Author: Katharine Huntley

Gardeners Learn From the Pros at Fall Garden Fest

The University of Minnesota Educators use the Italian feast theme to focus on growing things like garlic and tomatoes for sauce the right way.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 100 people celebrated the fall harvest with an Italian meal and learning session about how to make their gardens better. The University of Minnesota Educators use the Italian feast theme to focus on growing things like garlic and tomatoes for sauce the right way. They also teach the gardeners how to produce healthy food, soil…

Fire Officials Warn of Electrical Fires

The Duluth Fire Marshal's Office says it is critical to plug space heaters directly into outlets and not into old power strips or extension cords which can easily overheat and catch fire.

DULUTH, Minn. – Electrical fires are on the minds of firefighters as the temperatures begin to dip and space heaters come out. The Duluth Fire Marshal’s Office says it is critical to plug space heaters directly into outlets and not into old power strips or extension cords which can easily overheat and catch fire. “Look at your space heater and…

Discussions Underway to Expand Duluth Warming Shelter Options

Nearly 200 people used the shelter in West Duluth last yer during the 29 days it was activated.

DULUTH, Minn. – Discussions are underway to expand and change the city of Duluth’s warming center options after its trial run in West Duluth last year. St. Louis County and the CHUM drop-in shelter are working to finalize agreements before the deep freeze sets in. Nearly 200 people used the shelter in West Duluth last yer during the 29 days…

UMD’s Annual Take Back the Night Raises Voices Against Power-Based Violence

Dozens of people marched carrying signs and chanting for safe streets, campuses, and freedom from power-based violence.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Women’s Resource and Action Center at UMD held its annual Take Back the Night march and rally around campus. Dozens of people marched carrying signs and chanting for safe streets, campuses, and freedom from power-based violence. “It makes me happy Obviously I’m upset that we still have to do stuff like this. But I’m glad that…

Warm Weather Brings out Dogs and their Owners

At the Keene Creek Dog Park in West Duluth a few dogs were soaking in the 60 degree weather.

DULUTH, Minn. – The warm weather brought out humans and their furry friends to the dog parks on Tuesday enjoying what might be one of the last nice days until next spring. At the Keene Creek Dog Park in West Duluth a few dogs were soaking in the 60 degree weather. Not every owner is worried about the winter ahead….

Hallett Dock Company Supplying Northland’s Salt

Hallett supplies the top third of Wisconsin as well as from Forest Lake to International Falls.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Hallett Dock Company takes in thousands of tons of salt each year. Right now they have about 65,000 tons of it on their property in anticipation of the winter including this weekend’s possibly wintry outlook. Hallett Dock Company uses salt form Morton, Compass Minerals, and Cargill. The salt actually comes from mines underneath the Great Lakes….

Northland Gearing Up For Potential Snow

The Minnesota Department of Transportation covers 90 routes over its eight counties in the Northland with nearly 200 drivers and 100 plows.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hardware stores and plow crews are getting ready for the possibility of measurable snow this coming weekend. The Minnesota Department of Transportation covers 90 routes over its eight counties in the Northland with nearly 200 drivers and 100 plows. Crews are right now preparing for what they can considering this time of year often brings up and…

Gov. Walz Celebrates Manufacturing Week with a Visit to LSC

Recently LSC's growth of their integrated manufacturing program led to its relocation to downtown Duluth, separating students from the main campus.

DULUTH, Minn. – In honor of manufacturing week in Minnesota Governor Tim Walz made a stop at Lake Superior College to hear about the school’s vision for their manufacturing program. Recently LSC’s growth of their integrated manufacturing program led to its relocation to downtown Duluth, separating students from the main campus. Gov. Walz spoke with LSC leaders about the importance…

Gov. Walz Visits DFL Dinner in Honor of Late Congressmen

Congressmen Jim Oberstar and Tom Rukavina were honored at the annual dinner.

DULUTH, Minn. – DFL politicians came together to honor Congressmen Jim Oberstar and Tom Rukavina at the fifth annual Oberstar dinner at the Holiday Inn. Governor Tim Walz was also on hand with comments after a day spent in Duluth. Gov. Walz spoke about moving the party forward in the next election and about the impact Congressmen Oberstar and Rukavina…

E-Cigarette Usage Rising in Minnesota Youth

Vaping escalates significantly across all grade levels of Minnesota youth.

