Author: Claudia Chakamian

SolFed Farm Receives Certified Naturally Grown Recognition

SolFed Farm is the only farm in Minnesota to receive this distinction. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Farming started as more of a passion project for SolFed Farm owner Liz Strohmayer. “We started with a few raised beds which quickly turned into a lot. It was ideally, it was supposed to be our way of being more self sustainable, and living a more self sustainable lifestyle,” Strohmayer said. But then Strohmayer decided to share…

Duluth Edison Charter School Students Hold Outdoor Concert

Due to the pandemic, this is the first time since 2019 the concerts have been held and all of the kids were excited to be performing outside again. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, kids from the Duluth Edison Charter School celebrated the end of the school year with their outdoor concert. Students grades kindergarten through fourth and their families gathered at Leif Erickson Park as the kids performed different songs. Due to the pandemic, this is the first time since 2019 the concerts have been held and all…

Alpacas Go Through Shearing Process at Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm

About 50 alpacas went through the shearing process on Tuesday along with a llama and two sheep. 

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a busy day at a local farm for alpaca shearing. It’s the annual harvest day at the Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm in Duluth where they are harvesting alpaca fiber by shearing it off the alpacas. The process includes a professional shearer named Brent, his assistant and volunteers who come by to help. It’s always done…

Superior Roux Offering Variety of Flavors at Pop-Up Location

Superior Roux operates out of the old Billings Park Cafe building, which was purchased by the Sutherland family and turned it into Venue in the Park which now offers a commercial kitchen rental and event space. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Opening Superior Roux has been a long time coming for co-owners Paul Lukens and Jeremy Wilson. “We’ve both been in the culinary industry for about 30 years mixed together. We kind of came together and realized we work really well together and a lot of our palate and a lot of our flavors work well together so…

Twin Ports Miracle League to Hold Second Annual Home Run Derby Fundraiser

The home run derby will take place June 5 starting at 11:00 a.m. at Harrison Park and will feature a youth, high school/college and open division.

DULUTH, Minn. – We are just a few weeks away from the Twin Ports Miracle League season from getting started and they’re kicking things off with one of their fundraisers. Miracle League, put on by the Duluth YMCA, allows kids with any physical and/or mental disabilities to play baseball. They are holding their second annual home run derby to help…

Hayward Wolfpack FC Uses Big Second Half to Defeat OPOPO United FC

Former Saint Malcolm Lumsden scored five goals for the Wolfpack, all in the second half. 

HAYWARD, Wis. – Eight second half goals gave Hayward Wolfpack FC the 9-2 win against Grand Rapids-based OPOPO United FC, who used to go by the name Hibbing United FC, in a friendly on Sunday afternoon. Former Saint Malcolm Lumsden scored five goals for the Wolfpack, all in the second half. Hayward will be back in action on Thursday at…

Duluth Denfeld Baseball Defeats Rivals Duluth East

This is the Hunters' first win over the Greyhounds since 2015.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld baseball team scored four runs in the fourth to start the rally and went on to get the 12-4 win over crosstown rivals Duluth East. This is the Hunters’ first win over the Greyhounds since 2015. Denfeld will be back in action Wednesday at Cloquet while East will host Anoka on Wednesday. Categories: High…

Hermantown Softball Wins Big in Regular Season Finale

The Hawks put up 24 total runs to sweep Bemidji in their regular season finale.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown softball team dominated offensively on Saturday, getting the 12-5 and 12-3 wins over Bemidji to end the regular season. The Hawks improve to to 15-2 and now get ready for section playoffs which begin next week. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Boys Lacrosse Falls at Home to Woodbury

Tyler Smith finished with four goals for the Wolfpack. 

DULUTH, Minn. – A big second quarter by Woodbury helped the Royals get the 14-9 road win over the Duluth boys lacrosse team on Saturday. Tyler Smith finished with four goals for the Wolfpack. Duluth is scheduled to be back in action Tuesday at Irondale. Categories: High School, Sports

Local Speedways Planning to Final Open for Season This Weekend

Halvor Lines Speedway plans to open for the season this Sunday with doors opening at 4:00 p.m. 

PROCTOR, Minn. – Rain and frost are less than ideal conditions for dirt tracks. “You’ve also got to think about frost in the track. Because if there’s frost in there, that will wreck cars which is very expensive, it’s hard to get parts these days,” president of the Halvor Lines Speedway Duane Caywood said. Local race tracks including Halvor Lines…

Visitors Enjoy Chester Creek Trails

Despite a wet spring, the trails are still in good condition.

