Author: Arman Rahman

Council Passes TIF Agreement for High Rise Apartments in Downtown Duluth

2 Councilors Vote Against, One Absent

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth City Council passed a TIF increment financing package for developers, who plan to build a luxury apartment complex downtown. $6.2 million of the $70.4 million cost will come through public financing. A packed city hall Monday night illustrates the urgency presented by this issue. The developers for the high rise presented their plans for the construction. The…

Iron Mug Arranges Gifts for Christmas Giveaway

Mike Letica Hosting Toy Giveaway

DULUTH, Minn.- As the holidays fast approach, many families are forced to sit with the realization that they can’t afford to buy Christmas presents. Well, Mike Letica and his team at Iron Mug Coffehouse is trying to change that again this year. They’re currently sorting through $10,000 worth of toys, to hand out to families in need this Christmas. The…

Marcia Hales’ Holiday Lights Up Till 31st

Hales Says, It Must Come to an End

DULUTH, Minn- As you are out enjoying the warm weather, you might consider stopping for some holiday cheer at Park Point. Marcia Hales’s Holiday Spirit in the Lights display opened on the 14th, and runs through the 31st. Families can take a tour of the different lights and head down to the beach, where even the sand is dressed in…

NAACP Holds Election, First Meeting

Elections Uncontested

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth branch of the NAACP hosted elections on Sunday. Members voted on a new President, first and second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and up to 24 executive board members. The elections ran uncontested. But leaders say that is no reason to not get out, and vote. “When it’s uncontested, I think it’s still important that folks engage…

Unseasonable Warmth Brings Duluth Outside

High Temps Mean Comfortable Outdoor Fun

DULUTH, Minn.- Despite how the song goes, it’s beginning to look anything but like a White Christmas. Unseasonably warm weather is gripping the Northland, with temperatures reaching nearly 50  degrees today. Quite a few spots around Duluth were bustling with folks living it up in the hot winter sun. If you took a look at the thermometer in your car,…

Twas the Night Before Zoomas…

Celebrating the Holidays at the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn.- Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the zoo, every creature was stirring & excited to meet you at today’s “Zoomas” event at Lake Superior Zoo. The zoo staff says it’s important for them to celebrate the holidays with the community. “Not only are they able to experience the zoo and get that conservation message in there,…

CSS Says Farewell to Fall 2018 Graduates

Fall 2018 Commencement Held in Reif Gymnasium

DULUTH, Minn.- Saturday marked the beginning of a new chapter for many St. Scholastica Saints, as they donned their caps and gowns for the 2018 fall commencement. 664 students walked the stage into their new lives. Officials say the college’s most popular majors among undergrads are nursing, social work and management. For the former students, the day marks a triumphant…

Suns Out, Guns Out at Duluth Gun Show

Original Gun Show Kicks Off at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn.- You know what they say, suns out, guns out…well in this case, firearms. And the guns were definitely out, as the “Original” Duluth Gun Show took its first shot, running through Sunday. The gleam of freshly polished barrels took over the Edmund Fitzgerald Hall. Rifles, pistols, revolvers, and more as far as the eye could see. But for…

Under the Tree, Under the Sea

Swim Team Decorates Tree at YMCA

DULUTH, Minn.- Decorating the Christmas tree is a tradition in many families. Unboxing their longtime favorite ornaments, sipping some hot cocoa, getting tangled in all the lights. Now take all of that, and put it underwater. And you have the Duluth YMCA’s holiday tradition. The North Swim Team decorated the tree as a fun part of their normal Friday practice,…

Hales Lights Brighten Park Point for the Last Year

Hales Says, It Must Come to an End

DULUTH, Minn.- A Park Point tradition seems to be coming to a close this year. Marcia Hales ‘s “Holiday Spirit in the Lights” display opened Friday night, for the final time according to Hales. With a heavy heart from all, Hales is switching on her lights for the last time, after two decades bringing smiles to young and old, brighter…

