Author: Katharine Huntley

Chester Bowl Hosts Pop-Up Shop for Merchandise

Logoed cups, mugs, shirts, and even cozy pullovers were on sale.

DULUTH, Minn. – Chester Bowl hosted its own pop-up shop for fans of the park on Thursday. Logoed cups, mugs, shirts, and even cozy pullovers were on sale. The director of Chester Bowl says the park holds a special place in many people’s hearts in Duluth. All money raised from the merchandise helps make the Chester Bowl operate for years…

Holiday Hoopla at Myers Wilkins Elementary

The free event is all about giving kids and their families a chance to play, enjoy themselves, and get a hot meal.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Holiday Hoopla was held at Myers Wilkins Elementary School put on by the Duluth Community School Collaborative. The free event is all about giving kids and their families a chance to play, enjoy themselves, and get a hot meal. Second Harvest Food Bank also provided fresh produce. Donated winter hats and coats were also available for…

Skating with Santa at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center

Kids of every ability and age were able to skate for free with a reindeer, Frosty, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids of every ability and age were able to skate for free with a reindeer, Frosty, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. They also got a chance to do different activities like cookie and ornament making. “It’s a unique opportunity because not everyone can throw on hockey skates it’s expensive to buy ice and all that and we…

Duluth Fire Department Welcomes New Fire Marshal Sandy McComb

She has spent her time at the department doing everything from firefighting to heavy equipment operation.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth has welcomed a new fire marshal. Sandy McComb is a 22-year veteran of the department and the second woman to be a fire marshal. She has spent her time at the department doing everything from firefighting to heavy equipment operation. Now she is ready to take on her new role as fire marshal….

39th Annual Pikkujoulu Dinner Attracts Hundreds

They even served some traditional Finnish foods with ham, mashed potatoes, and even rutabaga casserole.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fins from all over the Northland gathered at the Holiday Inn on Sunday for their annual Christmas celebration dinner. The 39th annual Pikkujoulu dinner meaning little Christmas is put on by the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society and gives Finnish people a chance to gather before the holidays and speak about Finland and buy Finnish memorabilia. “We…

Knife River Celebrates the Holidays With Annual Julebyen

The two-day festival featured plenty of Christmas goods for sale, music, sledding, and even troll village.

KNIFE RIVER, Minn. – Around 7,500 guests visited Knife River this weekend to celebrate their annual Julebyen, Finnish for Christmas Village, in the town. Knife River was founded by Norwegian Fishermen and they continue that tradition today. “We’ve got a strong Norwegian heritage here which we want to retain and share with others and I think we’ve done a pretty…

Duluth Business ShelDon Celebrates 30th Anniversary

ShelDon is located on East Superior St. and has been a staple of printing and copying services in downtown Duluth for three decades now.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth proclaimed Thursday, December 5 Sheldon day in honor of the business’s thirtieth anniversary. ShelDon is located on East Superior St. and has been a staple of printing and copying services in downtown Duluth for three decades now. They have faced struggles along the way but have managed to stay strong in the end,…

St. Scholastica Monastery Holds Annual Christmas Bazaar

The bazaar has been going on for around 50 years and money raised goes back to the monastery to help the sisters with things like making improvements to their building.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of eager shoppers visited the St. Scholastica Monastery on Thursday to participate in the annual Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar has been going on for around 50 years and money raised goes back to the monastery to help the sisters with things like making improvements to their building. Many of the items sold are handmade or donated…

Two Harbors Lights Up the Park for a Second Year

The event included sled dogs, horse carriage rides, and even tug boat rides.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Thomas Owens Park got a dose of the holiday season as it was lit up to celebrate Christmas. For years the North Shore Rotary Club has been putting up lights in the park. This is the second year, however, it was also a holiday part for the community. The event included sled dogs, horse carriage rides,…

Lutefisk on the Menu at First Lutheran Church

A famous Scandinavian fish dish, it has brought the people together in the church basement for more than 20 years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Each year the first Wednesday of December the First Lutheran Church in Duluth celebrates with lutefisk feast. A famous Scandinavian fish dish, it has brought the people together in the church basement for more than 20 years. The lutefisk is dried then soaked in lye and water so it swells and turns into a filet. The fish…

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas in Superior With Tree Lighting

The tree lighting was originally supposed to be on Saturday but was delayed because of last weekend's snowstorm.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior’s big Christmas Tree was finally lit at Center City Park outside the Superior Public Library. The tree lighting was originally supposed to be on Saturday but was delayed because of last weekend’s snowstorm. “It’s something we do every year we come out and see the tree lighting and after that big blizzard we just had it’s…

Duluthians Battling the Challenges of Unplowed Roads

City leaders say 100 percent of main roads and 90 percent of residential ones were cleared by Tuesday evening.

