Author: CJ Baumgartner

Boat Parade for Trump in Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn.– In the lead up to this year’s presidential election, boat parades have been going on across the country to show their support for President Trump’s reelection campaign. And today, Trump supporters filled the waters of Canal Park to show their support. Boat parade for Trump from little fishing boats to a large tugboat, dozens of watercrafts traveled through…

Carlton County Offering Drive-Thru Flu Vaccinations

CARLTON, Minn.– With the concern of flu season now during the COVID-19 pandemic, Carlton County is offering easy access to influenza vaccinations. The county puts on a flu vaccine clinic every year and while this year’s may look a bit different due to the pandemic, it’s still just as important as ever says county public health officials to get vaccinated….

Natural Light Candles and Crafts Now Open

DULUTH, Minn.– A new homemade candle shop has made its way into west Duluth. Natural Light Candles and crafts are now open on the corner of Grand and Central Avenue. The shop sells homemade candles made from all natural products, along with other locally produced items. Owner and candle maker Kyia Plummer says it’s been a dream of hers to…

Wisconsin Extends Emergency Order, Mask Mandate

MADISON, Wis.– As COVID-19 cases rise above 108,000 in Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers and state health leaders are strengthening their efforts to fight COVID-19 in the state. With cases increasing in Wisconsin, health leaders are calling for more action from Wisconsinites as the state is entering what they say is “a new and dangerous phase of the pandemic” as fall…

UMD Theater Goes Outdoors to Perform

DULUTH, Minn.– UMD’s Theater Department is not letting the pandemic stop its performances by taking the show outside. Thursday night’s performance was Shakespeare’s “Henry V”. Audience members were socially distant out on the lawn of the Ordean Courtyard on campus. Masks were required, including for performers. The director says while this is something they’ve never done before, it’s great to…

Haunted Shack Seeks Volunteers for 2020 Season

CARLTON, Minn.– As the Haunted Shack in Carlton gets ready for another season, they’re asking for a few extra hands as they prepare to scare. Haunted Shack is looking for volunteers to help get ready for the season, perform in the haunted shack, and other positions for the corn maze and haunted hay rides. They are getting ready to open…

All of Us Program at Essentia Looking for More Participants

DULUTH, Minn.– The All of Us Program is a nationwide research program led by the National Institute of Health and has been partnered with Essentia since 2018. Now they’re looking for more patients to join the program during the pandemic. The program shares certain health information with researchers to help them get access to more data to fight COVID-19 and…

Applefest Brought to Your Door During Pandemic

BAYFIELD, Wis.– The 59th annual Applefest in Bayfield isn’t happening this year due to the pandemic but organizers are now going to be bringing the event right to your door. The Bayfield Foods Cooperative will be putting together Applefest Boxes this year that can be delivered to any Minnesota or Wisconsin address. The boxes will have your choice of the…

New Burger King Opens on London Road

DULUTH, Minn.– A new Burger King opened its doors for the first time Tuesday in the former Wendy’s location on London Road in Duluth. Cars lined up around the building to get their food for the first time at the new location. Work on the building began last December, tearing the old building down to its bones. Managers at Burger…

Birds Flock to Hawk Ridge During Migration

DULUTH, Minn.– As fall begins, birds from all over North America are getting ready to make the journey south. Hawk Ridge in Duluth has been a popular place for both birds and sight-seers. Some birds swinging through include harriers, sharp-shinned hawks, and more. The center also released two hawks back into the wild earlier today. “They’re coming from the provinces…

Memorial Held to Bring Awareness for Missing Northland Woman Sheila St. Clair

DULUTH, Minn.– Five years ago, Sheila St. Clair went missing. She was last seen at the Cascade Apartments on West 3rd Street in Duluth. Community members and law enforcement are asking for information as the case stays open. Members of the Duluth Area Northwoods Wolf Alliance, the Duluth Police Department and others met at Central Hillside Park in Duluth. The…

Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Visits Duluth as Early Voting Begins

DULUTH, Minn.– Former Vice President Joe Biden made his way to the Duluth area today, marking his first stop in Minnesota as the Democratic presidential nominee. Joe Biden made his first campaign appearance to the battleground state of Minnesota, a region that could be a big factor on Election Day. The presidential hopeful flew into Duluth early Friday afternoon as…

Pres. Trump, Joe Biden to Each Visit Northern Minnesota Friday

DULUTH, Minn.– The national spotlight is ready to shine on northern Minnesota tomorrow as both presidential candidates plan to make appearances, with one of them in Duluth. President Donald Trump will be in Bemidji. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will be somewhere in the Duluth area not yet announced by the campaign. While the two candidates will hold their campaign…

Duluth YMCA Gives Free Meal Kits for Families

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth Area YMCA gave out 30 free meal kits for families. It’s funded through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. Meal kits came with recipes and the ingredients to make tacos and spaghetti. Each kit has enough for a family of four to have two full meals. The kits will be given out every Wednesday…

