Author: Haydee Clotter

Volunteers Cleanup the City On Earth Day

Earth Day 2018 is centered around ending plastic pollution in two years, by Earth Day 2020.

DULUTH, Minn. – On this Earth Day dozens of earth friendly Duluthians took in the spring day to pick up trash along some of the city’s most treasured pieces of land. Earth Day is of course recognized every year to raise awareness about protecting the environment. Earth Day 2018 is centered around ending plastic pollution in two years, by Earth Day 2020. Here in Duluth volunteers of all ages were out showing their commitment to…

UMD Students Go Green at Glensheen For Earth Day

Students also heard from speakers, did a sweep of the grounds at Glensheen and had a bonfire.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students from UMD hosted the first ever Go Green at Glensheen in honor of Earth Day. Students worked on this as part of an event marketing class. Go Green at Glensheen focuses on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. 22 million pounds of plastic are found in the Great Lakes each year. “We’re hoping that people can…

AICHO Preps New Rooftop Garden

A solar rooftop garden unveiling is scheduled for June 2.

DULUTH, Minn. – The rooftop of the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) will soon be filled with a new garden. AICHO staff and Leadership Duluth team members were working earlier today to construct about 25 garden beds. Once complete there will be programs on gardening and seed saving so AICHO tenants can learn where their foods come from. This…

Wheels Up For 12th Annual Bike Swap

In 2017 $12,000 was raised from the bike swap

DULUTH, Minn.- Every year people line up around the block looking to score a deal on a new bike and this year was no different at the 12th Annual Continental Ski & Bike Shop Bike Swap in Duluth. Some people were also there to donate or  sell their bikes. There was something for everyone like tricycles, BMX bikes and things you…

Volunteers Do Spring Cleaning At Bayfront Festival Park

Different volunteer groups showed up for the cleanup

DULUTH, Minn. – These warmer temperatures were just right to do some spring cleaning at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. Volunteers stepped up and spent their time picking up trash and others items left behind. One volunteer says he was surprised with how clean the park was and how people take pride in keeping it that way. “When we have…

Going For A Run At the Fitger’s 5K!

The race started in downtown Duluth, went through Canal Park and ended near Fitger's

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of people woke up bright and early and were ready to go for a run. The 29th Annual Fitger’s 5K took place this morning and had more than 2,100 participants. The race started in downtown Duluth, went through Canal Park and ended near Fitger’s. Proceeds from the 5K benefit the Young Athletes Foundation, a program that promotes…

UWS Recognizes Students In TRIO Programs

Students from Upward Bound, Student Support Services and McNair Scholars Program were celebrated for TRIO day.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – For students who are the first in their family to attend college or have disabilities TRIO programs assist them with their education. UWS celebrated those students who participate in TRIO programs. UWS future graduates and superior high school students were at the celebration. “I have students that come back to me and tell me I wouldn’t be…

UMD Students Speak Out For Justice After Offensive Posts Found On Social Media

Several students, faculty and staff showed up to the "Speak Out For Justice" Event.

DULUTH, Minn. – Recent events on the UMD campus have shed a light on an ugly truth. Discrimination still exists. Now students are demanding action and change. Photos recently posted on social media have caused enough of a firestorm for students to speak out for justice. As students prepare for Islamic Awareness Week, this is what they saw. Someone commented,…

U of M President Visits UMD Campus

President Kaler tries to get to all campuses at least once a year.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler checked in on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. Kaler who is also an engineer visited an engineering lab to test the strength of some of the concrete. Kaler says he was excited for the opportunity to have some fun and break some concrete. “We’re deeply embedded in this community and we think UMD is an…

UMD’s Food Court Transforms Into Nearly Waste Free Dining

In 2016, UMD's sustainability efforts included students producing 40,000 pounds of food locally.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earth Day is on April 22 and already the food court at University of Minnesota Duluth’s Kirby Student Center has transformed into becoming nearly waste free. There are now compostable lids, straws and cups available while dining. Students are now helping educate others so they can compost. It’s called “trash talk.” “Students are really receptive to learning more about what goes…

Northlanders Work Toward Increasing Minnesota’s Recycling Rate

In recent years the Minnesota recycling average has hovered around 50 percent.

DULUTH, Minn. – The United States has an average recycling rate of almost 35 percent. In recent years, the Minnesota average has hovered around 50 percent. With Earth Day happening April 22, experts are reminding folks it’s not too late to do a little more recycling for the benefit of the environment. This is what a typical day looks like at…

CSS Students Working To Pass Resolution On Plastic Bags and Straws

The organization, Bag it Duluth is hoping schools like University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Wisconsin–Superior and Lake Superior College will follow suit with this initiative.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students from the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to the use of plastic on its campus. Students are working with school administration to pass a resolution called “Building a Sustainable CSS.” It includes a fee of $0.10 for plastic bags that students would be responsible for paying…

Northland Fishing Season Update

Duluth is one place ready to prove that a little ice won't get in the way and stop people from fishing.

