Author: CJ Baumgartner

COVID-19 Concerns Cancel 2021 Park Point Art Fair

  DULUTH, Minn.– As Northlanders wait to get vaccinated to help in the fight against COVID-19 the thought of a normal summer ahead isn’t that clear, especially when it comes to events with large crowds. The longstanding Park Point Art Fair in Duluth, which attracts 100-plus artists from the Midwest and more than 10,000 visitors, won’t be celebrating its 50th…

Local Dealership Donates Vehicle to Northland Family in Need

DULUTH, Minn.– Anderson Motors is no stranger to doing giveaways. In the past, they’ve handed out gift certificates to local businesses and service right in their shop, now, they’re switching gears to try and help those in the community in a big way. The car dealership just off of rice like road near Pike Lake announced in a Facebook post…

Young Snowmobilers Race on Pike Lake

DULUTH, Minn.– Some snowmobilers in Pike Lake took advantage of the temperatures being unseasonably nice and warm for January in the Northland. K.C.P.R.O. East is a youth snowmobile racing group in the Northland. They made a stop Saturday at Pike Lake. Kids ages 4-17 got on their sleds of all sizes and drove through a makeshift track on a frozen…

Glensheen Mansion Reopens to Big Turnout

DULUTH, Minn.– As entertainment venues were allowed to reopen this week, one Duluth hotspot for tourism opened their doors up again today. Staff at Glensheen Mansion says while expecting 100 people to come by, they saw 300 throughout the day. Since the mansion’s front doors were shut over December, visitors got to browse through their Christmas decorations. They were left…

Local Schools Launch ‘Northland We Can’ Initiative to Encourage Health Guidlines

DULUTH, Minn.– As schools try to navigate reopening through the pandemic, some local schools are sending a reminder to the community follow health guidelines. The Duluth, Superior, and Proctor school districts along with the cities of Duluth and Superior launched the ‘We Can Northland’ campaign. It’s a series of videos from students, staff, and other community members asking the public…

High Temps Bring Many to the Slopes at Spirit Mountain

DULUTH, Minn.– Meanwhile Spirit Mountain has been making snow since before Christmas and the warmer temps are now bringing lots of skiers and snowboarders out to the slopes. Officials say all the hills and the Nordic Center are now 100 percent open. This winter has been an interesting winter weather wise we started off with those November temps fairly warm….

Gov. Evers Extends Mask Mandate as Vaccinations Continue In Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis.– The state of Wisconsin is preparing to take the first steps into the next phase of the vaccination process as over 213,056 Wisconsinites have received the vaccine. The state will be opening up vaccines to groups like frontline and EMS workers, firefighters and members of law enforcement. Also next week, nine mobile vaccination teams will be sent out…

Gov. Walz, Law Enforcement Prepare for Potential Threats on Inauguration Day

ST. PAUL, Minn.– Tensions continue to rise across the country as the Presidential Inauguration nears. Now some states are taking extra precautions to make sure their own capitol buildings are safe. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and other state leaders laid out some of their plans for next week as they try to protect the capitol and the surrounding area from…

Vaccinations Continue Through Northland as Providers Eye Next Wave of Doses

DULUTH, Minn.– As vaccinations continue across Minnesota, in St. Louis county 8,377 people have received the shot. While that’s just four percent of the county’s population, those in the health sector are preparing for the next steps. The county is still in phase one of vaccine distribution but Essentia Health has laid out its plans for the next round of…

New Semester Begins at UMD Amid Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn.– Classes are starting up again at the University of Minnesota-Duluth as students and faculty tries to navigate another semester with COVID-19 still around. The spring semester is still mostly virtual for students with only a small number of in-person classes. Students say still feels a little weird to not see as many people in the halls, but added…

COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin from Douglas County Health Dept.

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Vaccination efforts continue across the country, including in Wisconsin, where more than 123,000 people have been vaccinated so far. Hospitals and local health officials have been trying to distribute the limited amount of doses as best as they can, including in Douglas County. Earlier this month, vaccines were given out to employees at Essentia Health’s hospital in Superior….

Small Town Bars and Restaurants Prep for Indoor Service Reopening

FLOODWOOD & SWAN RIVER, Minn.– Once Monday rolls around, Minnesota bars and restaurants will once again welcome back customers inside. And that’s great news for two small town establishments. “It hasn’t been easy,” said Sheri Young, Manager at Mainline Station Bar and Grill in Floodwood. “It’s time, it’s time.” Sheri Young is the manager of mainline station bar and grill…

Great Lakes Aquarium to Reopen Monday as Restrictions Loosen

DULUTH, Minn.– The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth will also reopen its doors Monday morning. Restrictions are a little tighter this time around, only 150 people will be allowed inside compared to 200 during the summer. But during the slower time of the year, aquarium officials say any amount of people coming in right now is crucial for the facility….

