Author: Claudia Chakamian

Indoor Shooting Range at Custom Archery and Outdoors Gives Customers Early Practice

Custom Archery and Outdoors is a full pro and retail archery shop, selling a variety of products to help hunters hit the trails.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s been a busy summer already for Custom Archery and Outdoors. “We were down quite a bit, money wise but then once everything started opening back up, boom we were right back at it, we were super busy, this is probably the busiest June we’ve ever had,” owner of Custom Archery and Outdoors Randy Graber said. Custom…

North Shore SUP Holds Kids Paddle Club

The two hour event takes kids on a guided trip around Barkers Island on stand up paddleboards.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – North Shore Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) held its kid SUP club on Tuesday afternoon, giving kids the chance to explore Lake Superior. The two hour event takes kids on a guided trip around Barkers Island on stand up paddleboards. North Shore SUP hopes the club introduces kids to the sport and teaches them different skills while getting…

Red Cross Hosts Blood Drive at Kenwood Lutheran Church

With elective surgeries being allowed again, the Red Cross is asking for those that are healthy to donate blood.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the need for blood continues, more blood drives are popping up around the Northland. On Monday, the Red Cross hosted a blood drive at the Kenwood Lutheran Church. The Red Cross has put multiple safety measures in place like taking donors’ temperatures when they arrive, spacing donors out, only taking appointments and requiring masks. They will…

Minnesota Blast Softball Returns to the Field

The Minnesota Blast is a summer travel softball team that's hoping to play in tournaments every weekend.

CLOQUET, Minn. – When the MSHSL canceled spring sports this year, local softball players lost their season, which really impacted the seniors. “It was really sad because we wanted to go back and try to win state this year. Last year we got third so we wanted to try and come back and win,” Minnesota Blast 18U pitcher Lucy Sinkkonen…

Gondik Law Speedway Wraps Up 4th Annual Border Battle

Racing fans were able to celebrate the 4th of July with the final day of the Border Battle at the Gondik Law Speedway.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – On Friday, the city of Superior announced that there would be no fireworks this year due to COVID-19. But there was still plenty of action and excitement on Saturday evening at the Gondik Law Speedway. Saturday was the third and final day of the 4th Annual Great Lakes Border Battle. Practice day was on Wednesday with races…

Superior Cubans Opens on Ogden Avenue

Superior Cubans is open Friday and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Cubans, located next to Wednesday Bakery on Ogden Ave. in Superior, opened on Friday evening and is a family-owned restaurant selling Cuban sandwiches. The sandwich has ham, pork, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and a mojo sauce with spices, citrus and garlic. The sandwich is a family recipe that has been passed down over the past decade,…

Stokke’s Liquor Expands to Lakeside Neighborhood

Stokke's Liquor Store in Lakeside is located at 5631 East Superior Street. 

DULUTH, Minn. – After decades of being a dry neighborhood, there’s now an additional liquor store in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood. “I know that for a really long time, Lakeside didn’t have a liquor store. So it’s kind of cool to open in a certain period of time,” assistant manager of Stokke’s Liquor Store Destanie Michelizzi said. Stokke’s Liquor Store expanded…

Redhead Mountain Bike Trail Opens in Chisholm

Redhead Mountain Bike Trail, located next to the Minnesota Discovery Center, opened to the public on June 12 and has already been packed with riders. 

CHISHOLM, Minn. – It’s been a long time coming to get a mountain biking trail in Chisholm. “They started working on this last summer and got 15 miles down and now they’re here again working on the next 15 miles,” consultant Gary Sjoquist said. Redhead Mountain Bike Trail, located next to the Minnesota Discovery Center, opened to the public on…

Deadline Approaching to Submit Times for Chester Park Trail Race

Sunday is the last day to submit your times for either the 5K, 10K or six hour run.

DULUTH, Minn. – This year, many races around the country, form small 5Ks to big marathons are going virtual. We saw Grandma’s Marathon go virtual this summer, and now a local 5K is doing the same thing. The Chester Park Trail Race is doing a virtual run this year. The 4th annual race was supposed to take place on Sunday…

Play It Again Sports Sees Increase in Sales as Sports Practices Resume

The new and used sporting goods store reopened fully to the public a little over a month ago and has been busy helping athletes get the gear they need.

