Author: Claudia Chakamian

Animals Find Forever Homes at Adoption Event

Animal Allies Humane Society partnered up with Miller Hill Subaru and other local businesses to help get dogs and cats adopted.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many dogs and cats were able to find their new homes thanks to the “Love-A-Pet” adoption event this weekend! The event was put on by Animal Allies Humane Society at the Miller Hill Subaru, allowing people to come meet the animals, shop with local pet–themed vendors and more, but the main purpose was to find homes for…

Deer Hunting Season Officially Underway

Many locals stopped by Fisherman's Corner to get their hunting gear and register their deer.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s officially firearm deer hunting season in Minnesota and people are eagerly heading out to the woods to get in on the action. Once people have harvested their deer, they are required to register it online or at local shops including, Fisherman’s Corner on Miller Trunk Highway. The workers there said people have been excited for weeks to…

Coaches Corner: CSS Women’s Hockey

For this week's segment, we talk with Saints hockey coach and senior forward Alexia Klaas.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with the St. Scholastica women’s hockey head coach Jackie MacMillan and senior forward Alexia Klaas. The Saints are off to a 2-0-1 start to the season and will take on Marian on Saturday. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Rangers, Cardinals Win 9-Man Sections, Headed to State

Both Mountain Iron-Buhl and Cromwell-Wright got the wins in Esko to claim section titles.

ESKO, Minn. – In Section 7 9-Man, number 2-seed Mountain Iron-Buhl picked up the 20-12 win over 1-seed Cook County to win the section title and move on to the state finals. The Rangers would take an early 8-0 lead, but the Vikings would respond in the first quarter with a touchdown of their own. The two-point conversion was no…

Essentia Health, City of Duluth Hold Public Meeting About Vision Northland

The project is expected to finish in 2022.

DULUTH, Minn. – Plans and discussions are moving forward for Duluth’s largest private investment ever, a massive multi–million dollar transformation of the downtown medical campus for Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center. Essentia Health and the city of Duluth held a public information meeting, the first one regarding this project, giving the community the chance to really see the plans…

St. Luke’s Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center Celebrates Patient Milestone

The center has treated more than 1,000 wounds this year.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center held a special ceremony Tuesday to celebrate a milestone with their patients. The center celebrated the fact that they’ve healed more than 1000 wounds this year. The center provides care to patients suffering from ulcers, infections and other wounds, helping the patients get back to their normal lives “This…

UMD Students Host Halloween Party For Local Kids, Families

This was the first year UMD hosted the event.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids and their families filled the Kirby Student Center Ballroom afternoon for this year’s “Boo-M-D”. The event, which replaced the annual “Haunted Halls”, was free and open to the public for kids to dress up, play games and of course, get lots of candy. As opposed to the “Haunted Halls” where families had to move locations, “Boo-M-D”…

Creative Startup Launches LABS Program in Duluth

This is the first-to-the-region pre-accelerator program for creative entrepreneurs in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Different creative groups and entrepreneurs came to Duluth Tuesday afternoon to officially launch the Creative Startups LABS program. The program is a four-week bootcamp for entrepreneurs who are in the first stages of growing a creative company. The program hopes to reach a group of entrepreneurs here in Duluth who need more resources to succeed. “It’s saying…

Club Canal Bark Celebrates Howl-O-Ween

The Club Canal Bark on West Michigan Street hosted the event.

DULUTH, Minn. – Club Canal Bark on West Michigan Street in Duluth hosted its first ever Howl–O–Ween party, giving people the chance to celebrate Halloween with their favorite furry friend! The event a paw reader pet portraits, a costume contest and of course, lots of treats for all of the dogs to enjoy! “I just want to go and meet all of…

Bias Training Held at Superior Middle School

The training was put on by AMAZEworks, a St. Paul-based nonprofit.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Middle School held a bias training Monday for all teachers and faculty in the school district. The bias training is a part of AMAZEworks, a St. Paul-based nonprofit that holds trainings at schools across the country to help teachers better understand and work with unconscious bias in both children and adults. “We can be agents of change…

