Author: Haydee Clotter

Educators and City Leaders Address Community Truancy Issue

The Student Attendance Review Board considers a student to be truant after missing seven class periods.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students skipping class or not going to school at all is something Duluth educators and community leaders want to end. With the start of the school year only weeks away a conversation about truancy is the first step in making it happen. School may be out, but the session on keeping students in the classroom is in….

Businesses Feel Impact of Flavored Tobacco Ordinance

The ordinance on flavored tobacco products has been in effect since June 12, four months after the council passed it.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth has now restricted the sales of flavored tobacco products at some businesses for more than two months. It’s an ordinance that went into effect 120 days after the city voted to ban those products from grocery and convenience stores, limiting them to be sold at adult–only smoke shops. It’s business as usual at…

Cops On a Rooftop for the Special Olympics

Every year cops on a roof top brings in about $500- $1,000.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department took it to the roof to help raise money for the Special Olympics. That’s what Cops on a Rooftop is all about. Police officers were out since 6 a.m. accepting donations. This is all to give athletes with special needs an opportunity to compete in the sports they love. “The police department has…

Future Doctors Earn Their White Coats

The class of 2022 has 65 students. It's the largest incoming class ever for the school.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus welcomed future doctors with a white coat ceremony. The class of 2022 has 65 students. It’s the largest incoming class ever for the school. Lauren Summers says when she first saw her white coat it was kind of surreal. “Me and all of my classmates have been working for…

Aretha Franklin’s Legacy Lives On In the Northland

The music legend passed away on Thursday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Undisputed Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin passed away this week but her legacy continues to live on across the country and right here in Duluth. Staff from The Electric Fetus music store tell us anytime a legendary artist dies fans are rushing to buy their music. A lot of customers are now coming to Electric Fetus to…

Friends of Duluth Public Golf Host Save Lester Scramble

Duluth's two municipal golf courses are Lester and Enger Park.

DULUTH, Minn. – Running a golf course can be expensive. In recent years, some Duluth city leaders have pushed for closing one or both city owned courses because of financial losses. The Friends of Duluth Public Golf hosted a fun scramble to promote saving the Lester Park Golf Course. This is the first “Save Lester  Scramble” and it’s meant to…

Conversations Surrounding Aliens and UFOs

Chad Lewis has appeared on the Discovery Channel's A Haunting and ABC's World's Scariest Places.

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever heard any stories about aliens or Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) encounters? Author, lecturer and researcher Chad Lewis made a trip to Duluth to share those type of stories. On Thursday he was at the St. Louis County Historical Society with his presentation called “UFO Minnesota, Watch the Sky.” The audience ranges from people who are…

UMD Opens Free Store For Students

The store hours are 1:00 -2:30 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – College life isn’t always cheap, but University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is stepping in to help. UMD opened a store for students to get essentials they need and it’s all free. There’s furniture, appliances and other things to furnish your home. The items were donated from students who moved out at the end of the last school year….

Young Boy Receives Deckhand For a Day Experience

The deckhand is the captain's right hand man and is responsible for tying the lines and letting them go and deck maintenance.

DULUTH, Minn, – We’ve all heard the saying if you really want something you have to work hard for it. One boy from Hayward, Wisconsin, dreams of being a ship captain someday. He wants it so bad that earlier this year he found a way to pay for his own lifetime membership to the Duluth Maritime Museum. Now he’s getting…

Community Builds Relationships At Kids, Cops and Cars

Kids, Cars and Cops has been around for more than three years.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been a busy day at Bayfront Festival Park. Hundreds of kids and their families turned out for the annual Kids, Cops and Cars event; where a big goal is connecting the community with members of law enforcement and other agencies. The formula being used to build positive community relationships involves kids, cops and cars. Police squad…

Minnesota Voters Almost Set Record During Primary Election

Tuesday's primary turnout in Minnesota was at about 22 percent. 

