Author: Haydee Clotter

More Survivors of Sexual Violence Expected to Come Forward After Senate Hearings

Experts believe the "Me Too" movement and the Supreme Court confirmation hearings are driving forces for victims of sexual abuse to share their stories.

DULUTH, Minn. – The fate of the Supreme Court is hanging in the balance and testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh has sparked a lot of reaction. The number of calls to crisis hotlines have increased and more survivors of sexual assault are expected to speak out. Thirty-three percent of Minnesota women will have experienced a…

UWS All-Class Reunion & Anniversary Weekend

UWS's first class graduated in 1897.

SUPERIOR, Wis. The University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS)  is celebrating its 125th anniversary  and all class reunion this weekend. The celebration kicked off with its Outstanding Alumni Luncheon, which recognizes the achievements of 125 alumni. UWS administration say they are proud of what fellow alumni have accomplished and how they give back their community. The honorary alumni bonded with old friends and…

City of Duluth Testing Formula to Fix Potholes

The City of Duluth is still working on the logistics when it comes to adaptive equipment and cost, so there's no current timeline as to when this project will begin.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s no secret Duluth streets have many potholes. You probably drive over a few every day, but the city is working toward a solution to eliminate this widespread problem. Potholes are frustrating to deal with and the city is testing a new formula meant to repair the streets and roads. “We’ve done similar repairs a couple of years…

AMSOIL Arena Rolls Out New Food Items

Staple items like burgers and hot dogs aren't going anywhere and for the first time beer and wine will be for sale at UMD games.

DULUTH, Minn. – AMSOIL Arena is rolling out nine new food items at its concession stands starting Oct. 6 for the University of Minnesota Duluth’s (UMD) hockey home opener. We’re talking Poutine (salt & pepper fries, cheese curds topped with brown gravy), four–meat pizza and an improved half–pound cheddar Polarena among other items. Hundreds of Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) employees helped decide on the new menu. Some even did blind…

8th Congressional District Candidates Participate In First Joint Debate

The midterm election is Nov. 6 and this just like other topics will be fresh on the voters minds.

DULUTH, Minn. – Election Day is getting closer and there’s no clear front runner in the race for the 8th Congressional District. On Wednesday, for the first time, the three remaining candidates squared off in a debate at the Duluth Playhouse. The forum was meant for the public to learn where the candidates stand on some issues, but at times, it turned…

New St. Luke’s Proctor Fitness Center Is Now Open

Hours and membership fees vary at the fitness center vary.

PROCTOR, Minn. – St. Luke’s Hospital has opened a new fitness center at Proctor High School. The St. Luke’s Proctor Fitness Center is open to students, faculty, hospital staff and the public. It still has that brand new smell with plenty of new equipment and even more coming in at a later date. Three personal trainers will be coming on…

Happy National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is the fourth Tuesday of September.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Election Day is exactly six weeks away and for you to make your vote count, the first step is registering to vote. Why wait? You can get the ball rolling now. In Wisconsin voter registration is typically handled through the municipal clerk and can be done by mail up to 20 days prior to the election. After…

Great Outdoors: Hawk Festival Weekend

You can view the birds until the end of November at Hawk Ridge.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a sight to see when hundreds of birds migrate in your neck of the woods. Every year at Hawk Festival Weekend in Duluth that’s quite the experience. This year is no different. Sometimes they’re hard to spot, but they’re out there. Hawk Festival Weekend is a tradition for Kathleen and John Etchison. “It’s been a fun…

Duluth-Born Artist Unveils “122 Conversations” Exhibit

The exhibition is at the museum on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus, but it's a resource for students and the entire Twin Ports.

DULUTH, Minn. – One of the missions at the Tweed Museum of Art is to bring art and people in the community together. A new collection hopes to bring that connection to Duluth. It’s called 122 Conversations: Person to Person/Art Beyond Borders and was created by Duluth-born artist Anne Labovitz. Over the course of two years Labovitz conducted interviews with artists,…

Gov. Dayton Holds Town Hall Meeting On Mesabi Metallics Project

NASHWAUK, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appeared on the Iron Range Monday to meet with local leaders and community members to discuss the future of the Mesabi Metallics mining site. It’s a packed house here in Nashwauk Township Community Center and the people want answers directly from about where this project stands. Questions that need answers like when will this…

Birds Flying High for Hawk Festival Weekend

The event serves as a showcase for one of the country's best places to watch the birds leave the area at Hawk Ridge.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Hawk Weekend Festival kicked off to celebrate fall bird migration. The event serves as a showcase for one of the country’s best places to watch the birds leave the area at Hawk Ridge. Events continue through Sunday and include programs such as field trips and even a dinner cruise. “We’ve only been here about half…