City of Duluth Hosts Drive-Thru Job Fair

DULUTH, Minn.– As people try to get back to work during the pandemic, the city of Duluth and CareerForce are trying a never before way to connect employers and job seekers. The city of Duluth got the idea for a drive thru job fair after seeing other cities in northwestern Wisconsin do the same a few weeks ago. And today…

Bayside Sounds Concert Series Continues in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.– It might be getting cooler outside, but that’s not stopping people in Superior from throwing on an extra layer to go enjoy some great music outdoors. The concert series Bayside Sounds began last month in Superior. The group Born Too Late performed Wednesday night at Wade Bowl Park. The eight week concert series features bands that perform every…

Raising Awareness for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Spectrum Disorders

DULUTH, Minn.– September is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month and experts want people to understand the complications that can come with what they say is a completely preventable disability. It’s caused by exposure to alcohol while a baby is in the womb. Experts say it impacts people on a spectrum with damage to the brain or growth deficiencies…

Chamber After Hours Returns at The DECC

DULUTH, Minn.– The DECC has slowly been getting back to some type of business during the pandemic, with a popular Duluth event making its way to the facility. Chamber After Hours was held in person for the first time since March. About 40 people showed up to the popular networking event, featuring snacks, drinks and games. Temperatures were taken at…

Newly Remodeled Lake View Hospital Unveiled

TWO HARBORS, Minn.– The new Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors is now unveiled.  It’s a place hospital leaders are calling a major step forward for the future of healthcare in the region. More than two years ago, Lake View and St. Luke’s put plans in motion to strengthen and modernize the facilities in Two Harbors.  The main goal was…

Winter Gear Selling Well as Summer Ends

DULUTH, Minn.– Minnesota weather has been keeping Northlanders on their heels the last few weeks as people in the area get ready for the winter season. Winter items like snow blowers, snowmobiles, winter tracks for ATVs, and more are starting to sell already here in September. While snow isn’t expected for a little bit longer, Northlanders say it’s never too…

Duluth Library Foundation to Celebrate Duluth’s 150th Anniversary through Virtual Tour

DULUTH, Minn.– As the city of Duluth reaches its 150th anniversary, one Duluth organization is planning a special way to remember the city’s past. The Duluth Library Foundation is hosting a virtual history tour from September 19-30. It will showcase two local authors, Tom Peacock and Tony Dierckins telling the story of Duluth’s founding from the perspective of the first…

Twin Ports Health Officials Expect Spike in Covid-19 Cases as School Begins

DULUTH, Minn.– As students across the Northland continue starting the new school year, concerns about COVID-19 are definitely still a part of daily life.  Schools are taking plenty of precautions to focus on safety but area health experts are still worried about the uncertainty that comes with classes being back in session. Students from elementary to high school to college…

Changes Could Be Coming to Chester Park Trail

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth City Council is expected to take up a resolution involving one of the city’s most popular trails. The council is considering making the Chester Creek Trail ski-only during the winter months. Both pedestrians and cross country skiers have shared the trail over the years. But some city parks officials say the steep trail, blind corners, and…

EPA Officials Visit Duluth, Tour Revitalized Sites

DULUTH, Minn.– Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were in Duluth earlier this week, touring past and potential new sites that are eligible for funding from the federal agency. The money not only helps create more business in the area but also helps keep natural resources around the community clean. The EPA has given out over $287 million over the…

Socially Distant Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Instead of walking in large numbers down the Lakewalk, participants were encouraged to do their own version of the walk at home.

DULUTH, Minn.– Over 120,000 Americans died from Alzheimer’s in 2018 and today a popular annual event in Duluth helping raise awareness for the disease was still able to go on in a unique way during the pandemic. Walking to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s this year is more important now than ever. Those effected say with the added stress…

Local Firefighters Honor 9/11 Heroes

DULUTH, Minn.– On the 19th anniversary of 9/11, a group of Duluth firefighters spent the day paying tribute to those who lost their lives, including the first responders who jumped into action. More than 3,000 people were killed on that fateful day back in 2001, including 343 firefighters. To honor the sacrifices made by first responders, members of the Duluth…

Volunteers Honor 9/11 Victims, Clean up Community

DULUTH, Minn.– A group of community members went out today to do some good in honor of those lost. Around 25 members of Ecolibrium-3’s Vista Corps and Duluth Parks and Recreation went around doing service projects around the city. Stops were made at places like Harrison Park to help maintain the community gardens there. Organizers say while the tragedy is…

Waters of Superior to Close, Noting Difficulties Due To Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn.– A popular canal park business for the last two decades will be closing its doors for good later this fall. The reason for shutting down is financial difficulties due to COVID-19. Waters of Superior has been an icon in Canal Park since the store opened in 2000. Providing not only a unique shopping experience but also an opportunity…

Duluth Veterans Rally Against Trump

DULUTH, Minn.– The President has been accused of making comments calling soldiers who died in combat ‘losers and suckers’ which has drawn criticism across the country, including from veterans in Duluth. A group of veterans met outside City Hall in Duluth earlier today in response to the allegations made against Trump. Several veterans spoke during the gathering sharing their experiences…

