Author: CJ Baumgartner

Game Shops See Increase During Gloomy Week

DULUTH, Minn.– Since the weather has been keeping people inside, they’ve been looking for ways to stay busy. Down at the Dewitt-Seitz Building in Canal Park, the toy and game store J Skylark has been busier than usual this week. Locals and tourists have been spending more time inside because of the wet conditions. Staff at the store said top…

High Turnout for ‘Keep Duluth Clean’ Event

DULUTH, Minn.– More than 500 people signed up for the ‘Keep Duluth Clean’ event on Saturday. Turnout was up 30 percent from last year as people got out and cleaned. Participants who shared what they found and logged hours in a litter report were entered in a drawing for prizes from local businesses. Organizers hope it gets more people in…

Two Harbors Legion Donates Year’s Worth of Pop Tabs to Ronald McDonald House

DULUTH, Minn.– The newly opened Ronald McDonald House in the Northland works to help kids and families throughout the area. And one longtime northland group decided to give them a big hand in doing just that. “Save your pop tops please,” said Nancy Hopper, Head of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 109 in Two Harbors. The Two Harbors American Legion Auxiliary…

UMD Holds First Music Concert Since Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn.– Over at UMD earlier this afternoon, the sound of music filled the air for the first time in over a year. UMD’s Department of Music, who held their first outdoor concert of the year since shutting down last year from the pandemic. The event was supposed to start Wednesday but due to weather it was rescheduled. Freshman through…

Duluth City Council to Vote on City Hall Renovations

DULUTH, Minn.– Duluth City Hall could be getting a bit of a face-lift soon to help modernize the 90 year old building. Those with the city say most of the building has not seen basic needs for decades. And said a $1.5 million investment would go toward better use of the building’s space, replacing lighting and electrical systems, along with…

MN-DOT Announces 2021 Construction Projects

DULUTH, Minn.– Construction on the Twin Ports Interchange Project is now underway but that’s not the only road construction project this summer. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced its 2021 state construction projects all around the Northland. It will feature road and bridge projects in Biwabik, Gilbert, Grand Marais and International Falls. Overall, over 100 miles of road will be…

Beaver Enjoys Gloomy Day on Woodland Avenue

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth Fire Department made a furry rescue this evening in what are probably perfect weather conditions for a beaver! Take a look at the big guy, a big ol’ beaver just chilling on Woodland Avenue. It’s not clear if it was the name wood-land that attracting him here or the soggy weather but he was having a…

Zeitgeist Leads Vaccination Clinic in Hillside Community

DULUTH, Minn.– Zeitgeist’s Healthy Hillside Steering Team partnered with Essentia Health and other groups Thursday to give out the COVID-19 vaccine. They vaccinated 150 people with the second dose of the Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Along 6th Avenue. Those with Zeitgeist say it was important to have the clinic in…

Twin Ports Interchange Project Now Underway

DULUTH, Minn.– It looks a bit different driving down I-35 with the Twin Ports Interchange Project now underway. The interchange, also known as “Can Of Worms,” the project replaces infrastructure on the interstate, roads, and exit ramps. UMD’s Engineering Department head says the interchange has outlived its 40-50 year lifetime after being built in the 1960s. And the new project…

New Executive Director Named for Chum

DULUTH, Minn.– A new executive director has been named for chum in John Cole. Cole is currently the interim director at Align Minneapolis, which is similar to Chum. Current Executive Director Lee Stuart will be leaving her post and retiring June 30 after eight years of service in that position. Cole will take over the day after. “I’ve had that…

Book Series Fandom Bracket Begins at Fitger’s Bookstore

DULUTH, Minn.– Well it’s the season of sports brackets so Fitger’s Bookstore in Duluth is taking advantage of that to determine what book series is best and hopefully get more people to read. The bookstore will be polling readers each week, putting book fandoms head to head in a “March Madness” like bracket. The winner will be crowned Saturday April…

EGGstravaganza Returns to Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn.– The Lake Superior Zoo was packed with families having some egg-celent Easter fun. The 2021 EGGstravaganza returned to the zoo after being cancelled the year before due to Coronavirus restrictions. Nearly 2,000 people came from around the Northland Saturday to pick up eggs, collect candy and other activities. Tickets for the EGGstravaganza sold out earlier this week. Zoo…