DULUTH, Minn. – After nearly two feet of snow fell over the weekend, city plows are still working to clear some residential roads, meaning some people’s cars are still blocked in by big snow piles. City leaders say, however, 100 percent of main roads and 90 percent of residential ones were cleared by Tuesday evening. “Today since public schools are…

Firelight Inn Guests Stranded for Two Days After Blizzard

Five guests and the two owners of the bed and breakfast located on a dead end street on the 2200 block of E. 3rd Street were not able to leave until Tuesday afternoon.

DULUTH, Minn. – As nearly 90 percent of residential roads were plowed by Tuesday evening, guests at the bed and breakfast called the Firelight Inn in the East End of Duluth were stranded for three days. Five guests and the two owners of the bed and breakfast located on a dead end street on the 2200 block of E. 3rd…

Duluthians Take Advantage of a Snow Day by Sledding

The hill by the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary was busy with children, teens and adults enjoying the fresh powder.

DULUTH, Minn. – The historic snowstorm cancelled school for many kids in the Northland on Monday, which meant it was  the perfect time to get outside and go sledding. The hill by the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary was busy with children, teens and adults enjoying the fresh powder. One mom said she was finally able to dig…

Duluth Snow Plows Out in Force After Historic Storm

After nearly two feet of snow, plow drivers in the city of Duluth are working more than 16 hours a day to clear the 530 miles of streets.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth plows have been out working overtime making sure the streets are getting cleaned up. After nearly two feet of snow, plow drivers in the city of Duluth are working more than 16 hours a day to clear the 530 miles of streets. The city employs 35 drivers to operate their nearly 50 plows…

Duluthians Digging Out After Historic Blizzard

After nearly two feet of snow in Duluth, Northlanders spent Sunday digging out from under the heaping powder

DULUTH, Minn. – After nearly two feet of snow in Duluth, Northlanders spent Sunday digging out from under the heaping powder after one of Duluth’s top ten snowiest two day snow falls. “When Duluth gets snow the city doesn’t shut down like other cities do.We kinda handle it and then you go do your activities you go skiing you go…

Major Demand for Tow Trucks After Blizzard

The deep snow has left some drivers no choice but to call for a tow.

DULUTH, Minn. – There is a major demand for tow trucks in the Twin Ports after twenty plus inches of snow burying people’s cars. The deep snow has left some drivers no choice but to call for a tow. Late night blizzard conditions caused many cars to become stranded. One company has already handled more than one hundred calls. Mrs….

Free Park Friday Attracts Visitors to Jay Cooke State Park

It was the fifth year of the event and officials at Jay Cooke say it has gotten more popular each year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday was Free Park Friday across all state parks in Minnesota. The parks were all free of chard for the day and around one hundred cars full of people traveled to snowy Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton. It was the fifth year of the event and officials at Jay Cooke say it has gotten more popular…

Officials Warning to Stay Off the Roads During Storm

The combination of high snow totals, high winds, and blizzard conditions will be treacherous Saturday and Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The resounding message from Duluth city officials on Friday was stay off the roads during the impending snowstorm. The combination of high snow totals, high winds, and blizzard conditions will be treacherous Saturday and Sunday. “If there really is no need to travel or go out just don’t. You’re putting yourself at risk, you’re putting others at…

Black Friday Shopping Arrives in Duluth on Thanksgiving Day

Lines grew at places like Target and Best Buy with eager shoppers looking for great deals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Black Friday shopping got off to a hot start on Thanksgiving in Duluth with lines at many stores in the Miller Hill Mall area. Lines grew at places like Target and Best Buy with eager shoppers looking for great deals. “I came here an hour and a half early expecting 20 people at least nobody so I…

