Author: CJ Baumgartner

Thousands Without Power After Spring Storm

DULUTH, Minn.– An overnight March storm ripped through the Northland, bringing a mix of rain, snow, and flooding. One of the four pine trees on Brighton Beach, completely ripped from the ground. The added moisture on an already soggy ground uprooted four large pine trees on Brighton Beach. Meanwhile large waves battered the shore. Minnesota Power has been preparing to…

Goodwill Closes Due to Shelter-In-Place Order

Goodwill is asking that people hold off on donations for now.

DULUTH, Minn.– Shelter-in-place orders in Minnesota and Wisconsin have caused Goodwill stores to shut down for the next two weeks. Goodwill is asking that people hold off on donations for now. People have been leaving donations by the buildings but they can’t be collected because there are no employees on site. This causes donated items to be damaged and thrown…

Wussow’s Adds Drive-Thru Window

The coffee shop added curbside pick-up. They also moved part of their kitchen to make room for a temporary drive-thru window.

DULUTH, Minn.– Wussow’s Concert Cafe in West Duluth had to lay off all of their employees due to the state’s Coronavirus regulations. So owner Jason Wussow and his wife Tina got creative to keep their business open. The coffee shop added curbside pick-up. They also moved part of their kitchen to make room for a temporary drive-thru window. Wussow says…

Mission Creek Church Hosts Pop-Up Pantry

For $20 each, people could purchase bundles of food. Bundles were picked up curbside this year to socially distance.

DULUTH, Minn.– Ruby’s Pantry has been helping people in the Northland get affordable groceries. Today they were lending a hand at mission creek church in Fond du Lac. Ruby’s hosted a pop-up pantry there. For $20 each, people could purchase bundles of food. Bundles were picked up curbside this year to socially distance. Mission creek gave out 237 out of…

One Roof Receives Federal Grant

DULUTH, Minn.– An organization in Duluth that has been helping people make repairs and renovations to their homes just got some much-needed help. One Roof Community Housing was awarded $225,000 from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. The federal program is designed to support lending for people who can’t get traditional loans. This isn’t the first time one roof has…

Duluth Fire Department Sees Changes Due to Coronavirus

DULUTH, Minn.– While cases of Coronavirus keep going up, essential services like the Duluth Fire Department are still busy. The pandemic has caused some changes in how they operate to best serve the people of Duluth. The Coronavirus means changes for the Duluth Fire Department. While its has been a little more busy than normal, firefighters say they are still…

School Board Chooses Next Superintendent

DULUTH, Minn.– Monday night, the Duluth School Board discussed the final three candidates for superintendent, with the intent of choosing the right person for the job. The three finalists for the position were John Magas, Associate Superintendent of Continuous Improvement for Green Bay Area Public Schools, Dr. Michael Funk, Superintendent of Schools for Albert Lea, and Ron Wagner, Associate Superintendent…

Park Point Sees Increase in Activity

DULUTH, Minn.– The nicer weather combined with social distancing and people being out of work has meant a busier Park Point these days. People have been using their extra time to walk along the beach, walk their dogs, or just to enjoy some fresh air. “It’s a good opportunity to take advantage of some of this unexpected free time,” said…

Crooked Pint Staying Strong During Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn.– Crooked Pint in Duluth tells us they’ve seen an increase in takeout orders over the last week. Those orders have allowed the restaurant to keep a handful of employees working. Crooked Pint’s general manager says it’s a stressful time for everybody and his crew is thankful for the support from the community. “They’re glad that we’re here, we’re…

Duluth Police Make Changes to Limit Coronavirus Spread

Police department encouraging residents to file reports online or on the phone

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is making some changes to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The new guidelines are changing how people file reports with the police. Duluth PD is encouraging residents to do it online or over the phone if they are filing an after-the-fact report or if there is no suspect. Police officials tell us…

Northern Lakes Food Bank Gearing Up to Help More People During Pandemic

Food bank working on distribution methods that lower person-to-person contact

DULUTH, Minn. – Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is gearing up during a time when food suppliers are needed most. The food bank is working on distribution methods that lower person-to-person contact and increase hygiene. A third of the food bank’s workforce is volunteer and many are elderly. They were asked to stay home leaving a shortage help. The…

Proctor Auto Shop Picks Up and Delivers Cars

PROCTOR, Minn.– One Proctor business is offering a new way to get business going during the Coronavirus pandemic. Troy’s Service Center in Proctor is offering free pick-up and delivery for those who need it. The added service is being done using proper sanitary measures. Staff wear gloves and have cars cleaned with sanitary wipes. The pick-up and delivery option not…

Coronavirus Testing Tents Open in West Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.– Essentia Health has opened a mobile testing site in their businesses services center in West Duluth just off the Bong Bridge. Those with Essentia say testing there is limited due to supplies. Right now they are only testing a narrow group of people including healthcare workers and first responders. Essentia leadership say patients should first schedule an e-visit…

