Author: Claudia Chakamian

High School Football Practices Begin in Minnesota

The six-week regular season for high school football starts next Friday, Oct. 9.

ESKO, Minn. – There was a special level of excitement in the air in Minnesota on Monday afternoon as high school football practices officially began for the fall 2020 season. And although everyone’s happy to get back on the field, there’s no time to waste as the season starts next week. “We’ve been waiting for it and it’s awesome that…

John’s Tiny Workshop Makes Customized Wood Signs

John Bonk makes a variety of wood signs for whatever people desire. 

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – John’s Tiny Workshop, located off of Highway 61 in Two Harbors, has been open for three years but has been in the works for much longer. “My son-in-law had this trailer that he had a hot tub on and we had just taken the hot tub off and moved it into his backyard and he had…

Cloquet-Carlton’s Brenna Mattson Commits to UWS Women’s Soccer

Through seven games this season, Mattson is third on the team with four goals and has also recorded two assists.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team is once again one of the top teams in our area. The Lumberjacks are loaded with talent and now a few of them are getting the chance to play at the next level. Cloquet-Carlton senior midfielder Brenna Mattson announced that she is headed across the bridge and committed to the University of…

Duluth East Girls Soccer Tops Proctor for Third Straight Win

Liv Winkler scored twice while Molly Henderson scored the other goal for the Greyhounds. 

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Duluth East girls soccer team kept their success rolling on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 road win over Proctor. Liv Winkler scored twice while Molly Henderson scored the other goal for the Greyhounds. Duluth East improves to 4-2 and is scheduled to be back in action on Oct. 5 hosting Cloquet-Carlton. Proctor falls to 2-4 and…

Lake Superior College Clay Target Team Preparing for Fall Competition

The IceHawks will be competing in all virtual shoots this fall, meaning they will shoot in Proctor while their opponents will shoot at their respective schools, and they will all submit their scores.

PROCTOR, Minn. – One of the few local college teams who will be competing this fall is the Lake Superior College clay target team. The IceHawks have won the past three Minnesota College Athletic Conference North Division Championships. Like most teams, their spring season was canceled due to the pandemic, so they’re excited to be out here this fall. “It’s…

GNK’s Geno Uhrbom Ready for Final High School Season

The senior completed the triple crown of distance running his sophomore season and is currently the two-time defending cross country class A champion.

NASHWAUK, Minn. – Becoming a competitive runner started simply for Geno Uhrbom. “About 5th grade, I was bored one day and I just went up and down my driveway and ever since then I just kept running,” Uhrbom said. “I’ve coached Geno since sixth grade when kids said ‘hey this kid’s fast and we need to talk to him.’ We…

Prep Boys Soccer: Lumberjacks, Hilltoppers Pick Up Wins; Hawks, Rails Settle for 1-1 Draw

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton stayed undefeated while Duluth Marshall picked up its second win of the season. Hermantown battled back to tie with Proctor.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team continued its hot start on Saturday, getting the 3-1 win over Grand Rapids to improve to 6-0. Elijah Aultman, Jordan Aultman and Drake Schramm all scored for the Lumberjacks while Ian Salmela scored for the Thunderhawks. In other prep boys action, Duluth Marshall got a big 6-5 road win over Superior. Brendan…

UMD Men’s Basketball Holds In-Person Youth Skills Camp

The Bulldogs held their first in-person skills camp of the season on Saturday morning after doing virtual camps all summer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over the past few months, we’ve seen most things take place virtually, including a lot of sports camps. The UMD men’s basketball team put out multiple video series over the summer to help young players sharpen their skills. Now, they’re finally returned to the court for some in-person training. The Bulldogs held their first in-person camp on…

American Indian Movement Twin Ports Holds Basketball Tournament Fundraiser

This is the first fundraiser the group has held and the money raised will go towards continuing their programs of helping the homeless, giving them food, water, blankets and more, as well as helping them get other services they may need. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Saturday, the American Indian Movement held a 3-on-3 basketball tournament fundraiser. This is the first fundraiser the group has held and the money raised will go towards continuing their programs of helping the homeless, giving them food, water, blankets and more, as well as helping them get other services they may need. “There’s a lot of…

Ashland Football Team Preparing Ahead of Season Opener

Ashland will open the 2020 season next Friday, Sept. 25 on the road against Merrill. 