DULUTH, Minn. – With some more wet weather on the way, Tuesday was the perfect day to get outside and enjoy some of Duluth’s trails. People were out and about on the Chester Creek trails. Despite a wet spring, the trails are in good condition which allows visitors to take a hike, relax by the waterfalls or just enjoy the…

Howard’s Que Serving Up Southern Style Flavors

Howard's Que is currently open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and then Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Howard’s Que located in Lincoln Park has been serving up southern style barbeque for years. “It’s a little bit of Howard style, it’s a little bit of Memphis, that’s where I’m from Memphis, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri so it’s a combination of those areas and regions. Here, you’re never going to walk away hungry,” owner Howard…

St. Luke’s Staff Members Spend Day Giving Back to Community

As part of National "Do Something Good for Your Neighbors Day", St. Luke's staff members picked up trash and cleaned around their campus and surrounding neighborhoods. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday, around two dozen St. Luke’s employees spent part of their day giving back to the community. As part of National “Do Something Good for Your Neighbors Day”, St. Luke’s staff members picked up trash and cleaned around their campus and surrounding neighborhoods. The event gives employees a chance to connect with one another while also…

Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad Stays Busy With Maintenance Work During Closure

On Monday, the wheels and running gears of one of the locomotives was lifted by crane onto a semi truck which will then be sent off to a remanufacturing facility in Pennsylvania. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad has been temporarily suspended for three years but that hasn’t stopped work from happening on-site. On Monday, the wheels and running gears of one of the locomotives was lifted by crane onto a semi truck which will then be sent off to a remanufacturing facility in Pennsylvania. The wheels were on…

Zam Plante Named Nominee for All-USA Today HSSA Hockey Player of the Year

The winner along with three finalists will be announced July 31.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – It’s been two months since the Hermantown boys hockey team won their fourth state title, but that hasn’t stopped star Zam Plante from continuing to bring home honors. After putting up a team leading 24 goals his junior season, Plante is being recognized as one of the best in the country. Plante has been named to the…

UMD Volleyball Announces 2022 Schedule

The Bulldogs will open at the St. Cloud State/Concordia-St. Paul tournament August 26 and 27.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team has released their 2022 schedule as the season is just three months away. The Bulldogs will open at the St. Cloud State/Concordia-St. Paul tournament August 26 and 27. They will then head to Indy the following weekend for four games at the University of Indianapolis tournament. UMD will open NSIC play on Sept….

Duluth FC Gets Shutout Win in Home Opener

Felipe Oliveira and Sam Thornton scored as the BlueGreens picked up a huge win over conference rivals Minneapolis City SC.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC used one goal in each half to get the 2-0 win over conference rivals Minneapolis City SC in their home opener. Felipe Oliveira and Sam Thornton scored as the BlueGreens got a big conference win that could pay dividends later in the season. Duluth improves to 2-0 on the season and will host the Minnesota…

UW-Superior Baseball Falls in UMAC Tournament Championship Game

UWS ends the season with a 19-21 overall record. 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The UW-Superior baseball team entered Saturday’s UMAC Tournament Championship series in the drivers seat and needing just one win, but Crown did what it needed to do, getting 13-5 and 7-2 wins to take home the UMAC Tournament title. The No. 4 seed Yellowjackets defeated the No. 2 seed Polars on Friday but the Polars bounced back…

UMD Baseball’s Season Comes to an End in NSIC Tournament Semifinals

UMD ends their season with a 25-25 overall record. 

BRANDON, S.D. – The UMD baseball team’s Cinderella run came to an end on Saturday in the NSIC Tournament semifinals as Augustana got the 11-1 win to eliminate the Bulldogs. Earlier in the day, UMD got the 6-4 win over Minot State thanks to Tosten Mann hitting three home runs. The Bulldogs were picked to finish 13 in the NSIC…

Prep Lacrosse: Duluth Boys, Girls Fall at Home

Both Duluth lacrosse teams suffered tough losses at home on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth boys lacrosse team struggled offensively on Saturday as Mahtomedi got the 7-0 road win. The Wolfpack fall to 6-3 and will play at White Bear Lake on Monday. Meanwhile, the Duluth girls battled back-and-forth on Saturday but dropped a heartbreaker, as Brainerd got the 9-8 win. The Wolfpack fall to 5-3 and will host crosstown…