DFL Leaders Speak in Duluth About Union Rights

Mayor Emily Larson, U.S. Senator Tina Smith, DFL Gubernatorial Candidate Tim Walz and 8th District Congressional Candidate Joe Radinovich were the speakers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Multiple DFL members were in Duluth Monday afternoon, discussing the importance of protecting union rights ahead of next week’s election. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz, U.S. Senator Tina Smith and 8th congressional candidate Joe Radinovich where among those speaking about their platforms, and urging people to get out and vote “Work is about more…

Yellowjackets Top Seed as UMAC Men’s Soccer Tournament Starts This Week

The College of St. Scholastica is the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After clinching their first ever regular season conference title, the University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team is the No. 1 seed in the UMAC Tournament. The Yellowjackets posted an 11-0-1 record in conference play as the road to the title game this week runs through Superior. The College of St. Scholastica will also be battling it out…

Northern Star: Markus Pokornowski

The junior running back helped lead the Lumberjacks to the Section 7AAAA Championship.

CLOQUET, Minn. – If you’ve attended a Cloquet football game at all this season, you’ve definitely heard the name Markus Pokornowski blare over the stadium speakers. His success on the field goes beyond natural athleticism. “Obviously he’s a good athlete but he’s really coach-able. He’s worked hard to get better at things when he doesn’t have the football. He’s a…

Yellowjackets Women’s Hockey Falls Late in Season Opener

Amanda Sergent scored the only goal for Wisconsin-Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Amanda Sergent scored in the second period for Wisconsin-Superior but that one goal wouldn’t be enough as the Yellowjackets fall 2-1 in the season opener. Sergent’s goal tied things up but Gustavus Adolphus would score in the third period to get the win. The Yellowjackets will be back at home on Tuesday hosting Hamline. Categories: College, Sports

Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Falls Late to Huskies

UMD and St. Cloud State split the weekend series.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the second period but they couldn’t get anything else going on offense as St. Cloud State scored two unanswered goals to win it 3-2 and split the weekend series. Naomi Rogge and Ryleigh Houston scored for the Bulldogs while Maddie Rooney made 18 saves….

Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Tops Fighting Irish, Sweeps Weekend Series

Kobe Roth, Jackson Cates and Noah Cates all scored for UMD on Saturday.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The UMD men’s hockey team scored a goal in each period as the Bulldogs once again defeated top-ranked Notre Dame 3-1, sweeping the weekend series. Kobe Roth, Jackson Cates and Noah Cates all scored for the Bulldogs while Hunter Shepard made 27 saves. UMD will be on a bye next week, then return to AMSOIL Arena…

Tigers Dominate Blackhawks, Advance to WIAA Quarterfinals

Reagan Ruffi rushed for 267 yards, breaking the single-season rushing record at Northwestern, a record he set himself last year.

MAPLE, Wis. – Northwestern continued its undefeated season on Friday night as it dominated Baldwin-Woodville, 42-6. Quarterback Jake Brill scored a touchdown of his own, taking the snap and running it 73 yards into the end zone for the score. Reagan Ruffi rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns on the night. He also broke the single-season rushing record at…

47th Annual Ski Swap Happening This Weekend

The ski swap wraps up on Sunday at 3 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s almost ski season and the Duluth-Superior Alpine Club is helping people get a start on getting their gear with their annual ski swap. People can drop off their old ski and snowboarding gear as well as purchase any new items they may need. “This is a great event again, a great opportunity for people to find…

Dr. Oz Veterinarian Comes to Duluth, North Shore Launches Fear Free Program

This is the first certified program in Minnesota and sixth in the country.

