Author: CJ Baumgartner

Bong Airport Holds First-Ever Community Open House

SUPERIOR, Wis.– It was a busy day at the Bong Airport in Superior as all hangers have opened up at the airport to give the community a look into the sky. The first ever Bong Airport Open House took place Saturday. Building on a tradition set by the Commemorative Air Force Lake Superior Squadron. “The whole idea is to get…

New Ropes Course Opens in Cloquet

CLOQUET, Minn.– For those who want an active course, High Ropes Minnesota opened to the public today in Cloquet. The 5-pole, 12 element course has two levels for climbers to navigate with guides along the way to help. No matter how much ropes experience you have, operators say the course is for kids and adults of all ages. “A lot…

New ‘Slooper Slide’ Opens at Mont du Lac

SUPERIOR, Wis.– The nice day was a perfect afternoon for Mont du Lac Resort’s newest summer attraction to make a splash. The first kid went down Mont du Lac’s new ‘Slooper Slide’ on Saturday A classic slide with water flowing down to give riders some extra speed as they fly into the pool. It’s the second addition to Mont du…

Gov. Evers Tours Sustainable Food Program at Northland College

On Friday Governor Tony Evers toured the Hulings Rice Food Center on the Northland College campus.

ASHLAND, Wis.– At Northland College in Ashland, a school food program has been teaching students how to grow sustainability. And it’s catching the eye of the Wisconsin governor. On Friday Governor Tony Evers toured the Hulings Rice Food Center on the Northland College campus. “It’s always good to get out of the bubble of the state capital,” said Evers. The…

Denfeld High School Holds 96th Commencement Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn.– Over at Denfeld High School, the class of 2021 was honored Thursday. The 96th commencement took place this afternoon at the public school stadium. After last year’s ceremony was moved to a virtual format due to the pandemic, this Denfeld graduation was the first one ever held outside. Those with Denfeld high say no matter where the ceremony…

Car Seat Clinics to Return this Summer

DULUTH, Minn.– This summer, a popular city program is returning to help families keep their kids safe on the road. Starting next Thursday, the Duluth Fire Department will bring back its car seat clinics at different fire stations every third Thursday of the month until November. The free service provides information and resources, including car seat inspection and help installing…

Fog Covers Duluth Amid Warm Start to Summer

DULUTH, Minn.– The early summer heat, along with the impact of Lake Superior, has been creating some weather phenomena around Duluth. “That marine can influence a lot,” said NOAA Meteorologist Dean Melde. “More early in the season in the summer and then over the winter before we start seeing some ice. If you were anywhere close to the waters of…

Man Drowns In St. Louis River After Attempting To Rescue 2 Children

DULUTH, Minn.– A father from Superior is dead after drowning in the St. Louis River while trying to help save two children struggling in the water. One of those children was his own. “There was multiple agencies participating in the rescue. Good communication, good coordination. Unfortunately, the outcome is not what we or anyone else wanted,” said Duluth Assistant Fire…

Tiny Home Development Coming to Hillside Community

DULUTH, Minn.– As the city of Duluth looks to address housing issues throughout the city, they’re thinking small. At least 14 tiny homes will be coming into the Central Hillside community as a way to tackle housing issues in the area. “So we looked at that site and said, ‘this might be a good area for some tiny homes,’” said…

Local Outdoor Gear Shops Ready for Summer

DULUTH, Minn.– As the stretch of warm weather brings the Northland into summer, outdoor gear shops in the Twin Ports are seeing business heat up as well. The Great Lakes Gear Exchange on Fourth Street has been seeing plenty of outdoor enthusiasts stock up on gear over the last few weeks. Those at the shop say bikes and bike accessories…

Bus, Bike, Walk Helps Gather Central Entrance Feedback

DULUTH, Minn.– As part of Central Enterance prepares to be redone in a few years, the Metropolitan Interstate Council spent the weekend trying to get feedback from the community on what they’d like to see done with the street. The two-day event of food trucks, music, and games begins a year-long process to gather community input on the ways people…

ALS Fishing Tournament Returns to Island Lake

DULUTH, Minn.– Hundreds of anglers returned to the waters of Island Lake this morning for the 26th annual Kolar Fishing Tournament. More than 200 anglers were trying to reel in the biggest walleyes and bass of the day in teams or as individuals. All proceeds from the tournament go towards funding ALS research along with resources for those currently battling…

Local Boy Scouts Install 70 Bat Boxes

DULUTH, Minn.– Today the Voyageur’s Council of Boy Scouts of America spent some time in the woods near Island Lake building houses for the area’s bat populations. The scouts built and installed 70 bat boxes around the area. Experts from Minnesota Forest Industries say much of the bat species has plummeted 90 percent in recent years due to a fungus…

