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After 46 Years, Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment CEO Retires

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed May 31. 2018 Gary P. Olson Day in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. –  After 46 years with the organization, Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment CEO Gary Olson has retired. Friends and colleagues hosted a special surprise retirement party for Olson, who started the organization all the way back in 1972. While he is stepping down from the CEO position, he’s not leaving behind his life work entirely. “It’s an…

Eight-ball Tournament Kicks Off with Olympic Champs

The Gold Medal winning U.S. Curling Team shot some pool with some pros

DULUTH, Minn. – The sport of pool and the sport of curling teamed up this evening for the 8–ball Olympics at the Break Room in Duluth. It is the 3rd annual 8 Ball Classic Pool Tournament weekend. Thursday was a special blending of two unique sports, as Team USA Olympic Gold Medalists teamed up with professional pool players  from the Mosconi Cup…

With Spring Comes Farmer’s Market Season

Duluth Farmer's Market is open Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings

DULUTH, Minn. –  It’s spring, and with that means the start of the farmer’s market season. The Duluth Farmer’s Market has been open since the May 5.  People are able to come in and scope out the unique items from local producers. With all this strange weather we’ve been having, it’s a good time to check it out. “We’ve had some…

Pak’s Green Corner Gets Ready to Open in New Location

Pak's Green Corner opens Friday at its new location on Tower Ave. in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. –  Pak’s is back!  After Pak’s Green Corner closed up shop in Duluth more than three years ago, the “World Café” is back in business at the new location of the former Kenny Wong’s at 1901 Tower Ave. With the opening coming up on Friday, many of Pak’s fans are excited to have her back. “I shut my…

Duluth-Superior Film Festival Kicks Off

The five-day festival features films that feature the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. –  Local filmmakers and cinema fans are coming together for the Duluth-Superior Film Festival happening this week. Thursday kicks off the five day film celebration with the feature Virginia, Minnesota, a film that takes place in Duluth and along the north shore. “People just enjoy being told good stories,” festival director Richard Hansen said. “They like to see…

Minnesota Author Leads Workshop for Northland Writers

The group Lake Superior Writers organized the workshop

Writers in the Twin Ports had the chance to learn from a professional author on Thursday. Minnesota author William Kent Krueger hosted a workshop at the Northland Country Club, where he was able to share his skills and passion for writing to others who share the love of the craft. “I enjoying leading workshops because my father was a teacher,…

Great Lakes Aquarium unveils new exhibits

The newest experience at the Great Lakes Aquarium features three new touch pools

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids and families can now get up close and personal with some new critters at the Great Lakes Aquarium. Thursday, the aquarium unveiled the “Feel Connected” exhibits, which offers three new touch pools featuring exotic ocean critters like sea stars and jellyfish. “When people can use their sense of touch, they become more connected to what they’re…

Unique boat gets a special launch on Lake Superior

The Norwegian boat was built with help from the community

A unique boat got its first official launch on Lake Superior on Thursday. A big crowd turned out to see this traditional Norwegian boat out on the waters. The boat was built by Spirit of The Lakes Community School woodworking teacher John Finkle, with a lot of help from students and members of the community. “We’re very excited,” Finkle said….

Daycare Shortage Leaves Northland Families With Limited Options

St. Louis Co. Public Health and Human Services hosted a public meeting to discuss possible solutions

DULUTH, Minn. –  The recent announcement that a major daycare facility is closing its doors in Duluth has left some parents feeling stressed out about what to do next. Last week, the Benedictine Health System announced they’ll be shutting down their infant and toddler center in mid-June. Northland parents say there is a major shortage of affordable daycare available. After…

Realty Company Hosts Kids Day Party

Keller Williams Realty holds a day every year to give back to the community

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids got the chance to play some games and have some fun at Keller Williams Realty on Thursday. Every year, Keller Williams Realty holds Red Day, where they invite the community to come and share in activities and togetherness. “We just want to do as much as we can to give back and get to know people,” realtor…