One Person Infected With Coronavirus in Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis.– Yesterday Bayfield County reported a high school student there tested positive for Coronavirus. Today, the virus has made it closer to Duluth as someone has tested positive in Douglas County. Douglas County officials got confirmation from the state early this morning of a confirmed Coronavirus case in the county. There isn’t much about the person infected as…

Engwall Florist Gives Flowers to Healthcare Workers

DULUTH, Minn.– Healthcare workers have been under a lot of stress recently and one floral shop in Duluth wanted to say thank you for all the hard work they are doing. Engwall Floral surprised healthcare workers at St. Luke’s with about a couple hundred roses today. This is part of their Random Act of Flowers campaign. They started the campaign…

Community Action Updates Tax Service

DULUTH, Minn.– The deadline to pay your federal taxes has been extended by 90 days to help people financially during the pandemic. Community Action Duluth is one of the only places in Duluth where people can file their taxes for free. New social distancing measures are now in place at Community Action. People can go to their office and take…

Kari Toyota Deals with Coronavirus Concerns

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Kari Toyota is making changes in how they operate to help everyone stay healthy. The sales team is wearing gloves during test drives, and the dealership removed chairs in the waiting area to create more space. The service department is still busy, but car sales have slowed down. “We’re trying to do it in a way that’s smart…

Wisconsin Updates Childcare Regulations Over Coronavirus

SUPERIOR, Wis.– On Wednesday Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced new regulations for childcare centers around the state, but now some of them have changed to help out parents and daycares. A change in policy from the state is a sigh of relief for childcare centers like New Horizons Children’s Center in Superior. Yesterday afternoon, owner Cindy Fennessey was told by…

Plumbers Warn of Flushing Alternative Items

DULUTH, Minn.– The toilet paper shortage has plumbing experts warning homeowners to be careful what alternatives are flushed down the pipe. ASP Plumbing in Duluth tells us crews have been busier since the Coronavirus outbreak. They say older sewer lines made with clay tile can crack and cause roots to pick up materials that don’t disintegrate right away, causing pipes…

How to Keep Your House Clean Amid Coronavirus Concerns

DULUTH, Minn.– As more and more people are staying home due to Coronavirus. Extra effort is being used to make sure homes are as germ-free as can be. Marianne’s Professional Cleaning has seen an increase of ten homes per week with a lot more calls for tips on how to keep their homes clean. They suggest disinfecting doorknobs, light switch…

Minnesota Businesses Shut Down Due to Coronavirus

DULUTH, Minn.– Governor Walz laid out his plan for Minnesota businesses to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. On Tuesday, that plan was put into action. The new measures taken by the state require bars and restaurants to be closed to dine-in customers by 5 p.m. Tuesday and continue through at least 5 p.m. March 27. This leaves a big…

Superior, Douglas County Declare State of Emergency Over Coronavirus Concerns

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Douglas county and the city of Superior are taking another step to prepare for the potential of the Coronavirus spreading to northwestern Wisconsin. Due to concerns over the Coronavirus, Douglas County and the city of Superior declared a state of emergency this afternoon. “Think of your friends and neighbors,” said Superior Mayor Jim Paine. “Think of the people…

UMD, CSS Cancel Class Due to Coronavirus Concerns

DULUTH, Minn.– The growing concern of the virus has talk shows, game shows, and even sporting venues going audience free. Here in the Twin Ports, UMD, CSS and UWS are now doing a version of that. All three are extending spring break and moving classes online when students return. Colleges and universities in Duluth are taking some unprecedented measures to…

Bentleyville Opens Survey for Public Input

DULUTH, Minn.– Winter may be about over but Bentleyville Tour of Lights is looking for your feedback to make the annual attraction better than ever. A survey is open right now online. It’s been seven years since Bentleyville has done a survey. It only takes about 2-3 minutes to fill out. Some questions are multiple choice others let you type…

Wild State Cider Hosts Adult Spelling Bee

DULUTH, Minn.– Tonight, people got a chance to do something many haven’t done since high school. At the adult spelling bee at Wild State Cider contestants wrote out words on paper. The top 20 spellers got to advance to the next round. Later rounds had people standing up and spelling the words out loud. The top speller got a generous…

Couponing Class Shows How to Shop Smart

DULUTH, Minn,– Everybody wants to try and save on their grocery bill. A class in Duluth gives them an opportunity to do just that. Kenwood Lutheran Church put on the annual class in honor of national food share month. Those attending learned tips and tricks on saving money at the grocery store and being able to make their dollar go…

Juried Art Exhibit Held at UWS

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Students at UWS today got a chance to put their art on display for everyone to see. The annual Juried Art Exhibit at the Kruk Gallery showcased over 30 pieces of artwork from 30 different students. Students of every major were able to submit their art. UWS alumni Natalie Rude, who is a currently an artist in Duluth…