DULUTH, Minn. – When Minnesota voters headed to the polls for Tuesday’s primary it was the biggest estimated in 24 years. In Duluth almost 30 percent of registered voters showed up. City leaders say it was exciting to see people engaging in the Democratic process and they are hopeful this will set the tone leading up to the general election in…

Reaction From 8th Congressional District Candidate Michelle Lee’s Watch Party

PROCTOR, Minn. – Another DFL candidate hoping to fill the seat for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District is former Duluth tv news personality Michelle Lee. Supporters and volunteers for Michelle Lee want to celebrate what they’re calling the people’s campaign. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News Tags: 8th Congressional District, Michelle Lee

Summertime Fun at Pinehurst Park

On average anywhere from about 300–500 guests are at Pinehurst Park daily.

CLOQUET, Minn. – A  lot of area families and young swimmers are still heading outdoors even with these record breaking temperatures. Some people spent their day on the beach at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet. On such a hot day like this it only makes sense to spend it in the water. As this heat wave continues across the Northland we found…

Twin Ports Lighthouse Days Return to the Northland

On Aug. 7, 1789, President George Washington signed the Ninth Act of Congress federalizing lighthouses.

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center is celebrating the five lighthouses in the Twin Ports. During Twin Ports Lighthouse Days guests are invited to the free event. It’s where they can learn more about the history of lighthouses while being able to make lighthouses out of postcards and watch films on different lighthouses on Lake Superior. “They were there to serve the maritime…

Traveling Exhibit Highlights 18 Civil War Volunteers

The 18 volunteers were all from St. Louis County.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new traveling exhibit shines a spotlight on 18 men from St. Louis County who served in the Civil War. The 18 Exhibit is on display at the Depot in downtown Duluth. Visitors will go back in time and learn what life was like for the men who volunteered to serve their country. The men made an impact…

Glensheen Renovations Underway

Staff say they are hopeful to begin fundraising to match the $4 million from the bonding bill by the fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – More changes are coming to the historic Glensheen estate. Four million dollars in state bonding funds are helping to cover the cost for the renovations. Some of the property at the 110–year–old property hasn’t had maintenance in about 100 years. So this is long overdue. One of the structures on the list for improvements was the Servants…

Morgan Park Volunteers Focus On Bully Prevention At the Playground

The group is the eyes and ears for the police when they may not be close by and if there are problems kids face consequences.

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of volunteers have taken bullying prevention into their own hands in Duluth. We all know the police can’t be everywhere at one time so that’s when the playground patrol steps in. Spending time at the playground should be fun and a bully free zone and this group is making sure things stay that way. Jennifer Roy…

Protesters March To Nolan’s Office Calling For His Resignation

The protesters say they want to hold Nolan accountable after sexual assault allegations against one of his former staffers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly two dozen protesters marched to the front door of Congressman Rick Nolan’s Duluth office. Calling for his resignation. The protesters say they want to hold Nolan accountable after sexual assault allegations against one of his former staffers. They’re upset that staffer was hired back with Nolan’s office, a year later after being let go amid the allegations. If that means he steps away from representing us then he so be it,” said…

Super Saving Weekend For Wisconsin’s First Sales Tax Holiday

Total spending for K-12 schools and college combined is projected to reach $82.8 billion, according to the National Retail Federation.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin shoppers are finally getting a tax break. Saving five percent on sales tax has more people running to the register in Wisconsin. “We’re doing a little end of summer shopping maybe something for back-to-school to see what we can find,” said Ellen Chicka. Wednesday is the start of the Wisconsin sales tax holiday break that runs…

Great Outdoors: Blueberry Picking at Blackbirds & Blueberries Farm

Blackbirds & Blueberries is located at 3601 Crosby Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720.

CLOQUET, Minn. – You can pick one or try to pick them all. Blueberry picking season is upon us. A bucket of blueberries filled all the way to the top is the goal for most blueberry pickers and at Blackbirds & Blueberries farm is where you’ll find Gail Olson. “It’s important to pick the blueberries that are blue all the way…

El Dorado Bar & Grill Hosting Veterans Fundraiser

The proceeds will go toward the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans in Duluth, an organization helping homeless veterans and the Douglas County Veterans Services in Superior.

