Author: Haydee Clotter

What the Conclusion of the Legislative Session Means for Duluth

There were major projects ultimately included in the bonding bill but some others were left out

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Legislative Session ended late last night and Gov. Dayton is already threatening to veto some spending packages over the next couple weeks. Duluth city leaders have mixed feelings about the session. There were major projects ultimately included in the bonding bill but some others were left out. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson says she made 15…

Duluth Bonding Bill Projects Include Lake Superior Zoo and Glensheen Mansion

The Lake Superior Zoo and Glensheen Mansion have requested million in funds to make repairs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo requested $1.9 million of funding from that bonding bill to help with a new exhibit. Zoo staff members tell us they are now cautiously optimistic as they wait for the governor to make a final decision about the bill. The money would go toward the “Bear Country” exhibit. Zoo workers say that’s the…

Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art Hosts Student Exhibit

The exhibit showcases what students have worked on all year.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art held its second annual student exhibit. Instructors assign specific projects and some of the techniques include two and three dimensional art, sculptures and eventually fine paintings. The exhibit showcases what students have worked on all year. “This is the culmination of the nine hardest months of my life, hands down,” said Student…

Lincoln Park Middle School Students Unveil New Mural

The mural will hang in the commons area.

DULUTH, Minn. – A mural painted by Lincoln Park Middle School students was unveiled in Duluth. About 30 eighth graders worked on the project since last fall. College of Saint Scholastica students and other artists helped guide the students to complete the mural. Students brainstormed and came up with ideas for the mural that features a lighthouse and astronaut. “Our…

WITC Class of 2018 Walks Across the Stage

More than 130 students participated in the commencement and some receiving their GED.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Family and friends filled the auditorium of Superior Middle School to see the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College graduates walk across the stage. The graduating class of 2018 received degrees and diplomas in nursing, business trade and technical studies. Danielle Blank studied cosmetology. At one point in her life she had to drop out of school, but she says…

SPECIAL REPORT: Autism In the Northland

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that can cause significant challenges in social interaction, communication and behavior.

DULUTH, Minn. – Autism is something many children and their families have to live with every day and it’s more common than you might think. Life with autism is a reality Amanda Keppers knows too well. She has a 16-year-old son named Chris. “Very artistic, he loves arts and crafts,” said Keppers. “He loves the mechanical pieces of anything.” You can…

Valentini’s Expanding in Duluth’s Holiday Center

The new Valentini's is scheduled to open next month.

DULUTH, Minn. – After operating for more than 100 years and several locations across Minnesota, Valentini’s in Duluth is expanding. Valentini’s To Go is located in downtown Duluth’s holiday center. The owner says an expansion was staring her in the face. So she’s taking over space right across from her. The former home to How Sweet It Is. “We’ve created…

Life House Recognizes Youth Making A Difference at Celebration of Success Night

In 2017, Life House served 800 people, that's 150 more than the previous year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Life House hosted its fourth annual Celebration of Success to recognize outstanding youth. Life House supports homeless youth and has been around since 1991. The night highlights 30 young people nominated by staff who have made progress toward their personal goals. The celebration focuses on the successes of the youth that Life House staff say sometimes goes…

Ruby’s Pantry Helping Families Stretch Their Dollar With Food and Groceries

On average there are about 235 shares of food donated every month.

DULUTH, Minn. – Every third Thursday of the month Ruby’s Pantry Coppertop helps families stretch their dollar with food and groceries. This is how it works for just a $20 donation, people can come in and get a big collection of food. It takes place at Duluth’s First United Methodist Church. There are no income requirements and organizers say it’s a…

UMD Installs Solar Panels At Resident Hall

The project was more than three years in the making and was student funded and driven by the student group called the Solar University Network.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD is making history after installing solar panels on one of its residence halls. UMD students, faculty and staff and others were at the Oakland Apartment Complex. The project was more than three years in the making and was student funded and driven by the student group called the Solar University Network. “It’s a 38 kilowatt array that…

First Responders Return to Chetek for Anniversary Ceremony

About 20 Team Rubicon volunteers spent five days taking down trees and removing them resident's homes.

