Author: Claudia Chakamian

Bent Paddle, Local Businesses Host Free Farmer’s Market

Around 1,000 people came through the market on Tuesday and nearly 3400 pounds of food was given out. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, Bent Paddle Brewing and Clyde Iron Works hosted a “Free Farmer’s Market” for the public in need. In partnership with Sysco Foods, Pier B Resort Hotel and the 2020 Census, the farmer’s market provided 120 large cases of fresh produce. The farmer’s market was organized for anyone but specifically for people and families in need in…

City of Superior Offers Curbside Voting

Curbside voting is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through this Friday, and you can call the City Clerk's Office to pick a time to vote.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The City of Superior launched curbside voting on Monday that will run for the rest of the week. People can call the City Clerk’s office to pick a time to come by and provide their information. Then, they pull up in front of the Government Center, call the office back, and the ballot will be brought to…

Northland Basketball Players Prepare for Possible AAU Season, College Recruiting Changes

Many Northland basketball players were hoping to use a big AAU season to figure out their college commitments. With the season currently postponed, a few Greyhounds and Bluejackets are still doing what they can.

HIBBING, Minn. – While the spring sports season is still unknown, so is the upcoming AAU, or Amateur Athletic Union, season for high school basketball players. And with the high school basketball season is in the books, many local athletes were looking forward to the upcoming AAU season. “We were going to a lot of cool places. We were going…

Hibbing Basketball Team Uses “QuaranTEAM” to Motivate Each Other Through Social Media

Sophomore Ayden McDonald and his dad started "QuaranTEAM" where they post videos of different skills on social media to help keep the Hibbing basketball community active and improving.

HIBBING, Minn. – The continuous spread of COVID-19 has left uncertainty for spring sports and summer programs across the country. While Minnesota is currently under a “Stay at Home” order and team practices aren’t allowed, the Hibbing boys basketball team is getting creative. Sophomore guard Ayden McDonald and his dad, head coach Joel McDonald, decided to start a social media…

Canal Park Brewing Offers Beer Delivery

Canal Park Brewing has started a free delivery on their beer growlers and crowlers.

DULUTH, Minn. – While many local restaurants have found ways to make their foods available for delivery and curbside service, some local breweries will now deliver beer right to your door. Starting Friday, Canal Park Brewing has started a free delivery on their beer growlers and crowlers. People can call in their order between noon to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and…

2020 Duluth Dylan Festival Canceled

This year's festival was scheduled to run May 16-24.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2020 Duluth Dylan Festival is the latest event to be canceled because of the Coronavirus. This year’s festival was supposed to run May 16-24, which would have been Bob Dylan’s 79th birthday. This would have been the 10th year of the festival that celebrates Duluth native Bob Dylan. With many other local and national events no…

Great Outdoors: Practicing Social Distancing at Jay Cooke

While a majority of businesses are shut down to COVID-19, state parks staying open gives people the chance to get out of the house and enjoy the nicer weather.

ESKO, Minn. –  It’s been one week since a majority of businesses have shut down due to COVID-19, but many state parks have remained open, giving people a chance to get outside. “The sun is shining and social distancing is a little boring, so we thought we’d make it interesting,” Kate Spaulding, who was visiting Jay Cooke with her kids,…

St. Luke’s Changes Portion of First Street to Two-Way

First Street between 8th and 12th Avenues East is now a two-way.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, St. Luke’s and the city of Duluth changed a portion of First Street between 8th and 12th Avenues East into a two way. St. Luke’s had been trying to make this change for a while, but was able to accelerate the process due to the coronavirus outbreak. This change is a proactive step to help…

Knowing Your Neighbors: GeaCom

Since last week, GeaCom put 400 units of their Phrazer/Kitsune devices into service and started developing another 1500 units.

DULUTH, Minn. – One Duluth-based company has found a way to help with the screening process of the COVID-19 outbreak in the hopes of flattening the curve. “Can you imagine having 100 new patients arrive that you would not normally see and not having a way to communicate directly with those patients because you don’t have masks, you can’t stay…

Cromwell-Wright’s Jeff Gronner, Dave Foster Named Class A Coaches of the Year

Jeff Gronner was named Class A head coach of the year while Dave Foster was named Class A assistant coach of the year.