DULUTH, Minn. – E-cigarette use continues to escalate significantly among youth in every grade level in Minnesota according to the Minnesota Student Survey  conducted every three years among Minnesota public schools. Conventional cigarette use continues to decline among students and e-cigarettes are climbing. It is not just high schoolers, eighth graders saw a 95 percent increase in students who have…

Duluth Fire Department Welcomes New Chief and 25 Other Employees in Pinning Ceremony

Friends and family filled the Great Hall at The Depot to officially welcome Chief Krizaj along with promotions of 11 other firefighters.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Fire Department celebrated the pinning of 26 employees including their new chief, Shawn Krizaj,  on Friday at The Depot in Duluth. Friends and family filled the Great Hall at The Depot to officially welcome Krizaj along with promotions of 11 other firefighters. The department also welcomed 13 new firefighters off their probationary period along with a…

#10 UMD Women’s Hockey Falls to #3 Clarkson in Season Opener

Golden Knights beat the Bulldogs 4-2.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gabbie Hughes and Sydney Brodt each lit the lamp but the UMD women’s hockey team fell to #3 Clarkson 4-2 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Maddie Rooney finished with 28 saves on the night as the Bulldogs will look for better results on Saturday. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

UMD Soccer Falls to Augustana at Home

Bulldogs lose to the Vikings 1-0.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s soccer team battled in a close game, but they would fall to Augustana 1-0 Friday night at Malosky Stadium. The match was scoreless in the first half. But in the second half, the Vikings would score in the 81st minute. Bulldogs goalkeeper Sophia Grenz kept it close with eight total saves on the night….

Duluth Launches Snow Assistance Removal Pilot Program

20 first come first serve spots are available for the first year of the program.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new snow removal pilot program designed to help people who are seniors or have disabilities is being tried in Duluth this winter. Snow must be cleared from all sidewalks, wheelchair accessible curb ramps, and even bus stops in front of properties within 24 hours of the snow ending. The city says clear sidewalks makes a huge…

Bayfield Businesses Preparing for the Apple Festival

Sweet Sailing candy store has already started baking their three to five hundred pies that they expect to sell over the course of the festival.

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Bussinesses in Bayfield are busy getting ready for the Apple Festival this upcoming weekend. Sweet Sailing candy store has already started baking their three to five hundred pies that they expect to sell over the course of the festival. The owner’s daughter, who grew up in her mom’s stores, says it is a great way to start…

Bayfield Apple Festival Getting Prepared

Bayfield and apples are basically synonymous in the Northland and they are as important to the farmers as they are to Bayfield itself.

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Farmers and the city of Bay field are getting ready for this weekend’s Apple Festival that attracts roughly 60,000 people to town. Everything kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday with the popular parade through town. Bayfield and apples are basically synonymous in the Northland and they are as important to the farmers as they are to…

Powwow Celebration at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School

The Powwow included native song, dance, and clothing to make sure all feel welcomed in the community.

DULUTH, Minn. – For nearly 20 years the the Duluth Community School Collaborative has been bringing a Powwow to the hillside in Duluth. Held at Myers-Wilkins Elementary school, the night features a free feast with farm to table food donated by Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, along with celebrating native culture with a Powwow. The Powwow included native song,…

Hearing Wellness Center Moves Down the Street

Not only does the new building provide better parking for patients but in fact it provides better patient care because it is quieter and better for hearing tests.

DULUTH, Minn. – After years of planning Hearing Wellness Center opened its doors after moving down the street from its old location on London Road. Not only does the new building provide better parking for patients but in fact it provides better patient care because it is quieter and better for hearing tests. “What our patients will find is they’re…

Age Well Arrowhead Holds “Art of Aging” Fundraiser

Money raised on Thursday will go toward the transportation program to get people to and from doctor appointments.

DULUTH, Minn. – People were winded and dined at Northland Country Club to help support independent lives for the Northland’s aging population. It is all part of  Age Well Arrowhead’s first-ever “Art of Aging” fundraiser. The non-profit is dedicated to providing all types of programs and services to seniors so they can live healthier lives and stay in their own…

Summer Farmers Markets Ending for Season

Thursday was the second-to-last Lincoln Park Summer Farmers Market for the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the Northland gets ready to dive back into winter, farmers markets are close to wrapping up after the summer season. Thursday was the second-to-last Lincoln Park Summer Farmers Market for the season. The farmers are coming with more fall and winter crops including pumpkins, apples, and squash. One farmer regularly works 17 hour days on his…

LSC Emergency Response Training Center Holds Career Night for Potential Students

Firefighters and truck drivers are in high demand all across the country and the LSC Emergency Response Training Center welcomed potential students for both careers in to learn about the jobs.