DULUTH, Minn. – Play It Again Sports is mostly back to business as usual. “We closed down on March 27th and then offered curbside delivery/outdoor service and then reopened fully to the public the week after,” general manager of Play It Again Sports Steven Holappa said. The store, located in Kenwood Village in Duluth, is a new and used sporting…

Cloquet Country Club Continues to Welcome Members Back to the Course

The Cloquet Country Club is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is asking members to request their tee times in advance. 

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Country Club has been filled with golfers over the past two months. The Country Club had to put in safety and social distancing measures like limiting carts and only doing outside drink service at first. But with being one of the few courses open locally, Cloquet immediately saw old and new members hitting the links….

Cloquet Skatepark Busy With Skateboard Riders

The skatepark has been open for just under two years but has been filled with kids who have been riding for years or some trying something new.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Skatepark has been busy with riders since summer started. The skatepark has been open for just under two years but has been filled with kids who have been riding for years or some trying something new. Those using the park say it gives kids a safe place to practice their hobby while also having fun…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Fred’s Store

Fred's Store has been a staple in the small town for over 70 years when Lynn's father Fred opened the original shop just across the street. 

GOODLAND, Minn. – Tucked away about 20 miles from Grand Rapids is Fred’s Store, the only business in Goodland, Minnesota. “Blink and you went through it,” co-owner of Fred’s Store Cindy Majewski said. “We’re very busy so it is pretty cool that a lot of people really do know about it us. It’s hard to believe such a little place…

Firework Sales Booming Ahead of Fourth of July

With many Fourth of July festivities canceled, more people are buying fireworks for families who want to have a little fun or put on a big show.

SOUTH RANGE, Wis. – It’s finally summer, which means fireworks are flying through the sky. “There’s nothing much to do right now so we can always have fun with fireworks,” KG Fireworks saleswoman Kaia Orme said. KG Fireworks in South Range, Wisconsin has seen an increase in customers, and a big reason why is because many Fourth of July festivities…

23rd Veteran Brings Runners Together Virtually on Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

The Facebook group #RunTheVirus had over 1400 runners from around the world come together and complete their races on Saturday morning.

DULUTH, Minn. – Normally, the Northland is packed with runners participating in Grandma’s Marathon races. But this year, it was much quieter due to them being canceled. But one group made the virtual races a little more fun. 23rd Veteran is a local nonprofit that helps take military members and veterans out of isolation. They decided to start a group…

NAHL Planning to Start 2020-21 Season On Time

The NAHL plans to start the season with the NAHL Showcase in September and play a full 60-game regular season.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The NAHL announced on Friday a plan to return to play regarding the upcoming 2020-21 season. The league is planning to start the season with the “Greatest Show on Ice” at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota in September. The NAHL plans to play a full 60-game regular season schedule and start the season on time, with…

Port Wing Native Megan Gustafson Heads to Dallas to Prepare for Second WNBA Season

The South Shore High School alum flew out of Duluth on Saturday to do some individual workouts in Dallas, before all WNBA players head to Florida in early July for training camp.

DULUTH, Minn. – Port Wing native and former Iowa standout Megan Gustafson flew out of Duluth on Saturday afternoon to head to Dallas to start individual workouts. Gustafson was drafted by the Dallas Wings in the second round of the 2019 draft and was signed by them as a free agent this past February. Gustafson said she’s been doing at…

UWS Cross Country Runner Completes Virtual Grandma’s Marathon From Hometown

UWS senior Kate Schwerman was one of hundreds who completed their virtual marathon on Saturday.

JACKSON, Wis. – This weekend normally would have been packed with runners and tourists for the 44th annual Grandma’s Marathon. And while the race was canceled, runners have the chance to complete their virtual race, with hundreds deciding to do the race on Saturday, some in Duluth or other parts of the country. UWS runner Kate Schwerman missed her cross…

MSHSL Holding Free Online Officiating Forum

The online forum will take place on June 23 and those interested can ask questions about what it takes to be a referee, umpire or judge.