CROMWELL, Minn. – Cromwell-Wright girls basketball head coach Jeff Gronner was named Class A head coach of the year, while Dave Foster was named Class A assistant coach of the year. The Duo led the Cardinals to a 29-2 record, the second seed in the tournament, and a state quarterfinal win. Gronner and Foster also coach the Cromwell-Wright football team…

Duluth Marshall Head Coach C.J. Osuchukwu Named Class AA Coach of the Year

Osuchukwu led the Hilltoppers to their first state tournament appearance in 20 years and their 25-6 record set a program record for most wins in school history.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall girls basketball head coach C.J. Osuchukwu has been named Class AA state coach of the year. After falling in the section finals last season, Osuchukwu led the Hilltoppers to the state tournament for the first time in 20 years after winning the section 7AA title. The Hilltoppers won their state quarterfinal game for their first…

Fitger’s 5K Postponed to September

The race, which was postponed due to coronavirus concerns, will take place Sept. 12.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon announced this weekend that they have postponed the annual Fitger’s 5K Run and Walk due to coronavirus concerns. The event was originally scheduled for April 28 but will now take place on Sept. 12. You can register online through Sept. 10 for $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-14. As of now, Grandma’s…

College Recruiting On Hold for Duluth East Baseball Players

Two juniors on the Duluth East baseball team were hoping to use this season to talk with potential college coaches. Now, with the possibility of no spring season, the Greyhounds are putting in the work any way they can.

DULUTH, Minn. – “I was really looking forward to this season. This offseason I had a little injury, so I was really, really looking forward to this one,” Duluth East junior catcher/pitcher Ethan Cole said. For most spring athletes, junior year is when you do most of your recruiting for college. With the MSHSL saying no practices or games until…

Cardinals’ Shaily Hakamaki Still Preparing for Potential Spring Sports Season

After her basketball season came to an abrupt end during the state tournament, senior Shaily Hakamaki is hoping the track season doesn't get canceled.

CROMWELL, Minn. – Like most teams across the country, the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team saw its season come to an abrupt end last week during the state tournament. But now, with the spring sports season still a possibility, senior Shaily Hakamaki is hoping for a happier ending to her high school career. “We came back to the hotel and got…

9Round Duluth Deals With Temporary Closure Due to Coronavirus

All gyms in Minnesota were forced to close by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, impacting many local gyms including 9Round Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, all gyms are now temporarily closed in Minnesota, as Governor Tim Walz said on Monday. This impacts many local gyms, including 9Round Duluth, that specializes in kickboxing. 9Round worked to stay open for as long as possible, upping their cleaning schedule, the give athletes and members the safest experience possible. “Being that…

Vikre Distillery Gives Out Homemade Sanitizer

The sanitizer is free, you just need to bring a spray container up to 16 ounces to fill it up.

DULUTH, Minn. – Vikre Distillery in Canal Park has created their own sanitizer and is giving it out to the public. It’s a sprayable sanitizer with 70 percent denatured alcohol. The sanitizer is free but you need to bring a spray container up to 16 ounces to fill it up. Vikre says because it’s a spray, to not use it…

NSIC Suspends All Athletic Activities, Cancels Spring Championships

This ruling ends the seasons for the UMD softball, baseball, women's tennis and men's and women's track and field teams.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Board of Directors voted unanimously over the weekend to suspend all athletic activities. They also voted to cancel the spring conference competition and championships due to growing coronavirus concerns. The NSIC also said in a statement that there is still a suspension of all countable athletically related activities and the conference will…

Northern Star: Tyler Watkins

For this week's segment, meet the assistant captain on the Wilderness who stepped it up in his second season.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Hermantown alum Tyler Watkins knew he wanted the chance to play junior hockey close to home. “For me, getting to stay close to my family, watching my sister grow up through high school and just being close to home and everything, staying close,” Watkins said. Watkins is one of eight Northland hockey players on the Wilderness this…

Wilderness Forward Bram Scheerer Commits to Union College

Scheerer has registered 14 goals for 34 points so far this season, which ranks third on the team.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Minnesota Wilderness forward Bram Scheerer announced on Twitter that he has committed to Union College. Scheerer will be joining Wilderness teammate Tyler Watkins, who committed to Union last week. Scheerer is currently third on the Wilderness with 14 goals for 34 points this season. Scheerer is in his first season with the Wilderness after spending some time…

Former Bluejacket Jarrett Lee Commits to UMD Men’s Hockey

Lee has spent the past two seasons at Northern Michigan University.

HIBBING, Minn. – Former Hibbing/Chisholm hockey player Jarrett Lee announced on Twitter over the weekend that he has committed to the UMD men’s hockey team. Lee was previously at Northern Michigan University before leaving earlier this season, and has since played 19 games with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. During those 19 games, Lee tallied eight goals and…

Cardinals Girls Basketball Welcomed Home After Canceled State Tournament

Family and friends came out to celebrate another successful season for Cromwell-Wright, despite not getting to finish out the state tournament.