Lakewalk to Reopen Next Week in Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn.– It’s been a familiar site down in Canal Park to see fences and guardrails covering up its section of the Lakewalk, but by this time next week, it’s going to look completely different. “A week from now, we will formally reopen this Lakewalk,” said Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. After sitting empty for so long, the path will be…

CHUM Receives 1,200 Lbs. Donation of Pet Food

DULUTH, Minn.– CHUM received a big donation today to help pet owners in the Twin Ports. The organization called Leadership Duluth brought more than 1,200 pounds of dog and cat food, along with cat litter this afternoon to CHUM’s food shelf in downtown Duluth. The donation was part of the group’s service project and chum says pet food is a…

West Duluth Smoke Shop Burglarized Wednesday Night

DULUTH, Minn.– A business owner in west Duluth is asking for the public’s help after his smoke shop was broken into last night. Owner Mike Wazwaz says security cameras caught a group of people smashing through the store’s front door in the strip mall on the 4600 block of Grand Avenue. The bad guys stole some product but the real…

AICHO Helps Kids Plant Garden at Duluth Library

DULUTH, Minn.– As summer approaches, a Duluth organization is teaching kids how to garden. The American Indian Community Housing Organization or AICHO was at the Duluth Library this afternoon to plant a small garden with its children’s program. They planted strawberries, pole beans, sunflowers, and more along Michigan Street. Those with AICHO say it will teach kids more about indigenous…

Proctor Car Show Returns for First Time in Two Years

PROCTOR, Minn.– For the first time in two years, a classic car show returned to Proctor Wednesday afternoon. Car enthusiasts met up at the Powerhouse Bar in Proctor to show off their classic rides. More than 75 cars were in the lot. Car shows in proctor take place every Wednesday night at new locations, a tradition that was sidelined last…

April Tourism Tax Revenue Up 200% From 2020

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar stopped in Duluth Wednesday to let everybody know Duluth is back in business.

DULUTH, Minn.– Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar stopped in Duluth Wednesday to let everybody know Duluth is back in business. “The hotels are open, restaurants are open, and it’s really important that people that not just northern Minnesota but across the state that northern Minnesota is a great place to go on vacation or take a weekend to visit.” This comes…

Area Boy Scouts Plant Flags for Memorial Day Weekend

HERMANTOWN, Minn.– During Memorial Day weekend, a group of local boy scouts honored fallen veterans. Dozens of flags filled up parts of Hermantown’s Sunrise Cemetery as Boy Scout troop 106 in Hermantown spent their day planting American flags around the grave sights of veterans. Scouts say it’s an honor to pay their respects. “I hope to go through all of…

First Red Flag Warning Issued for Park Point Beaches

DULUTH, Minn.– The first red flag warning of the year was issued today for Park Point Beaches in Duluth because of a high risk for rip currents. The dangerous swimming conditions come from strong winds creating bigger waves that can form deadly rip currents up and down the point. There are five red flag alert stations at busier beach entrances,…

Suspect Apprehended After Wed. Night Robbery in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Frightening moments at CVS on Tower Avenue in Superior last night after a man allegedly went into the store and robbed it while also shocking a 68 year old woman with a stun gun and robbing her to at the same site. “Officers arrived to conduct an investigation and actually received information from another business about a possible…

Local Greenhouses Give Spring Gardening Tips

DULUTH, Minn.– With the temperatures rising and dropping, a local greenhouse has tips on how to keep your plants healthy. Those with Spring at Last greenhouse say on nights with frost warnings, you should cover up plants with a sheet or blanket. Potted plants should be brought inside to prevent frost damage which can stunt their growth for the rest…

DECC Awarded ‘Partner of the Year’ from Local Red Cross

DULUTH, Minn.– The northern Minnesota chapters of the Red Cross every year name an organization around the area that’s been a big boost for blood collection to local hospitals in the Northland. On Wednesday, they awarded this year’s winner. The Red Cross named the DECC its blood services Partner of the Year. “They’re a really important part of the red…

Wednesday Night Regatta Returns on Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn.– You know summer is almost here in Duluth now that the Duluth Yacht Club is back at its Wednesday night regatta out on Lake Superior. Wednesday evening, dozens of sailboats took off from Park Point, crossing underneath the lift bridge and out through 10 miles of the Duluth Shipping Channel. The sight from shore for a couple from…

Arena Rummage Sale Returns to West Duluth Saturday

DULUTH, Minn.– For the first time in two years, the Arena Rummage Sale returns to west Duluth. Taking place at the Heritage Sports Center, the event goes on in the spring to bring together between 50-100 rummage sales all in one place for sale enthusiasts to go check out. Clothes, toys, and a whole lot of other knick-knacks will be…