Bent Paddle Brewery Takes Home Two Awards at 2022 World Beer Cup

Bent Paddle's Bent Hop IPA took home bronze in the international India Pale Ale category, while their pilot batch Altbear won gold in the German Style Altbier category. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Another local brewery is still celebrating after taking home some hardware from last week’s 2022 World Beer Cup. Bent Paddle’s year-round Bent Hop IPA took home bronze in the international India Pale Ale category, while their pilot batch Altbear won gold in the German-Style Altbier category. The brewery has won a few Great American Beer Fest awards…

Fishing Guide Shares Tips Ahead of Minnesota Fishing Opener

Houston's Guide Service begins trips next week. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Anglers get ready because the Minnesota fishing opener weekend is finally here. Jarrid Houston with Houston’s Guide Service says the opener signals the busy time of year for them. He says they have a lot of guide trips booked already for this summer but they do still have some openings. Houston also shares his tips for a…

Jay Cooke State Park Getting Busier With Warmer Weather

Whether you're looking for a day hike or a camping trip, Jay Cooke officials say they're excited to welcome people back for sunny days at the park. 

CARLTON, Minn. – The river is flowing, the snow is melting and it’s now a busy time of year at Jay Cooke State Park. “We think spring may have actually sprung here in the park. Everything comes back. the people come back, the birds come back, the river goes up, so all of that is really energizing and makes you…

New Oral Health Hub Set to Open in Downtown Duluth Later This Year

Minnesota-based Children's Dental Services is in the process of opening a full service oral health hub at 25 W. Superior St. in downtown Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Within the next year there will be more options for children to receive dental care in the Northland. Minnesota-based Children’s Dental Services is in the process of opening a full service oral health hub here in Duluth. A large portion of the funding for this came from a $200,000 grant from the Medica Foundation. The nonprofit already…

Earth Rider’s North Tower Stout Selected as 2022 World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner in Oatmeal Stout Category

The World Beer Cup, which is the largest beer competition in the world, had more than 10,000 entries from nearly 2500 breweries across 57 countries. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over the weekend, Earth Rider Brewery took home a special honor for one of their brews. The North Tower Stout was named the 2022’s World Beer Cup gold medal winner in the oatmeal stout category. The World Beer Cup, which is the largest beer competition in the world, had more than 10,000 entries from nearly 2500 breweries…

Minnesota Fishing Opener Happening This Weekend

With the weather looking nice for this weekend, Fisherman's Corner says they're just starting to get busy and see people getting their boats out as they prepare to start the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – After Wisconsin held its fishing opener this past weekend, Minnesotans are now getting ready to hit the lakes this weekend. Although the weather looks promising on Saturday and Sunday, the dragged-out winter slowed down preparations. Fisherman’s Corner says they’re just starting to get busy and see people getting their boats out. They added that a concern of…

Miniature Therapy Horses Visit Duluth Edison Charter School’s Raleigh Academy

On Monday, the students got to learn more about how to take care of them, groom them and act around them while the students will read a book to the horses on Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, students at the Duluth Edison Charter School’s Raleigh Academy get to spend time with some special visitors. Miniature therapy horses from Rocky Run are visiting the school as part of the miniature horse outreach program. Over the past week, students have been learning more about horses and practicing their ready to get ready for these…

UW-Superior Baseball Player Making Most of Senior Season Following Scary Medical Incident

The summer after his freshman season, David Dibble's heart stopped twice while helping in the bullpen and he was told he could never play sports again. Now, he's enjoying a final season playing for the Yellowjackets.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The COVID-19 pandemic caused plenty of issues for spring athletes, but it did grant college athletes an extra year of eligibility. And for one UW-Superior baseball player, that’s given him another chance to defy the odds and play the sport that he loves. There are few moments that David Dibble enjoys more than being out on the…

Lake Superior College Holds Spring Open House

Educators hoped it would allow interested students to get a real feel of what it would be like if they chose LSC. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, Lake Superior College let prospective students stop by for an open house. They learned about the different programs, visited labs and met instructors for the more hands-on career programs the college offers, ranging from nursing to automotive to cybersecurity. Educators hoped it would allow interested students to get a real feel of what it would…

Jay Cooke State Park Busy as Spring Weather Begins

Jay Cooke is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

CARLTON, Minn. – With it continuing to get nicer outside, it’s becoming the perfect time of the year to visit Jay Cooke State Park. The park was opening during the winter but now the snow is melting, the river and waterfalls are flowing and more people are stopping by. The park also allows camping and says reservations have been going…

Mother’s Day Craft and Vendor Show Taking Place This Weekend in Cloquet

The show will continue Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at both the Cloquet Armory and Super One at Pine Tree Plaza. 