Chetek, Wis. – The Barron County Sheriff’s Office says within one hour of the tornado hitting the ground 100 first responders came to the scene. Another 100 arrived within the second hour. Those who helped in the disaster relief efforts were invited back like volunteers from Team Rubicon who helped out. About 20 volunteers spent five days taking down trees…

Chetek Community Reflects On Historic Tornado One Year Later

The tornado hit Barron, Polk, Rusk and Rice counties, winds were estimated at 130 mph and caused more than $10 million in damage.

Chetek, Wis. – One year ago a violent EF-3 tornado struck and ripped apart Chetek, Wisconsin and surrounding communities changing lives forever. and now the rebuilding process continues. Most of the damage from the tornado happened here at the Prairie Lakes Estates Trailer Park. You can still see much of them destruction and the piles of trees that still remain. When tragedy strikes it’s something you can’t forget. On…

Emergency Preparedness Training in the Northland

The 2019 Under One Roof Conference is scheduled for May 14 & 15, 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – Emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye and the Northland is no stranger to that. Being prepared in case of an emergency is the big theme at a unique conference in Duluth this week. Organizers say the husky refinery explosion and fire were still on many people’s mind as disaster response and management experts took part…

Duluth Celebrates National Salvation Army Week

Two-thirds of the Salvation Army's meals in Duluth go toward the food shelf.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Salvation Army Week and Duluth is among the places marking the occasion. Staff members came to the Salvation Army thrift store in Duluth to say thank you to the people who support them. National Salvation Army week recognizes what the Salvation Army has done in communities all across the country. More than 150 years later…

City Council Votes On Latest Earned Sick and Safe Time Amendments

There have been more than 18 amendment to the ESST ordinance.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been debated for months, whether to establish new minimum standards for Duluth workers to Earn Sick and Safe Time (ESST) at their jobs. The Duluth City Council is once again discussing the issue with two new amendments being introduced. Several small business owners were in downtown Duluth in support of this ordinance. They’re ready for this ordinance…

Housing Tax Credits and Nordic Center Also On Duluth City Council Agenda

DULUTH, Minn. – The City Council is also expects to make a decision on low–income housing tax credits. There are five projects on the agenda for discussion. One Roof Housing has proposed a nine percent tax credit for the Decker and Brewery Creek Apartments. The three projects under construction for a four percent tax credit include re-purposing certain floors of the Board of…

Public Invited To Listening Session On Husky Refinery Incident

The meeting will happen from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at Superior Middle School.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A lot of unanswered questions still remain nearly three weeks after the Husky Refinery explosion and fire in Superior. A community listening session is being held at Superior Middle School to address some of these issues. The meeting will happen from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. Community members will have an opportunity to voice their concerns and ask questions about…

Local Organization Takes A Ride For Motorcycle Safety Awareness Billboards

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Motorcyclists in Superior went for a ride to raise money for a creative campaign on motorcycle safety awareness. About 30 riders hit the road with Abate of Wisconsin, an organization that promotes motorcycle safety. Organizers hope to put six billboards up, three in Superior and three in Duluth. “Messages on the billboard are: “Look for motorcycles. Motorcycles are everywhere,” said…

Minnesota Fishing Opener Kicks Off

Half a million anglers are expected to hit the water this weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Fishing Opener is finally here and it’s a day many people have been waiting for. Half a million anglers are expected to hit the water this weekend. Several people were at Island Lake in Duluth. One fisherman was looking to reel in walleye. He used the opener as a way to bond with his younger cousin….