DULUTH, Minn. – North Shore Veterinary Hospital officially launched its new Fear Free program, with the help of celebrity vet Dr. Marty Becker. Becker, an author and resident veterinarian on the Dr. Oz show, stopped by the hospital to celebrate the launch of the program and sign copies of his book. Becker started the Fear Free program, encouraging vets and…

Local Filmmakers Hold Networking Event

The event was held at Zeitgeist.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local filmmakers gathered at Zeitgeist Monday night for a meeting and networking event. The Arrowhead Filmmakers’ Co–operative and the Minnesota State Film and TV Board held the meeting, giving people the chance to talk about their projects, learn about different opportunities and how to work together to enhance their work. “There are a lot of talented individual…

Pro Mining Rally Held in Duluth

This was the first of two rallies being held in the Northland this week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Pro mining rallies are being held Monday and Tuesday nights and the first one was held Monday at the DECC. The pro mining rally featured a variety of speakers, from individuals running for office to people working with the Center of American Experiment who put on the rally. According to a recent American Experiment Report, Minnesota has…

First Game Played at St. Luke’s Sports and Events Center

The arena had their grand opening two weeks ago, but Sunday was the first time a game was played there.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The new St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center in Proctor held its grand opening two weeks ago, but players finally took the ice on Sunday in the arena’s the first ever game. Proctor Bantam A’s played Superior to open their 2018 season. This game being played marks the end of almost a year of construction and five years of…

Bulldogs Soccer Shuts Out Cougars

Nan Glinsek scored the lone goal of the game while Carlye Wright made five saves.

DULUTH, Minn. – It would take 55 minutes, but Nan Glinsek finally broke the scoreless tie to give UMD the 1-0 win over Sioux Falls on Sunday to keep the Bulldogs in the postseason hunt. Glinsek’s goal in the second half was her fourth of the year, which leads the team. Carlye Wright made five saves in the game. The…

Northern Star: Hannah Norlin

In this week's segment, we talk to a senior forward on the Wisconsin-Superior basketball team.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Hannah Norlin is a UWS senior playing the game that has taught her invaluable life lessons. “Basketball has been a huge role because of all the time spent. It is something that really helps with your work ethic. You are constantly working and trying new things, learning new skills and not giving up,” Norlin said. Her work…

Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Edge Black Bears, Complete Weekend Sweep

Two goals in the second would help seal the win for Minnesota Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – After a dominant win the night before, the second game was much closer but UMD men’s hockey edged out Maine to get the 3-2 win and sweep the Black Bears. Cole Koepke, Riley Tufte and Noah Cates all recorded goals for the Bulldogs in the win. Hunter Shepard made 18 saves. The Bulldogs improve to 4-1-1 and…

Yellowjackets Shutout Rams, Claim Share of 2018 UMAC Regular Season Title

This is the first time in program history Wisconsin-Superior has won the regular season title.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Elliot Chapman scored the only two goals for the Yellowjackets but that would be enough as Wisconsin-Superior topped North Central 2-0 to claim a share of the UMAC regular season title. The game was quiet until Chapman scored both goals in the second half to lead the Yellowjackets to the win. Dalton VonKaenel recorded two saves in…

Saints Sweep Storm in Doubleheader

The men and women St. Scholastica soccer teams each scored three goals over Crown on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Scholastica faced Crown for a doubleheader on Saturday, and the men and women came out victorious over the Storm. The women posted a shutout over Crown, winning it 3-0. Morgan Friday, Becca Rancour and Kaiya Quam all scored for the Saints, while Roni Rudolph recorded a save in her 12th shutout of the season. The men…

Saints Football Shutout at Home

This was the first time St. Scholastica was shut out at home in program history.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica football team struggled to get anything going on offense as Thomas More dominated from start to finish to get the 35-0 win. This was the first time CSS was shut out at home in program history. Zach Edwards completed 15 passes for 154 yards but threw two interceptions in the loss. Thomas More quarterback…

Bulldogs Football Stays Undefeated, Tops Warriors

Minnesota Duluth scored 13 points in the first quarter to come out on top.

WINONA, Minn. – UMD football scored early and often to win its eighth game of the season and stay undefeated, beating Winona State 37-17. Mike Rybarczyk made his first start of the season and did not disappoint, completing 12 of 24 passes for 162 yards. He also ran in two touchdowns of his own and caught a touchdown from Nate…

Rogge Scores Twice, Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Sweeps Beavers

Maddie Rooney finished with 24 saves in her first shutout of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Naomi Rogge scored the only two goals of the game and Maddie Rooney notched 24 saves as the UMD women’s hockey team picked up the 2-0 win over Bemidji State to sweep the weekend series. Rogge scored both of her goals in the first period, and finished with four goals on the weekend. Ashton Bell had the…

Prep Football: Final Week of Regular Season in Minnesota

Cloquet, Duluth East, Carlton and South Ridge picked up home wins in the regular season finale.

