Author: Haydee Clotter

Lake Superior Railroad Museum On Track With Railcar Restoration Projects

Most of the work is expected to be done by May 1

DULUTH, Minn. – Four major restoration projects with the Lake Superior Railroad Museum (LSRM) are gearing up to hit the tracks. Volunteers are putting in overtime to make it all happen and get the rail cars ready for the summer season. These rail cars travel along the shorelines of lake superior all the way to two harbors. The next time…

LSC Career & Transfer Fair Helping Students Break Into Health Care Industry

Many students attend the Career & Transfer Fair to obtain a part-time job or continue their education with a four year degree.

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year Lake Superior College hosts a Career and Transfer Fair to help students make a plan toward their future. Sixty-five companies and 15 transfer schools hosted the event. Many of the students are looking for jobs in the health care field. “A lot of our students are in healthcare programs, nursing or other allied health career programs. There is a…

Kenny Wong’s Owners Retiring After Nearly 30 Years In Business

Kenny Wong's is located at 1901 Tower Ave. in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The people behind Kenny Wong’s restaurant in Superior are finally hanging up their aprons and chef’s hats after nearly three decades. Kenny Wong’s has been a longtime fixture for Chinese cuisine and Kenny says it’s now time to slow down. Retirement is calling his name and his last day will be May 12. He says it hasn’t hit him yet,…

Gov. Dayton Requesting Funds To Repair State Parks

Activities such as parks and trails, timber sales, mining, fishing and hunting are managed by the DNR and contribute about $30 billion to Minnesota's economy.

CARLTON, Minn. – Minnesota has more than 60 state parks. Many needing serious repairs when it comes water and wastewater systems, roads and trails. That’s why Gov. Dayton wants the legislature to grant $130 million in funding to make park repairs across the state. If you’ve visited Jay Cooke State Park in the last few months then you may have…

Duluth’s Many Rivers Montessori School Breaks Ground On New Building

The Many Rivers Montessori School will move from a rental property to a 41,000 square foot new home.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some Northland students will soon be attending classes in a new place. The Many Rivers Montessori School in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood is moving to a new building this fall. School faculty and staff, students and city officials were all on hand for the groundbreaking. Parts of the former Cobb Elementary School will be renovated and the front…

50th Annual Motorhead Madness Rolls Into the DECC

It's the place to be for Northland car fans.

DULUTH, Minn. – Car people get ready, it’s the 50th Annual Arrowhead Auto Body Motorhead Madness car show this weekend. More than 125 cars, trucks, race cars, and hot rods are lining the halls of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) over the weekend. It’s the place to be for Northland car fans. “It’s very family–oriented. we’d love to have…

Glensheen Gardens Still Blooming

Several events happen at the formal garden such as weddings.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Glensheen Mansion in Duluth sits on 22 acres and seven of those acres are gardens. As the weather changes so does the workload to maintain them. Forty-six gardens are on the property including 10 vegetable gardens. Emily Ford is in her second season as Glensheen’s gardener. The job may sound overwhelming but she says she is…

Duluth Armory Receives $250k Grant For Improvements

The Duluth Armory received a $250,000 legacy grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hard work is underway, so that the historic Duluth Armory can once again open its doors for its new chapter of life. But that work is getting easier with a big boost in funding from the Minnesota Historical Society. Before the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) came along the place to be for top entertainment was the Duluth Armory and soon the historic building along London Road will be like new again. The legacy…

Business Leaders Celebrate Small Business Development Centers Day

The Northeastern Minnesota SBDC has assisted more than 700 businesses and helped create almost 1,300 new jobs.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed March 21 as Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Day. The Northland joins many states in the nationwide celebration of local and small business growth and development. About two-thirds of businesses with employees survive at least two years and about half survive at least five so SBDCs are instrumental. Duluth Technology Village brought out…

St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office Shares Results of Text to 911 System

Once a text message comes in authorities are already working to locate the person who sent the message.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Text to 911 system has been working well for the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office after being introduced just three months ago. The department receives an average of two emergency text messages a day. When a message comes through it shows up on a dashboard with location coordinates. The coordinates are then placed into a mapping system to…

