Author: Claudia Chakamian

Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery Honored For 125 Years

They were honored at the first night of the Benedictine Health System Annual Conference.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday night, the sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery were recognized for 125 years of health care in Duluth at the Benedictine Health System Annual Conference. The sisters are responsible for building hospitals across northern Minnesota. They invented and pioneered a health care business model that is used today at the Benedictine Health System, Essentia Health and the College of…

Superior Police Used Robot During Monday’s Standoff

The robot has five cameras that produced a live video feed back out to the officers.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department said that the non–lethal standoff that happened Monday night was executed effectively thanks in part to the tactical team’s robot. That robot was able to enter the apartment and locate the gunman. The 60–pound machine allowed officers to communicate with the suspect through a speaker to the robot. It also sent back a live…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Kunnari’s Kitchen, Coffee House and Farm Market

The family business was started a few decades ago because of a small strawberry farm.

VIRGINIA, Minn- It all started with some strawberries, six acres of land and selling produce and baked goods from under a tent. But over the years, it’s grown into so much more than that. The Kunnari family always hoped of expanding their small farmers market and it took a small tragedy to make them go for it. “In the fall…

Councilors Retable Vote to Purchase Riot Gear For Police Dept.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a 5-3 vote Monday night, the Duluth City Council decided to table a resolution authorizing the purchase of protective gear, also known as riot gear, for police officers after much opposition to the idea from community activists, concerned citizens and the Duluth chapter of the NAACP. Councilors Zack Filipovich, Joel Sipress, Arik Forsman, Em Westerlund and Gary…

Breeze Inn Kicks Off Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

The restaurant's Oktoberfest wraps up on Oct. 7.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Breeze Inn kicked off their 5th annual Oktoberfest on Sunday, allowing customers to get into the German spirit. “It’s more fun each year. The music’s wonderful, the food is so good. The German menu is, I love German food and it’s the best. Shaun’s got some new things this year and they’re really great. I just…

Volunteers Begin Setting Up Bentleyville

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

DULUTH, Minn. – While Bentleyville is still two months away, volunteers are already busy getting ready for the “Tour of Lights”. Almost 140 people helped with the first weekend of setup for Bentleyville, which takes place at Bayfront Park. It’s billed as America’s Largest free walk through lighting display, so as many volunteers as possible are needed to make the…

Fans Get Photo Opportunity with National Championship Trophies

The Bulldogs will look to repeat as champs when they start their season on Oct. 6.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hockey season is quickly approaching, but many fans are still celebrating UMD’s national championship from April. The 2018 and 2011 UMD men’s hockey national championship trophies appeared at JC Penney at the mall today, and fans could take pictures with them, meet Champ the Bulldog, celebrate the recent success and get pumped for what they hope to…

“Walk a Mile” Raises Money for People with Disabilities

The event was put on by UDAC, which is an organization that helps and works with people with all types of disabilities.

DULUTH, Minn. – Community members, volunteers, UMD students and more joined together at the Malosky Stadium Saturday morning to walk a mile and raise money for UDAC, which works with and helps people with disabilities. “We are raising money this year for accessible transportation which is wheelchair transportation with people with disabilities,” UDAC executive director Karen Herman said. The money raised…

Coaches Corner: UMD Football

In this week's segment, we spoke with head coach Curt Wiese and wide receiver Jason Balts

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Coaches Corner, we talked with UMD head coach Curt Wiese and wide receiver Jason Balts about their 3-0 start, the big win over St. Cloud State and having the 2008 team back on the field this weekend. The Bulldogs face Bemidji State on Saturday. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday…

Great Outdoors: Deadheading at the Rose Garden

City employees and volunteers deadhead the roses from April until early October.