Volunteers Help Clean Up One of Duluth’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions

Recent storms have caused significant damage to the Lakewalk and now volunteers are cleaning it up

DULUTH, Minn. – One of Duluth’s  most popular tourist areas has seen better days. Recent storms have caused significant damage to the Lakewalk and now volunteers are cleaning it up. One volunteer told me some people take the Lakewalk for granted, so coming together to help clean it up was the right thing to do. If you ask Tim Carroll what…

Minnesota Fishing Season Opens Saturday

Mothers aren't required to have a fishing license during

DULUTH, Minn. – We are less than 24 hours away from the 2018 Minnesota Fishing Opener. Nearly 1.5 million anglers are licensed in the state and people here in Duluth and across Minnesota are getting ready to hit the water. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Males account for 65 percent of fishing license holders. Females account for 35 percent. We…

It’s A Festiversary at Bent Paddle Brewing Company

Fourteen specialty infusion beers will be available for Festiversary.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bent Paddle Brewing Company is turning five years old and you’re invited to the party. It’s a Festiversary. This year’s event will be the first one held at the new taproom. You’ll find live music and other community partners. Bent Paddle staff say it’s the seventh largest brewery in Minnesota. Fourteen specialty infusion beers will be available for…

Digging In For Groundbreaking of New Virginia Government Services Center North Building

The $19 million project is a 63,000 square foot building, which will house more than 10 departments and 180 employees.

Virginia, Minn. – It was an exciting day in the city of Virginia. Ground was broken for a new multi–million dollar government services center. It’s a project that’s been in the works for years to better meet the needs of people living in northern St. Louis County. The city of Virginia is getting the new government services building because the existing facilities are too old to renovate….

Hermantown Rebuilding New Fire Halls

In March 2018, Hermantown awarded the contract to TNT Aggregates, LLC.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown is making room for new fire halls and the demolition of the old fire halls has already started this week. Fire Hall #3 is no longer standing and by Thursday, May 10, Fire Hall #2 will begin to come down. City officials say those fire halls didn’t meet proper Hermantown Fire Department operational needs any longer….

Superior Police Take It To the Sky With Drone Technology In Husky Fire Response

The four member Tactical Technology Unit linked up with the Husky Emergency Response Team to get better views from the air.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It turns out new technology high in the sky was a big help in battling the Husky Refinery fire last month. Drone footage from the Superior Police Department made it easier to determine if the scene was safe for firefighters. The Superior Police Department has a Tactical Technology Team. Some of these officers fly a drone in…

Northland Preparations for Fishing Opener

This year the opener is Saturday, May 12th, and several businesses across the Northland are busy getting ready.

DULUTH, Minn. – The tradition of testing the waters and going fishing continues this weekend for the 2018 Minnesota Fishing Opener. About half a million anglers usually head out for the occasion. The fishing opener is what some consider a Minnesota holiday. “It’s pretty exciting times,” said Fisherman’s Corner Owner Scott Van Valkenburg. “It kind of gives you the fear…

Superior Thanks First Responders After Husky Fire

City leaders wanted to personally thank the people who put their lives on the line to help others after the events at Husky that caused a mass evacuation in the Superior area.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The city of Superior stands united to thank the brave men and women who worked together to protect the community after the Husky Energy Explosion and fire last week. City leaders wanted to personally thank the people who put their lives on the line to help others after the events at Husky that caused a mass evacuation in the…

Cars & Businesses Vandalized in Superior

Level Up in Superior was another business that was vandalized.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Employees from Serenity Spa in Superior arrived to work a little before 8 a.m. and noticed the place was vandalized. Their windows had been shot out. The staff believes someone used a BB gun to cause the damage and it’s the fourth time this has happened within the year. The windows can cost thousands to replace. Superior…

Reeling in for the Wisconsin Fishing Opener

A current fishing license is required for the 2018-2019 season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The day many Wisconsinites have been waiting for is almost here the Wisconsin Fishing Opener is May 5. Local fisherman came into Northwest Outlet in Superior to get some last minute things. There are restrictions where you can catch fish and it also depends on the type of fish you’re looking to reel in, but this season will be off…

Health Expert Shares the Psychological Impact Husky Energy Explosion May Have On Someone

Experts say you should look for signs or symptoms and if they aren't resolved within a month after an event like this you're advised to seek professional help.

DULUTH, Minn. – The impact of a traumatic event like the Husky Energy explosion in Superior can have serious psychological effects on a person. Health experts know young children may sometimes begin to act out or show regressive behaviors after events like this. There is also potential for teens to indulge in risky behaviors and turn to drugs or alcohol….