Hinckley Holds Ceremony on National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sept. 21 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

HINCKLEY, Minn.- Many times you don’t hear enough about prisoners of war (POW) or those men and women who are missing in action (MIA). So they received some special recognition in Hinckley. President Donald Trump proclaimed Sept. 21 National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Up until now it wasn’t recognized in the state of Minnesota. Veterans, elected officials and several others gathered…

Light It Up Marquee Fundraiser Hopes to Get West Theater Back on Track

Bob Boone says the redevelopment of the theater will build a sense of community.

DULUTH, Minn. – Work has been underway for years to restore the West Theater in Duluth, but after hitting a few snags the project is over budget. A fundraiser was held to help get the project back on track. Bob Boone of the Duluth Reader is sphere–heading the redevelopment project and he managed a movie theater years ago in Superior. Right now…

St. Louis County Employee Files Complaint, Wants Investigation on Commissioner Pete Stauber

Dennis Frazier believes Stauber is using his platform as a county commissioner to run for higher office.

DULUTH, Minn.  – A 30–year employee with St. Louis County is calling for an investigation into Commissioner Pete Stauber who is running for the 8th Congressional race on the republican side. Dennis Frazier believes Stauber is using his platform as a county commissioner to run for higher office. One example, Frazier says happened at an opioid round table in August where Stauber identified himself as a 8th District Congressional candidate….

Stella Maris Academy Receives Million Dollar Gift from Duluth Native

The mission at Stella Maris Academy is to teach students to lead, love and serve.

DULUTH, Minn. -The staff at Stella Maris Academy say this donation gives the school a stable financial base to grow future academic programs. Ninety-one-year-old Lorraine Casshie is the million–dollar donor who died last July. But in her will Lorraine desired for money to be given to the catholic schools in Duluth. Staff from Stella Maris Academy at the Holy Rosary School tell us they…

Lights, Camera, Action! Ironbound Studios Open House

Ironbound Studios is located in the basement at Chisholm City Hall.

CHISHOLM, Minn. – If you have dreams of making it big you don’t have to travel to Hollywood. Just drive up to the Iron Range to Ironbound Studios. “There aren’t many sound stages of this size east of Burbank,” said Ironbound Studios President Joel McGuire. Lights, camera, action! During an open house people could see the 45,000 square foot sound…

United Steelworkers Local 6115 Vote Unanimously for Strike Authorization

Negotiations from both sides will resume on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A crucial vote for the members of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6115. The group in Virginia is demanding an increase in their wages and better benefits. One member told me as recently as 2015 they took some concessions like wage freezes since the company wasn’t doing so well. Now that they are, members want an increase in…

UMD Students Showcase Harvested Goods at Farm Fest

Every year almost 1,000 students use the Land Lab as an educational tool.

DULUTH, Minn. – Farm Fest is one of the highlights for students at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). It’s the time for them to show off everything they’ve harvested all season. Farm Fest takes place at the UMD Land Lab. The Lab has been around for almost 10 years and one of its purposes is to teach students about agriculture….

Annual Properties Tour Highlights Duluth’s Historic Buildings

The tour also doubled as a fundraiser for the Duluth Preservation Alliance.

DULUTH, Minn. – An estimated 600 people spread out throughout Duluth as part of the 38th Annual Historic Properties Tour. A behind–the–scenes look at the NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth was a highlight. The Duluth Preservation Alliance is behind the tour. Staff say people really enjoy walking through history. “For instance the Norshor Theatre its deep history. You know, starting as the Orpheum Theatre in the 30s and 40s…

East End Family Fun Day Day In Superior

The event had lots of food, good times, and even a pet parade

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The east end of Superior knows how to have a good time. Many people came out for the family fun day there. Lots of food, good times and a pet parade. Fur babies, big and small were ready to strut their stuff. Some people come every year because of the environment for the dogs to come and…

Last Day to Score Deals at Friends of the Library Book Sale

Proceeds from the book sale support the Superior Public Library.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s the second day of the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale and many people were out to grab a deal. The shelves were filled with thousands of books of all varieties at a low price. Shoppers could fill up a bag and get as many books as they wanted for a donation of their choice. Proceeds…

2018 Walk for Thought Raising Awareness for Brain Injuries

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance says falls are the leading cause of brain injury.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance says falls are the leading cause of brain injury. The organization supports people and families affected by brain injuries. Its annual walk for thought event does just that. There were walks in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and here in Duluth. For one family the Walk for Thought hits close to home…