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the summer and early part of fall, the rose garden has become a beautiful sight in Duluth. But keeping it as beautiful as it is takes a lot of work. The rose garden has become a popular attraction for both tourists and Duluth residents. “This is my fourth trip here and every time we come to…

UMD Receives Grant For Hybrid Trees

The one million dollar grant will help the program expand their research and conduct more trials.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth received a huge grant to expand their research on fast–growing hybrid trees. The University’s natural resources research institute received a one million dollar grant to breed hybrid poplar trees, which would be used for industrial use. The NRRI has been working for over two decades to develop these hybrid trees, which allows…

Fresh Veggies Grown Behind Duluth Grill

The large gourds are used in the restaurant's soups to give customers a nice fall flavor.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Grill is known for their local, fresh ingredients, and some of those are being grown directly out back. The large crops being grown in the garden behind the restaurant are getting read to be picked for the fall harvest. Many of the seeds come from around the world, which is producing some amazing veggies, including this four–foot…

A Second Rolled Ice Cream Shop is Coming to Duluth

The new Thai Hibachi-based ice cream shop plans to open within the next few months.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new Hibachi ice cream shop is in the works for downtown Duluth. It’s located on the corner of 2nd Avenue East and Superior Street, in the former home of Lake Superior Art Glass. T–Icyroll, as its being called, will open in the coming months and offer rolled ice cream, bubble tea, smoothies and more. “I was very…

Prep Soccer: Hawks Girls, Hilltoppers Boys Split Doubleheader

The Hermantown girls soccer team won the first game, while the Duluth Marshall boys team won the second.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hermantown and Duluth Marshall squared off twice on Monday, but the games would have different outcomes as the Hawks took the girls game and the Hilltoppers won the boys game. The girls played first and Hermantown came out on top with the 3-2 win. Megan Madill was one of the goal scorers for the Hawks, while Baamlak…

Prep Volleyball: Hunters, Bulldogs Extend Win Streaks

Duluth Denfeld and Carlton both pushed their win streaks to three in their home victories Monday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld and Carlton both picked up big wins at home Monday night, extending both of their win streaks. Duluth Denfeld took down Proctor 3-1, while Carlton swept South Ridge. The Hunters (8-2) have won three straight and will take on Hermantown on Thursday. The Bulldogs (10-2) have also won three straight and will take on McGregor…

Senior Apartment Complex Held Grand Re-Opening

Heritage Apartments houses residents for seniors 62 or older.

DULUTH, Minn. – Heritage Senior Apartments held their grand re-opening today, celebrating the end to their renovation. The complex, located at 700 Commonwealth Avenue, homes one and two bedroom apartments for people 62 or older and was built 42 years ago. The renovation fixed the siding of the building, as well some other fixes to make the place better for residents….

Perfect Time To Go Pumpkin Picking

Now that the fall weather is on its way, local produce sellers are switching out their normal produce for more pumpkins.

DULUTH, Minn. – Well it’s starting to feel like fall out and everyone is getting ready for their favorite fall activities like apple picking, corn mazes and of course, pumpkin picking. Local roadside produce sellers are also busy preparing for these fall activities, switching out their normal fruits and veggies for more fall friendly treats like pumpkins. “Usually we get…

Two Huskies Named Rawlings Finest in the Field Award Winners

Gilbody and Sogard were both also named All-Stars during the regular season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northwoods League announced the recipients of the 2018 Rawlings “Finest in the Field” award, which recognizes the top fielders at each position, and two Duluth Huskies were named to the list. Georgetown College catcher Chris Gilbody and Loyola Marymount shortstop Nick Sogard were the two Huskies to received the honor. Gilbody had a fielding percentage of…

Border Battle Celebrates Rivalries

Locals gathered at bars across the Northland, including the Reef, to watch the game.