Landline to Offer Bus to Mall of America

The bus gives shoppers a chance to get an early start on the Black Friday deals and less stress on the way down to Minneapolis.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Landline Bus company in Duluth has a new Black Friday option for shoppers eager to get down to the Mall of America in the Twin Cities. The bus leaves from the Duluth International Airport at 2 a.m. and arrives at the Mall of America nearly three hours later after a short transfer at the Minneapolis-St. Paul…

Storm Turns Bentleyville into a Winter Wonderland

After months of preparation for Bentleyville thousands have seen the lights in only the five days it has been open.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bentleyville was turned into a winter wonderland by 7 inches of snow that was dumped on Duluth on Wednesday. “I always think that after a couple weeks it’s been pretty cold and I always think having snow is better than having it just be cold so I think the snow brings it all together for the season,”…

Duluth Airport Busy for Holiday Weekend

Besides a few morning delays flights in and out of Duluth were on time Wednesday afternoon.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth International Airport snow crews have been busy keeping the runway clean from the 7 inches of snowfall in Duluth. Besides a few morning delays flights in and out of Duluth were on time Wednesday afternoon. With a busy holiday weekend comes plenty of travelers landing in Duluth from all over the country. “I think it’s…

Christmas Tree Market Opens at Duluth Farmer’s Market

The warm weather brought out plenty of people looking for just the right tree and greenery to decorate for Christmas.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Christmas Tree Market opened on Sunday at the Duluth Farmer’s Market for the holiday season. The warm weather brought out plenty of people looking for just the right tree and greenery to decorate for Christmas. Trees were getting shaken out and baled to go on top of customer’s cars. Farmer Allison Hoffbauer of Hoffbauer’s trees which…

Bentleyville Seeing High Numbers with Warm Weather

Temperatures around 40 degrees was a warm welcome for the thousands who came out.

DULUTH, Minn. – The nice weather was a welcome change for the thousands of people who attended Bentleyville on opening night Saturday. By Sunday afternoon the gift shop was full again and ready for day two, but that was only after creator Nathan Bentley along with five other people spent five hours restocking. This comes after a very well attended…

The Duluth Bethel’s Longtime Chaplain Bonnie Pugleasa Retires

This November she made the difficult decision to retire after a decade and a half of impacting those who are fighting some of the hardest battles of their lives.

DULUTH, Minn. – For 15 years Bonnie Pugleasa has been the chaplain at The Duluth Bethel helping people who are struggling with addiction or have a criminal record. This November she made the difficult decision to retire after a decade and a half of impacting those who are fighting some of the hardest battles of their lives. “I’m not ready…

Native American Heritage Day Celebrated at The Depot

The day celebrated local Ojibwe history, art, and culture and special attention was also given to Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces.

DULUTH, Minn. – November is Native American Heritage Month and the St. Louis County Historical Society partnered with many Native organizations for the third annual day celebrating Native heritage at The Depot. The day celebrated local Ojibwe history, art, and culture. Special attention was also given to Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces. The lessons also went towards…

Bentleyville 2019 Officially Opens for the Holiday Season

Thousands of guests waited in line for hours to be some of the first to tour the display.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Bentleyville Tour of Lights is officially open this holiday season. Down at Bayfront Festival Park thousands of people lined up outside the gates eagerly awaiting Santa and Mrs. Claus parachuting from a helicopter signaling the start of Bentleyville 2019. Guests waited in line for hours to be some of the first to tour the display. “Well…

Bentleyville Finishing Up Last Touches Before Opening Night

Over 36,000 volunteer hours go into making Bentleyville the destination for hundreds of thousands of people each year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bentleyville is officially opening and turning the lights on on Saturday evening. Friday, workers were busy putting the final touches on the display at Bayfront Festival Park. “It doesn’t matter people job description or their income is or everything everyone is just the same down here for that hour of enjoyment and keeping thing simple forgetting about…

Zoning Laws in Place for Medicinal Cannabis in Hermantown

The decision was passed unanimously this week at their council meeting.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown has officially outlined zones if a medical marijuana business would like to come to the city. The decision was passed unanimously this week at their council meeting. Hermantown outlined several areas where  medical cannabis distribution facility, manufacturing facility, and/or laboratory could reside. Most locations would be along the commercial areas around Highway 53. As of right…

13th Annual Christmas by the Lake Album Released

Album sales go to support the Bluebird Foundation which in turn supports high school students in the performing arts.

