Author: Jane Kim

Duluth Folk School Looking To Expand

The school hosts popular hands on courses from soap making to sewing.

DULUTH, Minn. – After starting in May of 2016, the Duluth Folk School is now looking to expand The school hosts popular hands on courses from soap making to sewing. After evolution of the dovetail cafe, directors of the school realized it was time for an expansion so it can host more of a variety of courses in a rural…

Upward Trend for Absentee Voting Due to Pandemic

As the election draws near, the requests for absentee ballots in St. Louis County continue to pile up, already doubling from 2016.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – As the election draws near, the requests for absentee ballots in St. Louis County continue to pile up, already doubling from 2016. So far in today’s numbers, there have been over 40,000 requests for absentee ballots in St. Louis County compared to the 2016 presidential election when there was about 16,000. According to county clerk officials,…

Census Ending Soon

The census will likely end on Monday pending a court ruling. Right now, Minnesota is ranking 16th in the country behind Wisconsin with regards to census data.

DULUTH, Minn. – The census will likely end on Monday pending a court ruling. Right now, Minnesota is ranking 16th in the country behind Wisconsin with regards to census data. The census is important to determine the amount of funding that is received by the state along with resources that are allocated to different cities within the state. “Please encourage…

Spirit Mountain Not Hosting Snocross

Last night, the Duluth City Council voted unanimously to give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain so it can reopen this winter, but that decision did come out with some fallout.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last night, the Duluth City Council voted unanimously to give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain so it can reopen this winter, but that decision did come out with some fallout. The recreation area will now not be hosting the Amsoil Snocross due to budget issues. City councilors say it just didn’t make financial sense to host the event…

Preparations for Trump’s Arrival in Duluth on Wednesday

This Wednesday, President Donald Trump will be arriving in Duluth at the airplane hangars near Monaco Air for a Make America Great Again campaign stop at 8 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Wednesday, President Donald Trump will be arriving in Duluth at the airplane hangars near Monaco Air for a Make America Great Again campaign stop at 8 p.m. The last time the president visited the city was in 2018 and this will be his third stop in Minnesota since August. Leadership at the airport says that having…

Council to Vote on Spirit Mountain Funding

The Duluth City Council is set to vote tonight on a resolution that could give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help get it back open for the winter season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is set to vote tonight on a resolution that could give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help get it back open for the winter season. That money would reimburse most of the $340,000 Spirit Mountain spent over the past few years on improvements for its lift system, snowmaking machines and the alpine coaster….

Duluth Council To Vote On Lakewalk Path Extension

The Duluth City Council is also voting tonight on a measure that will impact funding for the lakewalk. However, the city did not inform the Friends of the Lakewalk about this resolution right away, and the organization says they were caught off-guard by the news. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is also voting tonight on a measure that will impact funding for the lakewalk. The measure supports three things: It would cancel plans to restore the lakewalk bluestone footpath in front of the Ledges development and cancel the construction of a pedestrian-only path in front of the Beacon Pointe Hotel. It would also…

Gordy’s Last Day of the 60th Season

You know it's the change of the seasons when Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet serves up its last hamburger on the grill.

CLOQUET, Minn. – You know it’s the change of the seasons when Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet serves up its last hamburger on the grill. Today marked the end of the 60th season at Gordy’s and this year will go down in the history books during the pandemic. The popular restaurant created a car-hop service to safely serve customers. Cars lined…

Weather Perfect For Fall Colors

After a foggy, rainy weekend, the skies cleared up a bit today with temperatures comfortably in the 60s across the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a foggy, rainy weekend, the skies cleared up a bit today with temperatures comfortably in the 60s across the Northland. People were out enjoying the fall weather and colors at places like Leif Erickson Park in Duluth, including a couple from Minneapolis. “It’s been really nice,” said Michael Rolfe, along with Geraldine Del Rosario, who are…

Businesses Brace For the Colder Weather

Winter is coming and local businesses are planning accordingly to adjust to the cold.