CLOQUET, Minn. – If you need a last minute Mother’s Day gift, you have quite a few locally-made options at the Mother’s Day craft and vendor show in Cloquet. This weekend, over 70 local vendors, crafters and home businesses are showcasing their work. Items range from wood designs and jewelry to photographs and even 3D printing so anyone can find…

Adolfson and Peterson Construction Holds Inaugural Charity Bean Bag Tournament

The money raised from Thursday's event were being donated to the Northern Lights Foundation

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, dozens of people gathered at Clyde Iron Works for a bean bag tournament to raise money for charity. Adolfson and Peterson Construction held an inaugural bean bag tournament Thursday afternoon with proceeds being donated to the Northern Lights Foundation. Members with AP Construction says they’re committed to giving back to the local community and Thursday’s…

Pike Lake Golf and Beach Club Adding Summer Outdoor Activities

Pike Lake Golf and Beach Club is adding pickleball, bocce ball, volleyball, bean bags, a tiki bar and an event center to be ready this summer.

DULUTH, Minn. – With it continuing to get warmer out, the Pike Lake Golf and Beach Club is getting ready to unveil some new renovations to help people enjoy those summer days. The facility already featured a 9-hole course and beach, but is adding pickleball, bocce ball, volleyball, bean bags, a tiki bar and an event center to be ready…

Flower Shops Busy Preparing for Mother’s Day

The owner of Artistic Florals by Leslie located on Tower Avenue in Superior says they're still taking orders if you need a gift for Sunday or to stop by and see what grab and go boutiques they have available. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Mother’s Day is just a few days away which means places like flower shops are gearing up for a busy weekend. The owner of Artistic Florals by Leslie located on Tower Avenue in Superior says her business has been busy for a while now preparing for Sunday. Leslie tells us she tries to make sure they’re staffed…

Local Restaurants Preparing for Busy Cinco de Mayo

Maya Mexican Restaurant in Hermantown will be open Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and says they will have their normal happy hour plus several drink specials. 

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – It’s a busy time of year for restaurants with lots of big events coming up, including for Mexican restaurants across the Northland as they gear up for one of their busiest days of the year: Cinco de Mayo. Management over at the Maya Mexican Restaurant located in Hermantown says they’re excited to once again celebrate the holiday…

Smelt Parade Set to Return to Duluth’s Lakewalk This Weekend

To prepare, workshops have been held at the Duluth Art Institute in Lincoln Park where families can stop by to make a variety of costumes and accessories to wearing during Sunday's festivities. 

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, a popular parade along the Lakewalk is returning after a two-year hiatus. The annual Smelt Parade will take place Sunday for the 10th anniversary of the event. To prepare, workshops have been held at the Duluth Art Institute in Lincoln Park where families can stop by to make a variety of costumes and accessories to…

Catalyst Story Institute Holds Filmmaking Workshops

Tuesday's session was on how to make a show on any budget, led by Hollywood filmmaker Kimberley Browning.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Catalyst Story Institute is hosting several workshops throughout the week on the film and video production industry. Tuesday’s session was on how to make a show on any budget, led by Hollywood filmmaker Kimberley Browning. Browning grew up outside of D.C., has worked in Los Angeles and said she was honored to share some of her…

Zeitgeist Showcases Work from Local Photographers During Homegrown Day Three

Along the walls at Zeitgeist were photos from different local photographers that have been taken at Homegrown events over the years. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Homegrown music festival week continues Tuesday with a different kind of event to showcase multiple types of artists. The opening reception for the Homegrown photo show was held Tuesday at Zeitgeist, accompanied by music from the Goat Hill Quartet. Along the walls were photos from different local photographers that have been taken at Homegrown events over the…

Enger Park Golf Course Opens For Season

Enger Park Golf Course opened Tuesday morning with their front 9 for walking and the practice facility. They said depending on the weather, they plan to open more nines and allow golf cars possibly later this week

DULUTH, Minn. – It continues to be an exciting week for golfers as Enger Park Golf Course became the latest to open up for the season. Enger Park Golf Course opened Tuesday morning with their front 9 for walking and the practice facility. In just the first few hours, Enger saw over 50 people hit the links. And after the…

Lake Superior College Welcomes Mini Pony as Part of Stress Less Days

Spirit is a registered therapy mini with Pet Partners, allowing students to stop by for a fun little distraction during this stressful time of the semester. 