Paint Your Pet Class Has People Creating Art of Their Furry Friends

No, they're not painting on their pets, they're painting pictures OF their pets.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Some people in Duluth spent a relaxing Sunday getting in touch with their creative side. Folks gathered at Blacklist Artisan Ales for a “Paint Your Pet” class. People submitted photos of their pet to the artist at MP Design Art, who then creates a paint–by–numbers image, so that even the most inexperienced painter can complete a masterpiece…

Seventh Annual Twin Ports Motorcycle Expo and Car Show Held

Motorcycles and cars were on display at Wessman Arena

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cars and motorcycles were on display in the Northland on Saturday It was the 7th annual Twin Ports Motorcycle Expo and Car Show on Saturday, held at Wessman Arena in Superior. Trophies were given out for the best bikes. Funds raised from the event go towards St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. “It feels good. It makes it really…

UMD Students walk across the stage for graduation

More than 2,000 students graduated on Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – Saturday was a big day for University of Minnesota – Duluth students at Amsoil Arena It was UMD’s commencement day for those students who have passed all their tests, and are ready to take the next steps in their lives. “It’s super exciting, seeing all these people, it kind of brings back the memories of all the…

First Witness Child Advocacy Center Hosts Fundraiser

Spring Splash raises money for the agency's efforts to educate and respond to child abuse

DULUTH, Minn. – First Witness Child Advocacy Center is celebrating its 25th year serving children in the Northland and around the world. On Friday, the agency hosted its Spring Splash fundraiser gala. Hundreds of community members came out to support for the work First Witness does in strengthening the community response to child abuse. Organizers say the gala is an important fundraiser…

Superior Fire Department Holds Swearing In Ceremony

Members of the Superior Fire Department celebrated promotions, as well as the beginning of new careers.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Fire fighters in Superior took a big step forward in their careers on Friday. The department celebrated with a swearing in ceremony on Friday afternoon. Some members received promotions to higher ranks, while others were taking their first steps towards serving the community. The crowd was full of proud family members. “It really has to be a source…

Family Freedom Center Kicks Off Series of Community Events

Family Freedom Summer features workshops focused on connecting community and culture in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – Culture and community come together at the Family Freedom Center in Lincoln Park in Duluth.   Family Freedom Summer kicked off on Friday, with the start of 12 weeks of workshops, events and cultural experiences at the Family Freedom Center. Organizers say it’s important to bring communities together to learn from one another, and to hear from those…

U of M Researchers Share Findings with Community at Spark Event

Researchers share knowledge with alumni and community members in Cloquet

DULUTH, Minn. – The university of Minnesota held another one of its “Sparks” events on Tuesday. Researchers from the university presented some of their studies to alumni and other members of the community. The theme focused on Minnesota’s natural environment, and how things like climate change are affecting the region. “For a lot of these forest health issues that we’re dealing…

Duluth Public Library Hosts Events for Kids

A pajama reading party was held Monday night

DULUTH, Minn. – With it being Spring Break for the little ones, families may be looking for things to do to keep them busy. The Duluth Public Library has programming events planned for the kids this week, like story times and movie showings. On Monday, they held a pajama reading party party “We love to have events, especially in the evening…

Transmutation: Art of Love and Growth Exhibit Opens at Zeitgeist

The exhibit features work from Duluth artist Eric Dubnicka

DULUTH, Minn. – A new art display is on the walls at the Zeitgeist Arts Building today. The abstract art display is called “Transmutation: Art of Love and Growth.” It celebrates the themes of love and personal growth within the human experience. Duluth artist Eric Dubnicka is be creator of the exhibit. “I’m kind of allowing the person to establish the…

Duluth Folk School Hosts Class on Keeping Cutting Tools Sharp

Sharpen Up is a class that teaches people to their tools and cutlery themselves

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Folk School was still active with classes on Easter Sunday. The folk school hosted the class “Sharpen Up” taught by local woodworker Clancy Ward. Ward went through some of the basics to getting knives, cutlery and tools as sharp as they can be, without having to bring them to a professional. “A lot of people take…