DULUTH, Minn. – While we’ve had a warm fall so far, colder weather is imminent in the Northland. With outside seating, how are local restaurants and breweries accomodating customers during these changes? Winter is coming and local businesses are planning accordingly to adjust to the cold. At Bent Paddle in the Lincoln Park Craft District, the brewery is partnering with…

UMD Land Lab Celebrates National Public Lands Day

To celebrate National Public Lands Day today, one Duluth research location is providing projects for volunteers to partake in.

DULUTH, Minn. – To celebrate National Public Lands Day today, one Duluth research location is providing projects for volunteers to partake in. The UMD Land Lab located on Riley Road commemorated the special day with projects such as pulling tansies and other invasive species, organic site prep, and planting trees. Leadership says people have reached out to volunteer at the…

Church Hosts “Gyro Saturdays”

Even though the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Taste of Greece festival in Duluth this year, organizers still found a way to bring that Mediterranean taste to the Northland this year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Taste of Greece festival in Duluth this year, organizers still found a way to bring that Mediterranean taste to the Northland this year. Twelve Holy Apostles Orthodox Church on East 2nd Street is hosting two “Gyro Saturdays” where they are selling items like gyros, greek salads and baklava….

Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Clean-up Kicks Off

Today's Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Clean-up encouraged people from both Duluth and Superior to spend time cleaning up local waterways.

TWIN PORTS – Being productive while keeping the environment clean. Today’s Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Clean-up encouraged people from both Duluth and Superior to spend time cleaning up local waterways. Both Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Superior Mayor Jim Paine invited residents from both cities to virtually clean up their neighborhoods or favorite waterways in a socially-distanced manner. Participants could…

Visit Duluth Launches Campaign

Visit Duluth recently launched a social media campaign focused on hybrid learning.

DULUTH, Minn. – Visit Duluth recently launched a social media campaign focused on hybrid learning. Locals and visitors can go to a set of different attractions throughout Duluth where they learn a lesson about it. This week’s lesson is Lake Superior and the highlighted attractions are the William A. Irvin and the Vista Fleet. “We want people to come to…

Taste of Greece This Weekend

Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church is hosting Taste of Greece this Saturday where they will be serving up Greek food for takeout from noon to 5 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church is hosting Taste of Greece this Saturday along with the next one where they will be serving up Greek food for takeout from noon to 5 p.m. The church, located 632 E 2nd St, will have gyros, big greek salads and pastries including Baklava. “We’re going to be doing everything as…

Wrenshall School District Changes Plans for Younger Students

"Coming back to school, learning about what school is about. It’s just really important to able to be in person."

WRENSHALL, Minn. – Earlier this week, the Wrenshall School District announced students would not be returning to in-person classes until November 9th after a high number of staff and students felt sick with COVID-19 symptoms. But now, there’s been a change in plans and some students are returning to in-person learning much sooner. The Wrenshall School District had been doing…

Duluth Resident Hosts Concerts In Backyard

One local Duluth resident is hosting backyard concerts for her friends.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local Duluth resident is hosting backyard concerts for her friends. Wendy Ruhnke started hosting these concerts because she doesn’t watch television and she enjoys live music. She initially invited ten friends to partake in the concerts but after the guidelines changed, she increased the number. She says people have shown her much support to host the…

Great Pumpkin Train to be Held This Year

One annual fall tradition is not going to be canceled this year to the delight of locals and visitors.

DULUTH, Minn. – One annual fall tradition is not going to be canceled this year to the delight of locals and visitors. The Great Pumpkin Train through the North Shore Scenic railroad will still take place this year from October 15th to the 18th. Special accommodations will be in place to reduce capacity so there is a little extra space…

Halloween Precautions Due to COVID

With all these new recommendations from the CDC, does this mean this is the end of the Halloween celebrations? Health departments from both St. Louis County and Douglas County say not yet. 

NORTHLAND – The CDC recently released a set of guidelines concerning Halloween calling more toned down celebrations with fewer people while having more socially-distanced forms of trick-or-treating. With all these new recommendations from the CDC, does this mean this is the end of the Halloween celebrations? Health departments from both St. Louis County and Douglas County say not yet. Douglas…

Lake Superior Zoo Preschool Opens

The Lake Superior Zoo's Preschool is now open.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo’s Preschool is now open. The program, open to children from ages three to five, focuses on nature play along with the animals all around the zoo. Children at the zoo are also encouraged to practice conservation activities at an early age like recycling and turning the lights off when they leave a room….

