Author: Graham Hakala

UMD Hosts 22nd Annual ‘Haunted Halls’ For Kids

UMD students decorated the halls and handed out candy to trick-or-treaters

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD students had the chance to celebrate Halloween with younger members of the community on Monday. It was the 22nd annual Haunted Halls at UMD. Students dressed up in costumes and decorated the living spaces  on campus, and hundreds of kids got to go trick or treating with them through the halls. “Kids going through get to…

After more than 20 years in business, How Sweet It Is Cakes is closing

The owners cited financial reasons for the decision to close up shop

DULUTH, Minn. – After more than 20 years in business, popular Twin Ports cake decorators, How Sweet It Is Cakes is closing its doors. How Sweet It Is posted to Facebook on Monday to announce that they will be shutting down, citing a “significant decline in sales,” among other personal reasons. Eileen Brown, the owner of How Sweet It Is…

Bars open early for Vikings fans

Bars were able to open one hour early to accommodate the 8:30 a.m. kick-off.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Fans of the Minnesota Vikings made the early morning trek to their favorite bar to catch that 8:30 a.m. kickoff Sunday morning. With the Vikings playing the Cleveland Browns in London, England, the time difference made for an early start to football Sunday. Thanks to a state exemption, made only for today, bars in St. Louis county…

Last day for corn maze at Ru Ridge

Despite the snow, Ru Ridge Corn Maze stayed open until the end

CARLTON, Minn. – The weather didn’t stop the folks out at the Ru–Ridge Corn Maze from staying open another day. It was the last day for the corn maze at the Ru-Ridge Produce in Cartlon. It was Ru–Ridge’s first year having the corn maze, and the owners were pleasantly surprised by the show of support from the community, even on the…

Biggest Scarium at the Aquarium yet for Great Lakes Aquarium

Kids dressed up in costumes and enjoyed some family-friendly fun and games

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of kids and their families made their way to the Great Lakes Aquarium for the annual Scarium at the Aquarium.  There were fun and games, a dance party, and super hero divers. Families dressed up in their favorite costumes and trick or treated through the aquarium. “It’s really a family party,” Great Lakes Aquarium’s Allison Iacone said. “We…

Area Goodwills hold Halloween sales

The Goodwill stores have discounts on costumes and halloween supplies

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween is just around the corner, and many folks still haven’t picked out their costumes yet. So, if you need some help, Goodwill stores in the Twin Ports area might be a nice stop. The stores are packed with Halloween gear, and right now those items are up to 50 percent off. “We have that unique, one…

Earned sick and safe time advocates express disappointment with Duluth City Council

The Duluth City Council voted to postpone hearing taskforce recomendations.

DULUTH, Minn. – Supporters of earned sick and safe time showed up at the Duluth City Council meeting to express disappointment in the council’s decision to postpone hearing recommendations from the earned sick and safe time task force. Last year, Duluth City Council voted to assemble a task force to investigate the possibility of passing an earned sick and safe…

Mass Choir holds concert at Peace United Church of Christ

The concert will be put on a CD, and proceeds will go to local MLK organization

DULUTH, Minn. – The Mass Choir held a concert for the community at Peace United Church of Christ. The concert was recorded and will be put on CD, and the proceeds from the CD sales will be put towards the Twin Ports Martin Luther King Planning Committee. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Video

“Harmony” Forum Discusses Culture, Environmentalism

The panelists included people from a variety of faith backgrounds

DULUTH, Minn. – A community discussion was held at the College of St. Scholastica on Sunday, about how humanity relates to the environment. The panelists were gathered from a variety of faith–based backgrounds, and they discussed the connections between cultures and the natural world, as well as ways to keep the environment healthy. “Our goal is to try to build…

Lake Superior Zoo celebrates International Sloth Day

Northlanders got the chance to see Georgie the Sloth hang out on her special day

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday was International Sloth day, and the Lake Superior Zoo decided to get in on the action. The zoo offered fun activities like scavenger hunts, as well as a chance to get to see their very own sloth, Georgie. “There just so cute, and so slow moving,” zoo goer Claire Roufs said. “They’re just really cool animals.”…

Duluth Public Library throws Captain Underpants party

The event included arts and crafts and a showing of the Captain Underpants movie

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library was the place to be for young fans of Captain Underpants on Friday. The library threw a party for the popular children’s book, complete with crafts and games. The library throws events like these to encourage young people to read. “It’s just about imagination and about getting kids interested in reading,” Duluth Public…

Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet unveils new clinic

The Advanced Wound Clinic treats patients with wounds that won't heal

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Community Memorial Hospital is celebrating new ways to help patients. The Advanced Wound Clinic opened in September, and on Thursday, it hosted an open house for the community. The clinic specializes in treating patients with wounds that are not healing or responding to traditional treatment. Clinic officials say it’s important to have facilities like this in…