DULUTH, Minn. – The fishing opener in Minnesota is May 12. A day many have been planning for to kick off their summer fishing season. But with Minnesota lakes still filled with ice, getting those boats out could be tough. But one shop in Duluth is showing us how it’s not too late to get a head start and is gearing…

Lester Park Elementary Embraces Science On “Science Night”

School staff say they want to inspire kids to even become scientists one day.

DULUTH, Minn.- Lester Park Elementary in Duluth is all about showing students the importance of science. That was the case tonight for “Science Night.” Fifteen community partners like the Hartley Nature Center were there to show kids how they use science in their daily lives, at work and for research purposes. School staff say they want to inspire kids to…

AmeriCorps Members Hammer Away On Legacy House

The house is expected to be ready in August when 16 new AmeriCorps Vista Members will join the team.

DULUTH, Minn. – The AmeriCorps Legacy House in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Neighborhood is making progress. AmeriCorps members with their hard hats and hammers in hand were demolishing the basement. They’ve been working for at least four weeks and started with cleaning out the inside of the home. Future AmeriCorps members will live in the three story home while volunteering. “I’m…

Bent Paddle Opens New Taproom

The new taproom is located just down the road from its first spot at 1812 W Michigan St. in Lincoln Park.

DULUTH, Minn. – After spending five years at its original location Bent Paddle Brewing Company is moving on up. Bent Paddle hosted a grand opening of its new bigger and better taproom. It was a packed house at Bent Paddle with music, lots of people ready to join in on the fun and beer. The new taproom is located just…

Weather Enthusiasts Participate In Skywarn Spotter Training

Skywarn Spotters become part of the National Service Weather team.

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Weather Service in Duluth was busy training weather spotters. These are the people who learn to give official reports on weather conditions during severe weather outbreaks. “We talk about safety,” said Warning Coordination Meteorologist Carol Christenson. “We talk about how thunderstorms form and what makes them severe and what makes them rotate? what makes them produce tornadoes and damaging winds? what information…

Security Jewelers Auctioning Marathon Entries For Charity

This year the proceeds will benefit Hills Youth and Family Services formerly known as Woodland Hills.

DULUTH, Minn. – Going once, going twice, sold! The deadline to register for the Garry Bjorkland Half Marathon may have passed but if you’re still interested you have a chance to bid for a spot. Security Jewelers in Duluth is auctioning off a few of its marathon entries to the highest bidder. This year the proceeds will benefit Hills Youth and Family Services formerly…

Animal Allies Awarded Thousands From “Share the Love” Campaign

DULUTH, Minn.- Not only is it National Pet Day, but Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth has even more reasons to celebrate. Animal Allies was presented with a check from Subaru of America and Miller Hill Subaru for its “Share the Love” campaign. When a customer purchased a vehicle between last November through January, $250 was donated to Animal Allies,…

Local Reaction On Speaker Paul Ryan’s Announcement

Since 2015 Paul Ryan has been the Speaker of the House.

DULUTH, Minn. – We caught up with Bill Miller a professor from the College of St. Scholastica for his reaction to Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to not run. Miller believes the amount of stress Ryan has been under may have led to his decision to leave Congress. “I suspect that the pressures and the contention in the Republican caucus in the House and…

New Online Tool Bridging Health Community In the Northland

With this new tool the goal is to improve overall health in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Department has joined forces with other organizations to make health information available at your fingertips. Essentia Health and St. Luke’s Hospital are also on board to help create what’s called the Healthy Communities Institute Tool (HCI). With this new tool the goal is to improve overall health in the Northland….

Great Outdoors: 52nd Annual Arrowhead Home & Builders Show

It's one of the largest shows dedicated to gardening and remodeling for your homes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of people rolled into the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) for the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show. It’s one of the largest shows dedicated to gardening and remodeling for your homes. For this week’s Great Outdoors we give you to a front row ticket to the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show. The Arrowhead Home and Builders…

Twin Ports Employers Visit WITC for Job Fair

In a 2016 survey, 72 percent of those employed were able to start their career in an occupation related to their training.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It’s been a big day for Northland job seekers. More than 60 Twin Ports employers gathered in Superior for a job fair on the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) campus. For many students the job fair is their first step into the door for a new job with an opportunity to give employers their resumes. Some of…

Bong Veterans Historical Center Celebrates Northland Heroes With Updated Exhibit

It's the first update of this magnitude since the museum opened 15 years ago.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior is updating one of its exhibits that celebrates the life of Maj. Richard “Dick” Bong. The Northland Heroes Exhibit is undergoing a multi-phase renovation. It’s the first update of this magnitude since the museum opened 15 years ago. The exhibit expands on Bong’s family history, shows exclusive artifacts and his…

Local Eateries Will Be Featured On the Travel Channel

Staff tell us after being featured on a national program like Diners, Drive–ins and Dives their mail orders have been exploding.