Organizations Give Free Aid On Legal Services Day

People also received assistance if they had warrants.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time criminal and civil legal organizations are together at the Damiano Center to offer legal services for people in need. Attorneys and public defenders offered advice on civil matters such as family law, housing and consumer issues. The goal is to make sure everyone has access to justice so people’s basic rights and needs are protected. “This is not…

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Conference Examines Childhood Obesity

Proper diet and exercise is one of the first steps to preventing childhood obesity.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS) has a Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Conference every year that typically looks at the second half of life. But this year the university is focused on an issue affecting many young children. In fact, one in five school age children and young people six to 19 years old in the United…

Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen Also Helps Charity

Gillette's Children Hospital helps children, teens and adults who have disabilities and complex conditions.

DULUTH, Minn. – You know spring has arrived when Dairy Queen is handing out free ice cream. The food chain does this every year to raise money for charity. Folks at the Dairy Queen in Canal Park know Free Cone Day is always a busy time. There’s no purchase necessary for the free treat but donations are being accepted this…

Phase Two of Belknap Highway Reconstruction Begins In Superior

Businesses brace for slump during Belknap construction project

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Phase two of the Belknap Highway 2 Reconstruction Project in Superior is now underway. The $23 million project includes transforming the center section from John Avenue to Birch Avenue. Michael DeMeo has owned Big Apple Bagel in Superior for five years. Last year when the first phase of this project happened he saw a 50 percent decrease…

Superior Conducts Annual Stormwater Cleaning Training

The training was at the Estuarium in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Experts with the city of Superior say stormwater is the biggest pollutant to Lake Superior from their community. Contractors and consultants who design and implement new projects in the city took part in an annual training for stormwater cleaning. The training provides tips and techniques on how to handle stormwater pollution that could potentially come off construction…

Curling Popularity On the Rise After Olympic Team Win

The next season for the Duluth Curling Club is in October.

DULUTH, Minn. – After the USA Men’s Curling Team made history by winning the Olympic gold medal the popularity of the sport has increased. The men’s team is based out of the Duluth Curling Club. And the club has received numerous e–mails congratulating the team as well as people wanting to join the club and get involved with leagues. The…

Northlanders Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day With Family Fun

The event is called northern Minnesota's largest attended family celebration of Irish culture and tradition.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth hundreds of people spent their St. Paddy’s Day with the family. Organizers say the holiday isn’t just for adults. This was the fifth year musical group Mcinnis Kitchen performed. The goal was to have a family friendly spot for everyone to hang out. “The big thing is a lot of…

Fifth Graders Bagging Groceries To Help Veterans

Cathedral School students will perform and open for the band, Madison Rising on March 30.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Fifth graders at Cathedral School in Superior are not only participating in this year’s Nearly Naked Ruck March, they are helping raise money for veterans. Amber Nielsen is a fifth grade teacher at Cathedral School in Superior and she’s also a veteran. She says she wanted students to know about the sacrifices made by the men and women…

Free Dress Giveaway Helps Fulfill Prom Dreams

If the Dress Fits was started three years ago by Ashleigh Arnston and her mother, Amy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bella Rose Bridal Shop in Duluth was full of young women looking for the perfect dress for prom. For three years the bridal shop has hosted a free prom dress giveaway. If the Dress Fits provides donated dresses for high school students who maybe otherwise couldn’t afford a dress. This is a dream come true for many…

Lake Superior Zoo Connects With Tarantulas on Save A Spider Day

There are about 800 known tarantula species.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior Zoo is representing its spiders with Save a Spider Day and even helping people get over their fears. The day focuses on how spiders are interesting animals and how you can live alongside them. Zoo staff say spiders are often misunderstood and spiders aren’t trying to hurt you. Having spiders as pets isn’t common because…

Mont du Lac Hosts Snowmobile Races Before the Season Ends

Mont du Lac Resort is located 3125 Mont du Lac Drive in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – On your mark get set, go! The Mont du Lac Resort in Superior hosted the Grand National Uphill Snow Drags. The race is usually scheduled as one of the last events of the season, but the amount of snow has kept the resort open. Double eliminations meant guys had to lose two races to get bumped out. If…

Twin Ports JOYRIDE Program Offers Safe Ride Options For Patrons

Vouchers are $7 if the cab ride is more than $7 the patron covers the balance.