DULUTH, Minn. – Christmas by the Lake is an annual album that comes out each holiday season featuring 300 local and regional artists playing Christmas themed music. Album sales go to support the Bluebird Foundation which in turn supports high school students in the performing arts. All kinds of genres of music are on the album which features 33 holiday…

Police Read Books to Kids at Squad Car Storytime

This month is Dino-vember at the library so an officer read all kinds of dinosaur themed books to the kids.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth police officer served his community on Wednesday by reading to kids at Squad Car Storytime at the Duluth Public Library. This month is Dino-vember at the library so an officer read all kinds of dinosaur themed books to the kids. The young children asked questions about the books and even put in their two cents…

New Vietnam War Collection at Lake Superior College Library

The books in the new LSC collections were used as the books Andresen researched from to write "Battle Notes".

DULUTH, Minn. – A new collection of Vietnam War era books were celebrated at the Lake Superior College library on Friday. The book “Battle Notes” by Lee Andresen uses the music of the Vietnam War era to depict the polarizing actions and opinions of the time. The books in the new LSC collections were used as the books Andresen researched…

Festival of Trees Arriving at the DECC This Weekend

More than 180 vendors will be on two levels at the DECC giving people a lot of gift choices this holiday season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five thousand people are expected to fill the DECC this weekend for the annual Festival of Trees. The holiday craft fair is the Junior League of Duluth’s biggest fundraiser of the year, raising more than $50,000 annually to support the community. More than 180 vendors will be on two levels at the DECC giving people a lot…

Duluth Edison Charter Schools Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

The attendees got a chance to make dream catchers, bandolier bags, and even play bingo for a chance to win books by Native authors.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday night, the Native American culture was celebrated at Duluth Edison Charter Schools by more than 100 kids. The attendees got a chance to make dream catchers, bandolier bags, and even play bingo for a chance to win books by Native authors. There was even a Native American flute player performing from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe…

WITC Draws Dozens to Cosmetology Open House

Dozens of people took a tour of the facilities and learned about the programs.

SUPERIOR, Minn. – WITC’s cosmetology program held an open house today that brought in prospective who want to have a hands on approach to taking care of people’s hair, skin, and nails. Dozens of people took a tour of the facilities and learned about the programs. They also got a look at cosmetology students at work practicing their skills. “It’s…

Bike-Share Program to Roll Into Duluth

This comes after Superior launched its own bike-share program last year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth is getting in on the bike-share transportation trend in 2020. The city of Duluth is giving $30,000 of its tourism tax revenue to Zeitgeist, an arts and community development organization, to help launch the city’s first-ever bike-sharing program. This comes after Superior launched its own bike-share program last year. The program by company Zagster would include…

Annual Blanket Sale in Superior Selling Hundreds

500 blue blankets with the Spartan logo on them were for sale at the Spartan Shack.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of people lined up for Superior High School’s annual blanket sale. 500 blue blankets with the Spartan logo on them were for sale at the Spartan Shack. A portion of the sales funds the high school’s competitive business club. “My family everyone has one even the dogs, it’s just something people love and it’s cold enough…

The Lakewalk Phase Two Officially Open

No longer do people have to detour up to Superior Street as they walk along the Lakewalk.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth celebrated the  completion of a section of the storm-battered Lakewalk. No longer do people have to detour up to Superior Street as they walk along the Lakewalk. The completely redone phase two is open. In the next couple of months new lights along with fences will be installed. The project manager says it…

Costco One Step Closer to Opening in Duluth

The store would be located on the corner of Haines and Arrowhead Roads.

DULUTH, Minn. – Big-box Costco is one step closer to opening its first-ever store in Duluth employing around 200 people. Tuesday, the planning commission unanimously approved a plot of land on the corner of Haines and Arrowhead Roads for the development of Costco. The church currently on the land has agreed to re-locate. “The city is enthusiastic about new development…

Spirit of Duluth Series at Zeitgeist Cafe Features Liberian Food

The gourmet meal featured four courses of traditional Liberian food like peanut soup, Jollof rice, and even pineapple upside-down cake.