DULUTH, Minn. – The MSHSL is hosting an online officiating recruitment forum on Tuesday June 23 from 6-8:00 p.m. The purpose is to help fix the referee shortage happening not only here in the Northland but also around the country. Those interested will hear from top officials and have the chance to ask questions about what it takes to be…

Disc Golf Growing in Popularity in the Northland

There's a 9-hole course on UMD's campus on the corner of College St. and Kirby Drive. It's free for anyone to play on. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Disc golf is growing across the country, including right here in the Northland. “It’s essentially just going on a walk with an added bonus of throwing a couple discs around,” Taylor Noyes said. Disc golf is essentially traditional golf, but with a Frisbee. “You start from a tee box, you throw the disc and you try to…

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Celebrates National Fudge Day

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory had a buy two, get one free sale on their fudge on Tuesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – If you needed a sweet treat then you’re in luck because Tuesday is National Fudge Day. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Canal Park made sure to celebrate the holiday. The store had a buy two, get one free sale on their fudge, and said they were busy all day. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory added that their fudge…

Duluth Running Co. Prepares for Quieter Sales For Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

Normally this weekend, businesses like Duluth Running Co. are packed with racers, but with the races canceled this year, the store is seeing less business than usual.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend is normally Duluth’s busiest for tourism with Grandma’s Marathon, but with the race canceled this year, local businesses, especially running stores, are taking a hit. Duluth Running Co. is usually packed with people coming in to get their last minute race needs or to just shop around. The store said they’re still having people come…

Hayward United SC Drops Season Opener

Carson Gorecki scored the lone goal for the Wolfpack via a penalty kick in the second half.

HAYWARD, Wis. – The Hayward United SC Wolfpack opened the season a week early but was unable to get the job done, as Eau Claire Bateaux FC got the 2-1 win on Sunday afternoon. Turbo Sports FC got the 4-1 win over Hayward United SC in the second game of the doubleheader. Carson Gorecki scored the lone goal for the…

Breakthrough Fitness and Boxing Launches Youth Fitness Camps

The class will run Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon for the entire summer, and is open for kids ages seven to 17.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Breakthrough Fitness and Boxing is now holding youth fitness classes to get kids active and moving again. The class will run Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon for the entire summer, and is open for kids ages seven to 17. The camp will focus on different strength exercises, with some yoga added in, and they’ll also spend…

Local Business Helps Damiano Center Fix Broken Windows

Heritage Window and Door, who put the windows in, decided to provide the labor for free to fix the windows that were broken during the recent protest.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, a Duluth company launched a fundraiser to help a local community services center that was damaged during last week’s protests. The Damiano Center had rocks thrown into their windows and one of their doors busted during the protest. The center quickly worked to get their door repaired, but is now waiting to get their windows…

Wild State Cider Releases Lemonade Flavored Cider

The lemonade flavored cider is available from the taproom by the growler or glass. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, Wild State Cider released a lemonade flavor, which is now available for purchase from the taproom in Lincoln Park. The flavor is made with fresh lemon juice, agave and no added sugar. Wild State said it took them a few months to get the cider right. Now, with their patio open for dine-in service, the…

Ski Hut Sees Increase in Outdoor Equipment

Due to COVID-19 and the nicer weather, many outdoor stores like Ski Hut are struggling to keep up with the high demand of outdoor gear.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the short Duluth summer approaches, people are getting outside in any way they can. “We’ve got a great outdoor scene, there’s so many trails and forests and lakes and rivers and streams to go explore,” Ski Hut manager Dave Neustel said. “There’s a lot of cabin fever. Now that we have warmer conditions and we’re loosening…

Minnesota Gyms Prepare for Reopening on Wednesday

Gyms will now be able to open at 25 percent capacity.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Wednesday, Phase III of the “Stay Safe MN” plan will go into effect, and that means gyms and fitness studios can finally reopen. They can open at 25 percent capacity. Local gyms have spent the past few days deep cleaning and creating enough space for social distancing. Gyms like Personal Best Pilates in Duluth and Breakthrough…

Taste of Duluth Postponed to September

Taste of Duluth was originally scheduled for July 25 and will now take place on September 12 at Bayfront Festival Park.

DULUTH, Minn. – While things are starting to open back up, many events are still getting postponed or canceled, including this year’s Taste of Duluth at Bayfront Park. Taste of Duluth has been postponed to September 12. The event, which was originally scheduled for July 25, lets people walk around and enjoy food, live music, crafts, beers and other products….