Easter Sunday celebrated in the Northland

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Duluth celebrated with a Easter buffet after services

DULUTH, Minn. – Easter Sunday brought together family and friends across the Northland this weekend. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Duluth was one of many churches that hosted Easter celebrations, both during and after services. Rev. Bill Van Oss said Easter is a special day, not only for the faith, but for the community it brings together. “One of the wonderful…

North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity Has Big Day on Iron Range

The organization hosted a home dedication and a ground breaking ceremony in one day

IRON RANGE, Minn. – For many families, finding safe and affordable housing can be quite the challenge. Organizations like North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity work to help families who are in need of such housing. On Sunday, that non–profit held a home dedication or the Brooks family in Mountain Iron. The soon–to–be family-of-five is looking forward to starting a…

50th Annual Motorhead Madness Car Show Kicks Off

The car show is a fun event for the whole family

DULUTH, Minn. – The Arrowhead Auto Body Motorhead Madness car show is back it’s fiftieth year, and kicked off on Saturday. More than a hundred–fifty one of a kind cars and trucks fill the space. Families can enjoy all kinds of activities, from watching some remote–controlled car races, to building their own model cars. “teaches the kids to think and get…

Folks Try Out Craft Brews at the Brewski Beer Tasting at Spirit Mountain

Ten breweries attended the tasting event

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though Spring is mostly here, there’s still opportunities to ski and snowboard at Spirit Mountain in Duluth. On Saturday, the resort teamed up with craft breweries from across the country to offer their Brewski beer tasting event. Guests could drink a few cold ones, make a run down the mountain, and try out a few more. “It’s…

Local horror movie starring young Duluth boy premieres

After young Dexter Ojeda was diagnoses with terminal cancer, his dream of starring in a horror movie became a reality

DULUTH, Minn. – After being diagnosed with terminal cancer at ten years old, Dexter Ojeda made a list of things he wanted to do in life. One of those things was to act in a horror film and that goal has now become a reality for the 11-year-old. The film “Bring Them to Me” is finished, and the team behind the…

Backyard Ski Championships of America kicks off on Saturday

It's the sixth year for the make-shift backyard ski races.

DULUTH, Minn. – While the Nordic ski season is basically over, some ski friends are not yet ready to hang it up for the year. A group of college roommates and friends are hosting the 2018 Backyard Ski Championships right in their back yard. Hundreds of spectators and skiers are expected to show up to hang out, do some racing, and…

Great Lakes Aquarium celebrates otters’ birthday

Otters Agate and Ore turned five years old.

DULUTH, Minn. – The otters Agate and Ore turned five years old this year. The playful little ladies were given a special treat on Saturday – a birthday “cake” made out of ice and other foods that otters enjoy. The audience also had the chance to learn a little bit about little animals. “It’s a great event for both our members,…

Sun shines for the final day of Fitger’s Bock Fest

Hundreds turn out to enjoy the weather and the beer

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of people came out to enjoy the 23rd annual Fitger’s Bock Fest. The day included all kinds of activities, like a lake jump, and the stein races. Bock Fest is a German celebration of Spring, and with the beautiful weather on Saturday, it sure felt like winter is in the past. “The sun is shining, there’s a…

Spring Fling at Spirit Mountain Rounds out the Season for Midwest Masters

Fifty-six races took to the slopes to compete in the Midwest Masters races this weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – Skiers hit the slopes at Spirit Mountain for the last of the races this season. Skiers competed in the final races for the Midwest Masters, a non–profit organization which helps alpine ski racers find their passion on the hills. “It’s open to all abilities,” organizer Greg Abel said. “Even the beginner racers – a lot of the…