DULUTH, Minn. – Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth is use to the spotlight. Back in 2008 they were featured on the TV show Diners, Drive–ins and Dives. Today Northern Waters got a visit from the Travel Channel. Staff won’t say exactly what the segment being shot in the restaurant will be about but they are happy for the recognition. “We’re…

Superior School District Speaks Out After Cooper Elementary School Fire

The district is waiting on investigation reports.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- We’re learning new information about a fire at Cooper Elementary School in Superior that caused $1.5 million dollars in damage. Many questions remain unanswered like if the new Cooper building will still open in time for the next school year as planned. We know arson is not suspected and it’s believed the original fire started in a gym…

Firefighters Battle Second Fire at Cooper Elementary School

School leaders had an evacuation plan ready in case the fire escalated.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A fire Sunday night caused an estimated $1 million in damage at the new Cooper Elementary School in Superior, a building that’s still under construction. The fire crews were out Monday, April 9, continuing their investigation when a second fire broke out. The old Cooper Elementary School is still being used right next door to where the fire…

Woman Suffers Minor Injuries After Crashing Into Trees

Investigators still don't know the cause of the accident, but say the driver was not impaired.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth woman suffered minor injuries after crashing into the woods near Lake Superior College. The incident happened around 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, in the turn lane of Piedmont and Trinity Road. According to law enforcement the driver was able to walk away from the accident on her own. The driver only suffered minor injuries from…

DTA Receives Grant to Upgrade Fare Collection System

The fares will remain the same.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) is upgrading its more than 10 year old fare collection system. This is courtesy of a $1.8 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The DTA operates a total of 73 buses and electric vehicles. In some cases there have been lots of bus change outs on the road, which causes bus delays and…

52nd Annual Arrowhead Home and Builders Show at the DECC

Each year it's something different for homeowners to get new ideas for their homes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of people have rolled into the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) every day for the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show. The show is in its 52nd year and features the best of the best for home improvements. Each year it’s something different for homeowners to get new ideas for their homes. No matter what you’re looking…

Several Score Deals at Duluth’s Indoor Arena Rummage Sale

More than 100 vendors filled up the arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – For some people Duluth’s Indoor Arena Rummage Sale is a place to get rid of some stuff and for others it’s a place to find great deals. This is Rebecca Swafford’s second year setting up at the rummage sale. She sells mostly clothes and saved a lot of it through the year just for today. Rebecca says…

PAVSA Hold “I Heart Consent Brunch” for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Guests just had to inform servers they wanted to support the cause and 25 percent of their bill went to PAVSA.

DULUTH, Minn. – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and PAVSA (Program For Aid To Victims) took over Pizza Luce in Duluth for it’s, “I Heart Consent Brunch.” The event helps connect a younger audience with messages of consent. The Times Up Twin Ports Campaign jumps on the national movement of #MeToo and #Times Up to bring more awareness so…

Kids Test Their STEM Skills With Catapults

The fun came when students launched tootsie rolls and feathers to test out the catapults.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some kids may be on Spring Break, but the learning doesn’t have to stop. Several kids were at the West Duluth Branch Library working on their STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) skills by creating catapults. The library staff says this is positive enrichment for kids because there is no right or wrong answer. “It’s a chance…

Lake Superior Zoo Celebrates National Ferret Day

Ferrets can live up to 15 years, but most live up to six.

Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth is still celebrating National Ferret Day. Although it was on April 2 the zoo marked the occasion by letting people get up close and personal with the furry animals. Ferrets are known to be a little feisty but playful. The zoo has three ferrets named Beethoven, Mozart and Igor and they’re just under a year…

Get Ready For Duluth’s Largest Garage Sale

A portion of the rummage sale helps raise funds for homeless veterans.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s giant garage sale kick off Saturday, April 7 at the Heritage Sports Center. The Arena Rummage Sale is where people have been saving items all winter long. Crews began preparing for the rummage sale this afternoon by marking the floor to welcome the many vendors. The Arena Rummage Sale is one day only, that’s Saturday, April…

Community Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fifty Years Later

One of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. most famous speech is called "I Have a Dream."

DULUTH, Minn. – Fifty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and cities across the country are remembering the kind of man he was. Here in Duluth people came together at a special event  to share one of Dr. King’s messages that includes peace and equality. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist and a leader in the civil rights movement. Fifty years after his death…

UWS Hosts Its Largest High School Math Competition

About 200 students competed in this year's math meet.