Cancer researchers at Essentia Health share work with community

Northlanders gathered at Clyde Iron Works to hear from healthcare professionals on cancer research

DULUTH, Minn. – Health professionals from Essentia Health hosted a gathering at Clyde Iron Works on Thursday to share with the public ways in which local researchers are studying cancer and treatments. Researchers there say it’s less about finding an all–out cure, and more focused on reducing deaths from cancer, improving the lives of those living with it. “Research is…

Superior celebrates the new Poplar Wetland Basin

The wetlands are designed to naturally treat polluted storm water runoff

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The City of Superior celebrated the New Poplar Wetland Basin with an open house on Monday. The community was invited to come and learn more about the wetland area, which is designed to receive some of the city’s storm water runoff. The basin is meant to naturally remove pollutants that get picked up by storm water. “The…

Sneakers in Downtown Duluth closes after 32 years

The restaraunt and its employees will combine into the new Lyric Kitchen and Bar

DULUTH, Minn. – A long–time Downtown Duluth restaurant has closed its doors. Sneakers Sports Bar and Grill in the Holiday Center downtown has closed up shop after 32 years in business. With the opening of the new Lyric Kitchen and Bar opening up soon, Holiday management decided it would be best to combine the two businesses. “It was a staple…

Big Bentleyville Tree Now Standing Tall in Bayfront Park

Volunteers are busy getting the Bentleyville Tour of Lights ready for the season

DULUTH, Minn. – People might notice something a little different now in Bayfront Park – The Bentleyville tree is officially up. Volunteer crews are still busy setting up the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Crews are out there stringing up lights and setting up the big displays. The 128 foot tree just went up on Saturday, and on Sunday, workers from…

Football fans come out for the border battle

Green Bay Packers squared off against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis

DULUTH, Minn. – Vikings and Packers fans were glued to their television sets on Sunday for the first border battle of the season. The Minnesota Vikings squared off against the Green Bay Packers at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. As always, the fans enjoy coming out as the rivalry rages on. “We all love the Vikings here, and they…

Animal Allies hosts 16th annual Fur Ball Gala

The fundraiser looks to raise around $100,000 for Animal Allies Humane Society

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies, friends and supporters came out to celebrate the organization on Saturday. It was the 16th annual Fur Ball Gala. The event is a fundraiser for the Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Last year, the organization raised more than $100,000, and this year, they hope to top that. “We don’t have a lot of stray…

Lincoln Park businesses celebrate the Craft District with Open House

More than 30 businesses celebrated the second annual Lincoln Park Open House

DULUTH, Minn. – Businesses in Lincoln Park celebrated the growing Craft District on Saturday for the second annual Lincoln Park Open House. More than 35 businesses, as well as some pop–up shops, celebrated by hosting special events, deals, and showing off all the crafts the neighborhood has to offer. “I’m just really excited about being in the same place as…

Northlanders march to dismantle racism

More than 250 people showed up to march

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds marched in the streets of Downtown Duluth on Saturday, to address the issue of racism. The Justice City Coalition organized the March to Dismantle the Legacy of Racism and Build a Community of Peace. The marchers joined in with marches happening in cities across the United States. They are calling on elected officials, business owners, and…

Lincoln Park Open House Happening Saturday

The event showcases the growing Lincoln Park Business District

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lincoln Park community in Duluth is getting ready to host their second annual Lincoln Park Open House. More than 30 businesses in the Lincoln Park area will be hosting special events and deals on Saturday. The event is meant to showcase the growing business community happening in the district. “There are a lot of things happening…

Duluth resident creates big haunted maze in yard

Derick Tomaich wants to create the Bentleyville of Halloween

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth resident Derick Tomaich is getting his yard ready to scare the Lakeside neighborhood. He built his very own haunted maze full of all kinds of horrors right in his yard. The “Lakeside’s Lost Souls” has a soft opening set for Friday the 13th, with the full opening happening Saturday. “Every year, I decorate my yard, and…

‘Keep Everyone Warm’ Drive Collects Winter Items For Homeless

The group collected items such as food, clothes, hats and mittens.