ASHLAND, Wis. – The Ashland football team is just over a week into practices and is ready for game day. “You don’t really appreciate something until you can’t do it for a while and we haven’t been able to really get together for a while and now that we’re back together it’s been a lot of fun. It’s kind of…

Finding Jewelry and Other Antiques at Superior Vintage

Superior Vintage, located on Belknap Street, has been open for three years but has been a dream in the making for nearly two decades. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Vintage, located on Belknap Street, has been open for three years but has been a dream in the making for nearly two decades. “She always liked jewelry and and antique stuff that she had been collecting, we have a ton of them so she started about 3 years ago,” Pov’s husband Daniel Phu said. The owner…

Duluth East’s Mattie Thompson Commits to UMD Basketball

Thompson joins current Greyhounds teammate Noah Paulson as future Bulldogs, who announced his commitment on Monday. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East forward Mattie Thompson announced on Twitter this weekend that he has committed to the UMD men’s basketball team. Last season, Thompson averaged 18 points per game while helping lead the Greyhounds to the section 7AAAA final. Thompson also played AAU for the Wisconsin Playmakers. Thompson joins current Greyhounds teammate Noah Paulson as future Bulldogs, who…

Lumberjacks Goalkeeper Gracie Meagher Commits to CSS Women’s Soccer

So far this season, Meagher has made 25 saves through four games as Cloquet-Carlton remains undefeated.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Deciding where you want to go to college is difficult and picking a school to continue your athletic career at is even more difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic has added even more issues. Despite that, many high school athletes are making their commitments, including one local goalkeeper. Cloquet-Carlton goalkeeper Grace Meagher announced this weekend that she’s staying close…

Prep Soccer: Duluth Denfeld, Duluth East Boys, Duluth Marshall Girls Win Big at Home

The Hilltoppers girls and Greyhounds and Hunters boys scored plenty of goals on Saturday while also recording shutouts over their opponents.

DULUTH, Minn. – Goals were flying again on Saturday morning as the Duluth Denfeld boys got the 12-0 home win over Two Harbors. Six Hunters scored their first career goals on Saturday, including Owen Wilcox who finished with a hat trick. Cole Olson, Lukas Mayne, Caden Kuusisto, Gus Haugen, Skyler Fossum and Nick Budney all also scored their first varsity…

Superior Girls Open 2020 Season With Virtual Swimming and Diving Meet

For the virtual swim meet, teams raced at their own schools this weekend and submitted their results to Superior where they then determined the winners.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After the WIAA allowed high schools to make their own decisions on fall sports, Superior moved football and volleyball to the spring but would allow low-risk sports to compete this fall. And on Saturday, the Spartans girls swimming and diving team finally opened the 2020 season, but it looked a little different. Superior hosted the 2020 Spartan…

Grandma’s Marathon Holds In-Person Minnesota Mile

The race had two time blocks with 10 waves of up to 25 people in each block to maintain social distancing.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday night, runners took off for the in-person Minnesota Mile. The race had two time blocks with 10 waves of up to 25 people in each block to maintain social distancing. Grandma’s Marathon held an in-person Park Point 5-Miler back in July and followed a similar format for this race. “The feedback we got, even from…

Centricity Credit Union Members Celebrate New Hermantown Turf Field

Centricity Credit Union donated $1 million to Hermantown schools to help them build a new turf field, which was completed in late August.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – On Friday, members of the Centricity Credit Union visited the new Hermantown turf field for the first time. Centricity Credit Union donated $1 million to Hermantown schools to help them build a new turf field. The field was completed in late August and the first game was played on Thursday night, so Hermantown invited members over on…

Northwestern Football Holds First Practice of 2020

The Tigers will play just seven games this year and will open the 2020 season on the road against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Sept. 25. 

MAPLE, Wis. – After a long wait, it’s finally football season in Wisconsin. “It means so much to us to finally get out here and to actually have a senior season because of so much up in the air and it’s great to finally get out here,” Northwestern senior fullback Brennen Werner said. “These kids have been working hard for…

Whoopsa Daisy Farm Holding Fall Farm Weekends Through Halloween

The farm will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and have different fall activities for the whole family to enjoy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Whoopsa Daisy Farm opened up Aug. 28 and it’s been a long time coming for the owners Diane and Mike Podgornik. “This is our first year so this is our first day and I’ve been kind of dreaming up for the past six years or so and so it’s kind of exciting to finally get there,” Diane…

Local Athletic Communications Departments Get Creative During Pandemic

Without live sports every day, athletic communications departments at CSS and UWS are getting creative to keep their content fresh and keep their communities engaged.