Smoke From Cloquet Interiors Fire Moves North Over Cloquet and Esko

The Cloquet Fire Department says there were a few buildings involved in the fire.

CLOQUET, Minn. – A long standing business in Cloquet goes up in flames and caused road closures as the Cloquet Fire Department responded to the fire. It happened earlier this afternoon around 4 p.m. at Cloquet Interiors, a flooring and carpeting business, which happens to be located near gas stations. Driving into Cloquet you could see the smoke from miles away. And because…

Meet A Young Entrepreneur, Mountain Biker and LSC’s Student-Athlete of the Year

Max also runs a media group and Max Organics, which provides produce to the local co-op.

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year Lake Superior College (LSC) recognizes students at an Honors Banquet for their hard work in their academics and in some cases on the bike trails. For the 20th year in a row LSC is honoring a young student and this one wears many titles. Max Fierek is a student, entrepreneur and avid mountain biker and now…

Duluth Delegation Recounts Life Changing Visit to National Memorial for Peace and Justice

The Duluth Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial was dedicated in Oct. 2003.

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of the Duluth Delegation have returned from a life changing trip to Montgomery, Alabama, to view the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. A total of 32 people, young and old made the bus ride. City Human Rights Officer Carl Crawford says some were challenged emotionally and spiritually. He also says people were amazed to walk…

Superior Fire & Police Department Back On Schedule After Husky Fire

Both departments tell us they trained for an event like this and felt like they were well prepared.

SUPERIOR, Wis. –  The Superior Fire and Police Departments were just two of the many agencies to answer the call for the Husky Energy Refinery explosion. Now both departments are finally getting back on schedule after an exhausting few days. Both the Superior Fire and Police Departments tell me they are proud of their response and how everyone worked together to keep the…

Superior Trying to Get Back To Normal Routine After Fire

The investigation to figure out the cause of the fire is still ongoing.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The city of Superior is now in the aftermath of Thursday’s explosion at the Husky Energy Refinery. City officials say the main mission is to get people back to their routines after what’s been a very hectic time in their community. More than 24 hours after the explosion and fire at the Husky Energy Refinery some of…

EPA Officials Determine Air Quality Is Not A Threat After Husky Fire

Air monitoring crews with husky refinery will continue doing so for several days.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began monitoring the air quality after the explosion. The focus started with responder safety and then transitioned into monitoring the air throughout the nearby area. This was done to evaluate possible community exposure and collect information for the evacuation order. “So we pushed out air monitoring out further away from the…

Minnesota GOP Leaders Look Ahead For State Convention

The 2018 Minnesota Republican State Convention is on June 1 and 2.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota republican leaders call the upcoming elections in Nov. among the most critical election in recent history. Nearly 4,000 republicans from across the state are expected to attend the 2018 Republican State Convention at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth on June 1 and 2. The 2016 Republican State Convention was also at the DECC. The…

Spirit of the Lake Community School Students Go Back In History

Students memorized their lines and worked on staging.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sixth graders from Spirit of the Lake Community School in Duluth went back in history with a performance of Julius Caesar. Students studied Roman history and this year’s lesson was based on Caesar. Students gravitated toward the Roman leader and worked on the play for about a month. “That really gives them a strong feeling for who that…

15th Annual LSC Robot Wars

Students worked on their robots for most of the semester.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students came ready to battle it out at the 15th annual Lake Superior College Integrated Manufacturing Robot Wars earlier today. Six teams from LSC and seven from Mesabi East and Cromwell High School competed. Students worked on their robots for most of the semester. Then it was time to take it to the cage where some robots…

UMD Muslim Student Association Shares Culture Through Islamic Awareness Week

The biggest goal of Islamic Awareness Week is to avoid any misjudgment

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD students with the Muslim Student Association are sharing their culture with others for Islamic Awareness Week. The week is dedicated to having open conversations, so all students can understand what Muslims are about and what their beliefs consist of. The biggest goal is to avoid any misjudgment. On Thursday, April 26, it was Hijab Day. Students tried…