DULUTH, Minn. – The fall chill is ramping up for the Northland, and a group is hoping to help keep people in need warm this season. On Wednesday, the “Keep Everyone Warm” drive was held at Duluth Dodge. Organizers were collecting items like warm winter clothes, sleeping bags and tents, as well as food and hygiene products, like towels and…

Local Solutions to End Poverty forum held in Duluth

Duluth city council and school board candidates field questions from community

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Council and Duluth School Board candidates took part in a public forum on Tuesday. The Local Solutions to End Poverty forum was held at the Duluth Denfeld High School. Local candidates fielded questions from the community on topics related to education, housing and transportation. “The hope is that collaboration comes out of it between the…

Minnesota Power updates Hydroelectric system at Island Lake Dam

The construction crew consists of divers working underwater

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power is currently undergoing a unique construction project on the Island Lake Reservoir. Crews are working  to replace several gates under one of its hydroelectric dams. It’s a two-year project aimed at modernizing the more than 100-year-old hydroelectric system. “It’s a once in 100 year project,” hydro operations manager Chris Rousseau said. “It’s not often that…

Northforce hosts Mentor Connection

The event connects college students with local business leaders

DULUTH, Minn. – Business leaders in the Northland met with college students from the area to mentor them in their potential career field. The Mentor Connection event happened at The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. Fifty–five students from UMD and St. Scholastica met with local business leaders and discuss ways to pursue their careers in the Northland. Northforce, an organization…

Life House Unveils ‘The Loft’ For Homeless Teens

'The Loft' will hold teens 15 to 19 years old

DULUTH, Minn. – Life House unveiled its new 10 bed emergency shelter for homeless teens Monday. Life House is an organization that provides services to homeless youth in Duluth. They held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new emergency shelter on Monday. Once all the paperwork is in order, Life House hopes to be sheltering teens by the end of October….

Little Angie’s Employees Help Co-Worker In Need

After Bobby Poirier needed emergency neck surgery, his co-workers are coming to his aid

DULUTH, Minn. – The employees at Little Angie’s in Canal Park are stepping up to help a co–worker in need. Prep cook Bobby Poirier needed to have emergency neck surgery, which left him out of commission for five weeks. His co–workers decided to help him out by donating all the tips they earned on Monday, to help bobby recover some…

The Duluth Experience holds annual Fall Colors Photography Workshop

Duluth photographer William Hurst shared his skills with those intersted in photography

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Experience was took advantage of the fall beauty on Sunday. The adventure guide service in Duluth held their 4th annual Fall Colors Photography Workshop. Duluth photographer William Hurst shared his skills with the group as they traveled to different spots around town, taking in the sights, and learning more about their gear. “A lot of…

Third Annual Walk for Wishes held at UMD

The event included a 5k run and a 2.5k walk to raise money for Make-A-Wish

DULUTH, Minn. – Some Northland families came together on Sunday to make wishes come true for local children. It was the 3rd Annual Walk for Wishes at Bagely Nature Center at UMD. Make–A–Wish Minnesota teamed up with UMD to put on the 5k run and 2.5k walk. The event raises money for children fighting illnesses, by granting them a wish…

Boys Scout Troop 212 Build Haunted Maze

The haunted maze raises money for adventure trips

WENTWORTH, Wis. – Things were getting pretty scary over at the Wentworth Gardens in Wentworth Wisconsin. Boyscout Troop 212 put together a haunted maze. The maze was built entirely by the boys in the troop, with a little help from the adults. They started work on the project back in August, and have now opened it up to the public….

First Annual Bridge Days Community Walk Held in Virginia

Hundreds took a walk over the newly opened bridge

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Hundreds gathered in Virginia to take a walk over the newly constructed bridge there. It was the first annual Bridge Days Community Walk. People of all ages took the hike over to the bridge to get a look at some of the views the unique structure has to offer. “It is truly an amazing structure,” volunteer organizer…

Northlanders Take on Firefighter Challenge

The event had obsticle courses for kids and adults

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Iron Range community had the chance to train like firefighters on Saturday. It was the first ever Firefighter Challenge at the Mesabi Family YMCA. The free event had challenge courses that kids and adults could test out their skills on. Competitors wore weighted vests and air packs to get an idea of what the Virginia and…

Science Institute for Educators workshops held at Great Lakes Aquarium

Educators from all types of classrooms discuss education techniques

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth is helping educators of all kinds learn from one another. The aquarium is hosting a series of workshops called the “Science Institute for Educators.” School teachers, park naturalists, zoo keepers and more all come together to meet each other and share what they know. “What works in a pre–k room, versus…

Northland Ukulele Group Holds Community Jams

The Duluth Ukulele Strum Group meets twice a month for jam session

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Ukulele Strum Group is one of several ukulele groups in the Northland. They meet twice a month, to hang out with friends and jam on the ukulele. “There’s a trend in the United States,” group organizer Christina Cotruvo said. “There’s a huge movement of people picking up the ukulele again, and in Duluth there’s more…