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s almost final exam week for college students so Lake Superior College decided to host a special guest to help with stress relief. Spirit the mini pony with Rocky Run Stables visited the LSC student life area Tuesday afternoon as part of stress less days, put on by the student life department. Spirit is a registered therapy…

JDRF Type I Diabetes Walk to Take Place Saturday

The walk is set to take place Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Gichi-ode' Akiing Park off of 2nd Ave. E

DULUTH, Minn. – On Saturday morning, dozens of people will gather at the Lakewalk to raise awareness about juvenile diabetes in the community. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is partnering with Essentia Health to bring the JDRF Community One Walk back to Duluth this weekend. They hope to create a world without Type I Diabetes. The disease mostly afflicts…

Twin Ports Gymnast Set to Compete This Weekend at Westerns in His First Competition Season

14-year old Trenton Beron has always had a love for flipping, but didn't start getting formal gymnastics training until one year ago when he joined Twin Ports Gymnastics.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As a child, it was no surprise that Trenton Beron would grow up to be a gymnast. “I just like doing flips. With my cousin Sawyer. He lives in Colorado with his family and they’d come down every summer and we’d always play games of flip which is just like horse but with flips. That’s where I…

Seven Northland Teams Participating in Minnesota State High School Clay Target League This Spring

The Hermantown Trap Shooting Team is one of seven clay target teams in the area competing in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League this spring. 62 Hawks are competing as part of 11,790 student-athletes across 400 high schools in the state. 

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Hermantown Trap Shooting Team is one of seven clay target teams in the area competing in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League this spring. 62 Hawks are competing as part of 11,790 student-athletes across 400 high schools in the state. “It’s one of the most popular, fastest growing sports in Minnesota. Anybody can participate…

Duluth Parks and Recreation Announces Chester Creek Concert Lineup

The series begins June 14 with concerts happening every Tuesday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another sign that summer is just around the corner is this year’s lineup announcement for the Chester Creek Concert Series. Duluth Parks and Recreation announced their lineup for the 39th annual Chester Creek Concert Series. Bands were able to submit applications back in January. Then a selection committee went through and picked their top bands for a…

Three Lake Superior Freestyle Athletes Podium at USASA Nationals

Olivia Jones won girls 17-18 snowboard slopestyle, Noble Knutson won boys 11-14 snowboard rail jam, and Doca Pepelnjak took third in 11-12 ski slopestyle.

DULUTH, Minn. – “Get top 10 and have fun,” 13-year old freestyle skier Doca Pepelnjak said. Those were the expectations the handful of Lake Superior Freestyle athletes had going into USASA Nationals. And you could say those expectations were met, with three podium finishes which included winning two titles. “I get right out of the course, and my friend comes…

Cedar Stone and Sauna Helps Customs Relax, De-Stress

The traditional nordic sauna is inspired from Duluth's Finnish history. It's an indoor wood-fired sauna that runs between 180-200 degrees in the hot room, guiding customers through a hot, cold, rest and rehydrate process. 

DULUTH, Minn. – A popular way to de-stress and stay hot in the Northland winter is back in Cedar and Stone Sauna in Canal Park. The traditional nordic sauna is inspired from Duluth’s Finnish history. It’s an indoor wood-fired sauna that runs between 180-200 degrees in the hot room, guiding customers through a hot, cold, rest and rehydrate process. “Throughout…

Big Day at the Plate Helps UMD Softball Sweep Sioux Falls on Senior Day

In addition to alumni and senior day, it was also Mandy Matula Day, as the Bulldogs honored former UMD softball player who was killed in 2013 in an act of domestic violence.

DULUTH, Minn. – A 8-0 win in five innings in game one and a walk-off 7-6 win in eight innings in game two gave the Minnesota Duluth softball team the doubleheader sweep of Sioux Falls on Sunday afternoon on senior day. The Bulldogs scored all eight runs of the first game in the fifth inning to seal the walk-off win….

St. Scholastica Softball Rallies to Earn Doubleheader Split with Macalester

Aislind Dail led the way going 2-for-3 with two home runs and 5 RBI. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After dropping game one 10-0, a big offensive showing in game two helped the St. Scholastica softball team earn the 15-7 win over Macalester to split Sunday’s doubleheader. After falling behind in the first inning of game two, the Saints rallied to score four in the bottom of the inning, then took the lead in the second…

Superior Soccer Players Hold Youth Skills Camp as Part of Senior Project

The idea for this camp came from the Spartans senior project, where they have to complete 15 hours of community service. Over 60 kids grades 5-8 came out during the two days.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Giving back to the community always feels good and this weekend, a few Superior student-athletes gave back to the next generation of Superior soccer players. Four outgoing Superior soccer players Jake Kidd, Gabriel Remington and Jeffrey and Andrew Olson hosted two Spartan Soccer Camp sessions. The camp was free and available for kids in grades fifth through…