Little Snow Doesn’t Bury Plow Sales

Unlike Clothing and Hardware, Snow Plow Sales Increase

DULUTH, Minn.- With temperatures on the rise, and snow missing from the picturesque “Northland Winter” scene, some businesses are noticing a decline in sales of hardware and winter clothing. But the plows are still flying off the shelves. Snow plow retailers have been soaking up the sun. At Bears Heavy Duty Parts and Accessories, they’ve seen sales double since last…

Remembering Those Lost to Gun Violence, Taking Steps to Save More at Vigil

Vigil Held at First Lutheran Church

DULUTH, Minn.- A crowd gathered at First Lutheran Church in Duluth Thursday to remember lives lost to gun violence. Another goal is to try and prevent more of these deaths from happening. “If we don’t remember to victims, it’s too easy to forget it’s too easy to forget what’s happening in our country, and gun violence is a public health…

Duluth East Choralaires Deck the Halls of the Skywalk with Song

High Schoolers Sing Carols in Different Businesses

DULUTH, Minn.- Some Duluth East High School students spread some holiday cheer downtown, filling the Skywalk with the sounds of Christmas. The East Choralaires started their musical journey at the Republic Bank, singing such holiday favorites as Deck the Halls and God Rest Ye Marry Gentlemen. They then moved across the avenue to Wells Fargo, then U.S. Bank, before ending…

City Council Approves New Budget

Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 Goes Up, Minimal Cuts

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council approved a new budget for the city Monday night. The budget is expected to be $3 million bigger than 2018’s. Councilors said the amount of cuts in this budget are minimal at best. Changes include adding $280,000 for park maintenance. At the council meeting they also had the first reading of an amendment that…

Independent Television Festival Finds New Home in Duluth

City Announces Festival Coming Next October

DULUTH, Minn.- Big things are in store for the city of Duluth, as it’s the new home of the Independent Television, or ITV, Festival. It started in Los Angeles then moved to Vermont – and is now on its way to make Duluth a TV star. It’s also expected to pump $1.5 million into the city’s economy. This adds to…

Free Family Photos Make Many Memories at One Roof

Professional Photography Sessions for No Charge

DULUTH, Minn.- They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but that can cost hundreds of dollars, not including the price of printing. So “Fathers Rise Together” and “A–Plus Game” worked to help families get the picture, without giving the cost. For many, it’s hung on a wall with pride, a family portrait capturing a single moment in time where…

Community Wishes Troops Happy Holidays, from Depot

Letter Writing Session Open to All Ages

DULUTH, Minn.- Forget letters to Santa, members of the community of all ages made holiday greetings to send to our troops overseas. Craft supplies and of course, plenty of paper were available for people to jot down messages wishing the Troops a Happy Holidays. Historical Re-enactors explained that throughout history, soldiers have always treasured letters from home. “It’s nice holiday…

LSC Radiology Lab Raises Funds at Texas Roadhouse

Club at Table at Roadhouse From 10-11

DULUTH, Minn.- Lake Superior College’s Radiologic Technology Club teamed up with a local restaurant to raise money for an upcoming radiology event. Three of the club’s members camped by the door of the Texas Roadhouse, to accept donations to send them to the Minnesota Society of Radiologic Technologists state conference. “I’m just hoping that we get a lot of support,” said…

Daniel Urshan’s ‘Where’s Duke?’ Found at Fitger’s

Book Signing Held Outside Bookstore

DULUTH, Minn.- The former mayor of Hermantown now finds himself in the completely new position of a children’s book author. Daniel Urshan was at Fitger’s on Sunday signing his book, “Where’s Duke?” It’s based on a true story, about a young Danny losing his dog, Duke. Eventually the two are reunited, with the help of good Samaritans, and Animal Allies….