MN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES  Hermantown 0, Cloquet 14  Hibbing 7, Duluth East 47  North Branch 57, Proctor 6 Esko 20, Mora 28  International Falls 42, Virginia 20 Aitkin 8, Moose Lake-Willow River 27 Duluth Denfeld 28, Grand Rapids 22 Two Harbors 45, Eveleth-Gilbert 8 9-MAN FOOTBALL SCORES Cook County 24, South Ridge 28 Onamia 6, Carlton 56  Littlefork-Big Falls…

Citizens Voiced Concerns Over SWL&P Requested Rate Increase

SWL&P requested a $7 per month increase from each customer.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Water, Light and Power held a public hearing Tuesday afternoon, involving its controversial rate hike increase. The event at WITC was streamed to the Capitol in Madison for the public service commission. Mayor Jim Payne was also in Madison Tuesday, who is strongly against the rate increase. The power company says the increase is for improvements and…

Northland Sending Volunteers to Help with Hurricane Relief

One local volunteer will be leaving for Florida on Thursday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Red Cross chapter is sending more local volunteers out as many along the East Coast are still dealing with the devastation of hurricane Florence and Michael. Eight Northland volunteers are still out helping with Florence while 10 are responding to Michael and one more will be leaving for Florida later this week. Diane Dunder, who…

Bentleyville Closer to Opening as Tree Goes Up

The Tour of Lights runs from Nov. 17 to Dec. 26.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bentleyville Tour of Lights is coming together about one month before it opens to the public. The 128–foot tree is now in place. That’s 17 tons of iron with an 8–foot tall ball on top and 150–thousand LED lights. Bentleyville officials said it’s the tallest man–made steel Christmas tree in the United States. Meanwhile, volunteers are needed to…

2018 Terror Train Cancelled

The event was cancelled due to the crumbling lakewalk and the steam engine not being ready.

DULUTH, Minn. – The popular “Terror Train” on the North Shore Scenic Railroad has been canceled this year due in part to a crumbling lakewalk behind Fitger’s from recent severe storms. It’s that spot where the Fitger’s–organized event begins. “At Fitger’s, it’s a lot to board that many people, there are 4, 500 people that ride that train. And with the…

Fire Officials Urge Residents To Check Smoke Detectors After Recent House Fire

The working smoke detector helped limit the damage and get the couple outside safely.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Fire officials in Superior are urging you to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as house fire season is beginning and it’s fire prevention month. This also comes after a home caught on fire over the weekend. A fire broke out around 6:30 Saturday morning in the utility room of the house, located at 1709…

New Skate Park Open in Cloquet

The Cloquet Skatepark is located on 14th Street and Prospect Avenue.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The new skate park in Cloquet is something local skateboarders have wanted for years. They worked together over that time to do everything they could to make it happen. “We had countless parents and kids who were involved with fundraising and just like public service, volunteering and we did that consistently for eight years up until now,” Matthew…

Author Discusses 1918 Fire

Curt Brown's book was released earlier this year.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Curt Brown, author of “Minnesota 1918: When Flu, Fire and War Ravaged the State”, gave a short presentation on Sunday about his book, the stories he learned about people who went through the fire, and gave some more history about the tragedy. Brown has spent the past few days in the Northland seeing sights from the fire,…

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Scores 10/12/18

Denfeld, Hermantown and Cloquet all picked up big wins at home.

