DULUTH, Minn.- The Land of 10,000 Lakes had some representation on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live this past weekend. The show’s cold open parodied the Senate Judiciary Meeting of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, featuring celebrities portraying all the politicians who voiced questions or remarks. Among these politicians was Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL). Portrayed by SNL alum Rachel…

Buddies Battle Bullying Over Breakfast of Pancakes

Anti-Bullying Pancake Breakfast held at Iron Mug

DULUTH, Minn.-A breakfast to battle bullying took place in Duluth today at the Iron Mug. Folks could help prepare and serve pancakes, in an effort to raise money for the T.E.A.C.H. Anti–Bullying organization. And helpers ranged from young to old, all coming out to lend a hand to this cause. “Bullying is not acceptable, because it hurts others,” said Kingston…

Rituals and Revelries at Rendezvous

Lester Park Rendezvous a Time Machine to the Fur Trade

WEST DULUTH, Minn.- “This man, he asked the chief one day: how are you, my friend? The chief said: my brother–friend, it’s like I have 2 wolves inside of me,” begins a storyteller. “The black one representing everything that I shouldn’t think, feel, do, desire. The white one representing everything that I should.” “The man asked him he said: my…

Downtown Duluth Alive with Art for Art Walk

Residents Walk through Exhibits at Local Businesses

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth was turned into an art museum for the Downtown Duluth Art Walk. Local businesses such as Zeitgeist, the Red Herring, and Duluth Coffee Company housed art exhibits. Thanks to arts education students at UMD, participants could make some art themselves at Pineapple Art Center and Supply, unleashing their creativity. “They brought back memories from childhood,” said UMD student…

Tweet Along to Ride Along with Minnesota Police

State's First Virtual Ride Along Takes Place

WEST DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota took ride alongs to a different level Friday, as anyone who wished to accompany officers could do so, via Twitter. The idea started at the West Duluth Police Department, but agencies participated from Ely to New Ulm, and many in between, using the #MNCopsVRA. Officers say it’s the perfect way to shed light on police activity, which…

Art Treasures from the Past Reintroduced at Superior Public Library

Library Lays Out Local Art

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The 8th Annual Love Your Local Artist fundraiser proved not only how important art is to people’s lives, but how long it lives on in the community. Various art pieces were on display. Local artists shining through their watercolors, sketches, and sculptures. But in one of the library’s conference rooms laid two banners of local history. Murals painted…

John Howe on Prison Staffing Reform

Republican Secretary of State Candidate Visits Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.-  John Howe is a former mayor of Red Wing and a former Republican State Senator. He interned at a prison in Red Wing while in college. At just 20 years old, he said his experience left a huge impact on how he views the correctional system. Then the Corrections Officer was murdered at Minnesota Correctional Facility last month…

Wasabi Coming to Duluth

Second Location of Superior Japanese Eatery to Open in Duluth Soon

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A popular Japanese restaurant in Superior is expanding into Downtown Duluth’s old City Hall. Wasabi Restaurant will be the fourth restaurant to move into the building on the 100 block of East Superior Street. Tycoons, Blind Pig, and most recently, Sound Restaurant once operated in the space. But owners of Wasabi believe their business model will be a…

Winter Flurries Make Hardware Stores Hurry to Stock Winter Supplies

Menard's and Marshall Hardware Gear Up

DULUTH, Minn.-As Lord Stark from Game of Thrones warned, “winter is coming” to the Northland. So snowplows, salt, and shovels are now headed to store shelves, waiting for their big debut. Regardless of how much snow actually falls this month, it’s still a sign that winter is on the horizon, a sign Northlanders know all too well. So they turn to…

McNair Scholarship Students Show Off Research at St. Scholastica

Symposium Held in Somers Lounge

DULUTH, Minn.- After completing in-depth research projects over the past summer thanks to the McNair Scholarship, students at St. Scholastica showed off their hard work to the public Wednesday. Students, parents, staff and others could walk through the different projects, while the students behind them presented them. Scholarship recipients say, McNairs can be a great resource to future students, as…

Eight Years, Three Lawsuits Later, Kozy Bar Building to Come Down

Pastoret and Roberson Buildings Voted to Be Demolished by City

DULUTH, Minn.- Eight years since the Kozy Bar and Apartments went up in flames. Eight years being condemned and falling apart. And on Wednesday night, in a unanimous vote the Duluth Economic Development Authority gave the official authorization to demolish the Pastoret and Roberson buildings, which housed the Kozy Bar. They say, any ship to save the property has sailed….

Four Duluth WWII Vets, One Undying Friendship

Four Longtime Friends and War Vets Reunite Once a Year In Hometown of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.-A cocktail of nostalgia and joy is always served at reunions. Seeing old friends and sharing memories of a time long past. “It’s wonderful, it really brings back good memories, and bad,” said WWII Staff Sgt. Dave Hennings. Some of those memories are darker than others, riddled with violence, conflict, and strife. These four friends saw it all, serving…