OLIVER, Wis. – The El Dorado Bar & Grill may be in the outskirts of the Northland but when it comes to veterans it sees no boundaries. The Oliver, Wisconsin, bar is hosting its Sixth Annual Veterans Fundraiser and Customer Appreciation Event. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans in Duluth, an organization…

Downtown Farmer’s Market Takes Over On Tuesdays

The Greater Downtown Council puts on the Downtown Farmers' Market every year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesdays are meant for the Downtown Farmers’ Market at the Minnesota Power Plaza. On this Tuesday more than 10 vendors set up shop. Some featured unique items and others had farmer’s market favorites. Karen McCauley vendor is at her second Downtown Farmers’ Market. She’s selling her one of a kind Darn Good Dips. It comes in more…

Duluth’s 4th Street Project Is Now Complete

The 4th Street Reconstruction is the single largest road project delivered by St. Louis County.

DULUTH, Minn. – The rebuilding of 4th Street in Duluth began as a resurfacing project, which then led to the full reconstruction of the road. Almost four years later St. Louis County has finished the project. The 4th Street reconstruction is the single largest road project delivered by St. Louis County. Taking a drive down 4th Street in Duluth will no…

Alzheimer’s Association Holds Twin Ports Dementia Conference

According to the Alzheimer's Association nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or dementia.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dementia affects many people living in the Northland and across Minnesota. That’s one reason the University of Minnesota Duluth campus hosted the Second Annual Twin Ports Dementia Conference. The conference connects caregivers and families affected by one of the deadliest diseases in the United States. “We’ve been talking a lot about the latest in research. we’ve also…

Blueberry Picking Season Is Upon Us

Blackbirds & Blueberries is located at 3601 Crosby Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720.

CLOQUET, Minn. – You can pick one or try to pick them all. Blueberry picking season is upon us. The Blackbirds & Blueberries farm in Cloquet is in its third blueberry picking season. The farm has about 3,000 plants producing blueberries this year. The blueberry picking season lasts about three weeks depending on the weather. That’s where you’ll find first…

Cloquet Middle School Housing Project Moving Forward

The former Cloquet Middle School is located at 509 Carlton Ave.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Earlier this month vandals caused a significant amount of damage to the former Cloquet Middle School. But plans are still in the works to make the old middle school a new housing unit for workforce housing. Recently the City Council acted on rezoning and comprehensive plan applications. They were approved by a 5-2 vote. With this approval…

Disc Golf Course Coming Back to Morgan Park

Renovating the disc golf course cost about $2,000 and will have nine holes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Disc golf is making its way back to Duluth’s Morgan Park neighborhood. The previous course opened nine years ago and had some wear and tear. Community leaders tell us it was in desperate need of upgrades like new baskets. Renovating the disc golf course cost about $2,000 and will have nine holes. All of this is something…

CASDA Helping Survivors One Sock At a Time

When victims or survivors of abuse escape a dangerous situation many of them flee with nothing.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Socks are one of the most needed items at the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse or CASDA in Superior. The Seventh Annual Socks for Survivors Golf Scramble helps victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse one sock at a time. Socks for Survivors brought out 16 teams in their crazy socks to…

Iron Mug Coffee House Addressing Bullying With Comedy

There are toy-drive, pet rescue and events to benefit the homeless planned in the future.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Iron Mug Coffee House in Duluth is taking a stand against bullying with comedy. Next month Iron Mug is hosting a comedy show to help raise money for an organization called Teach Anti-Bullying. This group assists victims of anti-bullying and does training in schools to prevent it. The comedy show is the first of many events…

School District Vote On Operating Levy Could Increase Property Taxes

The operating levy for Duluth Public Schools passed in 2013 and is below the state average.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth voters will soon be making decisions about potentially changing the current operating school levy. A move that could mean an increase in property taxes. The operating levy for Duluth Public Schools passed in 2013 and is below the state average. It’s scheduled to expire next year. On Thursday night the school board voted on the intent…

Helmets to Hardhats Highlights Veterans Career Opportunities

Helmets to Hardhats was founded in 2001 and has helped more than 20,000 veterans in the United States find jobs in the construction trades.