Lieutenant Governor Candidates Visit Duluth for Housing Forum

DULUTH, Minn. – Lieutenant Governor candidates made a stop here in Duluth for a forum on affordable housing. The forum was put on by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, an organization focused on providing stable housing. DFL endorsed candidate Peggy Flanagan and Republican endorsed candidate Donna Bergstrom were at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center for a conversation. Not being able…

Duluth Police Officers Address Mental Health Crisis

The Duluth Police Department's Mental Health Unit is made up of officers, social workers and health professionals.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department’s Mental Health Unit is made up of officers, social workers and health professionals. One officer says he expects the unit could expand over the next few years. Police officers and mental health experts sat on a panel to inform the public of some of the training put in place. Officers can complete 32…

KYN: Superior Public Library Grand Reopening

The library has been around for 130 years and staff tell us they are happy with this recent makeover.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – When was the last time you stopped by the superior public library to check out your favorite book? Well now you’ll have even more reasons to visit. Kay Fredrickson has lived in superior for 20 years. She’s been coming to the superior public library for nearly the same amount of time. “I belong to the book club,”…

Young Gardeners Show Fruits of Their Labor at Hills Harvest Fest

About 100 teens and young adults from the Hills worked together to harvest and grow their own food.

DULUTH, Minn. – Because of privacy laws we aren’t able to show you the faces of the young people who are at the center of Hills Harvest Fest, but their work was proudly on display. You can see it but if only you could taste the food from the 20th Annual Hills Harvest Fest, you’d be in for a treat. The Hills…

Duluth Drag Race & Car Show

Anywhere from 5,000- 10,000 thousand fans will be around during the two-day event.

DULUTH, Minn. The 11th Annual KIA of Duluth Drag Race & Car Show is racing back to the streets of the Northland on Garfield Avenue. You’ll see more than 300 fast cars and about half of them will be part of drag races based on class. Anywhere from 5,000- 10,000 thousand fans will be around during the two-day event. A new year…

Superior Library Grand Reopening

The Superior Public Library has about 150 thousand items including books, DVDs and CDs.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – When was the last time you stopped by the Superior Public Library to check out your favorite book? Well now you’ll have even more reasons to visit. After going through eight months of renovations, the Superior Public Library is showing off its new look. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by murals featuring Superior’s history….

St. Scholastica Welcomes the Class of 2022

Students were advised to join clubs, make new friends and get out of their comfort zones.

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) knows how to welcome the class of 2022. More than 500 freshman and transfer students were at the 2018 Opening School Convocation. Students also walked with alumni from the Heritage Club, which includes those who graduated 50 years ago. The convocation is an introduction to students as they begin a new…

Life House Earns Top Award For Commitment to Homeless Youth

Within the last year Life House has helped more than 800 young people in at least one of its programs and housed 58 teens and young adults in the housing units.

DULUTH, Minn. – Life House staff say it feels great to be recognized with an award even though it came as a complete surprise. Life House in Duluth has a lot to brag about. It’s one of six top human service organizations in the state to receive the Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Award. “That’s really a big deal, just really…

Longtime Duluth Teacher Retiring After 30 Year Career

Throughout her career Mrs. Ostazeski believes she's taught more than 1,000 students.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mary Ostazeski is known as Mrs.O and the kids love her. “She’s creative and she loves all of us,” said Lester Park Elementary School Student Grace Lyytinen. Mrs. O knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was in the fourth grade. Here she is as a student. “Then I started babysitting in my neighborhood, then…

Fall Semester Begins at University of Wisconsin Superior

More than 2,500 undergraduate and more than 200 graduate students are enrolled at UWS.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS) is buzzing with excitement as the Yellowjackets are back on campus. Many students have been waiting for the fall semester to begin. Even the students who come from a small town school and make the transition to a bigger campus like UWS. “Making connections with classmates and professors; kind of learning…

Students and Parents Invited to Open House Before School Begins

Parents and students had the chance to meet with teachers and it was also picture day.