CROMWELL, Minn. – After the MSHSL canceled the remainder of the girls basketball state tournament, Cromwell-Wright returned home on Saturday morning to a crowd of fans and family members. Cromwell-Wright was set to play Henning on Friday in the semifinals, and a win would have sent them to the class A championship on Saturday. While the outcome was disappointing and…

Eskomos Boys, Hilltoppers Girls React to State Basketball Tournament Cancellations

Esko was set to play in the section 7AA final while Duluth Marshall was set to play in the Class AA semifinals on Friday night.

ESKO, Minn. – The MSHSL announced on Friday morning that the remainder of the girls basketball state tournament and the boys basketball section playoffs and upcoming state tournament would be canceled, effective immediately. The Duluth Marshall girls were one of two Northland teams left in the state basketball tournament. The Hilltoppers won their quarterfinal game on Wednesday to win their…

UMD Women’s Basketball Discusses NCAA Tournament Cancellation, End of Season

The Bulldogs were set to take on Fort Hayes State in the region quarterfinals on Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team was supposed to start the NCAA DII basketball tournament Friday afternoon, but after a morning practice on Thursday, the NCAA announced that all winter and spring tournament across all divisions were canceled, ending the Bulldogs season and sending them home. The Bulldogs, who were wrapping up one of the most successful regular…

UMD Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal Series Versus Miami to be Closed to the Public Amid COVID-19 Concerns

All NCHC quarterfinal series taking place this weekend will be closed to the public.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NCHC has announced that all four quarterfinal series taking place this weekend, including the UMD  men’s hockey game against Miami (OH) at AMSOIL Arena, will be closed to the public. Only student-athletes, coaches, event and team staff, credentialed media and student-athlete family members will be permitted to attend. This comes on the wake of the…

Hilltoppers Girls Basketball Upsets No. 3 Wildcats in Class AA Quarterfinals

Duluth Marshall will play Providence Academy in the Class AA semifinals on Friday at 8:00 p.m. at Williams Arena.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall girls basketball team used a big second half to upset the No. 3 seed New London-Spicer 60-56 in the class AA quarterfinals. Gianna Kneepkens finished with 26 points while Grace Kirk chipped in with 25 points. The Hilltoppers now advance to the class AA semifinals on Friday. Duluth Marshall will take on unseeded Providence…

Eskomos Boys Basketball to Face Pioneers in Section 7AA Final

Esko and Pierz will play for a trip to state on Friday at Romano Gym. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Esko and Duluth Marshall would battle the entire way and force overtime, but in the end the Eskomos hung on for the 67-64 win in the section 7AA semifinal. In the other semifinal, Pierz started off strong and dominated the rest of the way to get the 88-60 win over Virginia. The Eskomos and Pioneers will face…

Greyhounds Boys Basketball to Meet Rivals Bluejackets in Section Title Game

Tip-off between Duluth East and Cambridge-Isanti is set for 7:00 p.m. at Elk River High School.

DULUTH, Minn. – The section 7AAAA boys basketball championship will take place on Thursday night, pitting Duluth East against arch rivals Cambridge-Isanti. The Bluejackets have ended the Greyhounds’ season the past two years, but that face has not crossed the mind of this year’s squad. “With Cambridge it’s always, everyone’s expecting it to be a great game and it’s obviously…

Northern Star: Ava Asgaard

For this week's segment, meet one of the Hermantown girls basketball senior captains who led the Hawks to their first state tournament since 2006.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – When senior guard Ava Asgaard first moved to Hermantown, she quickly gelled with the Hawks basketball team. “It’s been a good time. Coming in here, I wasn’t super good friends but basketball definitely brought us a strong bond and we’re like family now,” Asgaard said. “Ava came here in 10th grade and came from Michigan and I…

Hermantown’s Blake Biondi Named 2020 Mr. Hockey Award Winner

Biondi finished with 95 points in his senior season as he led the Hawks to a Class A runner-up finish.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hermantown senior forward Blake Biondi was named as the winner of the 36th annual Mr. Hockey award, given to the best senior boys hockey player in the state of Minnesota. In his senior season, Biondi finished with 95 points on 47 goals and recorded over 200 points over his three-year career. Biondi joins a long list…

Yellowjackets Hockey Alum Andrew Durham Signs With ECHL Norfolk Admirals

Durham finished his senior year at UWS with 10 goals and 10 assists.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Former Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey forward Andrew Durham has signed a contract to finish the 2019-20 season with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. Durham finished his senior year with 10 goals and 10 assists and recorded 52 points over his three year Yellowjacket carer. Durham is the third Yellowjacket to play in the ECHL and first since…