Wild State Combines Donuts, Ice Cream into Sweet Sandwich

DULUTH, Minn.– Well donuts are good and ice cream is also good. On Saturday, at one business in Lincoln Park you could get them both together. Wild State Cider’s ice cream, known as Camp Creemee ice cream, teamed up with nearby Johnson’s Bakery to create what they call a “Donut Creemee.” Chocolate and/or salted maple ice cream were put together…

128-Foot Tall Bentleyville Tree Taken Down for the Year

DULUTH, Minn.– Bentleyville cleanup continues, it’s most iconic — and heaviest displays have now been put away for the year. Crews began work early this morning, taking the 128 foot tall tree down piece by piece. And the entire tree about 128 feet tall, the bottom part alone weighing more than 16,000 pounds. It needed to be taken down and…

Bayfront Park Ice Rinks Opens for Season

DULUTH, Minn.– After weeks of anticipation, the ice rink at Bayfront Park was ready to open up again Saturday. And Duluthians were ready to make the most of the opening day. Ice skating outside as rinks like this is one of the main staples of wintertime in the Northland. Dustin Hamm and his daughter Madison have been skating the rinks…

Cruise Ships to Start Sailing Through this Summer

DULUTH, Minn.– While shipping boats and barges are no stranger to the shore and harbor here in Duluth it will be welcoming in cruise ships as soon as this summer. Vikings expeditions first travel ship the Viking Oceantis has hit the water. The ship will carry over 370 passengers into Canal Park in May of 2022. Other cruise ships are…

Hermantown Schools to Transition Grades K-8 to Hybrid Learning Next Week

HERMANTOWN, Minn.– The Hermantown School District is making changes as they hit the halfway point for the school year. Hermantown Community School Administration officials planned back in December to have all kindergarten through 12th grade students back to school in a hybrid model by next week. While plans have change a bit, most students will be coming back. After meeting…

Wisconsin Ramps Up Vaccine Distribution

MADISON, Wis.– As the number of people vaccinated in Wisconsin surpasses the 100,000 mark, the state is beginning to increase the amount of doses. State health experts say the Department of Health Services allocates vaccines based on a state’s population and healthcare center’s ability to store doses. Wisconsin has increased the amount of vaccine providers from 100 to now more…

No More Late Fees at Superior Public Library

SUPERIOR, Wis.– If you’ve got late fees racked up with the Superior Public Library, fear no more you’re in the clear. The library, on the corner of Tower Avenue and Belknap Street, is no longer charging late fees for books and other items. All fees currently out there have been wiped out as well. The Superior Public Library now joins…

Candlelight Vigil Demonstration Held in Duluth after Capitol Riots

DULUTH, Minn.– A candlelight vigil took place in front of the Federal Building in downtown Duluth tonight. Around 20 protesters got together after organizers put the event up on Facebook Wednesday night. The event was put together by the Northwoods Socialist Collective. Organizers with the event say that the event was put together on short notice and they are happy…

DECC, Bars, and Other Entertainment Venues to Reopen Indoor Service

DULUTH, Minn.– Restaurants aren’t the only businesses in Minnesota that will be welcoming people back inside. Entertainment venues can start up again for indoor service as well. Along with restaurants, places like bars and entertainment venues will soon be allowed to welcome limited numbers of customers indoors for the first time in nearly two months. And places we spoke to…

New ‘Taqueria’ Coming Soon to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.– A new place is coming into Duluth for those who enjoy some good tacos and other authentic Mexican dishes. The new taqueria called Tacos Tacos Tacos is getting ready to open its doors soon. According to the establishment’s website, it will be located along East Superior Street in downtown Duluth’s HART District. The owner says on their Facebook…

Meteor Shower Visible Late Saturday Night

DULUTH, Minn.– Well, if you’re looking for something cool to do in the new year how about looking up at the sky this weekend to catch some shooting stars? The Quadrantis meteor shower will become visible tonight for people to see. According to astrologists, meteor showers happen when the debris trail of a comet burn up when entering earth’s atmosphere….

LUKS Beauty Supply Opens, Offering Natural Black Hair Products in Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn.– Two years ago, the hair care center Loc’d Up Kreations Studio was founded. On Saturday, a second location opened up to offer a new kind of store to the Twin Ports. Loc’d Up Kreations Studio or LUKS along First Street in downtown Duluth opened LUKS Beauty Supply just two doors down. The original location features braiding and dreadlock…

Bentleyville Cleanup Begins as Season Ends

DULUTH, Minn.– As Bentleyville switched its lights off for the 2020 season earlier this week, cleanup has begun for the huge light display. Around 20 volunteers were at Bayfront Park this morning. They pulled down lights and moving other displays throughout the attraction. Despite being open an extra four days this year one volunteer says cleanup isn’t too different from…

Duluth VFW Serves Free Meals on Christmas Eve

DULUTH, Minn.– On this cold Christmas eve, one place in Duluth was giving out some hot meals for those in need. VFW 137 off Michigan Street in west Duluth held their annual free meal giveaway, a tradition that’s been going on for over 35 years. Instead of a big meal in the building, folks were given their meals to-go this…

