Author: Haydee Clotter

Car Goes Up In Flames At Gas Station

The Duluth Fire Department responded to the call.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some scary moments at a Duluth gas station when a car caught on fire. An eyewitness captured this video of the car fire at the Holiday Station on South 27th Avenue West and Helm Street. She noticed the car smoking when she pulled in to get some gas. A manager then ran outside with a fire extinguisher…

Cold Front February Kickoff Exceeds Expectations

Cold Front February was developed as part of the Imagine Canal Park project, which promotes the use of Canal Park year round.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Cold Front February in Canal Park lived up to its name. Sunday wrapped up the kick-off weekend of a month long winter celebration. Organizers say overall it was a successful weekend with a large turnout. There were people who came from out of town to enjoy some of the festivities like skating by the lake and snow…

Structure Fire In Duluth Causes Thousands In Damages

DULUTH, Minn. – A $300,000 home is destroyed by fire in rural Duluth and a cause is under investigation. The fire was intense taking up nearly 100 percent of the structure when firefighters arrived on scene shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday morning. You’re looking at cell phone video of the house fire taken by a neighbor on the 1700 block of Hegberg Road in Duluth, just outside of Two Harbors. “First arriving on scene said heavy smoke, heavy fire, fully…

Eastridge Community Church Celebrates Winter With Fire & Ice Bowl Festival

The event was free for the community.

DULUTH, Minn. – Eastridge Community Church in Duluth is also embracing the cold. Its 8th Annual Fire and Ice Bowl Winter Festival brought the community out. Kids were outside sledding down the hills and enjoying the cold weather. This year might be the coldest temperatures the festival has had. Organizers had to move the hill because there wasn’t as much…

Bent Paddle Brewing Company Releases New Symphony-Inspired Beer

DSSO Music Director Dirk Meyer also helped brew the beer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bent Paddle Brewing Company released a brand new beer. The brewery collaborated with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO). They created the DüsselDirk  named after Dirk Meyer, the music director at the (DSSO). The special brew took a little over a month to make. “This is the first time it’s been on and we’ll also be at…

Families Come Out For Father Daughter Ball

The Father Daughter Ball was sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a special evening for families at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Daughters were dressed in their very best and fathers looked the part for the 22nd Annual Father Daughter Ball. This year was a Paris theme. Organizers say this event lets the girls see a different side of their dad with dinner and dancing….

Young Snowmobile Racers Hit the Tracks At Pike Lake

The next race will be at Fish Lake on Feb. 17

DULUTH, Minn. -On your mark, get set, go! Young racers from the kids championship power racing organization were out on Pike Lake earlier competing in snowmobile ice races. Kids as young as four years old were out on Pike Lake but this competition proves that there’s more to racing than winning. Watch out! These snowmobiles can go anywhere from 15…

Northlanders Brave the Cold For Beginner Ski Lessons

Events for Winter Trails Day are free.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some people here loving that winter weather. Those who wanted to take a beginner’s course in skiing were at Spirit Mountain. About 40 people braved the cold to learn the basics of skiing in just under an hour. There were some beginners there and others who hadn’t skied since they were younger. “It’s fantastic on a cold day it’s…

State Higher Education Commissioner Visits UMD For Proposed Bonding Projects Tour

The Duluth Campus Share of the Total Request is Under $18 Million.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gov. Dayton’s proposed bonding bill for the next session includes $28 million for University Minnesota Duluth (UMD). The state’s higher education commissioner was on the UMD campus to see where some of the funding would go if the proposed bonding request is approved. Some of the money UMD is asking for would be reinvested into facilities for research, outreach and education…

Get Ready For Winter Trails Day

Other activities for Winter Trails Day include an animal track guided snowshoe hike and orienteering lessons.

DULUTH, Minn. – If the Cold Front Festival isn’t enough fun for you, a Winter Trails Day is happening Feb. 3 on the Nordic Ski Trails at Spirit Mountain. It’s part of a national event full of free lessons, rental equipment and day passes to get people into activities like cross country skiing. New this year at Spirit Mountain is a spirit hiking…

Lake Superior College Students Open Free Dental Hygiene Clinic

The clinic was open from 9 a.m until 4 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Feb. 2 is known as Give Kids A Smile Day. It’s when dental services are provided to children under the age of 18 for free in many places across the country. Sixteen of Lake Superior College’s dental hygiene students along with eight local dentists made it happen in Duluth. The clinic offered cleanings, x–rays and dental hygiene…

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. Details Growth In 2017 State of the Company

EVELETH, Minn. – Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is starting 2018 with a goal of bringing more jobs to the Iron Range and to continue expanding operations. That was the talk of Cliffs’ 2017 State of the Company event in Eveleth. From the number of new jobs Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. brought to Minnesota to its financial performance, 2017 was a memorable year for the company. The Eveleth Auditorium was a…

Duluth Holds Inaugural Cold Front Celebration

The weekend celebration also includes more than 40 attractions, events and deals around town.