Wilderness Forward Tyler Watkins Commits to Union College

The Hermantown native currently sits second on the Wilderness with 42 points.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Hermantown alum and current Minnesota Wilderness forward Tyler Watkins announced his commitment to Union College. Watkins is in his second full season with the Wilderness and currently sits second on the team with 42 points. Watkins also recently competed in the NAHL Top Prospects Showcase and recorded two goals. Watkins was a two time state champion at…

Prep Boys Basketball: Eskomos, Hilltoppers, Blue Devils, Pioneers Advance to Section 7AA Semifinals

Esko will play Duluth Marshall and Virginia will play Pierz in the section 7AA semifinals on Wednesday at Romano Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – Romano Gym was home to the section 7AA quarterfinals on Saturday which saw a few upsets and four teams advance to the semifinals. Top-seed Esko had no trouble with Pequot Lakes, getting the 68-47 win behind 25 points from senior Payton Wefel. The Eskomos will play Duluth Marshall in the semifinals, who pulled off the 56-53 upset…

UMD Women’s Hockey Falls to Wisconsin in WCHA Final Face-Off Semifinals

The Bulldogs end the year 18-12-6.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The No. 8 and 4-seed Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team battled with No. 2 and 1-seed Wisconsin but was unable to do enough offensively, as the Badgers got the 4-1 win in the WCHA Final Face-Off semifinals. Sydney Brodt scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs to tie the game at 1 midway through the first. The…

UMD Men’s Hockey Sweeps Huskies, Earn No. 2 Seed for NCHC Playoffs

Justin Richards and Koby Bender each scored twice while Dylan Samberg finished with four assists.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 5 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team took care of business on Saturday night, getting the 6-1 win over St. Cloud State to sweep the series. North Dakota defeated Omaha, making the Bulldogs runner-ups in the conference standings for the third time in four years in giving them the No. 2 seed for the NCHC playoffs….

St. Scholastica Women’s Hockey’s Season Ends in NCHA Slaats Cup Championship

The Saints end the season 15-10-4 (9-4-3 NCHA).

ADRIAN, Mich. – For the second year in a row, the St. Scholastica women’s hockey team battled Adrian in the NCHA Slaats Cup championship game, but once again, Adrian was too much and got the 4-0 win on Saturday to end the Saints’ season. The Saints outshot the Bulldogs 28-22 in the game but were unable to find the back…

Prep Girls Basketball: Cardinals, Hilltoppers, Hawks Learn State Seedings

Cromwell-Wright is the No. 2 seed in Class A while Duluth Marshall and Hermantown are both unseeded in their respective classes.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The girls basketball state tournament gets started next week and on Saturday, teams learned their seedings including three Northland teams. In Class A, Cromwell-Wright earned the No. 2 seed in its third state appearance in program history and first since 2017. The Cardinals will play unseeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Thursday at the Maturi Pavilion. Tip-off is set for…

Hilltoppers Girls Basketball Defeats Patriots to Win Section 7AA Title

Grace Kirk finished with 33 points while Gianna Kneepkens finished with 24 as Duluth Marshall is headed to the state tournament for the first time since 2000.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grace Kirk finished with 33 points as she led the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team past Pequot Lakes 79-63 to win the section 7AA title. Gianna Kneepkens finished with 24 points as the Hilltoppers are headed to the state tournament for the first time since 2000. Duluth Marshall now awaits the class AA seeding which is set…

Tigers Boys Basketball Cruise Past Chieftains in WIAA Region Quarterfinals

Northwestern will play Somerset in the regional semifinal on Friday.

MAPLE, Wis. – The Northwestern boys basketball team opened on a 10-0 run and never let up, cruising past Osceola 81-34 in the WIAA region quarterfinals. Jake Brill led the way with 19 points while Andrew Klobucher finished with 13 points. Jagar Stillson, Dayne Evanson and Monte Mayberry all finished with 12 points each. With the win, the Tigers will…

Hawks Boys Hockey Set for Return to State Tournament

Hermantown will play Monticello on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in the class A quarterfinals.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – For the past year, the Hermantown boys hockey team has been on a united pursuit to return to the state tournament. But after defeating Duluth Denfeld to win the section 7A title last week to officially punch their ticket back to the Xcel Energy Center, this journey is just getting started. “This is the best time of…

Northern Star: Payton Wefel

For this week's segment, meet one of the seniors on the Esko basketball team who's hoping to lead his team back to the state tournament.