  SUPERIOR, Wis. – Classes at Cathedral School in Superior start next Tuesday and students were invited to an open house. Parents and students had the chance to meet with teachers and it was also picture day. Students were dressed in their best and with a smile. A new school year for some students means catching up with friends, making new…

Duluth Teacher’s Journey Brings Him Back to the Northland

Fun fact, the kids Jesse will be teaching were born the year he graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2009.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first day of school can bring a lot of emotions for students and also for teachers. Even teachers who are in their first year at a new district. Jesse Frischmann always wanted to come back to Duluth. It’s the place where he got his start in teaching and now it’s finally happening for him. Students aren’t…

Spotlight On the Opioid Epidemic In St. Louis County

In 2016, an average of 116 people died every day in the U.S. from opioid related drug overdoses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

DULUTH, Minn. – A woman whose son told her I just don’t want to die, but I can’t stop using. Those are some of the personal stories shared during a round table on the opioid epidemic led by St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber. He wanted to bring experts together who can help determine where federal funding could go for…

WITC Off to A New Start for the School Year

Forbes Magazine recently ranked WITC as the 22nd best two–year trade school in the nation.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s the start of the new school year at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) in Superior. There are also a lot of new programs and changes coming to WITC for students, faculty and staff, starting with the construction for a new front entrance and new pharmacy technician and hospitality specialist programs. These programs are used as a recruiting…

Community Round Table Addresses Human Trafficking In the Region

In 2015, Minnesota had the third–highest number of human trafficking cases according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

DULUTH, Minn. – Human trafficking continues to be a big concern here in the Northland. St. Louis county officials and several local agencies participated in a roundtable centered on that topic. They discussed an initiative called the “Blue Campaign.” A program created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to end human trafficking. This round table comes after Rep. Michael…

Coffins and Possible Human Bone Discovery In Duluth

A state archaeologist and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council came last Friday to meet with the team from the county to review the site.

DULUTH, Minn. – While working on a road construction project a St. Louis County Public Works crew uncovered several wood coffins and possible human remains. Coming into this St. Louis County staff tell us they knew there was a possibility they would run into something because this particular area is close to what once was the Greenwood Cemetery. The area…

Twin Ports Interchange Project Update

The Twin Ports Interchange monthly updates happen every last Monday of the month at Clyde Iron Works at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – We ‘re about a year away from the beginning of construction on the Twin Ports Interchange Project. The planning process has already begun. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) held its monthly update meeting for the project. The Twin Ports Interchange Project is meant to enhance safety on the interchange by moving left exits to the right and…

Pharmacists Warns Patients of EpiPen Shortage

The FDA says the shortage is because of supply disruptions and manufacturer issues.

DULUTH, Minn. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the expiration dates on EpiPens after a nationwide shortage. Health officials in Duluth say any drug shortage is concerning but there is no need to be alarmed. The FDA says the shortage is because of supply disruptions and manufacturer issues. “Look at what they have at home if they’ve…

Man Accusing Duluth Priest of Sexual Abuse Goes Public

The Diocese of Duluth conducted their own investigation into Father Graham and he was placed on administrative leave.

DULUTH, Minn. – A man accusing a Duluth priest of sexual abuse is speaking out publicly for the first time, after a jury reached a verdict in lawsuit involving the case. The accuser says he was abused by Father William Graham three times when he was 15. The jury ruled that the man accusing Father Graham of sexual abuse interfered with…

CHUM Annual Back-to-School Backpack Distribution

Every year CHUM partners up with the Duluth School District to set the tone and start kids off right for the school year with a new backpack.

DULUTH, Minn.- On the first day of class students need pencils, notebooks and of course backpacks. Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) held its annual backpack distribution in Duluth to help those students. Every year CHUM partners up with the Duluth School District to set the tone and start kids off right for the school year with a new backpack. “Every…

Cloquet Mends Ordinance for Strays

The city of Cloquet was in contract with Animal Allies since April.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Weeks after the Friends of Animals Shelter in Cloquet closed its doors, the city says it doesn’t want to deal with the strays anymore. After a city council meeting Tuesday night, city leaders decided to end their contract agreement with Animal Allies in Duluth, where they had been sending the strays. Now the council hopes that a different option…

Growing Season Helping Superior Downtown Farmers’ Market

  SUPERIOR, Wis. – The weather has been cooperating for local farmers at the Superior Downtown Farmers’ Market. Christel Lewis owns In the Woods Market Garden in Foxboro, Wisconsin,  about 20 miles outside of Superior. She says carrots and beets are in season and it’s the end of the bean season. Lewis starts planting her garden in the spring so it’s…

Cloquet Youth Run Journey Garden and Market

This farmers market will be open every Wednesday from 12:00-2:00 until all the food runs out.

CLOQUET, Minn. – It’s never too late to get your start in a farmers market. That’s the case for a group of young students in Cloquet who are also learning about business by selling their goods. The Journey Garden is a summer program for youth on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Each Tuesday they harvest the foods, Wednesdays are dedicated to…