DULUTH, Minn. – Prospective students got to experience firefighting and truck driving up close and personal on Tuesday to see if they might want to make the career choice at Lake Superior College Emergency Response Training Center night. Firefighters and truck drivers are in high demand all across the country and the LSC Emergency Response Training Center welcomed potential students…

Rails Continue Season with Sixth Straight Win

Proctor defeated Cook County on Monday evening.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor volleyball continued their hot pace this season with a 3-0 (25-6, 25-14, 25-21) sweep against Cook County. They have now won six games in a row and were dominant against the Vikings. Next game is at Superior at 7 p.m..   Categories: High School, Sports

Hawks Boys Soccer Dominant in Match Against Oredockers

Hermantown continues their hot start going 9-1 to start the season.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Boys soccer in Hermantown is on a roll this season going 9-1 to start including Monday’s win against Ashland 7-0. Sam Mesedahl, Evan Bjorlin, and David Rutka were just some of the goal scorers for the Hawks. Next game is at home against Superior on Thursday at 7 p.m.. Categories: High School, Sports

Merritt Park Demolition Continues with Hockey Rink

The work is all part of the Duluth 2010 parks and recreation master plan calling for a fewer but higher quality parks facilities throughout the city.

DULUTH, Minn. – Merritt Park is undergoing a demolition which will include taking away the community center and historic ice rink. The work is all part of the Duluth 2010 parks and recreation master plan calling for a fewer but higher quality parks facilities throughout the city. The demolition of the hockey rink boards was done after the community club…

Hawk Weekend Festival Kicks Off

The festival coincides with the Broad-Winged Hawk migration over the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – The fall migration season is upon the Northland and birders are soaring into Duluth this weekend for the annual hawk weekend festival. The festival coincides with the Broad-Winged Hawk migration over the Northland. Dozens of avid birders visited Duluth to get a glimpse of thousands of birds flying overhead. The festival celebrates all things hawks and the…

New Senior Living to Open in Carlton

The new building is expected to be done in March of 2020 and not allow children, pets, or smoking.

CARLTON, Minn. – A brand new age 55 and older living community called The Willows. is coming to Carlton. The new building is expected to be done in March of 2020 and not allow children, pets, or smoking. According to the owner, the best amenity will be the neighborhood. “The location where it’s at the bike trails right here so…

One Roof Community Housing Celebrates 300th Home

Housing consistently comes at a low supply and high demand meaning the need for affordable housing continues to grow and One Roof is there to help

CLOQUET, Minn. – Housing consistently comes at a low supply and high demand meaning the need for affordable housing continues to grow. One Roof Community Housing is a group that tries to help families achieve homeownership and on Thursday they celebrated their 300th home sale. One Roof helps sell about 25 to 30 homes each year with their land trust…

2019 Deer Hunting Regulations

The DNR is carefully monitoring the Chronic Wasting Disease management zones along with helping get youth into hunting this season.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Deer season is upon Minnesota and the Department of Natural Resources has added a few new regulations this year relating to a variety of things. The DNR is carefully monitoring the Chronic Wasting Disease management zones. They are also announcing a statewide youth season in October in hopes kids will become interested in hunting. “One of the…

Minnesota Commissioner of Education Visits UMD

Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker has held the position since January and she is visiting six different schools around the region.

DULUTH, Minn. – Education students at the University of Minnesota Duluth were visited by the Minnesota Commissioner of Education Mary Cathryn Ricker on her Back to School tour. She stopped by schools to talk to teachers and students and learn more about education in the state. Commissioner Ricker has held the position since January and she is visiting six different…

Woman Rescued Off Park Point

According to the Duluth Fire Department, the woman was the sole occupant of a sailboat which she was out of and on the shore at the time of rescue.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A woman is alive after a water rescue off Park Point starting at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to the Duluth Fire Department, the woman was the sole occupant of a sailboat which she was out of and on the shore at the time of rescue. The woman hurt her hand while trying to secure her sailboat…

First Ever Constitution Day Parade Held at DECS North Star Academy

Hundreds of students lined the halls and participated by making floats, flags, and many types of projects displaying what they studied in class about the U.S. Constitution.