Essentia Health Gives Patient Update On Husky Refinery Explosion

Essentia Health officials say they have planned and prepared for an event like with training and drills.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five patients were taken to Essentia Health in Superior and five more to Essentia Health in Duluth. Of those five in Duluth, one person suffered a serious blast injury and the others had minor injuries. There were no fatalities. Hospital staff tell us they are happy to know that there weren’t as many injuries as initially thought, but it…

Enger Park Golf Course Partially Opens After Late Season Start

The Enger Park Driving Range is open daily from 8 a.m - 8 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Enger Park Golf Course has officially begun its season after getting delayed by snow for the first time in four years. On this National Golf Day people were out at Enger hitting balls on the range. The full course isn’t open just yet though. And it’s usually up and running by the first week of April in time for the Masters, but the crew at Enger tells us they’re thankful volunteers…

When It’s Green, Volunteers Clean City Parks

The Parks and Recreation Clean and Green initiative has several projects for cleaning the parks.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Parks and Recreation Department says there’s still a lot of work to do at the city parks even after some of the snow has melted. As the snow melts more debris and litter is uncovered. The Parks and Recreation Department is always looking for volunteers to step up and help clean up the community. “We…

Cooper Elementary Begins To Rebuild After Fire

The insurance company is working with the school to determine what exactly is salvageable.

SUPERIOR, Wis.  – A fire earlier this month has threatened the opening date for the newly constructed Cooper Elementary School in Superior. Now the district is trying to get back on track, starting with the cleaning process which started today. The District has contracted Paul Davis Restoration and they were already on school grounds today doing some of the initial…

New Coffee Taphouse Opening In Superior

Empire Coffee's grand opening is scheduled for Monday, April 30.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Two business partners are combining their love for business and coffee by opening a new coffee shop in Superior. Empire Coffee is located in the growing district of North Tower at 1204 Tower Ave. There’s food and baked goods from Wednesday Bakery on the menu. The owners say the concept of Empire Coffee is a taphouse like…

Twin Ports Takes On the City Nature Challenge

You can document most species of birds, bugs, animals, plants or any wild living things.

DULUTH, Minn. – For a second year, the Twin Ports is participating in a friendly competition among cities about nature. The City Nature Challenge is for anyone interested in what lives and grows around them. You can get involved by simply taking a photo and submitting it to the iNaturalist app using your smartphone. Data collected helps scientists identify the…

Golfers Hit the Driving Range

After a long winter plenty of people were excited to finally hit some golf balls outdoors.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Spring’s late arrival in the Northland this year has a lot of golfers anxious to start playing. Now one area course has opened its driving range and there’s already a waiting list for tee times. Lots of golfers showed up at Nemadji Golf Course in Superior. It’s the first driving range around the area to open for…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Practicals, Collectables & Antiques

Practicals, Collectables & Antiques is located at 5437 Scenic North Shore Drive in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Halfway between Duluth and Two Harbors is a hidden gem located on the iconic North Shore. The shop owner says he initially wanted to open a a junk shop or thrift store. He didn’t think it would grow and become what it is today. You never know what you’ll find at Practicals, Collectables & Antiques. “Books are…

Residents Prepare For Potential Flooding From Melted Snow

The flooding possibilities for this spring depend a lot on where you live and whether we get a lot of rain over the coming weeks.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth is no stranger to flooding. The massive flood in 2012 is a prime example. And with a lot of snow now melting around the area some residents are worried about potential flooding problems this spring. These recent warm spring temperatures are helping melt the snow, but this big melt could cause water to enter some area homes….

Seniors Take A Strike Against Strokes at UMD

The two most common types of strokes are Ischemic and (clots) Hemorrhagic (bleeds).

DULUTH, Minn. – The latest numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health show strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the state. A group of seniors came to UMD to strike back against strokes. Health experts led a discussion focused on ways to prevent a stroke and just how common they are. Guests were even able to see a real…