St. Louis County Partners with Minnesota Organization to Deconstruct Properties in Duluth

St. Louis County has partnered with one Minnesota organization to help deconstruct tax-forfeited and blighted properties in the Duluth area. 

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County has partnered with one Minnesota organization to help deconstruct tax-forfeited and blighted properties in the Duluth area. They are not only helping the environment but are also providing opportunities for those who need it. St. Louis County, along with Better Futures Minnesota, is working to deconstruct several properties in Duluth. The process will remove…

BoomTown to Open in Northland in 2021

The owners of BoomTown Woodfire Bar and Grill on the Iron Range will be setting up shop next year in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The owners of BoomTown Woodfire Bar and Grill on the Iron Range will be setting up shop next year in Duluth. The plans are in the works to open at the old Sunset Bar and Grill on Martin Road in January of 2021. The co-owners had purchased the bar and grill with the hopes of opening in…

Medical Cannabis Dispensary to Open in Northland

The Duluth area will soon be getting its first medical cannabis dispensary.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth area will soon be getting its first medical cannabis dispensary. Vireo Health of Minnesota has four existing retail locations in Minnesota and will soon be adding a fifth in Hermantown. The locations will go by the name “Green Goods” on the 4900 block of Miller Trunk Highway. Management says they feel the store is very…

Duluth Woman Wins International Singing Competition

One singer based in the Northland recently won an international competition through an app called Uplive, which is a broadcasting streaming app.

DULUTH, Minn. – One singer based in the Northland recently won an international competition through an app called Uplive, which is a broadcasting streaming app. It isn’t only Etta James who’s saying “At Last.” After a long journey, Duluth resident Zandra Tan who is also known by her stage name “Zandystorm” has finally, “at last,” won the first annual Singing…

Photographers Stay Busy During Pandemic

Maurissa McNellis added that she and the other photographers on her team all wear masks and stay distanced from customers during the shoots. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Some photography businesses are doing well during the pandemic, as it’s easy to stay socially distanced from their subjects. A Twin Cities-based business called Mind of Mo Photography held mini sessions today at Brighton Beach that were affordably priced. The business owner says she’s seen more customers signing up for sessions lately, adding that September has been…

Aqua Affair in the Garden Takes Place at Great Lakes Aquarium

The Great Lakes Aquarium found a new way to hold their annual fundraiser during the pandemic today.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Lakes Aquarium found a new way to hold its annual fundraiser during the pandemic today. Aqua Affair in the Garden took place on the outdoor space of the aquarium due to COVID-19 restrictions. Masks were encouraged at the free event and there was a limit of one household per table, which were all cleaned and…

Cruise for Cancer Takes off in the Northland

Today, gearheads and their rides from all over the Northland came together to raise money for those affected by cancer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, gearheads and their rides from all over the Northland came together to raise money for those affected by cancer. Cruise for Cancer is an event where participants pay a certain amount of money in the morning and go on a day-long scavenger hunt around 64 spots across the Northland. Every year 100% of the proceeds go…

Cause for the Paws 5K Kicks Off

Who let the dogs out? The Humane Society of Douglas County did today at their annual 5k walk and run in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Who let the dogs out? The Humane Society of Douglas County did today at their annual 5k walk and run in Superior. Even the coronavirus pandemic couldn’t stop some of the Northland’s furry friends from getting out and getting active for the 22nd annual 5k walk/run hosted by the Humane Society of Douglas County. “It’s kind of…

Superior Cluster Brings in Participants Despite Pandemic

As the pandemic continues, it still hasn't stopped one local dog show from happening in Superior albeit with some new protocols in place.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As the pandemic continues, it still hasn’t stopped one local dog show from happening in Superior albeit with some new protocols in place. The Superior Cluster is bringing in people from all over the country to participate in its dog show happening all weekend at the Head of the Lakes fairgrounds. “I just think that when they’re…

Pumpkin Season Is Finally Here

As the air is feeling crisper, pumpkin season is finally here.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the air is feeling crisper, pumpkin season is finally here. DC’s Best Produce’s pumpkin patch on Central entrance is selling a variety of pumpkins, from jack o’ lanterns to white ghost pumpkins along with corn stalks and squash. One worker we talked to said it’s nice to be able to provide pumpkins, especially during the pandemic….