DULUTH, Minn. – Football season brings fun, food and rivalries to fans everywhere, especially right here in the Northland this weekend for a Border Battle. The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers squared off earlier this afternoon. Their first meeting of the year brought excitement to the fans and created rivalries within friendships. “I wish it was later in the…

UMD Students Join International Movement to Help Solve Plastic Pollution Issue

The students held their own trash and plastic clean up Sunday at Chester Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Two international organizations have been working together throughout the week to clean up parks and learn more about plastic pollution, and a group of UMD students joined the movement to learn more about the issue here in Duluth. “The Story of Stuff Project” and “#BreakFreeFromPlastic” Movement are currently working together across the world to clean up plastic…

2018 NorthShore Inline Marathon Brings in Nearly 2,000 Athletes

The 23rd annual race reached its highest number of registered athletes that its seen in years.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 23rd annual NorthShore Inline Marathon brought runners and skaters from all over the country to compete in the different races on Saturday morning. While many of the athletes enjoy the competition and exercise part of the day, they also enjoy getting the chance to share the day with their families. “So exciting, every year it’s fun…

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Scores for 9/14/18

Cloquet and Duluth East come out on top in their home openers.

MN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Hibbing 0 Cloquet 40 Moose Lake Willow River 20 International Falls 7 Pine City 0 Two Harbors 21 Proctor 14 Grand Rapids 19 North Branch 8 Duluth East 15 Denfeld 8 Hermantown 14 Aitkin 14 Virginia 12 Esko 45 Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 50 MN 9-MAN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Nicolett 6 Cook County 36 Cromwell Wright 12 Ogilvie 0…

Prep Volleyball: Lumberjacks, Spartans Pick Up Home Wins

Superior's Caleigh Jensen finished the night with 17 kills.

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland high school volleyball teams were rolling Tuesday night, as Superior swept Ashland and Cloquet defeated Moose Lake-Willow River 3-1. The Spartans worked quickly to get the victory, winning 25-11, 25-11, 25-14. Caleigh Jensen finished the night with a team-high 17 kills. In other volleyball action, Cloquet defeated Moose Lake-Willow River 3-1, Carlton continued its undefeated season,…

Great Outdoors: Superior Announces New Bike Share Program

The new partnership is now available across four different locations in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Traveling around Superior just became a little easier and healthier, as the city announced Tuesday that they have a new partnership Zagster Bike Share Program. The partnership is a two-year agreement and was made possible with sponsorships from Essentia Health, Enbridge, Dairyland Power Cooperative and Minnesota Power. There are four different locations to grab a bike: Millennium…

Prep Volleyball: Bulldogs Sweep Greyhounds

Carlton continued its undefeated play, picking up its fourth win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Carlton continued its undefeated season on Monday as it swept Duluth East, 25-12, 25-15, 25-18. Duluth East will look for their first win of the season as they face Grand Rapids on Thursday, while Carlton battles with Esko on Tuesday. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Boys Soccer: Hawks Hang On To Beat Thunderhawks

Cole Stokke scored the go-ahead goal in the second half.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown picked up its third win of the season on Monday as a second half goal pushed the Hawks past the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks by a score of 2-1. Grand Rapids would get on the board first, as Seamus Stanley got his own rebound to send one back. It would be all Hermantown after, as Matthew Joki…

UMD QB Larson Named OPOTW as Bulldogs Jump in Polls

Larson picked up his first weekly honor of the season, while the Bulldogs made a jump in the AFCA poll.

DULUTH, Minn. – The NSIC annoucned Monday that UMD quarterback John Larson was named Offensive Player of the Week. The sophomore dominated Minnesota State Moorhead through the air and on the ground. He finished with 371 yards passing and five touchdowns, while adding 90 yards rushing and another touchdown. As for the team, well they took a huge leap in…

No Movement for Bulldogs in Latest AVCA Poll

UMD remained at the No. 6 spot after two sweeps last week.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team gained no ground in the American Volleyball Coaches Poll as they remain at the number six spot. The Bulldogs opened up NSIC play this past week with two sweeps over Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston. The Bulldogs have been ranked in every poll since September 10 2002, a stretch of 222 consecutive polls, making it…

Morgan High School Comes Together at Reunion

The all class reunion had alumni from four decades come to Duluth this weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – Old Morgan Park High School classmates returned to Duluth this weekend to reflect on their years and create new memories. Morgan Park held their 20th annual all class reunion on Sunday, bringing over 250 alums back to celebrate their school. The reunion included anyone that graduated from the classes of 1941 to 1982, which made the day…