Duluth Couple Takes Flight for 65th Anniversary

DULUTH, Minn.– A Duluth couple got to experience their 65th wedding anniversary from the clouds earlier today. James and Barbara Burud thought they were going out for pizza, instead their kids surprised them when they got to the Sky Harbor Airport on Minnesota Point for a plane ride around Lake Superior and the Duluth area. James has an interest in…

Minnesota Firefighters Help Battle Western Wildfires

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.– As wildfires continue to ravage western states, some Minnesota firefighters are out there to help. More than 60 Minnesota firefighters are out west helping fight fires in six states including California, like this one near Los Angeles. Crews are helping with on the ground suppression, aerial suppression and support and large incident management. Fire officials say those…

Superior’s ‘Dream Park’ Officially Unveiled

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Three years ago, a girl in Superior wanted a place for kids with physical limitations to play. And today that was made a reality. Kenna Hermanson cut the ribbon at Superior’s Webster Dream Park in the south end of the city as the grand opening for the 100 year old park’s new look was held Wednesday. The park…

Protest Held in Response to Trump Jr’s Duluth Visit

DULUTH, Minn.– This isn’t the first time a Trump family member has visited Duluth to try to win over voters during the president’s re-election campaign. While each visit draws supporters, the events have also drawn protesters who want their message to be seen and heard. About 50 people gathered at Gichi-ode’ Akiing park in downtown Duluth to protest Donald Trump…

Ru-Ridge Corn Maze Preps for Fall Season During Pandemic

CARLTON, Minn.– It’s beginning to look a lot like fall in the Northland and that means corn mazes all around are getting ready for families to come through again. As the season begins to change, popular fall destinations like Ru-Ridge Corn Maze in Carlton are gearing up for an unexpected and unpredictable fall but one thing they can guarantee is…

Cloquet Library Returns to Regular Hours

CLOQUET, Minn.– In Cloquet, the city’s library is now returning to full hours for the first time since March. Starting Tuesday, the Cloquet Public Library is now running at their fall schedule. Open Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m. Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Cloquet Public Library will…

Goats and Yoga Help De-stress in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Experts say yoga and spending time with animals can help reduce stress. One Duluth group has been putting them together for a unique experience in Superior. Duluth Goat Yoga hoofed it to over earth rider brewing’s cedar lounge for a relaxing session. Participants got in a good stretch and managed stress with goats of all shapes sizes and…

Couple Opens Yard to Renaissance Festival Vendors

DULUTH, Minn.– As many of the area’s conventions and festivals have been canceled due to the pandemic, one Duluth couple is giving some special vendors a chance to work and sell their magic. The Meier’s opened up their yard along the north shore to pop-up vendors selling so-called mystical items including crystals, scents, and more. These vendors normally set up…

Gov. Walz, MN Health Leaders Warn Of High COVID-19 Numbers as Fall Approaches

ST. PAUL, Minn.– The number of people infected by COVID-19 in Minnesota has steadily been growing all summer, adding to total more than 78,000 total cases since the beginning of the pandemic. And with the summer winding down the impact could look a lot different in Minnesota in the coming months. With Labor Day weekend coming up and fall around…

Essentia Health Encouraging Child Checkups Before Fall

DULUTH, Minn.– With the school year approaching, Essentia Health says parents should still find time to get their kids in for a checkup. Essentia says now more than ever, parents should be getting their kids in for their annual physicals. Doctors say that besides keeping up with a child’s development, it’s important to stay up to date on vaccinations as…

Visit Duluth Releases July Tourism Numbers

DULUTH, Minn.– Visit Duluth, the city’s primary marketing operation, is transitioning furloughed staff to temporary layoffs on October 1st as tourism tax revenue continues to be far below normal projections. Five positions will have temporary layoffs while one position will have a permanent layoff. Visit Duluth has announced at least six furloughed staff members will be officially laid off by…

Classes Begin at University Of Wisconsin-Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Students at University of Wisconsin-Superior began in-person classes today for the first time since March. Students are back in class but things are a little bit different. Masks are required on-campus, there are single points of entry into all buildings, and each classroom will have sanitizer and paper towels for students. One student says while it’s good to…

CareerForce Duluth to Hold Virtual Job Fair

DULUTH, Minn.– CareerForce in Duluth is adding a drive through job fair, taking a page from some Wisconsin communities. It will be held September 16 from 1-4 p.m. at Wheeler Field in West Duluth. While they have held virtual job fairs in the past, CareerForce says with their offices and libraries closed, it will give people with limited access to…

Just For Kix-Duluth Holds Free Trial Class

DULUTH, Minn.– One Duluth organization is looking to keep kids moving and dancing with the school year around the corner. Just for Kix Duluth held a free trial class today at St. Michael’s Lakeside School in east Duluth. Kids as young as three years old all the way to high school students got the chance to go through a class,…

Surly Brewing to Close Beer Hall, Other Breweries Impacted Due to Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn.– The Coronavirus’ financial fallout is forcing Surly Brewing Company in Minneapolis to close its popular beer hall this fall. This comes as breweries across the state prepare for an uncertain winter season without outdoor seating. The impact financially of the Coronavirus has been taking its toll on businesses across the country, including one of Minnesota’s most popular industries….