DULUTH, Minn. – What better way to embrace these chilly temperatures than with a celebration? Duluth’s largest coffee break took place at Lake Place Park as part of the first ever Cold Front Festival. It was hosted by the Greater Downtown Council and Duluth Coffee Company provided the hot coffee. Donations were also collected to help pay for restoring the…

Cloquet Man Transforms Into Stormtrooper

It takes about 15 minutes to look the part.

CLOQUET, Minn. – If you ever need a Stormtrooper to show up, one Cloquet man is up for the task. Well that’s one way to make an entrance. Once a week Leon Areseneau sports his Stormtrooper costume and entertains at weddings and charity events. He says birthday parties are the most popular requests and those feature a lightsaber battle. Arseneau has been doing this for a year, because he’s always…

Exhibit Marks 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Fire

There are books about the fire available for purchase that feature dramatic writings and poetry.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Oct. will mark the 100th anniversary of a massive fire in northern Minnesota. Stories about this fire have been passed down through generations. The fire of 1918 is considered to be the worst natural disaster in Minnesota history that left 450 people dead. Oct.  12, 1918, is a day that will never be forgotten. The Carlton…

New Housing Option for AmeriCorps Members

The home will be located at 2114 W 3rd Street

DULUTH, Minn. – AmeriCorps members spend hours volunteering and a lot of time helping others. Now it’s their turn to be rewarded. Several community partners are rallying behind AmeriCorps to provide housing for some of their members. AmeriCoprs members often face challenges when it comes to housing. Some of them make less than $12,000 a year. “The project is going…

New Police Recruits Take Part In Communication Relations Training

There are 154 sworn in officers on the Duluth Police Department.

DULUTH, Minn. – For law enforcement officers having the right training is a part of the job. Fifteen of Duluth’s newly recruited police officers are learning what it takes to build stronger relationships within the community thanks to some unique lessons. These officers are part of a type of training that goes beyond the squad car and flashing lights and focuses on communication….

Wood Stove Exchange Program Helps Protect the Environment

More than 50 percent of the heating appliances used for Project Stove Swap are manufactured in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. – More and more people are exchanging their old wood stoves for newer ones that also protect the environment. Project Stove Swap started a year ago and gives homeowners incentives for upgrading their wood stoves. Energy Plus in Duluth  has a lot of customers coming in searching for a wood stove. “We’re releasing much less carbon than we…

Lake Superior Ice Festival Kicks Off

The festival will also have food vendors and ice sculptures.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – You can expect thousands to be on Barker’s Island in Superior for the Lake Superior Ice Festival. It’s day one and the atmosphere is described as electric. The snow slide will be open and pond hockey will kick off tonight. When you pick a date six months in advance you never know what the weather will be…

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland Receive “Exergaming” Kits

Seventy-five members received the kits now and the remaining 75 will receive them at a later date.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland are taking exercise and gaming to the next level. These kids are some of the first in the state to receive game kits that encourage physical activity. The kit includes a NERF ball and energy tracker. It’s called “exergaming.” “The kids get to track their points for how much…

Aerial Lift Bridge Undergoing Deck Replacement

The center sections of the bridge can last for several more years before they'll have to be replaced.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been more than 60 years since the deck on the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth was last replaced. Workers have started the process of replacing it again. Since the shipping season is now over this deck replacement won’t affect marine traffic, but those using the bridge will experience some delays for a while. Workers are replacing…

DECC’s Newest Executive Director Shares Vision For the Future

Fuse Duluth within the Chamber went on a tour to see the sustainable practices at the DECC.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center’s (DECC) newest executive director is only four months into her role, but is already looking toward the future. Chelly Townsend says she wants to see the DECC grow as a sustainable building for everyone in the Northland. The goal is do that by continuing to follow sustainable practices. “The basic recycling, reducing and…

Proctor Hockey Arena Set To Open This Summer

The arena will be located on Kirkus Street.

PROCTOR, Minn. – This July Proctor will have a brand new hockey arena and event center. The decking is finished and the final layers of the roof are going up. Once that’s done the heating work comes next. The arena will double as a community center, that’ll have a walking track, enough room to seat 1,200 people and a community…

Damiano Center Connecting Those In Need With Free Resources

Lunch was provided and about 500 people showed up over the course of the day.