Enger Park Golf Course Reopens for Season

DULUTH, Minn.– Enger Park Golf Course is reopened for the season and Duluthians are ready to get their first swings of 2021 in the books. The golf clubs made their way out of storage and on to Enger Park Golf Course for the first time in 2021. The front nine holes were opened up early for the weekend after playing…

Northland Fish Fries Full for Good Friday

DULUTH, Minn.– It’s Good Friday once again and here at Bridgeman’s here in Duluth, they’re continuing one of their classic traditions — their fish fry. With the Lenten season wrapping up, restaurants with fish specials like Bridgeman’s have seen business pick up. “Every Friday it’s like a different experience. It’s packed the whole shift,” said Anthony Stein, a supervisor and…

Vaccination Clinic Takes Place for BIPOC Community at Domiano Center

DULUTH, Minn.– Everyone 16 and older in Minnesota can now get vaccinated, and today St. Louis County Public Health officials were in downtown Duluth vaccinating the BIPOC community. County public health officials administered 80 doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the Damiano Center. It’s part of an effort to give more vaccines to black, indigenous and other people of color…

Volunteers, City Crews Clean Up Homeless Encampment

DULUTH, Minn.– A massive cleanup effort is underway in Duluth from what’s left of a homeless camp there. “We need a solution, we don’t have the housing right now, the numbers are higher than ever and I could foresee people just coming back to this spot,” said Chum Outreach Coordinator Deb Holman. Last October, groups of people experiencing homelessness in…

Frozen Four Gear Now Available at UMD Bookstore

DULUTH, Minn.– Frozen Four gear has arrived in Duluth so you can properly cheer on the UMD Bulldogs Men’s Hockey team as they head to Pittsburgh next week. Shirts, sweatshirts, pucks, and sticks with the frozen four teams including the bulldogs are now at the UMD bookstore. Staff worked a month in advance to get designs and product ready for…

Sen. Klobuchar Touts Biden’s Infrastructure Plan at Duluth Port

DULUTH, Minn.– Duluth’s maritime infrastructure is part of President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure package involving roads, bridges and more across the country. Thursday, Senator Amy Klobuchar joined Mayor Emily Larson at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority to talk about the president’s plan, which features $17 billion for inland water ways and ports around the country. “This is the first time…

Douglas County Leaders Read Proclamation Denouncing Sexual Violence and Assault

SUPERIOR, Wis.– The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse held a virtual press event to kick of sexual assault awareness month. According to the organization, more than 1,000 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect were reported to Douglas County last year. Superior Mayor Jim Paine and Douglas County Board Chair Mark Liebaert read a proclamation denouncing sexual violence and…

DFD Saw Record Number of Calls, Increase in Structure Fires in 2020

DULUTH, Minn.– 2020 was a year filled with change for fire and emergency responders across the country due to the pandemic, including right here in the Northland. Those at the Duluth Fire Department have been working through the circumstances to try and keep Duluthians safe. The Duluth Fire Department released its incident report for 2020, where fire and EMS responders…

Lake Superior Railroad Museum to Reopen Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.– Business is back at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum after being closed for a few months while the depot acted as a vaccination site. The museum will officially open back up Thursday. Crews have been using the down time to give the museum a new look with some renovations, including an expanded gift shop. Museum staff are ready…

Mont Du Lac Caps Off Record Winter Season

SUPERIOR, Wis.– As we move into spring, skiers and snowboarders from around the northland came to Mont Du Lac for one last day of winter fun. It was a busy Sunday afternoon at Mont Du Lac as its 2020-21 season came to a close with their entire ski and snowboarding hills open for the day. “Just enjoying this beautiful day…

Duluth Fire Department Docks Marine 19 for Season

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth Fire Department’s Marine 19 boat is back in service to take on water emergencies during the warmer months. This is the earliest they’ve put the boat out, having to make its way past ice chunks to its dock at Pier B resort. The fire department says with more activity expected out on the water this summer,…

St. Francis Xavier Church Holds Roast Beef Dinner To-Go on Palm Sunday

SUPERIOR, Wis.– On this Palm Sunday, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Superior was able to celebrate with a community dinner after skipping last year’s during the pandemic. The dinner included nearly 400 pounds of roast beef along with potatoes and gravy and all the fixings. The church offered curbside and delivery only this year serving 500 meals which sold…