DULUTH, Minn. – This year St. Paddy’s Day falls on a Saturday and several local businesses are a part of the Twin Ports JOYRIDE Program helping people get home safe. One of them is Bent Paddle Brewing Company in Duluth. Bent Paddle joined the program in 2016 and promotes safe and sober driving. If the beer tenders see someone who…

St. Paddy’s Gear Flying Off the Shelves

Ragstock is located at 7 W. Superior St. in downtown Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ragstock in Duluth is ready for St. Paddy’s Day and many people are coming in to look the part. If you’re looking for anything green to get you in the Irish spirit Ragstock has you covered. Management tells us people bought green t–shirts, accessories and wigs and it’s been a busy day. “The line has been to the…

Lake Superior College Promoting Career Paths In Aviation

An aviation degree from LSC may be completed in about two years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College (LSC) is helping student soar to new heights with a career in aviation. LSC’s Aviation Career Night gives students many options whether they decide on a career as a pilot or in aviation maintenance. Students like Troy Naughton chose a career path in aviation because of the promising job opportunities. He’s graduating in may…

Historic West Theater Set to Open This Summer

The original 1937 theater originally seated 595 people.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s original Art Deco Theater was established in 1937 and was a premiere theater until the 70’s and almost 50 years later it will open once again. Several showed up to Beaner’s Central in West Duluth to learn more about the renovation progress of the historic Theatre. Bob Boone is the owner of the Reader Weekly and is…

Bockfest Begins With Traditional Blessing of the Bock

The original recipe for Bock was entered into a national competition and was a first place winner.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s day one of the 2018 Bockfest and the festivities began after the traditional blessing of the Bock. Some people have showed up for all 24 of the Bockfests. Organizers say it’s one of the best ways to welcome spring here in Duluth and the warm weather was just right. Someone was on hand caramelizing beer for guests….

Local Law Enforcement Increasing Presence For St. Paddy’s Day

There will be more officers from agencies in southern St. Louis County, Proctor and Hermantown Police and the Minnesota State Patrol on St. Paddy's Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Paddy’s Day is the Duluth Police Department’s (DPD) second most dangerous DWI holiday after Labor Day. The Irish holiday is on March 17 and police want you to have fun, but also be safe, so you don’t land in the slammer. You’re encouraged to designate a sober driver or call Lyft or Uber. Police say the bottom line is don’t…

Duluth Mayor Shares Vision At State of the City Address

Mayor Larson also discussed the workforce development Duluth has seen during her address.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson is looking toward the future and wants to let you know what’s in store for the coming year. She shared her vision in her State of the City at the NorShor Theatre. The location was a key theme in focusing on the city’s growing and thriving cultural community. The mayor also announced the launch…

Duluth High School Students Join National Gun Violence Protest

East and Denfeld Students Were Joined by Neighbors and Friends Showing Solidarity with Parkland Victims

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was just the latest in a string of violence on school campuses. Students from several Northland schools took part in a national walk out against gun violence to show solidarity. It wasn’t a typical day at East High school in Duluth. At 10 a.m. on this Wednesday morning many students…

Fitger’s Bockfest Celebrates the Pending Arrival of Spring

Fitger's wants you to come early and stay late!