Shipping Season Update: Slow-Down in August

After a strong start to the summer, the port of Duluth-Superior experienced a slow-down in August.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a strong start to the summer, the port of Duluth-Superior experienced a slow-down in August. When compared to 2019, the total amounts of tonnage was down by 31%, specifically with dips in coal and iron. The pandemic also negatively impacted industrial facilities and reduced demand for electricity and steel. However, there were some bright spots in…

Mural Painted at Armory

Local artists are now contributing to a mural at the historic Duluth Armory.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local artists are now contributing to a mural at the historic Duluth Armory. The main portion is being painted by local artist and writer Ed Newman. The mural is inspired by a performance by Buddy Holly in Duluth in 1959 at the historic site and what makes the performance so unique is that Duluth native Bob Dylan…

Lake Superior Zoo Hosts Event During Pandemic

Boo at the Zoo. A family-friendly event that celebrates animals and families alike during the fall season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Boo at the Zoo. A family-friendly event that celebrates animals and families alike during the fall season. The event is held over two weekends and only one day per weekend. However, this year, Boo at the Zoo will be over three weekends, switching it to both Saturday and Sunday so six total days, and now there will…

City of Duluth Employee Celebrates 50 Years on the Job

An employee with the City of Duluth is being honored today after working for the city for 50 years.

DULUTH, Minn. – An employee with the City of Duluth is being honored today after working for the city for 50 years. Robert Asleson is the assistant city attorney for the city and has been working there since the early 1970s. He says he’s worked under seven mayors over the years and has worked on projects including the origination of…

North Shore Leaves Change For the Fall

From yellow and orange to red, leaves are slowly changing colors and people from all over are visiting the views the North Shore has to offer.

NORTH SHORE – From yellow and orange to red, leaves are slowly changing colors and people from all over are visiting the views the North Shore has to offer. Right now, the colors are starting to pop near Finland. We caught up with a few out-of-towners who say they love this part of Minnesota, especially during the fall. “This is…

Bakery Lends a Hand to Those In Need

One local bakery is providing free lunch kits for those in need.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local bakery is providing free lunch kits for those in need. Positively 3rd Street Bakery is giving back to the community by providing school lunch aid kits. As parents are having to make more meals with their kids staying at home for distance learning, some may feel the burden of having to provide extra food. The…

Denfeld Day Treatment Center Reopens

One local treatment center has reopened for the benefit of students.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local treatment center has reopened for the benefit of students. The Denfeld Day Treatment Center, located on Grand Avenue across the street from Denfeld High School, has seven open spots for students to participate in, specifically for those struggling with mental health. Sessions include two hours of social skills where students learn about things like confidence,…

Dumpster Turns Into Art

One local organization has turned an ordinary street item into a piece of art.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local organization has turned an ordinary street item into a piece of art. The Duluth Street Art Initiative has painted on Canal Park dumpster into a black and red Buffalo Plaid. The dumpster is located behind Duluth Pack on Canal Park Drive. The purpose of the project is to bring art into more public spaces. “It’s…

One Local Group Opposes Duluth School District’s Current Plans

With the first week of school coming to a close in Duluth, one local group of parents and students is advocating for a different model of learning, and is pushing back against the district's current standards. 

DULUTH, Minn. – With the first week of school coming to a close in Duluth, one local group of parents and students is advocating for a different model of learning, and is pushing back against the district’s current standards. With over 800 members, Kids FIRST! 709 is made up of both parents and students who are asking the district to…

Sky Harbor Airport Runway Project Completed

It's been a long 14 years in the making, but the Sky Harbor Airport runway realignment and environmental mitigation project has finally taken off.

DULUTH, Minn. – The process started all the way back in 2006 when the licensure for the airport was in jeopardy because of the old growth forest was influencing the flight approach to the runway. It’s been a long 14 years in the making, but the Sky Harbor Airport runway realignment and environmental mitigation project has finally taken off. “It’s…

Dino Hunt Begins at Glensheen

Two organizations have partnered together to start the great Dino Hunt for kids.