DULUTH, Minn. -The Damiano Center in Duluth offered a one stop shop to help people in need. Several service providers were on hand to provide free help for homeless or low income folks who stopped by. Having these resources under one roof helps make it easier for people to get to these offices. Haircuts, foot care and winter clothing items…

Hartley Nature Center Expanding

The Board has been planning for this expansion over the last year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some big changes are coming to the Hartley Nature Center building in Duluth. As visitors and students continue to come through the doors, the center is trying to keep up with the demand. Thousands of children visit Hartley every year for school field trips and plans to add on to the building will allow kids to continue…

Law Enforcement Get Special Training at Juvenile Officer’s Conference

"We're hoping to create kind of a team effort." - Cory Spencer, Minnesota Juvenile Officer's Association Treasurer

DULUTH, Minn. – Since 1955 the Minnesota Juvenile Officer’s Association has provided members of law enforcement special safety training. This training is designed to help with situations involving young people. Members of law enforcement from around the state who work in schools are learning valuable lessons this week at a special conference in Duluth. Those taking part include juvenile probation…

Superior’s Cooper Elementary School In Finishing Stages

Some of the upper grade level classrooms will have their own bathrooms.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cooper Elementary School in Superior is expected to be open and ready for students to start classes in Sept. The project is well ahead of schedule. When finished it will be a new two story 95,000 square foot school. The school is being built to look more like a house and will feature an east and west…

Superior High School Renovations Making Progress

The $60 million project is being funded by a $92.5 million referendum that was passed last spring.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Andy Wolfe has been teaching at Superior High School for 20 years. He’s always wanted bigger spaces for more student collaboration. With the ongoing expansion he’s getting that wish. “The sizes of the places, the hallways are big and open, which is so much better than what we currently have. the classrooms immediately felt bigger,” said Wolfe. When…

Experience the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Through Pictures

Each photographer brings between two to three of their pieces for the exhibit.

DULUTH, Minn. – Even if you don’t make it out to the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon you can still enjoy some of the race scenery. Now through March 11 the Great Lakes Aquarium will showcase race images. You’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the dogs through pictures. The exhibit is in its…

Northlanders Mark 45th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

For some this is a day to celebrate, and for others the day is about seeking change.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision was a landmark case that made abortions legal. Ever since then people from both sides have made it clear where they stand on this issue. For some the 45th anniversary of this historic case is a day to celebrate and for others the day is about seeking change. With signs in…

Duluth City Council To Have First Read For Possible Tobacco Flavored Products Ban

If this ordinance does pass businesses would be given a 120 day notice to comply.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council will have the first reading of an ordinance that could ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in convenience stores. Staff at the Piedmont Milk House in Duluth say they don’t want to sell flavored tobacco products to minors, but don’t agree with the city picking and choosing who can and can not sell those products. The store…

City Seeking Developers For Land In Gary New Duluth

The lots are located at the 1100 block of U.S. Highway 23 at McGonagle Street.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth is planning to redevelop some tax forfeited land to increase housing around the city. The 13 lots are located in Gary New Duluth and equal almost one acre of undeveloped land. The city is looking for developers to get creative and see what they can come up with for these lots. The goal is to get the…

Sea Wall Repairs Moving Forward

If a Sea Wall Isn't Fixed They will Corrode Over Time

DULUTH, Minn. –  Constant waves coming in across the harbor and rolling underneath the bottom of the seawall have led to its corrosion. Now the city is trying to repair the damages. The repairs on the sea wall is made up of two sections the Minnesota Slip and another area near the DECC (Duluth Entertainment Convention Center). The Minnesota slip is where…

Duluth City Hall May Undergo Million Dollar Renovation

Years ago the Police Department had offices on the ground level at City Hall.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s City Hall may be getting a nearly $2 million makeover. The Duluth City Council will take up a resolution for City Hall interior renovations on Monday, Jan. 22. Most of the renovations are focused on keeping the building functional. It consists of working on the electrical system, infrastructure of the building and reworking some of the office spaces. “Part of the…

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Sets Record

That three percent matches the lowest unemployment rate on record.

SUPERIOR, WIS. -The latest numbers are in and the unemployment rates are at an all time low. Wisconsin set a record last month for the lowest unemployment rate ever. Wisconsin’s Dec. unemployment rate dropped to three percent. In a report released today by the Department of Workforce Development shows the unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percent from Nov.’s rate of 3.2…

Duluth Public Schools Taking Precautions Against the Flu

Immunizations are important throughout a child's time at school from kindergarten, middle school and in high school.