DULUTH, Minn. – You know spring is around the corner because Fitger’s Bockfest happens this week in Duluth. It’s a beer festival but also a celebration of spring. It’s a big deal in Germany and this will be the 24th anniversary for the event in Duluth. Organizers are reintroducing the Bockhunt where people are given clues in search of bock…

Coffee Cupping Will Have You View Coffee In A New Way

Duluth Coffee Company has open cupping sessions Thursdays at 3 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – How do you prefer your coffee? Maybe you’ve never thought too much about the brewing, roasting or origin of coffee. Well Duluth Coffee Company lets you go beyond what’s in your cup and experience coffee in a new way. You won’t look at coffee the same way after you’ve done coffee cupping for the first time. It’s…

Minnesotans for Pipeline Cleanup Speak Out Against Line 3 Abandonment

Enbridge has operated pipelines in Minnesota for more than 60 years.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Some Minnesota landowners have a strong message for Enbridge. Clean up your mess. They were in Grand Rapids today letting Enbridge know they are not backing down when it comes to what they consider the abandonment of Line 3. The group Minnesotans for Pipeline Cleanup released a report explaining the financial, legal and environmental impact they…

Northland’s Ray Sports & Marine Expands In Grand Rapids

Ray's Sport & Marine has 16 boats and five pontoons.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – A well known Northland business has a new location. Ray’s Sport & Marine has been around since the 60s. The family business has grown to six dealerships in northern Minnesota and is expanding in Grand Rapids. The 4,500 square foot shop recently relocated about a block and a half away from its previous location and is seeing an increase…

UWS Majors & Minors Fair Helping Students Choose Career Path

The fair is also the kickoff to the advising season at UWS.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It can be tough to decide on a career path. That’s why University of Wisconsin-Superipor (UWS) is helping students get closer to their educational goals with its majors and minors fair. The fair is also the kickoff to the advising season at UWS. Undeclared students met faculty and learned which majors and minors are offered. “A lot…

Duluth Depot Bugs Out With Latest Exhibit

Family Day on March 18 will get you and your family in for $25.

DULUTH, Minn. – A whole lot of insects have moved into the Duluth Depot, but there’s no need to be alarmed. They are all part of a new exhibit on display. The World of Giant Insects Exhibit features several animated insects like an Atlas beetle and Shadowtail caterpillar. It’s also educational. “For people who have a phobia about bugs, this…

Women in the Northland Go Red Against Heart Disease

Heart disease is the second-leading cause of death in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a sea of red in Duluth for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women event. Go Red For Women started in 2003 to help increase awareness about the number one killer of women in the United States, heart disease. The campaign helps women identify risks so they can prevent heart disease. Doctors say signs…

Expect A New Look For Superior Street In Downtown Duluth

You're advised to use the parking ramps during the duration of the construction to help with parking issues.

DULUTH, Minn. – The start of a major reconstruction project in downtown Duluth is getting closer. The multi–million dollar project will be divided into three separate phases and take three years to complete. City officials believe if everything goes according to plan Northland Constructors of Duluth will be awarded the bid to handle this project at the next city council…

Duluth Coffee Company Giving Coffee Lovers Coffee Cupping Experience

Duluth Coffee Company is located at 105 East Superior Street in downtown Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – You won’t look at coffee the same way after taking part in a coffee cupping experience at the Duluth Coffee Company. Coffee cupping is a method used to rate coffee. For Duluth Coffee Company the process lets them pay homage to coffee’s origin while also brewing coffee properly. Once you step into the cupping lab it involves very thorough smelling and tasting. “It creates a personality within the coffee. it creates an experience for…

Holocaust Survivor Visits Superior Middle School Students

Holocaust Survivor Fred Amram's book is titled We're in America Now.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Every year eighth graders at Superior Middle School study the Holocaust. Right now the students are learning about the every day life of holocaust victims. Students received special insight from Author and Holocaust Survivor Fred Amram. The students’ teacher tells us this face–to–face interaction is very powerful for students and teaches them to think about their impact on the world. “Some of my students have come up with various community service…

Contaminated Slips in Duluth Harbor May Undergo Cleaning Process

Harbor dredge material will be used as one layer of capping material.