DULUTH, Minn. – As athletes and coaches have had their seasons taken away over the past few months, athletic communications departments have been the ones to tell the public. “It’s absolutely terrible. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to put together. It’s something that can be a very short release and a very short post but I…

Wilderness Youth Teams Get Back on Ice With NAPHL Event

The NAPHL's fall league gives U18 and U16 players the chance to practice, develop and compete before their high school seasons. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness are part of the North American Prospects Hockey League’s new fall league. The wilderness U18 is in its second year while this is the first year for the U16s. The Heritage Center hosted the first of three events this year for the NAPHL’s fall league, giving U18 and U16 teams the chance to practice,…

Lake Superior Art Glass Holds Custom Stemless Wine Goblet Event

Customers can choose the designs, colors and color manipulations, then watch the professional glassblower create the stemless wine goblet in just 20 minutes.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the next week, you can design your own stemless wine goblet at Lake Superior Art Glass. The shop is doing a design your own stemless wine goblet event. Customers can sign up for a time and work the artists to choose the designs, colors and color manipulations, then watch the professional glassblower create it in just…

Hayward United Drops Season Finale to Eau Claire

Hayward United finishes the season 2-7-1. 

HAYWARD, Wis. – Hayward United wrapped up the regular season at home on Sunday but was not able to get much done against the league leaders, as Eau Claire Bateaux FC got the 3-1 win. There are no playoffs this year due to COVID-19, so Eau Claire is the 2020 WPASL Champion. Hayward United finishes the season 2-7-1. Categories: Sports

Goalies Inc. Holds Skills Camp at AMSOIL Arena

Goalies Inc. has been holding camps in the Northland for the past six years, but this is the first time they've used AMSOIL Arena for their two-day camp.

DULUTH, Minn. – For most athletes, summer is the time to attend camps to learn something new and sharpen their skills before their seasons start back up. And this weekend, a special camp is taking place at AMSOIL Arena for goaltenders. Goalies Inc., a goaltending and power skating camp based out of Marquette, Michigan, returned to the Northland this weekend…

Dovetail Cafe Reopens For First Time Since COVID-19 Pandemic

Dovetail Cafe will also soon be opening a marketplace in the front of the store with all of the menu items available in a grab-and-go case. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, Dovetail Cafe in the Lincoln Park District reopened its doors for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The cafe has put up window panels to separate guests and distanced tables for customers who want to enjoy their drink or food there. Dovetail is used to customers staying a while but said on Friday…

World’s Oldest Hockey Player Mark “Sertie” Sertich Passes Away

Sertie became the Guinness World Record-holder for oldest hockey player at age 95 and still played at the Heritage Center multiple times a week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sad news to report as Duluth native and the World’s Oldest Hockey Player Mark “Sertie” Sertich passed away on Monday morning. Just last month, friends and family surprised Sertich with a drive-by birthday parade to celebrate his 99th  birthday. “His popularity he has is just amazing. Everyone that meets him just instantly likes him and they admire…

CSS Golf Continuing Practice Despite Canceled Season

Just one day after the UMAC announced that golf would be postponed to the spring, the Saints were out on the course getting some practice rounds in.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month, the UMAC said golf would be one of two sports to compete this fall in a conference-only schedule. But on Monday, the conference announced the postponement of both golf and cross country to the spring. But the St. Scholastica golf team is putting in the work now to stay ready. Just one day after the…

North Shore Adventure Park Gives Visitors a Thrilling Challenge

North Shore Adventure Park has been open for a little over a year and has multiple courses for anyone to try.

SILVER BAY, Minn. – North Shore Adventure Park is challenging people of all ages. “It’s about climbing in the trees, it’s about challenging yourself. “We have a little rascals playground for kids 3-6. It’s enough for them to practice and it’s only about 6 inches to a foot off the ground. I’m 69 and I challenge any senior out there…

Duluth East Girls Soccer Team Warned Of Potential COVID-19 Case

The Greyhouds were scheduled to open their season on Thursday against Cloquet but that game has been postponed due to the 14-day quarantine.

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 has learned that members of the Duluth East girls soccer team are under a 14-day quarantine after a member of the team came in contact with a positive COVID-19 case. In a letter sent out to families by the district lead nurse, the athlete had contact with the positive case on August 20th and 21st….