125 Years of Curling at Superior Curling Club

Club Celebrates Quasiquicentennial with Party

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Saturday marks a milestone for Superior sports. The Superior Curling Club turns a whopping 125 years old, and they threw a party full of history to celebrate. Current and former club curlers, some who played as far back as 1956, reunited at the club. They shared memories, looked back at photos and artifacts provided by the Douglas County…

Dreaming of a Scandinavian Christmas at French River Church

Vendors, Food at Church

DULUTH, Minn.- The French River Lutheran Church hosted their annual Scandinavian Christmas today. More than 30 vendors displayed their unique items. Traditional Scandinavian food was served downstairs and holiday cheer was found all around. “It’s a gorgeous location, we have a great variety of vendors, just a lot of old friends come home and touch base with people the know,”…

Winter West Market Showcases West Duluth Small Businesses

Shoppers Encouraged to Shop Local

DULUTH, Minn.- West Duluth was the place to be for holiday shoppers as small businesses put out some deals, to help keep money flowing through the community. Normally when one thinks of a market, they think of an open air collection of vendors in one spot. But the Winter West Market is a little different. “There are I think 8–10 vendors…

Robot Wars Take Over Lake Superior College

Manufacturing Robots Competition Held at Downtown Center

DULUTH, Minn.-The machines took over Lake Superior College’s Downtown Center, as they put some of their student–made robots to the test for “Robot Wars.” Seven integrated manufacturing student teams designed and built robots, who were tested with their ability to take water from one bucket, across the obstacle course, and to the other bucket. Students say it’s great to see…

Make Your Own Wreath at Glensheen

Mansion Holds Wreath Making

DULUTH, Minn.- Who needs to buy holiday decorations, when you can make them? Wednesday night at Glensheen, people learned how to make wreaths. Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center brought all the fresh materials, like balsam branches, cedar and pine cones from its 18,000 acres of land. The aroma of fresh pine and balsam branches relaxed the room. For $20, participants…

Volunteers Across Northland Help the Needy for Day of Caring

Local Non-Profits Team Up with Local Businesses

DULUTH, Minn.- Many different businesses and nonprofits in the Northland spent the annual Day of Caring doing various projects to make a difference in their community. Day of Caring was organized by Head of the Lakes United Way, who matched teams of volunteers with local non–profit agencies in need of extra hands. According those involved, it’s a time when non–profits…

Superior ATV Trail Doesn’t Connect to Barker’s Island

Hotels in the Area Fearful of Consequences, Councilor says No Worries

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The new ATV trail through the city of Superior does not actually connect to Barker’s Island, and the other hotels in the area. The staff at Barker’s Island Inn says the lack of ATV trail connection hurts their business. But City Councilor Brent Fennessey, while still working on reconnecting the hotel, doesn’t see that as the case. Here’s…

St. Scholastica Tree Lighting Rings in Holiday Season

CSS Holds Advent Service, then Lighting

DULUTH, Minn.- A tradition that has carried on for about 15 years yet again brings the community around the College of St. Scholastica together for the holidays. “Round yon virgin, mother and child.” Students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community sing Silent Night, as the College of St. Scholastica Tree is lit, ringing in the holiday season. Organizers said…

Walz, Flanagan Listen to Duluthians On the Road to St. Paul

Governor and Lieutenant Governor Elects Join Citizens at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn.- Hot off his election victory against Republican Jeff Johnson, DFL Governor Elect Tim Walz and his running mate Peggy Flanagan made a stop in Duluth for a listening session. And Duluth surprised the event organizers, who had to switch locations from City Hall to the DECC to accommodate the numbers. After visiting the Silver Bay Veterans Home and…

Winter Village Packed Away for Next Year

Annual Two-Day Event Wraps Up

DULUTH, Minn.-Winter Village at Glensheen Mansion was another hit, attracting roughly 20,000 people over the two-day event. The annual event gives small businesses a chance to show off their holiday goods to the masses. On Sunday crews were busy taking down lights, leaving their wooden cabins, and packing up. “It’s encouraging to see the businesses participate and the visitors come…

Miller Hill Mall Rings in Chanukah

Giant Menorah Lighting in Front of Legacy Toys

DULTUH, Minn.- The Jewish winter holiday of Chanukah began with a show at the Miller Hill Mall. People gathered for a giant menorah lighting, followed by prayer and refreshment. “Just the fact that people show up, y’know, that’s really the most important thing, that people come and they feel solidarity,” said Rabbi Mendy Ross of the Chabad of Duluth. “Not…