Social Justice Social Bridges Generational Gap

DULUTH, Minn.– An event called the Social Justice Social” was held at the Zeitgeist Theater tonight to try and get young adults more active in social justice causes and organizations. The social was put on by the Duluth NAACP and included food, prizes, and networking opportunities. Organizers say they hope to use the social justice social to open the door…

Class Teaches About Raising Chickens in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.– Over at the Duluth Folk Museum, people got a chance to learn how to bring a small piece of the farm to their backyards. The class offered tips and tricks on raising chickens. There was even a guest appearance from an actual chicken. It also taught about how to stay up to code on Duluth’s ordinances about the…

Active Transportation Meeting Held in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.– City officials in Superior released their plans to increase the amount of walkways, bike lanes, and more. The goal is to increase public safety and promote a more active lifestyle. Tonight the people of Superior had a chance to take a look at the city’s plans and voice their thoughts for the active transportation plan. Active transportation is…

DECC Hosts 10th Annual St. Louis River Summit

DULUTH, Minn.– Leaders from around the Twin Ports and beyond came together at The DECC for the 10th annual St. Louis River Summit. Resource managers, community members, and more gathered to discuss the condition of the St. Louis River and solutions to keep it clean in the future. The river is currently listed as an area of concern because of…

Public Meeting Held for Howard’s Bay Project

SUPERIOR, Wis.– State and local officials in Wisconsin have released their proposal to clean up the water around Howard’s Bay in Superior. Sediments in the bay are contaminated and pose a threat to the environment and the shipping industry. At the Douglas County courthouse, residents shared their thoughts about the Howard’s Bay Remediation Project. The meeting is a team effort…

Boy Scouts Donate Popcorn to National Guard

DULUTH, Minn.– Local Boy Scouts gave back to the Duluth National Guard today. The donation was in the form of fresh popcorn, $2,000 worth to be exact. The Boy Scouts sell popcorn every year as their fundraiser but customers had the option to place an extra order for military members. Those extra orders paid off. “Giving back is part of…

The Stitchery Gives a Chance to Follow Childhood Skill

SUPERIOR, Wis.– There’s a new business in Superior that’s built on a childhood skill. Megan Alanen has been sewing for almost her entire life. “I learned how to sew when I was very little,” said Alanen. “I learned how to sew before I learned how to read.” It was something she picked up from her great grandmother. Together the two…

Essentia Health Shows Off Robot for Joint Replacement Surgery

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Essentia Health is showing off a robotic tool that’s helping the future of orthopedic surgery. The public event was all about educating potential patients who are considering joint replacement surgery. The star of the show was Mako, a surgical robot arm that’s been at Essentia for almost two years. It’s a robotic, arm-assisted tool that helps orthopedic surgeons…

Lake Superior Zoo Hosts Event for Australian Wildfire Relief

DULUTH, Minn.– Wildfires have devastated Australia this year, killing at least 25 people and nearly 500 million animals. The Lake Superior Zoo and a local artist are doing what they can to help. Today the zoo hosted leap into action bringing awareness to the wildfires and collecting donations for Zoo Victoria’s Wildlife Emergency Fund. The event centered around sharpie art…

12th Annual Women’s Expo Held at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn.– Today at the DECC, women of the Northland came together for the 12th annual Duluth Women’s Expo. The expo included everything from education to fashion to healthcare and more. This year there was no admission fee but there was a suggested donation of five dollars. The money from the donations goes directly to Safe Haven women’s shelter in…

Racers Gear Up For Grandma’s Marathon

DULUTH, Minn.– The 44th annual Grandma’s Marathon is getting closer. This morning, runners had a chance to prepare for the race. Today’s gear-up was sponsored by Essentia health. It started with about 70 runners taking part in a group run. This year, Grandma’s decided to host a watch party for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Those involved say that…

Duluth International Airport Contributes Big to Local Economy

DULUTH, Minn.– A new study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation shows just how much the Duluth International Airport contributes to the local economy. The study shows that the airport brings in over $760 million in annual economic activity. It also supports more than 6,000 jobs and provides advantages that help local businesses. Officials say the airport impacts a…

Local Hospitals Stay Prepared For Coronavirus Threat

DULUTH, Minn.– More than 83,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported worldwide. Now growing concern in the United States as the World Health Organization raises the virus’ threat level to “very high”. Here in the Northland, hospitals are doing what they can to prepare for the disease if it reaches this area. As of right now, there are no confirmed…

Chili Cook Off For CHUM Food Shelf

DULUTH, Minn.– The chili was flowing in west Duluth tonight. The 10th Annual Chili Cook Off at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. There were 12 different tasty versions of chili for people try and then vote for their favorite. Proceeds benefit the CHUM Food Shelf. Organizers say the cook off is a great way for people to come together to support…

Girl Scout Cookie Season Comes to the Northland

DULUTH, Minn.– Well it’s that time of year again, Girl Scout cookie season is upon us and people all over the Northland are stocking up on the tasty snacks. But where do those cookies come from and how does it benefit girls in the Northland? Every year the Duluth area girl scouts look for a temporary home in the Twin…