Fall Frolic Raises Money For YMCA

This is the first year that funds from the annual raise are going directly back to the YMCA.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Runners and walkers of all ages stopped by the Y this morning for their annual Fall Frolic. The race consisted of a timed 5–K and a 1–mile fun run, and anyone was able to participate, no matter the experience level. The funds raised through the event this year goes directly back to the Y for their annual…

UMD Volleyball Sweeps Bemidji State in Home Opener

The Bulldogs swept the Beavers for the ninth straight time.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD Volleyball team opened up its home schedule with a big win over Bemidji State University on Thursday at Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs swept the Beavers, 25-19, 25-14, 25-14, to pick up their seventh win of the season. Sarah Kelly lead the team with 12 kills, and Emily Torve finished with a team-high 39 assists. UMD…

Thirsty Pagan Moving to Iconic Part of Superior

The Brewery is moving to 1615 Winter Street and they hope to open the first week of January.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Thirsty Pagan Brewing is leaving its current location and moving to an iconic part of Superior. The Brewery is moving to the Soo Line Depot at 1615 Winter Street. Ownership of the business say the move will allow for them to spread their wings, getting even more customers. “We’re going to be able to do some things…

Many Locals Still Busy Working on Labor Day

The Duluth Fire Department was one of many businesses working on Monday.

DULUTH, Minn. – While many people enjoyed their day off, there are still handfuls of people that had to work, including the local firefighters. The Duluth Fire Department was busy all day, doing what they could to keep everyone safe on this busy holiday. Although many people were out celebrating the day off, the firefighters knew Labor Day is just…

Olive Garden Thanks First Responders on Labor Day

The Miller Hill Mall location served meals to the Duluth Fire Department on Monday.

DULUTH, Minn. – While the Duluth Fire Department and local first responders across the country spent Labor Day serving its community, over 800 Olive Gardens decided to give a ‘thank you’ to those workers. The Miller Hill Mall location gave meals to the Duluth Fire Department to let them know they’re appreciated and they see the hard work they put in…

Locals Celebrate Labor Day at Bayfront Picnic

The picnic allowed politicians to talk more about their platform.

DULUTH, Minn. – Families gathered at Bayfront Park Monday for the annual Labor Day Picnic. Anyone could stop by for the free event, listen to some music and have some fun. But it also gave political candidates the chance to talk more about their platform, while giving people the chance to reflect on how much they love working in Duluth. “I…

Local Firefighters Go Through Live Burn Training

Firefighters went through different drills to practice techniques and safety precautions.

SOLON SPRING, Wis. – The Solon Springs Fire Department held live burn training this afternoon, giving the firefighters real experience without having to be in a dangerous situation. The fire department spent the morning going through different drills, doing rapid intervention team training, working with fog patterns, smoke ventilation and more. All of the firefighters appreciated the opportunity to get…

Class of 2022 Moves In To College of St. Scholastica

CSS starts the new school year on September 4.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at the College of St. Scholastica are officially getting back into the new school year as the class of 2022 moved in on Friday. Students were able to move in to their dorms today and several other activities were happening, kicking off the school’s welcome week. The day brings a lot of excitement for first year…

Bluejackets Score Twice in Second Half to Win Season Opener

Hibbing hands Eveleth-Gilbert its first loss of the season.

HIBBING, Minn. – Hibbing hosted Eveleth-Gilbert on Thursday night in its season over, as the Golden Bears entered the game 1-0. Both the Bluejackets and the Golden Bears put touchdowns on the board in the first quarter. Eveleth Gilbert’s Kodi Intihar makes a safety in the second to put the Golden Bears up 10-8 at the half. It was all…

Local Nursing Program Receives National Honors

The WIC program with St. Louis County was one of 90 programs to get the award.