DULUTH, Minn. – The recent flu outbreak has many Northland schools taking extra precautions. Several schools are seeing an increase in flu–like illnesses. But health officials at Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth tell us there hasn’t been anything too much out of the ordinary for them when it comes to the flu. The school reports to the State of Minnesota if more than five…

Lake Superior Ice Festival Preparations Underway

An estimated 3,000-5,000 people will attend the Festival.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The 2018 Lake Superior Ice Festival is still about a week away, but workers are busy in Superior getting ready now. Crews are  getting the rinks prepared for the pond hockey tournament and clearing snow for the figure skating tournament. The fun begins next Friday, Jan. 26 when thousands will make their way to the ice. New games…

Downtown Duluth May Have Another Million Dollar Housing Project

CityView Flats would be a three to four story building.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new housing development is in the works in Central Hillside. This Monday council members will decide whether to approve an $800,000 grant to support the development. The proposed $20 million project would be located at 1st Avenue West and 4th Street. Right now most of the property is a parking lot, but it could be the future site of a…

Government Shutdown Could Happen This Week If Agreement Isn’t Reached

The Republicans control both the House and Senate.

DULUTH, Minn. – Congress has a lot of work to do with the possibility of a government shutdown hanging in the balance. The last time there was a government shutdown like that the year was 2013. History may repeat itself if an agreement isn’t reached by Friday. A government shutdown can delay services or anything that people receive from the federal…

Inclusive Care Units Now Available in Superior

In the future Katie hopes to have an Inclusive Care Unit in Duluth.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior’s United Presbyterian Church has the first of its kind, an inclusive care unit. The box is filled with cold weather goods like mittens and socks. Anyone can grab what they need and the public isn’t responsible for restocking the box. There will be five inclusive care units located throughout Superior. “The idea was to place it outside where people could come and…

Proud Parents Root For Their Son To Play In the Super Bowl

C.J. Ham graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School in 2011.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last Sunday the Minnesota Vikings miracle win over the New Orleans Saints kept them alive in the playoffs. It also means Duluth’s very own C.J. Ham has more football to play this season. His parents Tina and Cortez work in Duluth and they are still excited about that big win. The Ham’s believe C.J. was destined to play in the NFL and watching…

Fairlawn Mansion Celebrates Milestone Birthday

Pattison State Park is named after Martin Pattison.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A birthday celebration was held for the man who built the Fairlawn Mansion. Martin Pattison would have been 177 years on Jan. 17. He was instrumental in developing the Northland, so what better way to mark the occasion than with cake and cookies? Fairlawn guests received guided tours of the more than 42 room mansion that was built way back in 1891….

University of Minnesota Duluth Facing Budget Cuts

The chancellor unit will also see budget cuts.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) will start the next fiscal year a little differently after  facing a nearly six million dollar budget deficit. UMD’s solution is to follow a deficit reduction model which is meant to get the school back on track within five years. UMD plans on a six hundred thousand dollar reduction for the…

The 23rd Annual St. Luke’s Icebreaker Invitational Comes Back to Duluth

The tournament was held at the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center.

DULUTH, Minn. – Youth hockey girls from Illinois, Canada and the Twin Ports are hitting the ice at the 23rd Annual St. Luke’s Icebreaker Invitational in Duluth. More than 60 teams and 900 girls are taking part in the competition. These players are from Blaine, Minnesota, and are enjoying the experience competing in the tournament for the first time. They…

Northland State Employees Take Tribal Relations Training

In the future UMD wants to visit Red Lake and Grand Portage for more training.

Two thousand Northland employees are better equipped to handle tribal relations after taking a special training course. In just a day and a half state employees from more than 20 agencies learned about building better relationships with Native Americans and the tribal government. The training is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota Duluth Continuing Education, Department of American Indian…

Superior School District Wants Your Input In Choosing Next Superintendent

The survey opened on Jan. 8.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior School District is seeking a new district administrator and needs your help. The public is asked to participate in a community survey to help choose the next superintendent. Janna Stevens, the current superintendent, is retiring on June 30. The survey closes next Friday on Jan. 19. It asks what qualities people think are important for…

Superior Fire Department Upgrading Its Headquarters

The Superior Fire Department is accepting bids for the project until Feb.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A big change is coming for the Superior Fire Department. The department’s headquarters will be replaced. The process began in 2014 after a station assessment on all of the facilities found a replacement was needed. The Superior Fire Department is currently operating out of a building that’s 37 years old. The facility doesn’t have enough space to store all…

Free Legal Clinic Helping Veterans In the Northland

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans will be in St. Cloud on Jan. 16.

DULUTH, Minn. – Veterans around the Northland sometimes need local help and today a special legal clinic in Duluth offered some free assistance. The program provides legal services to low income veterans or those with housing issues. Veterans could walk in to get advice on whatever legal topic they had including drafting a will. “Often times people earn more income…