Barnum Shovels Out After Winter Storm

BARNUM, Minn. – While Duluth missed out on the latest snowfall, the towns of Barnum and Moose Lake got hit hard with the flurries. Barnum schools had a two-hour delay due to the winter storm Monday night. Almost 10 inches that fell in the area overnight. “Hard work,” Barnum resident Mason St. Germain said when asked how the digging out was…

Duluth company selling U.S. Olympic Curling apparel sees rise in sales

Let's Play the Curling is seeing increased interest in their apparel after U.S. Olympic gold win

DULUTH, Minn. –  Curling fever is taking over the United States, after Team Shuster took home Olympic gold last month. As Shuster and the team are off on a national media tour, fans have noticed some of the apparel they have been wearing. Sweatshirts and t–shirts were created by a  business here in Duluth called Let’s Play The Curling as…

Second-Highest March Lake Superior Water Levels

Higher water levels creates some risk for damage

DULUTH, Minn. – With more perpetration in the great lakes region over the last few months, Lake Superior, along with the other Great Lakes, are seeing higher than the average water levels. According to a report from the Army Corps of Engineers, levels are more than a foot higher than they were compared to last year. “It’s high, but right now…

City of Superior hosts listening session with business community

Local business leaders took part in a discussion about ways to improve the city's economy

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The City of Superior held another in a series of listening sessions on Monday.  The city has been hosting listening sessions with different demographic groups to get a feel for what the community likes about Superior, as well as address areas in which the city could improve. ” is already a great place to work, play and live,”…

H.O.T.D.I.S.H. Militia kicks off fundraising event

The organization is raising money to help women receive care at the Women's Health Center

DULUTH, Minn. – A group known as H.O.T.D.I.S.H Militia hosted a kick-off event for their Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser, which will happen Apr. 14. The group is raising money to support women looking to receive care at the Women’s Health Center, but who cannot afford the out–of–pocket costs on their own. “The Women’s Health Center is the only abortion care provider in the…

Duluth curling community prepares to welcome home Olympic team

The Duluth Curling Club is celebrating the return of Team U.S.A. at the Duluth International Airport on Monday - All are invited to join

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth curling community is excited to welcome home their Olympic athletes on Monday. The U.S.A curling team boarded a plane in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday, preparing for 27 hours worth of travel. The Duluth Curling Club is organizing a welcome party for the teams as they make their way to the Duluth International Airport. While…

Skiers Compete in the 44th American Birkebeiner

More than 13,000 skiers compete in the races in Hayward, Wisc.

HAYWARD, Wisc. – Every year, when the conditions are right, the small town of Hayward, Wi., comes alive. More than 13,000 skiers take to the trails to compete in the American Birkebeiner, also known as the Birkie, which takes them from starting line in Cable, Wi., to the finish on Hayward’s Main Street. “This is my 17th Birkie and I feel…

Marshall Students Volunteer After Snow Leaves Many Stuck at Home

Reese Orn and Maddie Maas are Marshall students lending a helping hand after snow storm

DULUTH, Minn. – Reese Orn and Maddie Maas are 8th-grade students at Duluth’s Marshall School, and they have a passion for helping others. “It makes me feel good that we’re helping people out and giving them more chances to get out of their houses,” Orn said. The girls are working on a school project – one that puts them right in…

UMD Police Department Host Active Shooter Training Session

UMD Police DEpartment hosts this training session at least once a year to keep faculty and staff updated

DULUTH, Minn. –  UMD faculty and staff underwent an active shooter training session on Tuesday. The UMD Dolice Department hosts this training session at least once a year to keep UMD faculty and staff updated on ways to stay safe should a shooter do harm on campus. “Us as a police department, this is something that we plan for, something…

Community gym gives children and families a place to play

The Duluth Heights Community Center offers a wide open space for kids of all ages to play

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Heights Community Center is open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, for children and their families to come have a free and safe place to play, with toys and a big open space. Its open to children of all ages, which volunteers say is a good way to develop social skills. “It’s fun…