100 Years of Freedom: Honoring Nelson Mandela’s Centenary

St. Mark A.M.E. Church Holds Celebration

  DULUTH, Minn.- Joy, reverence, and nostalgia fill the small room of the St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church. “Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us!” The room unifies in one voice, booming what many call the black national anthem: Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing. All the people, and all the libations, to…

Craig Sutherland Sent Off for Treatment with Fundraiser

Community Came Out to Support Sutherland at Tavern 105

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The community of Superior came together to help one of their own at Tavern 105 on Saturday. The bar was packed to the brim with family and friends of Craig Sutherland. Citizens gathered to raise money to help the 8th District City Councilor pay for his Multiple Sclerosis treatment. Many showed their support by proudly sporting “Team Craig”…

Classic, Current, and Up-and-Coming Curlers Play at Curl Mesabi Classic

16th Annual Curling Event held at Curl Mesabi

EVELETH, Minn.- “Hard! HARD!” The skips’ voices quiver with passion, followed by the triumphant “CLICK” of rocks striking each other. These sounds ring in the Curl Mesabi Classic’s 16th year. An age–old tradition, yet always welcoming fresh faces. “I think for me, to come out here and be competitive, and soak up any knowledge that I possibly can,” said Ex-Viking…

Former President George H.W. Bush Passes Away

41st President Dies in Houston

HOUSTON (CNN)- According to his spokesperson, former President George H.W. Bush has died in Houston Friday night. The 41st President was born into privilege and a tradition of service. Bush was a son of a senator, celebrated World War II combat pilot, student athlete, Texas oilman, Republican congressman, national party chairman, pioneering diplomat and spy chief. After his own 1980…

Duluth Gets Ready for Hmong New Year

Hmong Community Prepares Food for Celebration

DULUTH, Minn.- A cultural community in Duluth is gearing up for their New Year tomorrow. Hmong students and elders were making food today at the First United Methodist, or Coppertop church to prepare for their New Year’s celebration. The elders say they will be making roughly 960 egg rolls and about 125 lbs of sweet rice, to feed more than…

Nease Gallery Celebrates One Year Birthday

Gallery Celebrates One Year Being Open

DULUTH, Minn.-The Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth is celebrating their 1st Anniversary Friday night. The gallery, which opened last October, featured a new exhibit as part of the Downtown Arts Walk. The gallery manager said that it’s been a great first year. “We’ve been having a lot of fun engaging with our neighbors and enjoy being in the neighborhood,” said…

AICHO Indigenous Youth Photos Make Up 2019 Calendar

New Calendar Features Photos Taken by Indigenous Youth

DULUTH, Minn.-The American Indian Community Housing Organization or AICHO is releasing their 2019 calendar, with creations from some unlikely artists. Much of the calendar is made up of photos taken by kids from “In Progress,” a program for indigenous youth from the Twin Cities. Over the last year, the children were given access to high end cameras and took pictures…

At LSC Throw a Bowl, Feed the Hungry

LSC Art Club Hosts Annual Throw-a-Thon

DULUTH, Minn.-For two days anyone can throw pottery for free at Lake Superior College, and support a good cause. The college’s Art Club is hosting their 19th annual Throw-a-Thon. Anyone in the community can go and make some clay bowls, which are sold to raise money for the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. “Hoping it can like bring the…

Police Discover Two Dead Bodies Near McGregor

Deputies Discover Bodies at a Residence in Spalding Township

MCGREGOR, Minn.- On Tuesday, Police discovered two dead bodies at a residence in Spalding Township, off of State Highway 65. An incident, that has the small reservation town grieving. “They were really nice, such a shame.” Just some of the reaction heard from people who say they knew the two people found dead in a home on the Mille Lacs…

Christmas Tree Illuminates Superior Public Library

Holiday Tree Up for All to Enjoy

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The annual Holiday Tree is now lit in Downtown Superior. The colorfully lit tree looks over the Superior Public Library, and the adjacent corner of Tower Avenue and the newly constructed Belknap Street. Santa paid a visit there on Small Business Saturday, lighting the tree for the first time this season. Superior’s Tannenbaum provides a nice backdrop to…