George Floyd Mural Painted at Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

The community painted a mural of a black power sign, as well as ones of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, an African American woman who was shot and killed while sleeping in her home in Louisville. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth community was given the opportunity to heal outside the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on Monday through the creation of a mural. The community painted a mural of a black power sign, as well as ones of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, an African American woman who was shot and killed while sleeping in her home…

Hayward United SC Looking Forward to Starting 2020 Season

Hayward United SC will open the season on June 28 against Lobos FC.

HAYWARD, Wis. – Two weeks ago, the Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) announced that their season would be kicking off later this month. And that was great news for Hayward United SC, as they’re looking to build momentum for their club in just their second year of existence. “There’s nothing like competitive soccer and that’s why we still all…

IST CrossFit Resumes In-Person Training With Youth Athletes

IST is following the safety guidelines from the state of having no more than nine youth athletes in the gym with one coach leading them through the workouts. 

DULUTH, Minn. – After two weeks of virtual workouts, Impact Sports Training (IST CrossFit) is back in the gym. “Now that we can get outside and offer outdoor workouts as well as the indoor sessions, it’s nice to have that face to face contact,” owner and director of Performance Chris Bell said. “It’s less of a mental struggle being back…

Walz Eases Restrictions With Sports Venues, Youth Sports

Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, may also open at 25 percent capacity, without exceeding 250 people in a single self-contained space. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced phase III of the “Stay Safe MN” Plan, which will begin on June 10. Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios may open at 25 percent capacity. Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, may also open at 25 percent capacity, without exceeding 250 people in a single self-contained space. Walz…

Shooting Summer League Season Underway at Old Vermilion Trail

Summer league started on Tuesday, June 2 and goes for 12 weeks.

DULUTH, Minn. – Old Vermilion Trail normally opens the Tuesday after Memorial Day, and now that the hunting preserve is up and running, many people are heading outdoors to take their best shot with their summer league. “Just need to shoot one score a week for 12 weeks. Can be shot on any day of the week or you can…

Superior Street Construction Begins at Congdon Park Drive

This construction stretches from Congdon Park Drive to 40th Avenue East and is expected to take three weeks.

DULUTH, Minn. – Construction began once again on Monday on East Superior Street. This is part of phase 1 and stretches from Congdon Park Drive to 40th Avenue East. This is all part of the reconstruction project where crews will be installing anti-corrosion systems on the water main, and fixing the number of breaks and leaks. This phase is expected…

Superior Businesses Board Up in Preparation of Potential Protests

Some businesses along Tower Avenue have boarded up in case protests happen.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Rumors on social media about a possible protest in Superior have some business owners protecting their stores from people who might want to do damage. Goin’ Postal boarded up every window in front of their business. While the owner isn’t sure if a protest will actually happen or even if it would turn destructive, he says he’d…

Douglas County Buildings Reopen to Public

Only two entrances are accessible for the public right now: the east entrance to the courthouse off of Cumming Avenue, and the main door of the Government Center. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – On Monday, the Douglas County Government buildings reopened to the general public. Only two entrances are accessible for the public right now: the east entrance to the courthouse off of Cumming Avenue, and the main door of the Government Center. The office is still encouraging people to work from home and for the public to do business…

5K For The Frontlines Makes Way to Northland

5K For The Frontlines is a virtual fitness challenge raising money and awareness for those working on the frontlines fighting COVID-19.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the coronavirus continues to impact people and communities across the country, people are still doing what they can to help. And now, a national movement has made its way to the Northland. 5K For The Frontlines is a virtual fitness challenge raising money and awareness for those working on the frontlines fighting COVID-19. Participants run, walk…

UWS Athletics to Hold Day of Giving Telethon on Tuesday

UWS athletics will hold a telethon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday to raise money for the athletic program.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – On Tuesday, the University of Wisconsin-Superior is having its Superior Day of Giving and this year, they’re having their first ever Yellowjacket Athletics Telethon. The money raised will go to different things for each team. Some of the needs are team apparel, training equipment, team retreats, meals and more. The telethon will be streamed on IFan Sports…

UMD’s Haleigh Reindl Named Women’s Indoor Track All-American

The sophomore was set to compete in her second NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships before they were canceled due to COVID-19.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD runner Haleigh Reindl has been named a Women’s Indoor Track All-American by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is Reindl’s first All-American honor. Reindl had a strong sophomore season with the Bulldogs and was set to make her second appearance at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships before they…

Cherry’s Kaelynn Kudis Commits to Mesabi Range Volleyball

The middle hitter led the Tigers to an 18-6 record last season.