DULUTH, Minn. – There are more than 350,000 veterans in Minnesota. The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the unemployment rate for Minnesota veterans at almost six percent. In some cases veterans from all military branches depend on programs like one called “Helmets to Hardhats” that offer career opportunities. Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed July Hire a…

Students Get the Curator Experience at Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

This is the first year for the Junior Curator Program.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior is letting students get a sense of what life is like as a museum curator. This is the first year for the Junior Curator Program. Eighteen students from Superior Middle School spend a week at the museum working on an exhibit about a local veteran. The exhibits will…

New Report Shows Minnesota Outpaces Wisconsin In Construction Industry

Since 2010 Minnesota has created more than four new construction jobs for every three created in Wisconsin.

DULUTH, Minn. – Working in the construction industry in Minnesota may pay you more and put more money into your pocket compared to Wisconsin. Minnesota has surpassed Wisconsin when it comes to job growth and salary in construction. Those are a few of the findings in a new report by North Star Policy Institute. This report dives into the construction…

St. Luke’s Honors Donors at Wall of Heroes Rededication Ceremony

More than 350 eyes have been devoted to research for glaucoma, diabetes and macular degeneration.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s is celebrating the hundreds of lives changed through organ donation at the hospital. They’ve had more than 700 eye donors alone. A re-dedication ceremony is honoring the men and women who gave the gift of life on the Wall of Heroes. It’s a hand carved display with glass leaves representing the organ, tissue and eye…

AICHO Holds Native American Cultural Training

It's made possible through a grant by the Office on Violence Against Women and was put on at the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO).

DULUTH, Minn. – Police officers and service providers got a chance to learn about cultural differences in the American Indian community and that might help them respond more effectively to incidents of domestic and sexual violence there. The training aimed to help them better understand survivors of violence. Members of law enforcement, social workers and community agencies participated in the…

Lake Superior Art Glass Introduces Plastic Straw Alternative

You can take the Pyrex strawws wherever you go and they come in two different sizes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Did you know Americans use hundreds of millions straws every day? Those plastic straws can end up in our oceans and can cause pollution and harm to marine life. San Francisco recently banned all plastic straws and takeout containers. Now one business in Duluth now has an alternative to help reduce plastic waste. “It’s an issue that…

Brodini Steals the Show at Kaleidoscope Summer Series Finale

The goal for Kaleidoscope is to get kids more engaged with the library during the summer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Move over Whodini and make room for Brodini! The magician was the last act for the Kaleidoscope summer series at the downtown Duluth Public Library and he did not disappoint. He even invited kids and even adults on stage to get in on his comedy magician show. During the show Brodini made things disappear and appear right before…

City Workers Test the Ground For Lakewalk Restoration Process

This is part of the design process for repairs and restoration to the Lakewalk after heavy storm damage last October and April.

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth plans to eventually create a concrete retaining wall along the Lakewalk in the area around Fitger’s and the Portland Malt Shoppe after massive storm damage caused by waves. Before that happens crews have to test the ground to find out how deep the bedrock is below the surface. This week workers have closed…

Superior Firefighters Participate In Live Fire Training

The training helps firefighters evolve their tactics and develop new ones when it comes to fighting fires.

DULUTH, Minn. – Firefighters are typically called to a scene  to put out a fire. But on Tuesday Superior firefighters were setting things on fire on purpose. Firefighters won’t actually burn the house down, instead they will burn compartments inside of it. The Superior Fire Department is intentionally setting fires inside of this house, but no need to panic. This live fire training helps firefighters evolve…

“Super Seniors” Build Community Garden

The Super Seniors began working on the garden boxes last Wednesday and will have them all complete by Monday afternoon.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a labor of love for a group of elderly volunteers that began with building habitat houses. And now the so–called “Super Seniors” are planting their goodwill in a community garden at the growing Gary New Duluth Recreation Center. All the work these men do is for free and from the kindness of their hearts. You don’t need superpowers to be a “Super Senior,” all you…

Annual ReaderFest at Bayfront Festival Park

Longtime supporters of the Duluth reader also made sure to come and check it out.