William A. Irvin Reopens for First Full Season Since 2017

DULUTH, Minn.– One of Duluth’s biggest tourist attractions is now open for the summer, the William A. Irvin opened Friday for the season. It’s the first full season since 2017 after undergoing repairs and dealing with delays from the reconstruction of the Minnesota slip, along with the pandemic. Tours will initially be Friday, Saturday and Sundays before expanding to more…

Duluth FC Prepare for First Game Since Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn.– On Saturday, Duluth FC will play their first game of the season. Not only that but it will be the first game they’ve played since the pandemic after the 2020 season was cancelled. Duluth FC will start the season at home in their first-ever matchup with expansion team Joy St. Louis Park. The club has been trying to…

UWS, CSS Each Win First Game of UMAC Baseball Tournament

UWS won their single-elimination game 4-1 against Crown. No. 2 seed CSS beat no. 3 seed  Bethany Lutheran 3-2.

  ST. PAUL, Minn.– UW-Superior and St. Scholastica each won their first round matchups in the 2021 UMAC Baseball Tournament. UWS won their single-elimination game 4-1 against Crown. They will take on no. 1 seed Northwestern Friday at 1 p.m. No. 2 seed CSS beat no. 3 seed  Bethany Lutheran 3-2. The Saints will play the winner of UWS/Northwestern Friday….

UMD, Athletic Director Josh Berlo Agree to 3 Year Extension

Berlo's new contract will keep the Bulldog AD in Duluth until 2026.

DULUTH, Minn.– The University of Minnesota-Duluth announced this afternoon that Athletic Director Josh Berlo will be staying in Bulldog Country after signing a three-year contract extension Thursday. Berlo’s new contract will keep the Bulldog AD in Duluth until 2026. He first came to UMD in 2013 from Notre Dame and was named the NCAA Division II under Armour Athletic Director…

Superior Baseball Cruises to Doubleheader Sweep of Duluth East

DULUTH, Minn.– Superior and Duluth East baseball teams met at Ordean Field for a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. The Spartans would score first thanks to a wild pitch that scores senior Tucker Johnson. Another passed ball made it 2-0 Superior. The Greyhounds would plate their run thanks to a passed ball to make it 2-1 but the Spartans would win game…

Duluth Businesses Adapting to New Mask Guidelines with no State, City Mandates

Duluth businesses adjust their masking policies since the mask mandate has been repealed.

DULUTH, Minn.– Duluth businesses adjust their masking policies since the mask mandate has been repealed. “I want my customers to feel safe and comfortable when they’re here,” said Bill Miller, Owner Of Two & Co. in Canal Park’s Dewitt Seitz Building. “If people are coming in without a mask, I’m not going to be the ‘mask police.’ I think everybody…

Local Advocacy Group Calls for Police Reform Inside DPD

DULUTH, Minn.– Police accountability was the subject of a gathering Monday with the Duluth Community Safety Initiative. The group says racial disparities in areas like use of force need to change. They’re calling for a racial bias audit of the Duluth Police Department, the launch of a community led oversight commission, and a budget freeze for the department until part…

Halvor Lines Speedway Races Again in Proctor

PROCTOR, Minn.– For the first time in nearly two years, it’s race day once again over at the speedway in Proctor. Now with COVID restrictions on big events loosening up considerably, it’s an encouraging sign for the racetrack after hitting some speedbumps during the pandemic. The sound of revving of engines filled the air in Proctor, where the Halvor Lines…

Husky Refinery Hiring Additional Staff Amid Rebuild

SUPERIOR, Wis.– As the rebuild continues for the Husky Refinery in Superior after an explosion two years ago, they’re looking to hire additional staff. A spokesperson for the Superior refinery says that they are looking for over a dozen operators to help get the facility get back to 100 percent operations. All positions are entry-level and those with Husky say…

5 Duluth East Baseball Players Sign NLIs

DULUTH, Minn.– On Saturday, 5 Duluth East baseball players signed their national letters of intent. Utility player Bo Brown along with first baseman and pitcher Garret Johnson won’t be going far as both have signed on to play at St. Scholastica next season. Pitcher Ethan Cole will be staying in Duluth as well but he’ll be playing for the UMD…

Minnesota Fishing Season Begins with Opening Weekend

DULUTH, Minn.– Fishing season is now underway in Minnesota. The fishing opener here in Minnesota is a day many in the Northland have had circled on their calendars. And those here in Duluth talk about how they’re going to spend the weekend. “We’re looking forward to a nice outing and catching some fish,” said Jarrid Houston of Houston’s Guide Service….

CSS, UWS Hold Unique Graduation Ceremonies

TWIN PORTS– St. Scholastica and UW-Superior graduates took the stage in a unique way this afternoon for their commencement. 544 CSS graduates put on their caps and gowns and walked through Amsoil arena this afternoon to receive their degrees. Including over 100 graduates from 2020, who were invited to walk this year after last year’s ceremony was cut short due…