CHERRY, Minn. – Cherry’s Kaelynn Kudis will be joining Mesabi Range volleyball next season, the team announced on Twitter. The middle hitter led the Tigers to an 18-6 record last season. Kudis was also a standout on the Cherry basketball team, leading the Tigers to a 22-7 record and to the section 7A semifinals. She also leaves as the program’s…

Wilderness Forward Nathan Adrian Commits to St. Scholastica Men’s Hockey

Adrian tallied six goals and seven assists in his first season with the Wilderness.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Minnesota Wilderness forward Nathan Adrian announced on Twitter that he has committed to the College of St. Scholastica men’s hockey team. In his first season with the Wilderness, Adrian tallied six goals with seven assists. The Roseau native also played two games with the Bismarck Bobcats after finishing a stellar career at Roseau High School, scoring 37…

Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival Exploring Other Options for 2020

The festival is normally held at Spirit Mountain, but with it being closed for the summer, the festival is looking at other options to still hold the event.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the news that Spirit Mountain would be closed for the summer season, many events are having to postpone or find other options to hold their event, including the Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival. The annual festival, which raises money for local charities and Duluth mountain biking trails, was set to happen August 7-9 with some of the…

Two Harbors Hangs Banners For Senior Class

The Two Harbors community hung banners of each senior on light posts on Waterfront Dr., First Ave. and 7th St. 

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – As graduation season continues, schools and communities are still doing what they can to honor their seniors. “It didn’t really hit me until the Governor actually closed school for the rest of the year,” Two Harbors senior Emily Carlson said. Like thousands of others across the country, seniors at Two Harbors High School missed out on…

Iron Range Businesses Deal With Coronavirus Impacts

Small businesses on the Iron Range are seeing a more direct hit because a lot of mining activity has also shut down. 

IRON RANGE, Minn. – The impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit the state of Minnesota in different ways, including on the Iron Range. “It really means a lot. We just thank them so much for coming in,” co-owner of the Sunrise Deli Mary Forti said. As local businesses continue to adapt to the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has…

Angler Management Charter Preparing to Take People Out on Lake Superior

Angler Management will start taking customers out for trips starting on June 1.

DULUTH, Minn. – Charter fishing in Minnesota is now allowed to operate under Governor Tim Walz “Stay Safe MN” order but under different guidelines. “We’re just ready to open up a little bit and get people outdoors again and enjoy our summer,” charter captain of Angler Management Charter Alex Cuzzo said. When Cuzzo found out he could reopen, he was…

IST CrossFit Holds Virtual Murph Challenge to Honor Fallen Military Members

The Murph was created in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Participants start with a mile run, go into 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and finish with another mile run.

DULUTH, Minn. – As a way to honor military members who have fallen while serving our country, gyms across the country, including in Duluth, participate in the Murph Challenge. The Murph was created in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. He originally created the workout and called it Body Amour,…

UMD Men’s Basketball Continues Virtual Summer Skills Camps

There are five different camps available for any players grades K-12. Those videos will be available starting June 1.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a successful virtual skills camp last month, the UMD men’s basketball team decided to make all of their June camps virtual as well. Over 250 players participated in the first two camps, so the Bulldogs added three more series, ranging from ball handling to practicing with a hoop and more. The UMD coaching staff hopes these…

Northland Girls Lacrosse Teams Hold Virtual Challenge

The Northern Lakes Girls Lacrosse Challenge features players from Grand Rapids/Greenway, Hermantown/Proctor, Duluth and Brainerd.

DULUTH, Minn. – With no spring sports this season, many teams and athletes are still doing what they can to stay active. They’ll hold their own workouts, do Zoom classes, and now a few local girls lacrosse teams have started the Northern Lakes Girls Lacrosse Challenge. The challenge was started by Grand Rapids/Greenway head coach Mark Surface and features the…

Proctor Family Keeps Racing Tradition Alive

Racing goes way back for the Lillo family. Milo Lillo was well-known in the Northland racing community, and now five members of the family currently race.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Sports often brings people together and sometimes, sports help make family bonds stronger. For one family in Proctor, racing is in their blood. “It’s a good family sport. It brings all of our family together at least twice a weekend so it’s a good thing for all of us,” Aaron Lillo said. Racing goes way back for…