First annual Ice Fishing Expo at Black Bear Casino

Ice houses, ATVs and more from various local vendors

CARLTON, Minn. – The first annual Ice Fishing Expo at Black Bear Casino is being put on by Coates RV. Attendees were able to get up close looks at all the latest ice fishing gear, as well as brand new ice fishing houses. Organizers say these kinds of events are a good way for potential customers to see a variety…

Maurices Gives Back to the Community with Best Day Ever

Maurices associates volunteered at more than 30 different non-profits

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday was the 4th annual Best Day Ever thanks to Maurices. Maurices associates made their way across town to more than 30 different non–profits to help give back to the community. They made a stop at the Damiano Center in Duluth, providing meals to the people there. “It’s really special to them,” development director at the Damiano…

Duluth Gets Ready to be Lit Teal for Ovarian Cancer

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the Aerial Lift Bridge and Enger Tower will be lit teal to help raise awareness for ovarian cancer. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer can often go undiagnosed during the early stages, which makes it a very lethal illness. A fundraising gala will be held at the DECC this Saturday to try and…

UMD Chancellor Addresses Budget Concerns

The university is working to reduce the budget deficit over the next few years

DULUTH, Minn. – University of Minnesota Duluth’s budget deficit will continue this year. But some good news is on the horizon. The deficit is projected be down from the $4 million dollars last year around $3.2 million this fiscal year. According to the administration, the budget troubles are due to legacy costs as well as recent years of declining student…

Lake Superior Zoo hosts Uncorked and Tapped for Conversation

It's the 8 year for the fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo hosted the 8th annual Uncorked and Tapped for Conversation wine and beer tasting event on Thursday. The event is a fundraiser that looks to raise around $15,000 for the zoo’s programs. “Being able to do educational events that engage children and youth, and just working on the infrastructure of the zoo that always…

Firewood sales rise and temperatures drop

Dluth Firewood has been busy fulfilling winter orders since August

DULUTH, Minn. – With the fall temps starting to set in, people are looking to get their heat in order for the winter. Businesses like Duluth Firewood have been busy this time of year, cutting and delivering firewood for customers that enjoy heating their houses the old-fashioned way. “It’s what Minnesotans do,” Duluth Firewood owner Wade Haworth said. “We live…

Essentia Health – Duluth hosts 19th annual Journey Awards

The awards recognize those who have made an impact on people living with disabilities

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health – Duluth hosted the 19th annual Journey Awards on Monday. The Journey Awards recognizes individuals who have made contributions to helping people living with disabilities. This year’s award went to Kelsey Peterson, for her work on the film project The Cure Map, as they look find a cure for paralysis. “We drove around the country…

Life House promotes peace before International Day of Peace

The youth organization is celebrating peace all week

DULUTH, Minn. – International Day of Peace day is coming up this Thursday, but one Duluth organization is celebrating all week long. Life House, an organization that helps homeless youth in the community, is trying to promote the idea of peace and nonviolence. On Monday they held a get together at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial to kick off the…

Birdwatchers Flock to Hawk Ridge For Annual Migration

More than 11,000 birds have been counted this season so far

DULUTH, Minn. – Many people are flocking to Hawk Ridge in Duluth to see the birds during their annual migration. Birdwatchers at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory have already counted 11,000 hawks so far this season. “We’re in a unique location here, right at that western tip of Lake Superior,” Hawk Ridge executive director Janelle Long said. “The birds are traveling…

East End Family Fun Day celebrated in Superior

Food vendors, music and games.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The East End Family Fun Day held its annual event on Saturday. Food, music, raffles, and a car show were just some of the fun being had on the streets of superior. “We’re just trying to show off the community and have a fun day for everybody,” organizer Jon Nelson said. “We purposely make this a family…

Racers compete in the Northshore Inline Marathon

More than 2000 racers competed in the event

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite the rainy conditions, thousands of racers came out on Saturday for the Northshore Inline Marathon in Duluth. Around 2,000 racers showed up from all over the world to take part in the race, which takes them from Two Harbors all the way down to Canal Park. The race featured amateur skaters looking to test their might,…

Music Resource Center Back In Session For Students

The after-school programs connects youth and music

DULUTH, Minn. – One of Duluth’s music hot spots is back open after a summer break. The Music Resource Center at Sacred Heart is an after-school program for kids to get a chance to work with music professionals, quality gear, and helps them grow their creative sides. “Music is something that’s so near and dear to so many young people,”…

Imagine Canal Park Pops Up At Miller Hill Mall

The group is seeking public input on what improvements could be made to Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Community members were invited to come by the Miller Hill Mall on Monday to give input on Canal Park improvements. Imagine Canal Park is an offshoot of the Imagine Duluth campaign. City officials are looking to get public input on Canal Park, and what potential changes the community might like to see. “We want every aspect of…