MN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL  Hibbing 8, Duluth Denfeld 51 Mesabi East 26, East Central 6 Virginia 22, Greenway Nashwauk Keewatin 56 Eveleth-Gilbert 6, International Falls 26 Proctor 7, Hermantown 15 Duluth East 20, Cloquet 38 Silver Bay 34, Ely 30 MN 9-MAN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL  South Ridge 44, Chisholm 20 WI HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL  Rice Lake 33, Superior 21 Northwestern…

Bluestreaks Football Feeling Impact of Declining Participation

Minnesota is seeing a decrease in students playing football, and that trend is hitting the Northland.

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Over the past few years, there has been a decline in the number of student-athletes playing high school football. Minnesota State High School League statistics show a drop of more than 400 players statewide over just the past few years, and that decline is hitting the Northland hard, especially in Chisholm. “We were expecting 25 to maybe…

Citizen Review Board Holds Protective Gear Open Forum

This is the first of three open forums happening this week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Riot gear, also called protective gear, was the topic of a community forum Tuesday night in Duluth, as it was the first of several open discussions put on by the Duluth Citizens Review Board… These forums are happening this week before the council votes for or against a resolution to purchase the gear for its officers. Dozens of people showed…

Former Vikings Player Speaks at School Fundraiser

The 15-year NFL veteran spoke about his Catholic background.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Minnesota Vikings center Matt Birk was the keynote speaker at the Stella Maris Academy’s second annual fundraising dinner, with all of the proceeds going to scholarships for their students. The academy is a Catholic school that has three different campuses in Duluth and is for students pre–kindergarten through eighth grade. There is a tuition rate for…

Veterans Go Hunting As Part Of Wounded Warriors Program

This is the third year the veterans have gone on adventures through the Wounded Warriors Minnesota program.

WRENSHALL, Minn. – A family in Wrenshall is hosting a group of veterans this weekend to go turkey hunting and thank them for their service, as part of the Wounded Warriors Minnesota program. Wounded Warriors United Minnesota has been taking a group of veterans on different trips for the past three years as a way to give back to the community…

Gordy’s To Close For Season on Sunday

The 58th season will wrap up on Sunday.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet will be wrapping up for the 58th season on Sunday. The restaurant operates during the warmer months of the year to give their customers the best experience possible. Employees tell us that during the off season, the family completes a few projects to get ready for next year, but they are very pleased with…

5K Raises Money For Local K9 Units

The money raised from the event goes towards training and equipment for the local K9 teams.

DULUTH, Minn. – The second annual 5K–K9 run took place Saturday morning at Lester Park to help spread the word and raise some money for the local law enforcement K9 units. “People obviously know there’s K9’s out working on the streets but what they may not understand, and that’s part of these events, or part of the reasoning of these events,…

Gophers Hand Bulldogs First Loss of Season

Two UMD freshmen tallied their first career goals in the loss.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 4 University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team suffered its first loss of the season to its rival as No. 3 Minnesota got the 5-2 win on Friday night. Gabbie Hughes scored her first collegiate goal just 67 seconds into the first period to give the Bulldogs an early lead but the Gophers would respond…

Yellowjackets Go Distance Again, Get Win Over Saints

It would take UW-Superior five sets to claim the road win.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the second time this season, the UW-Superior and St. Scholastica volleyball teams battled through five sets to determine a winner. And for the second time this season, the Yellowjackets picked up the road win against the Saints, 3-2. UW-Superior won the first set 25-14 but St. Scholastica battled back in the second to get the 25-20…

First Witness Celebrates I Stand With Kids Day

The event celebrated the end of their month-long campaign.

DULUTH, Minn. – First Witness Child Advocacy Center has spent the past month raising money and education for those who have experienced trauma of child abuse, and they held a celebration today to end their campaign. The 6th annual I Stand With Kids campaign has been going on for the past month. They’ve collecting donations, holding educational programs at school…

State Politicians Hold Foxconn Town Hall in Superior

Senators Jennifer Shilling and Janet Bewley and Representative Nick Milroy held the town hall.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s been one year since Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill authorizing Foxconn, which would build a huge new manufacturing facility in southeast Wisconsin. But many democrats are still not on board with the concept. Foxconn is a multinational electronics contract manufacturing company from Taiwan and they plan to create thousands of jobs within Wisconsin. Senator Jennifer Shilling…