New Store Brings Thrifty Prices to Lincoln Park

Thrifty Bowtique Opens in West Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- At the height of the holiday season, most stores and businesses look to make as much cash from their community as they can. But one thrift store is doing what it can to give back to the community. “The people love coming here, and they say I’m very chipper, and, y’know, nice.” The chipper owner, Bobbie Shevchuk, isn’t…

MnDOT Updates Public on Can of Worms Interchange

Work to Begin 2020

DULUTH, Minn.-The future for the Can of Worms Interchange is looking a little brighter in Duluth. The Minnesota Department of Transportation met Monday with the community at Clyde Iron Works to give an update on the reconstruction on the project. MnDOT says main work on the project will begin in 2020. They hope to modernize the current infrastructure originally built…

Celebrating Solveig: a Sami Arts Legend

Artist Solveig Arneng Johnson Turns 93

DULUTH, Minn.- To understand the impact Solveig Arneng Johnson has made on the Sami community, you don’t need to look far. You need only look at the people who enter the room, approach her, take her hand and graciously thank her for all she’s done. This made Sunday’s celebration as much for the community as it was for the birthday…

Making Your Own Piece of Holly Jolly

Holiday Make and Take Held at Duluth Flower Farm

DULUTH, Minn.-After shopping Small Business Saturday, Northlanders had a chance to make some holiday cheer Sunday at the Duluth Flower Farm. They hosted their 5th annual Holiday Make and Take. People could come in and make their own kissing balls, wreaths and center pieces out of local balsam, cedar, and pine branches. According to the store’s owner, some of them…

Snocross Crosses Finish Line

AMSOIL Snocross Wraps Up

DULUTH, Minn.- Another year in the books for the AMSOIL Snocross National at Spirit Mountain. The three-day competition wrapped up on Sunday. Despite the track getting heavily rained on on Friday, the President of the AMSOIL Snocross said the crowds remained strong, cheering on their favorite racers. “For the weather, the rain on Friday, attendance was great all 3 days,”…

Small Business Booms After Small Business Saturday

Art in the Alley Among Stores Reporting Increase in Sales

DULUTH, Minn.- Shoppers across the country are fresh off a two-day shopping spree of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. More than 30 small businesses in Duluth participated on Saturday. Businesses like Art in the Alley, on East Superior Street. The store is known for its locally made Jewelry, clothing, accessories and other items. “It was gangbusters,” said Downtown Manager,…

The End of a Musical Era at Club Saratoga

No More Jazz on Saturday Afternoons.

DULUTH, Minn.- To the dismay of many Duluthians, Saturday marked the end of an era. After more than 30 years, Club Saratoga in Canal Park will no longer have Jazz music on Saturday afternoons. You follow the classy sound of jazz inside the dimly lit club. The smooth voice of the singer strings you along. The cool keys of the…

Duluth Celebrates and Honors Native Culture

Native American Heritage Day Celebrated at the Depot

DULUTH, Minn.- Drums boomed in the Depot as Burntside Lake played for the crowd, at Native American Heritage Day. Attendees could make arts and crafts and browse three native art galleries. St. Louis County Historical Society officials say, it’s a great way to educate the community about an important part of Northland culture. “Helping to gain appreciation and understanding, I…

Rain Didn’t Soak the Snocross

Friday's Rain Didn't Impact Snow Sport Competition

DULUTH, Minn.-  Our little bout with rain Friday night did not put a dent in the AMSOIL Snocross competition at Spirit Mountain. They’re still going hard as their 27th year continues. Organizers say, a little rain doesn’t stop the cheers at this massive snow sport event. “Y’know, it’s wet and sugary bu at the same time every racer has to race…

Duluth Shops Small on Saturday

Small Business Saturday Spikes Business in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Shoppers nationwide have had two big days in a row. After the commercial chaos of Black Friday, it’s a relaxing scene for many to visit their favorite store on the corner, browse around some locally handcrafted goods, and talk with shopkeepers they’ve gotten to know. On this Small Business Saturday, Duluth did just that, at more than 30 different…