‘Miracle 11’ Crew Donates $5,000 for Food Insecurity in Superior Area

SUPERIOR, Wis.– It’s been seven years since 11 skydivers played with death after a mid-air collision of two planes over Superior. Those skydivers continue to put that highly publicized moment to good use in the community. Miracle 11, as they call themselves, is a non-profit that donates money every year to local organizations. This year included a $5,000 check to…

Local Businesses Prepare as Blizzard Hits Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn.– It was a winter wonderland Wednesday in Duluth. But while it’s keeping some people indoors for the time being, a handful of local businesses are geared up for their time to shine during the blizzard. Starting on Wednesday afternoon, Duluth was hit with its first significant winter storm of the season. “Well, I guess officially winter’s here I…

Duluth International Airport Braces for Holiday Storm, Travel During Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn.– In 2020, going home for Christmas might not be as easy as it sounds. Along with trying to navigate the pandemic, the Duluth International Airport is preparing for the incoming snowfall during one of their busiest weeks of the year. AAA is expecting at least 34 million fewer Americans will travel this Christmas season due to the pandemic….

Wisconsin Announces Partnership for ‘Take Home’ COVID-19 Tests

MADISON, Wis.– As another 2,400 cases of COVID-19 were reported over in Wisconsin, the state is announcing a new way to get tested right from your living room. The state announced a partnership with vault testing to give out take home COVID-19 saliva tests. They can be ordered through the state’s health services website starting Tuesday. When a kit arrives,…

Walz Expects 250,000 Vaccines for Minnesota by End of 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn.– As vaccination efforts continue across Minnesota, Governor Walz expects 250,000 vaccines by the end of the year. The governor said earlier today that 2,999 Minnesotans have been vaccinated. This week, the state is expecting nearly 128,000 doses combined from Pfizer and Moderna. While only a small amount of people have been vaccinated so far, Walz says he…

St. Luke’s, Essentia Continue Vaccinating Staff

DULUTH, Minn.– Vaccinations continue here in Duluth after both St. Luke’s and Essentia Health started vaccinating their staff last week. Management at Essentia say they have given out shots of the vaccine to almost 900 of their employees. And at St. Luke’s they have over 900 doses at their facility as both hospitals are expecting the Modera vaccine sometime this…

Itasca County Students Call for Schools, Sports to Reopen

GREENWAY, Minn.– As elementary students prepare to come back to the classroom next month, some high schoolers in Itasca County are making their case to come back to the classroom sooner than later. A group of high school seniors from surrounding Itasca area schools, along with a state representative-elect made their case to the return classroom, along with sports and…

Outdoor Rinks in Superior to Open Christmas Eve

SUPERIOR, Wis.– With the extra snow and winter break ahead, the city of Superior is getting their ice rinks going again this week. The city of Superior is opening their outdoor ice rinks and warming houses. Rinks will open on Christmas Eve at Wade Bowl, Pattison, Carl Gullo, and South End parks. Masks are encouraged when on the ice and…

Outdoor Living Nativity Scene Held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

DULUTH, Minn.– While they aren’t holding services in-person due to the pandemic, one Duluth church found a way to continue their Christmas traditions. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on east Superior Street in Duluth held a living nativity outside their front doors. Kids were out there dressed up as shepherds, wise men, and all of the other characters in the Christmas…

Lake Superior Zoo Reopens Outdoor Venues

DULUTH, Minn.– The Lake Superior Zoo opened back up Saturday, being among the outdoor venues allowed to open in Minnesota under the governor’s updated COVID-19 guidelines. Guests walked the grounds of the zoo again after it was closed since last month. One group visiting from hours away says they were checking out Bentleyville last night and when they heard the…

Estate Planning Increases During Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn.– As the pandemic continues into its ninth month, local lawyers say more people have begun the process of getting your affairs in order. Dahlberg Law Office has seen an increase in estate planning during the pandemic. The head of Dahlberg says estate planning makes up most of his business. And that it takes a crisis event like Coronavirus…

Carlton Students Hold Food and Mask Drive

CARLTON, Minn.– As Christmas gets closer, some high school students in Carlton are helping get food and other important items to those in need. The Carlton High School National Honor Society held a food and mask drive the last two Saturdays. Proceeds from the drive will go to the reach mentoring program which matches mentors to kids who live in…

Activity Donations Needed for St. Luke’s Patients

DULUTH, Minn.– With visitations sidelined during the pandemic, St. Luke’s is asking for some help to keep their patients busy. Their foundation is asking for donations to try and entertain patients. Items needed include magazines, novels, puzzle books, and anything that someone can do individually. Donated items can be for all ages but they are looking more at activities for…

COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin at St. Luke’s

DULUTH, Minn.– After getting their shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week, St. Luke’s has now begun vaccinating their staff. The first one to receive one of the 850 doses at St. Luke’s was ICU nurse Samantha Moder. She has consistently been on the front lines treating patients with Coronavirus. On a day where the hospital is also honoring…