Northalnders dig way out of snow as it falls

Kevin Bowditch actually likes it

DULUTH, Minn. – With the snow piling up pretty nicely, people have been shoveling away on this President’s Day. Digging out, clearing pathways, all common as the snow just hasn’t let up for some. And for Northlander Kevin Bowditch, it’s no big thing. He actually likes all this snow. “It’s just kind of something to do. I enjoy shoveling. Always…

Boys and Girls Club of the Northland celebrates Youth of the Year

Staff selects one of three youths to represent the organization at a competition in the Twin Cities

DULUTH, Minn. – The Boys and Girls Club of the Northland held a celebration to honor some of their youth’s success in their organization. Local leaders were on hand to congratulate the young ones at the Youth of the Year event. “Our staff have chosen three finalists for the Youth of the Year. One of them will be chosen to…

Duluth Public Library hosts “Mad Science” with the Duluth Playhouse

Mad Science is an interactive and educational play

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library hosted “Mad Science,” performed by members of the Duluth Playhouse on Tuesday. Mad Science is an interactive story about a young group of friends all vying for the position of science club president.  The play is part of a series of events designed to get kids interested in the library. “It’s really important…

Northlanders come out to caucus

Duluthians engage in local democracy

DULUTH, Minn. – Local party leaders and political participants made their way out to their respective party’s caucusing locations. Officials say caucuses are the first step toward the 2018 elections. “It’s a good way to meet your neighbors and just discuss the things that are currently important to you,” DFL East High School building captain Debra Taylor said. “It’s a…

Public gives input on future of bike-ways in the area

The DSMIC is putting together multiple plans for bikes in the area

The Duluth–Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council held an open house on Monday to talk about the future of bike-ways in the area. The MIC is putting together a long–term plan for safe and coordinated bike routes through town. People were able to drop by and share their thoughts on what needs should be met for every bicyclist out on the streets….

‘Senior Connection’ receives grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation

SUPERIOR, Wis. – An local organization that helps senior citizens has received a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. Senior Connections provides meals for senior citizens, from programs like Meals on wheels, to “Campus Café” at the University of Wisconsin–Superior campus . Everyday, senior citizens are able to come to UWS campus and enjoy a meal among the college…

Rep. Jen Schultz kicks off re-election campaign

Schultz is seeking a third term as the Representative for State House District 7A

DULUTH, Minn. – DFL Rep. Jen Schultz has announced her candidacy for a third term for State House District 7A. Schultz kicked off her campaign on Sunday at Blacklist Artisan Ales in Duluth. Schultz is looking to address issues with Minnesota healthcare, tax reform, and affordable education. “I’ve built really good relationships on both sides if the isle,” Schultz said….

Fly Fishing Film Tour makes a stop in the Northland

The film tour is a celebration of all things fishing

DULUTH, Minn. – The Fly Fishing Film Tour made its way to Duluth on Sunday, hosted by the Arrowhead Fly Fishers and Gitchee Gumme Trout Unlimited organizations. The tour is a celebration of all things fly fishing. “It’s an opportunity for people to come out and learn about the sport, and see some really great stories about how people fish,…

New science building taking shape at UMD

An engineer on the project is also a UMD alum

DULUTH, Minn. – Construction on the new science building at UMD is moving along. FOX 21 got a look inside the new facility on Friday. The building features four floors with both laboratories and classrooms together in one place. UMD’s Swenson College of Science and Engineering alum Laura Hart is an engineer on the project. “It’s really cool that I…

Duluth Curling Club Hosts Fundraiser for Junior National Teams

A spaghetti fundraiser was held to support the young athletes on their trips

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Curling Club hosted a spaghetti fundraiser to help a few of their young athletes with their trip to the Junior Nationals. Dozens of people made it out to support the team, as they get ready to compete in the U–18 and U–21 Junior Nationals Championships. “We just really appreciate it a lot, everybody coming out and…