DULUTH, Minn. – Zeitgeist Cafe served up Liberian food as part of its monthly Spirit of Duluth Dinner and Film series. The gourmet meal featured four courses of traditional Liberian food like peanut soup, Jollof rice, and even pineapple upside-down cake. The cultural food also reflected influence from African-American slaves who immigrated to Liberia. “It’s just fun to submerge yourself…

Free Blizzards for Veterans at Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen hoped to give away more than one hundred medium blizzards over the course of the day.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Dairy Queen got into the Veterans Day spirit by giving away free blizzards to both veterans and active duty military members. Dairy Queen hoped to give away more than one hundred medium blizzards over the course of the day. It turns out that some employees at the Hermantown location have also served in the military and the…

Ice Fishing to Start Soon at Hi-Banks Resort

The resort is on Fish Lake in Duluth and the owners say ice fishing is just days from starting.

DULUTH, Minn. – Inches of ice have already formed on some Northland lakes including at Hi-Banks Resort on Fish Lake in Duluth. Tim Wagner has owned the resort with his family for 17 years and says this year walkable ice is three weeks earlier than last year. “I like to see five inches before I let people start walking out…

Free Learn-to-Skate Session Wraps Up at Heritage Center

Children came out to learn how to fall, stand up, and glide on the ice.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Amateur Hockey Association and figure skating coaches wrapped up an eight week free learn-to-skate program for kids at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Children came out to learn how to fall, stand up, and glide on the ice. Even members of the College of St. Scholastica hockey team volunteered to encourage the kids to…

Celebrating a New Book About Moccasin Making from a Duluth Artist

The book teaches moccasin making, patterns, and even stories and is completely bilingual with Ojibwe and its English translation.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday night a celebration was held to honor a new moccasin book called Nookomis Obagijigan, or Grandmother’s Gift. The book teaches moccasin making, patterns, and even stories and is completely bilingual with Ojibwe and its English translation. “Moccasins are really a gift that we need from birth all the way through death and so it’s something whether…

8th Annual Rivet Run/Walk Working to Protect Trails

Despite the cold this year was one of the best turnouts the race has seen.

Nearly 150 runners and walkers participated in the eighth annual Rivet Run/Walk on a chilly morning on Sunday at Pattison State Park near Superior, WI. The event raises money that goes straight back to the trails to keep them up for the cross country skiing season as well as non-snow use. Despite the cold this year was one of the…

Twelfth Annual Duluth All Souls Night Attracts Hundreds

The evening featured different arts observing grief along with a funeral march and music.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s annual All Souls Night brings hundreds to The Depot this evening to remember those who have died by incorporating different religions and cultures. The evening featured different arts observing grief along with a funeral march and music. Attendees were encouraged to dress in formal funeral attire to honor ancestors. Organizers hoped people could even connect with…

First-Generation College Student’s Day at UWS

Faculty and local leaders all recognized the students who took the leap and became the first in their families to attend college in celebration of National First-Generation College Student's Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly half of University of Wisconsin-Superior students are first-generation college students and today they were celebrated at the university. Faculty and local leaders all recognized the students who took the leap and became the first in their families to attend college in celebration of National First-Generation College Student’s Day. “For these students we get to say this…

Talking About Differences with the Race Card Project

It started back in September when the library handed out cards asking people to write just six words depicting their experience with race.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth and Duluth Public Library brought citizens together on Thursday to talk candidly about race in the community as a wrap up to a months-long card writing program. The national program is called the Race Card Project. It started back in September when the library handed out cards asking people to write just six…

St. Luke’s Holiday Celebration Brings the Cheer

The sale has baked goods, a holiday raffle, and so many holiday themed items for sale.

DULUTH, Minn. – ‘Tis the season for the annual St. Luke’s holiday sale which allows volunteers from the hospital to raise money for different programs there. The sale has baked goods, a holiday raffle, and so many holiday themed items for sale. One volunteer was so happy to be back at the sale this year. “A holiday spirit? I’m always…