DULUTH, Minn. – Two slips in the Duluth Harbor may undergo a serious cleaning process to get rid of contamination. The contamination comes from past practices of disposing waste material from industrial sites. The plan is to turn about the top 15 inches of the bottom of the harbor into clean sand for bugs, fish and plants to live in. Slip 3…

Northland Businesses Gearing Up For Spring Season

The 2018 spring season is March 20 - June 21.

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20, but you could say it’s starting to feel like it now with the warmer temperatures we’ve seen lately. Many businesses around the Northland are having spring fever preparing for the season with new merchandise. If you’re one of those people waiting around for spring then the wait is almost over. Pretty soon you’ll be…

Duluth Fire Department Welcomes New Firefighters

All new hires took part in Firefighter I and II basic level of training.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department (DFD) is growing after the addition of four new firefighters. The positions opened up after some firefighters retired or left due to long-term disability. The new hires will spend about four months at headquarters before working at outside stations like Spirit Valley and University of Minnesota Duluth. “We have our own hose loads…

Proposed Tariffs Could Have Significant Impact in the Northland

The proposed import tariffs are 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum.

DULUTH, Minn. – Experts are saying the president’s tariff could have a massive impact on our region. We spoke with a University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Economics Professor about the possible impact on consumer prices. “The only one who would gain are companies that are being protected, but protection is not the best way to make the economy better,” said UMD Economics…

Stride, Ride, Glide Tri Helping Preserve Trails at Superior Municipal Forest

The organizer called this year's Stride, Ride, Glide Tri the resurrection of the race.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Municipal Forest held its Stride, Ride, Glide Tri outdoor event where you run, bike and ski for a purpose. The money raised from the triathlon goes toward grooming equipment to maintain the trails at Superior Municipal Forest. The race began in 2002 and organizers say it gives people the chance to see all parts of…

Downtown Restaurants Are Heating Up For Duluth Restaurant Week

Eat Downtown Duluth Restaurant Week is March 5 - 10, 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – This week you’re encouraged to eat downtown and forget about counting calories for Duluth Restaurant Week. At least 20 downtown  restaurants are participating in restaurant week so you have plenty to choose from. Eat Downtown Duluth Restaurant Week is brought to you by the greater downtown council and it means just that, come out and eat. Restaurants will…

First United Methodist Church Hosts Concert To Restore Pipe Organ

First United Methodist Church is located at 230 E. Skyline Parkway in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – First United Methodist Church in Duluth held a concert to keep the history of one instrument alive. Proceeds from the Make a Joyful Noise Concert benefit the restoration and refurbishment of the church’s pipe organ. Several musical groups performed and the organ is still used to this day although some churches may no longer use them. “Our…

Duluth Women’s Expo at the DECC

Apricot Lane is Located Inside Miller Hill Mall

DULUTH, Minn. – It happens once a year and can draw in thousands of women to town. It’s all for the Duluth Women’s Expo at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. As you can see the Duluth Women’s Expo is a one day affair where you can learn about beauty, leading a healthier lifestyle or all things women. Cleo Dauplaise came…

NorShor Theatre Opens Its Doors For First Concert

The Event was Sponsored by the MN Music Coalition, KUMD and the Duluth Playhouse

DULUTH, Minn. – If you were able to score tickets to the Don Ness shows off the Norshor Theatre you were in luck for the sold out show. Several local bands that got their start at the Norshor are coming back to perform in the newly remodeled Theatre. Don Ness says it was a long road to get to this point and some…

Superior High School Students Protest Against Gun Violence

Students said the protest was them also exercising their First Amendment rights.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Students from Superior High School took their concerns on gun violence to the streets, doubling down on similar protests that took place earlier in the week at the schools there. A small group came together with one powerful message. One student says she remembers hearing about school shootings in the fourth grade and she couldn’t do much back then, but now she…

Denfeld High School Band Hosts Mardi Gras Themed Fundraiser

Students will perform at several locations while in New Orleans.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Denfeld High School Band has their sights set on taking a trip to New Orleans. So they had a Mardi Gras themed fundraiser to raise money to get them there. The trip is scheduled for next month. Students will perform at several locations while in New Orleans. “Just to see the local history of New Orleans…