ESKO, Minn. – After star senior guard Trevor Spindler suffered a season-ending injury just a few games in to the 2019 season, the Esko boys basketball team turned to fellow senior guard Payton Wefel to step up. “He was a huge part of our team, being the guy we go to when we need a point and just that leader…

UMD Women’s Hockey Takes Down Bemidji State to Advance to WCHA Final Face-Off

Anna Klein, Sydney Brodt, Mannon McMahon and Kylie Hanley all scored for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – Unlike the first two games, no overtime was needed on Sunday afternoon as the No. 9 Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team scored three goals in the first seven minutes of the second period to get the 4-1 win over Bemidji State to win the series and advance to the WCHA Final Face-Off. Anna Klein gave the Bulldogs…

Bulldogs Women’s Basketball Tops Wolves to Advance to NSIC Tournament Semifinals

Ann Simonet finished with a career-high 28 points as the UMD women held off Northern State in the NSIC quarterfinals.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Junior guard Ann Simonet finished with a career-high 28 points as the No. 1 seed Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team held off Northern State 79-71 on Sunday afternoon in the NSIC Tournament quarterfinals. Simonet also chipped in with eight rebounds while Brooke Olson finished with 16 points and Payton Kahl finished with nine points. The Bulldogs…

Prep Girls Basketball: Hilltoppers, Blue Devils Advance in Section 7AA; Hawks, Bluejackets to Meet in Section 7AAA Final

Duluth Marshall, Virginia, Hermantown and Hibbing are all advancing in their respective section playoffs.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown was home to the section 7AA girls basketball quarterfinals on Saturday which saw Virginia pull off a huge upset, hanging on in the final seconds to take down the defending section champions Proctor 59-57. In a quarterfinal game between two of the top teams in class AA, Grace Kirk scored 30 points as Duluth Marshall got…

Rice Lake Boys Hockey Defeats Hayward for WIAA D2 Section Title

Cole Asp and Blake Loder scored the two goals for the Hurricanes. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Hayward boys hockey team battled back in the first period, scoring two goals in the final 70 seconds to make it a one-goal game, but Rice Lake would prove to be too much, getting the 7-2 win. Cole Asp and Blake Loder scored the two goals for the Hurricanes. Rice Lake scored the first two goals,…

UMD Women’s Hockey Falls in Four Overtimes to Bemidji State in WCHA Quarterfinals Game Two

The game was the longest ever in UMD program history and longest in WCHA postseason history.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the second night in a row, the WCHA quarterfinal game between No. 9 Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State needed overtime, but this one would need four overtimes as the Beavers get the 2-1 win to take the second game of the series. The game marks the longest game ever in UMD program history and longest in…

UMD Men’s Hockey Uses Big Second Period to Sweep Colorado College

Justin Richards, Nick Swaney, Luke Loheit, Noah Cates, Quinn Olson and Jade Miller all scored for the Bulldogs while Hunter Shepard finished with 27 saves. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The No. 5 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team scored four goals in the second period to get the 6-1 win over Colorado College and sweep its final road series of the regular season. Justin Richards, Nick Swaney, Luke Loheit, Noah Cates, Quinn Olson and Jade Miller all scored for the Bulldogs while Hunter Shepard finished with…

Yellowjackets Women’s Basketball Falls to Vikings in UMAC Title Game

The Wisconsin-Superior women's basketball team's season ends at the hands of Bethany Lutheran for the second year in a row.

MANKATO, Minn. – For the second year in a row, the Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team was unable to contain Bethany Lutheran in the UMAC title game, as the Vikings held on late for the 64-58 win to end the Yellowjackets’ season. Mackenzie Kmecik led the Yellowjackets with 14 points while Emily Carpenter finished with 11 points. Eva Reinertsen, in her…

Saints Men’s Basketball Season Ends in UMAC Title Game

St. Scholastica ends the season 15-13 (10-6 UMAC). 

MANKATO, Minn. – The St. Scholastica men’s basketball team led by six at the half and led early for most of the second half, but Bethany Lutheran battled back and took the lead late to get the 92-82 win to clinch the UMAC championship and end the Saints’ season. Jack Silgen led the Saints with 22 points and 10 rebounds,…

Hermantown Boys Hockey Earns No. 3 Seed in Class A State Tournament

The Hawks will play the Monticello Moose on Wednesday in the quarterfinals, marking the third straight state tournament these two teams will play each other.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – With all section finals in the books, the brackets and seedings for class A and AA were released on Saturday morning. After a one year hiatus, Hermantown earned the No. 3 seed after winning the section 7A title on Wednesday. Hermantown will open the state tournament on Wednesday against unseeded Monticello in the quarterfinals. Puck drop at…