DULUTH, Min. – A local nursing program is being recognized nationally for its work with new moms. The WIC program with St. Louis County has been awarded the Loving Support Award of Excellence for demonstrating strong breastfeeding promotion and support activities. “It feels great, my colleagues and I love our moms and we want them to enjoy parenting and we want…

Piedmont Elementary Holds Open House

The new school year starts on Sept. 4.

DULUTH, Minn. – School is almost back in session for Piedmont Elementary and on Wednesday, students and families got the chance to get back into the school year. Piedmont Elementary held their open house night, allowing families to meet their new teachers, learn their way around the school sign up for lunch programs and more. “it gets us all together and…

Former MTV “Real World” Star Speaks at UMD

Matt Smith gave his "five things they don't tell you about college" talk.

DULUTH, Minn. – A former MTV star stopped by UMD today to speak about college and the real world. Matt Smith shared his “five things they don’t tell you about college”. The talk included how to choose a college major, deal with professors, make the right friends, date and spend free time. Smith hoped he was able to compare his…

UWS Volleyball Heads to Texas to Begin Season

The Yellowjackets will once again start their season in a non-conference tournament on the road.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior volleyball team will take part in the UTD Labor Day Tourney hosted by the University of Texas Dallas Comets. It will be a tough one for UWS but it will also get them prepared for a grueling season in a tough UMAC conference. “Our non–conference matches do a really good job of helping us…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Once Upon A Child

Families can buy or sell gently used children's clothes, making it a quick one-stop-shop for a lower price.

DULUTH, Minn. – With school almost back in session and cooler temperatures right around the corner, many families are busy finding clothes for their children. One newer, local second-hand clothing shop is working to meet that need. Once Upon A Child opened in December in Duluth, and works to sell gently used, name brand children’s clothing at a lower price….

2018 Tribute Fest Wraps Up With Rock Tributes

The money raised from tribute fest helps local homeless veterans.

DULUTH, Min.. – Tribute fest continued today featuring Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Kid Rock and Queen covers. The three day concert brought members of the community out to Bayfront Park, and military members especially loved coming and supporting, knowing how important the cause is. “I like the fact that the money is being donated to MACV. And the newer veterans, the…

Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival Brings Community Together

64 dragon boat teams competed in Superior on Saturday.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Dragon boating has been a tradition for thousands of years, and the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival has been going on since 2002. But the competitors have formed a community and that’s what brings them back each year. Teams competed in groups of four, and the team with the fasted time would move on. Even though everyone…

Local Business Hosts Winter Coat Kick-Off

People can stop by throughout the weekend and buy a children's brand name winter coat for a lower price.

DULUTH, Minn. – To get ready for the new school year and the cooler temperatures, Once Upon A Child is hosting a winter coat kick-off this weekend. The store buys and sells gently used children’s winter coats, boots, hats and more from the community and sells them at a lower price. They were able to fill their store and host…

Miller Hill Mall Hosts Blood Drive

You can also stop by the mall on Friday if you're interested in donating blood.

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Red Cross hosted a back to school blood drive at the Miller Hill Mall on Thursday. They are currently in need of a lot of blood donations, which was a big factor in hosting this drive. They hoped to receive close to 100 pints, to try and rebound from the blood shortage they faced over…

Students Show Off New Zoo Skills

The 10-week program wrapped up on Thursday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local teenagers showed off what they learned all summer with the zoo crew summer showcase earlier Thursday afternoon at the Lake Superior Zoo. Zoo Crew was a 10-week summer camp that taught students how to care for animals, work alongside zookeepers and allowed them to improve their public speaking, giving the participants the chance to learn useful…

Tribute Fest Raises Money For Local Homeless Veterans

The three-day concert event kicked off Thursday with country tribute bands.

DULUTH, Minn. – Music is once again filling Bayfront Park this weekend, but there’s a little more meaning behind it this time. The annual Tribute Fest kicked off on Thursday and runs through Saturday night. Thursday featured country tribute bands, while Friday and Saturday has rock and roll music. All proceeds from the weekend will help local homeless veterans, which…