Boats Sales Increase With Spring on the Way

HERMANTOWN, Minn.– As spring slowly begins, some Northlanders are getting ready to get their boats out on the water. RJ Sport and Cycle in Hermantown says they’ve been flooded with boat and pontoon sales. Staff says it’s been such a big mix of new and frequent customers already they could run out of boats in stock by April especially as…

Wildcat Sanctuary Tiger Gets Teeth Surgery

SANDSTONE, Minn.– It was a trip to the dentist for the newest tiger at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone named Marcus who had surgery on 15 rotten teeth Saturday. Marcus had work done on four of his canines, along with root canals. Experts say his teeth were so bad because of poor diet and biting on fences and bowls due…

6th Annual Ruck March Returns After Virtual Event Last Year

DULUTH, Minn.– The Nearly Naked Ruck March returned to Duluth after the pandemic caused it to go virtual last year. The 6th annual Ruck March once again featured veterans and civilians doing the military-style march, carrying backpacks, flags, and other items. Participants walked 10 times around the one-mile loop by Enger Park with no step-off ceremony at the start and…

Polar Plunge Takes New Look in 2021

DULUTH, Minn.– It’s a cold and wet day here on the shores of Lake Superior, which means it’s a perfect day to get cold and wet. 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge took place at the Park Point Recreation Area, raising more than $90,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota. “We weren’t sure if we were going to pull it off but we…

Duluth Police, NAACP, Discuss Profiling Issues

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth chapter of the NAACP called out the Duluth Police Department Friday after new data released shows a disparity in police encounters by race. The Duluth NAACP says as the murder trial begins for Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes last summer, they wanted to highlight issues Black,…

Motorcycle Shops Begin Spring Tune-Ups

HERMANTOWN, Minn.– As we head into spring here in the northland, local motorcycle shops are reminding riders to make sure their ride is ready to go. The business Ape Hangers Customs in Hermantown is beginning to see bikes coming into the shop for spring tune -ups. Those at the shop are putting on new tires, checking fluids, and making other…

Essentia Health Launches Program to Help Patients Connect With Community Resources

DULUTH, Minn.– Essentia Health is partnering with other healthcare groups to launch a program to connect people with community groups. By going to their website and typing in your zip code, it will find local organizations for things like food, transportation, and housing. Those at Essentia are excited to help connect people to the program, especially during the pandemic. “Wanting…

CSS Returning to Full In-Person Learning this Fall

DULUTH, Minn.– The college of St. Scholastica is preparing to bring students back to the classrooms. This comes after CSS has been in a hybrid learning model all school year. The plan is for all students and faculty to return this fall for in-person learning. “About a year ago, we were transitioning all of our classes to an online format…

Outdoor Stores Prepping for Spring Season

DULUTH, Minn.– This warm weather is motivating some local outdoor stores to start planning for the spring and summer. Great Lakes Gear Exchange on 4th Street in downtown Duluth has been putting its winter gear on sale to try and make room for summer products. They say bikes, paddleboards, backpacks and camping gear are all going to be popular again…

46th Annual St. Urho’s Day Takes New Look During Pandemic

FINLAND, Minn.– One of the first signs of spring up the north shore is the St. Urho’s Day celebration here in Finland, Minnesota. And you better believe Northlanders were ready to enjoy the day. “It feels like we really survived a year,” said St. Urho’s Day Event Coordinator Honor Schauland. While the festivities looked different, the good vibes survived for…

LSC Holds Open House for Aviation Programs

DULUTH, Minn.– Students looking to start a career in aviation got to learn more about the skies today at Lake Superior College. More than 100 potential students attended LSC’s annual aviation open house at their facility on Airport Road, showcasing their Pilot and Aviation Maintenance Programs. The students got a close-up look at equipment something they couldn’t do last year…

Local Unions Picket for Amazon Union Vote

DULUTH, Minn.– A Duluth local labor union met to express their views on an Amazon distribution center in Alabama deciding whether or not to unionize. Voting for or against the union at an amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama is underway. Demonstrators showed up at the corner of London Road and 21st Avenue Friday to raise awareness for the vote. “These…