Former Duluth East Standout Cody Carlson Announces Transfer to Weber State

Carlson has spent the past three seasons at Concordia-St. Paul where he averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game this past season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East basketball standout Cody Carlson announced on his Twitter that he is transferring to Division I Weber State. Carlson has spent the past three seasons at Concordia-St. Paul where he averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game this past season. His senior year at East, Carlson averaged 19 points per game. Carlson will have…

Former UMD Captain Parker Mackay Signs With Graz99ers in Austria

Mackay spent this past season with the Texas Stars where he scored two goals in 28 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD men’s hockey captain and 2019 Frozen Four MVP Parker Mackay is headed to Austria and has signed with the Moser Medical Graz99ers. After leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championships, Mackay signed with the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars’ AHL affiliate, where he scored two goals in 28 games. The Graz99ers play in the Austrian…

Cloquet Cross Country Team Preparing for Unique Season

The Lumberjacks will open the 2020 season on Sept. 3.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cross country will still be happening this fall in Minnesota as it was one of the four sports approved to play by the MSHSL. While things may look different, teams like Cloquet are just ready to get started. The MSHSL guidelines state that teams can compete in a maximum of seven meets and they’ll be much smaller…

Highway 45 Thrift Store Serving Community Need

With the Salvation Army and Goodwill closed in Cloquet, the new thrift store hopes to help get people what they need.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Highway 45 Thrift Store finally opened its doors in June, making a dream turn into a reality for co-owner Jill Rousseau. “I’ve always wanted to have a store and we finally have the opportunity to have one because the time was right to open one. We had Goodwill close and Salvation Army,” Rousseau said. The thrift store…

UMAC Postpones Golf, Cross Country Seasons; No Fall Sports This Year for UWS, CSS

Last month, the UMAC announced the postponement of high-risk sports to the spring but would allow low-risk sports to compete in conference only schedules. Now, no fall sports will take place.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month, the UMAC announced the postponement of high-risk sports such as football, volleyball and soccer and moved those seasons to the spring, but allowed low-risk sports such as golf and cross country to compete in conference only schedules. But on Monday, the conference announced that no sports will be happening this fall. The cross country and…

Hilltoppers Girls Tennis Opens Season With Win Over Lumberjacks

Duluth Marshall got the 4-3 win over Cloquet in the first official MSHSL sporting event since March.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In the first sanctioned MSHSL sporting event since March, the Duluth Marshall girls tennis team got a narrow 4-3 win over Cloquet. The Hilltoppers got wins in 1, 2 and 3 singles and 2 doubles. In 1 singles, Meredith Boettcher defeated Addie Loeb in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Duluth Marshall will take on Duluth East at Longview…

UWS Athletics Hires Recipient of NCAA Ethnic Minorities and Women in Sports Grant

UWS was one of the schools selected to receive the grant from the NCAA, which funds a two-year internship enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in athletics.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over the years, more women have been emerging in the sports world in roles like broadcasting and media, marketing, training and even coaching. Now, through a grant with the NCAA, the University of Wisconsin-Superior is helping give more women the opportunity to work in sports. UWS was one of the schools selected to receive an Ethnic Minorities…

Inaugural Week of Giving Challenge Begins for CSS Athletics

Now through Saturday, people can donate to support any of their 22 different varsity programs or to the general athletic department.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday marks the first day of the inaugural College of St. Scholastica Athletics Week of Giving challenge. Now through Saturday Aug. 29, people can donate to support any of their 22 different varsity programs or to the general athletic department. The donations will provide student-athletes with different resources they need like trips, apparel and equipment. The CSS…

Huskies Second Annual Golf Scrambles Raises Money to Support the Team

Last year, the Huskies donated the money raised to the Poplar Volunteer Fire Department. This year, the Poplar Golf Course suggested the money raised go back to the Huskies after their season was canceled.

POPLAR, Wis. – Things were pretty quiet this summer in Duluth as the Huskies canceled their season due to COVID-19. Not only did we not get any baseball but the team was also not able to bring in much money. So on Saturday, the Huskies ditched the baseball bat for a golf club to raise some money. Saturday was the…

Gondik Law Speedway Hosts Seecond Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Night

The event raised money for different local nonprofits that provide support and services for suicide prevention.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The 2nd annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Night was held at the Gondik Law Speedway in Superior on Friday night. The night of races and other events raised money for different nonprofits that provide support and services for suicide prevention and worked to make suicide a topic that people feel comfortable discussing. “When someone dies of cancer or…

Indigenous History Mural Being Created in Lincoln Park

The mural, located on the Seafarers Center on the corner of 21st Ave. West and 3rd Street is set to be complete by the end of the month.