DULUTH, MINN. – The University of Wisconsin Superior hosted its largest High School Math Meet on Wednesday, April 4. It’s where 31 teams from 18 schools in the Northland compete in math tests ranging from algebra to trigonometry. Students have 15 minutes for each test. The winning team claims the top prize and bragging rights with a trophy. “It’s a…

Congressman Rick Nolan Shows Support For After School Programs

Staff say after school programs are vital because it's a safe and positive space for kids to be that has an academic focus and practices important life skills.

DULUTH, Minn. – On average nearly 70 kids spend each day after school at one of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland. Staff say it’s because it’s a safe and positive space for kids to be that has an academic focus and practices important life skills. Congressman Rick Nolan was in Duluth at the Dave Goldberg Family Boys…

Kids Get Their Bead On at Duluth Public Library

Kids take little beads, melt them together and create a masterpiece.

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring Break is on for Duluth students and some of those youngsters are getting their beads on at the Duluth Public Library. It’s called “Perler Beads Art.” Kids take little beads, melt them together and create a masterpiece. “It’s really good for children’s development, them trying out different things like this and engaging their creativity and imagination,” said Youth Services Coordinator…

Twin Ports Women Brewers Release Pink Boots Collaboration Brew

The brew will be available for several weeks.

DULUTH, Minn. – A few women brewers in the Twin Ports collaborated on a special brew and Tuesday, April 3, was the official beer release at Hoops Brewing. The Pink Boots Collaboration brew was created on International Women’s Day on March 8. The dry hopped red ale is made up of a YCH Hops blend. It’s named “1920,” after the…

Easter EGG-stravaganza at Lake Superior Zoo

The family friendly environment had free games, special animal enrichment and an Easter egg hunt.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many people in the Northland kicked off their holiday weekend at the annual Easter EGG–stravaganza at the Lake Superior Zoo. Zoo staff tell us when the doors opened at 10 a.m. it was like Black Friday with people piling in. The family friendly environment had free games, special animal enrichment and an Easter egg hunt. The special…

Hermantown Community Church Does Community Outreach At Carnival

Hermantown Community Church is located at 4880 Maple Grove Rd.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown Community Church hosted its third annual Carnival event. The carnival is a way for the church to reach out to the community. It’s also about the kids. They enjoyed themselves with face painting, almost 2,000 stuffed eggs and a bouncy house. “We just want to show the kids that we love them and we’re a family friendly church,”…

Spirit Mountain Closing the Season With SMASH Festival

Kids in from different age groups participated in the Loan Oak Shred Fest.

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Mountain knows how to throw a party and the resort is throwing one of the biggest at the end of its winter season. The Spirit Mountain Annual Spring Happening or Smash Festival celebrates having fun throughout the seasons. During the Loan Oak Shred Fest skiers and boarders were flying high for the tricks competition. “For so many of…

Duluth Firefighters Volunteer Time to Help People With Disabilities

Other Access North services include independent living skills training and peer mentoring.

DULUTH, Minn. – Firefighters may not always have a lot of free time because they’re busy trying to keep the community safe. But some firefighters with the Duluth Fire Department (DFD) decided to give back to the community by putting in work in a different way. One firefighter says doing something like this hits close to home because his grandfather…

Bong Veterans Historical Center Enlists Stuffed Animals Into Military

Kids prepared to send their favorite stuffed animal to go through boot camp training.

The Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior hosted a boot camp where animals from all walks of life can enlist in different branches of the military. This is the inaugural Stuffie Boot Camp that welcomes stuffed animals like bears, gorillas and kangaroos. Kids prepared to send their favorite stuffed animal to go through boot camp training. They spent time coloring and…

Duluth Public Library Back Open After Bed Bug Scare

Bed bugs are not dangerous, but an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.

DULUTH, Minn. – What seemed like a normal day at the Duluth Public Library ended up being interrupted by bed bugs. A staff member found a bed bug on one of the chairs. It happened during business hours on Wednesday, March 28. The entire building was inspected and a few areas in the top two floors of the library had…

Superior Public Library Adopting A Co-working Concept For Small Businesses

Developers eventually want to register the Superior Public Library with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – If you’e not familiar with a co–working concept, that will change soon and it’s going to develop in the old Superior Public Library. That library on Hammond Avenue functioned as just that until 1993, but now an architect based out of North Carolina will turn the Historical Carnegie Library into a small business hub. Part of the goal is to have small businesses start off…

Local Businesses Launch Project To Improve Duluth Parks

This is the launch for Duluth Park Series and it benefits Chester Bowl and Chester Park.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Running Company, DLH Clothing and Hoops Brewing have launched a fundraising effort for the city’s many parks. It’s called, “The Duluth Park Series.” The purpose is to help the city invest in Chester, Lester and Hartley Parks, including the Lakewalk. The fundraising event was held at Hoops Brewing. Money was raised through sales of a special “Park Brew” at Hoops and t–shirt sales with DLH. “This fundraiser is specifically benefiting…