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening right now, the stage is set for the Annual ReaderFest at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. It’s a concert event that features games, vendors and live music and it’s all free. The festival began this afternoon and guests started were getting the party started early. Longtime supporters of the Duluth reader also made sure to come and check…

The Bar Is Open For Glensheen’s Lake Superior Beach Club

Glensheen access is free at four so you don't have to purchase a tour to enjoy the club.

DULUTH, Minn. – You’re invited to Glensheen mansion’s new hotspot. It’s called the Lake Superior Beach Club. You can enjoy the shores of Lake Superior while having a cocktail. The bar is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Glensheen access is free at 4 p.m. so you don’t have to purchase a tour to enjoy the club. While you’re…

All Aboard the Blue Heron For LLO Science on Deck

The Blue Heron was docked behind the Great Lakes Aquarium for the outreach tours that have been around for about five years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever wondered what life is like as a freshwater scientist? Well today many were given the chance to find out. The program is called Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) Science On Deck and this was the last one open to the public. All aboard the Blue Heron! It was docked behind the Great Lakes Aquarium for…

New Alcohol Policy For UMD Bulldog Hockey Games

Several other collegiate hockey teams and associations already have a similar policy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fresh off of the men’s hockey team winning the NCAA championship last season, if you’re 21 and older you’ll be able to by alcohol at home games when the new season begins. At the start of the 2018–2019 season you can enjoy beer or wine as you cheer on the men’s and women’s hockey teams at AMSOIL…

Community Action Duluth Hosts Bridge to Employment Family BBQ

Bridge to Employment helps provide people receiving cash and food assistance with employment services.

DULUTH, Minn. – Community Action Duluth took it inside for a family BBQ to help with outreach for one of its employment programs. Bridge to Employment helps provide people receiving cash and food assistance with employment services. But it wasn’t all just business. There were hot dogs, music and face painting. Staff tell us this barbecue helps with the idea…

Duluth Celebrates Nelson Mandela On His 100th Birthday

Duluth Mayor Larson proclaimed July 18, 2018, as Nelson Mandela day in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – If Nelson Mandela was still alive today he’d be celebrating a milestone birthday. He may have died nearly five years ago but like many cities across the country including Duluth took the time to pay their respects. Everyone was welcome to the Mayors Reception Room at City Hall to hear more about the life and legacy of…

Second Annual John Galo Memorial 5K Honors Avid Runner

Proceeds from the race go toward Life Source, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the upper Midwest.

DULUTH, Minn. – The legacy of a man who loved running is living on through a memorial 5K in Duluth that’s also a fundraiser for organ donation. John Galo was just 49 years old when he passed away last year while exercising. Family and friends were all at Lester Park to walk and run in honor of their loved one…

Benedictine Living Community of Duluth Hosts Dog Show For Residents

This was the sixth year for the dog show.

DULUTH, Minn. – Who let the dogs out? The Benedictine Living Community of Duluth had a special treat for their residents. It was in the form of a dog show. Entry fees from the participants help raise money for the Benedictine Alzheimer’s walk team. Some residents tell us having a visit from these four legged animals is always fun. “It’s…

Monarch Waystation Blossoms Along Lakewalk for Monarch Butterflies

It's a collaboration between Duluth Parks and Recreation, Duluth Monarch Buddies and Shoreview Natives.

DULUTH, Minn. – The average monarch butterfly travels 3,000 miles during migration every year and soon you might see a few more of them traveling through Duluth, thanks to a new Monarch Waystation along the Lakewalk. This project is a collaboration between Duluth Parks and Recreation, Duluth Monarch Buddies and Shoreview Natives. So the next time you’re on the Lakewalk you’ll begin…

Superior Animal Shelter Steps Up to Help Friends of Animals

The Humane Society of Douglas County has picked up at least 11 cats from Friends of Animals.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – On Aug. 5 the Friends of Animals Shelter in Cloquet will close because of growing debt and sustainability concerns. Now an animal shelter in Superior is stepping in to help care for some of the animals at the Cloquet shelter in need of homes. The Humane Society of Douglas County has picked up at least 11 cats from Friends of Animals. Those animals will be…