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the month of August, a group of artists have been working on a mural, funded by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and through a grant with the McKnight Foundation to showcase indigenous history. “It’s a story that’s been missing for a long time and so it’s kind of a reminder that we still exist and we…

Grunnah Power Skating Holds Elite Skills Camp

The week-long camp was for elite hockey players 16U and 12U and focused on skating, stick handling and other skills.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grunnah Power Skating, a hockey skills training company based out of Chicago, returned to Duluth last week to hold an elite power skating camp at the Heritage Center. The week-long camp was for elite hockey players 16U and 12U and focused on skating, stick handling and other skills. The instructors hoped to help get the kids moving…

Grand Rapids Native Mike Chrsitensen Wins 95th Annual Northland Men’s Invitational

Christensen has been competing in the Northland Invitational since he was 16 and claimed his first title on Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 95th annual Men’s Northland Invitational wrapped up on Sunday afternoon and we saw a new winner. It came down to the wire but in the end Grand Rapids native Mike Christensen claimed his first Northland Invitational title by defeating 17-year old Carson Herron.  Christensen has been competing in the invitational for years, so finally getting this…

Amy Schintz Wins Second Straight Ladies Arrowhead

Duluth native Amy Schintz edged out Deb Showalter to win the 72nd annual Ladies Arrowhead.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 72nd annual Ladies Arrowhead Championship wrapped up on Saturday afternoon and a familiar face took home the title. After three days of competition, Duluth native and defending champion Amy Schintz edged out Deb Showalter to keep her title. While getting another win was nice, spending the day with the people who mean a lot to Schintz,…

Former Bulldog Alex Illikainen Signs Pro Deal in Spain

The Grand Rapids native signed with CD Carbajosa in Spain, which competes in the LEB Silver League.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been quite the journey for Grand Rapids native Alex Illikainen. After his Thunderhawk career came to an end, Illikainen signed to go Division I at the University of Wisconsin. After a few seasons with the Badgers, Illikainen decided to come back home to play for the Bulldogs. Now, he’s taking the next step. Illikainen has signed…

Fishing Stores Staying Busy Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Ever since the fishing opener back in May, shops like Marine General and Northwest Outlet have been busy with customers. 

DULUTH, Minn. – With fewer things to do this summer, it’s already been a busy fishing season. “People wish they could go more but they have things like kids sports, right, jobs, all these things that got in the way of going but this year they’re not in the way so they’re going fishing,” owner of Marine General Russ Francisco…

Making Home Candles at Riverside Soy Candles

Riverside Soy Candles currently doesn't have retail hours, but their candles are sold at small shops around Duluth. You can also sign up for a private candle making class at their store.

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s something about candles that ties a home together. “I think it’s just comforting to have something in your home that makes your home smell good and welcoming and just comfortable being in your own home,” owner of Riverside Soy Candles Danette Thacker said. Riverside Soy Candles, located in Lincoln Park, makes and sells soy candles. “Riverside…

Lake Country Air and Beaver Air Tours Continuing Seaplane Tours

The business does around 50-60 flights per week and gives visitors and locals the chance to see Duluth from a birds-eye view.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Country Air and Beaver Air Tours, located at the end of Park Point, has been giving people a birds-eye view of Duluth since 2008. “I decided to buy it but had to figure out how to pay for it so I started a business that I could use to pay for the airplane. And then it…

New Sky Harbor Airport Runway Complete

The project, which was completed in the middle of June, finishes a three-year project and more than a decade of planning.

DULUTH, Minn. – The new Sky Harbor Airport Runway in Duluth is now complete. This finishes a three-year project and more than a decade of planning. The 2,600-foot runway was constructed to help preserve area history and adds even more uniqueness to the small airport. Since the project was completed in the middle of June, pilots have been taking advantage…

Hayward United Splits Final Home Games of Regular Season

The Wolfpack will finish the regular season on the road, playing at league-leader Eau Claire Bateaux next weekend and finish at Barron on August 23. 

HAYWARD, Wis. – Hayward United held its final two home games of the regular season this weekend, getting the 4-3 win over FC Midnimo on Saturday while St. Croix Valley won 6-1 on Sunday. In Saturday’s win, Mike McKevett scored two goals, while Nik Nordquist and Nils Eckstrom scored a goal each. Ave Walt made seven saves. On Sunday, Kaden…

UMD Football Hosting Another Round of Skills Camps

The next round of camps will take place on August 17 and August 18 and are open to any high school players.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team added two more skills camps to their summer schedule for Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18 at Malosky Stadium. The football camps are the only UMD camps to take place in-person this summer. The Bulldogs started camps on July 6 and have already held six camps this summer. They are for any…