DULUTH, Minn. – Two organizations have partnered together to start the great Dino Hunt for kids. Glensheen Mansion and Duluth’s Children’s Museum have teamed up to celebrate the museum’s new dinosaurs exhibit called “Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice.” During September, Dinosaurs will be hiding throughout Glensheen and guests have the opportunity to try and find all 15 dinosaurs. “Kids…

World Suicide Prevention Day Brings Awareness

According to the World Health Organization, about 800,000 people die every year to suicide.

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the World Health Organization, about 800,000 people die every year to suicide. And now those statistics are taking center stage across the globe as it’s World Suicide Prevention Day. One local expert we spoke to says there has been an increase in social media awareness, which has helped raise awareness in general. She also emphasizes…

New Apartment Complex Coming to Hermantown

One local developer has begun work on an apartment project in Hermantown, which is set to open in 2021.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – One local developer has begun work on an apartment project in Hermantown, which is set to open in 2021. P&R Companies of Duluth has begun building a facility with 149 units at the corner of Ugstad Road and Highway 53. They will have a wide range of apartments, from studio to three bedrooms and some of the…

COVID Case Discovered at Esko High School

As schools continue to open across the Northland, we are learning one school has had a student test positive for the coronavirus.

ESKO, Minn. – As schools continue to open across the Northland, we are learning one school has had a student test positive for the coronavirus. Esko had its first day of school on Tuesday and with it, came the news that a student at the secondary school has tested positive for coronavirus. Esko schools were still open Wednesday and the…

Democrats Respond to Donald Trump Jr.’s Visit

As the Trump campaign continues to ramp up across Minnesota, local DFL leaders are responding.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the Trump campaign continues to ramp up across Minnesota, local DFL leaders are responding. Earlier today, they held a virtual conference to address Donald Trump Jr.’s visit to the Northland. With the frequent number of visits by the Trump campaign to Duluth, they expressed concerns over President Trump’s leadership when it comes to a variety of…

CSS Students Start Class

Over at St. Scholastica, students also started their in-person, virtual and hybrid classes today.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over at St. Scholastica, students also started their in-person, virtual and hybrid classes today. Students on campus say it’s great to be there because they have the opportunity to connect with faculty and other students face to face. “It’s super exciting,” said Julia Moder, a sophomore at CSS. “I live in Superior right now so it’s been…

UMD Senior Moves Back Home

One student we spoke to decided to move back home to the Iron Range for her last year on campus.

DULUTH, Minn. – One student we spoke to decided to move back home to the Iron Range for her last year on campus. Senior Lynda Williams is an education major and because all of her classes were online, she decided to move back home to Virginia. She says that not only did she save money through the move, it is…

Hermantown High School Starts Hybrid Learning

From distance learning to starting in-person classes, Hermantown High School has landed on a hybrid model for students as they opened their doors for the first time. 

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Schools all across the Northland have prepared extensively for the new year. From distance learning to starting in-person classes, Hermantown High School has landed on a hybrid model for students as they opened their doors for the first time. Half of the students entered classrooms today, being in the gold group. The other half, the blue group,…

Duluth-Superior Pride Festival Held Virtually

Labor Day weekend is also traditionally the Duluth-Superior Pride Festival and while it wasn't in person this year because of the pandemic, celebrations did happen virtually.

DULUTH, Minn. – Labor Day weekend is also traditionally the Duluth-Superior Pride Festival and while it wasn’t in person this year because of the pandemic, celebrations did happen virtually. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, Superior Mayor Jim Paine and even Minnesota Senator Tina Smith were among the politicians who recorded messages of acceptance and inclusivity that were posted on Pride’s Facebook…

People Spend Time Outdoors on Labor Day

Whether it was hopping on bikes, hitting the tennis courts, or simply enjoying the weather, families and friends came together to spend some quality time this Labor Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – Whether it was hopping on bikes, hitting the tennis courts, or simply enjoying the weather, families and friends came together to spend some quality time this Labor Day. Some families tell us that they went outside to take advantage of the weather, especially since school is just around the corner for some. “School’s coming up, it’s starting…