DULUTH, Minn. – 232 years ago the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia and on Tuesday kindergarten through fifth graders at Duluth Edison Charter School North Star Academy participated in the first constitution parade at their school. Hundreds of students lined the halls and participated by making floats, flags, and many types of projects displaying what they studied in class about…

New Smoke Shop Opens in Superior

The new store is called Super Smoke Shop and it has one of the largest selections of goods in the Twin Ports.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new Smoke Shop opened up on Tower Avenue in Superior at the beginning of September. The new store is called Super Smoke Shop and it has one of the largest selections of goods in the Twin Ports. The owners have expanded to Superior as they own three stores in Duluth already, but the Superior Super Smoke…

First Annual ‘Biz Bash’ Encourages Networking and Fun

More than 20 businesses participated in the new event.

DULUTH, Minn. – A first-of-its-kind “Biz Bash,” encouraging business owners to network and build a stronger business community, was held on Tuesday at the Clyde Iron Malting Building. More than 20 businesses from around Duluth turned out for activities such as speed networking, card games, and seminars — all provided to help connect the businesses under one roof. “Biz Bash…

New Superior Fire Chief Taking Over in October

Current Battalion Chief Scott Gordon is taking the reigns from current Chief Steve Panger who is retiring.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Battalion Chief Scott Gordon is a couple weeks away from taking over as fire chief of the Superior Fire Department. He is taking the reigns from current Chief Steve Panger who is retiring. This changing of the guard comes with many new things helping at the department. They have a new rig, new turnout gear, and new…

New Trail Work Begins at Ely’s Peak

It is all part of a volunteering project with employees at National Bank of Commerce.

DULUTH, Minn. – New trail work has begun at Ely’s Peak near Gary New Duluth. It is all part of a volunteering project with employees at National Bank of Commerce. The bike trail is in an area that already has miles of trails. The bank employees cleared the way by taking out small trees, roots, and rocks so mountain bikes…

Grant Secured for New Breathing Apparatus at Superior Fire Department

The station is getting 38 new sets breathing apparatuses including the tanks, masks, and equipment.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As current Superior Fire Department Chief Steve Panger is set to retire at the end of September, he was able to secure a FEMA grant for new breathing equipment. The station is getting 38 new sets breathing apparatuses including the tanks, masks, and equipment. The new gear allows firefighters to go into more confined spaces as well,…

Dachshund Race to Victory at Oktoberfestival

A dog named Keetza was the winning weiner on Sunday and it was not her first win, in fact her owners help her hone her skills.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dachshund owners from around the Northland and beyond brought their short and long pups out for a run to hopefully capture the championship collar. A dog named Keetza was the winning weiner on Sunday and it was not her first win, in fact her owners help her hone her skills. “He will run around the house with…

Going to the Chapel at the Gitchee Gumee Wedding Show

Nearly 70 local vendors came out to help make bride's dreams come true.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 70 local vendors were featured at the Gitchee Gumee Wedding Show at the DECC. Everything from dresses to food to cakes were there giving brides a chance to get inspiration in what can be a difficult decision amongst the thousands of choices online. “In general it is hard but at things like this it doesn’t make…

Prayer Vigil for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

The Global Indigenous Council says there were thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States in just 2016.

DULUTH, Minn. – Missing and murdered Indigenous women were honored on Sunday at a prayer vigil underneath a newly installed billboard bringing awareness to those women. The Global Indigenous Council says there were thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States in just 2016. The billboard is at the corner of Garfield Avenue and Superior Street. The…

Firemen’s Picnic Allows Kids to Meet their Heroes

The picnic brings kids from all over the the town to try out their firefighting skills.

TOWN OF SUPERIOR, Wis. – Each year the town of Superior hangs out with their local firefighters for a day of fun and games at a picnic. The picnic brings kids from all over the the town to try out their firefighting skills. They get time to put out pretend house fires and even meet the heroes who protect their…

24th NorthShore Inline Marathon Glides to Canal Park

This year the inline marathon was a special comeback story from one 77-year-old athlete who has been inline skating for nearly 20 years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Speeding down past the Minnesota Slip Bridge were 1,500 athletes inline skating and inline skiing into the finish line at the end of a marathon from Two Harbors. Hundreds of men and women, children and seniors, were all on wheels for the 24th annual marathon. This year the inline marathon was a special comeback story from one…

Oktoberfestival Starts at Bayfront Festival Park

The Oktoberfestival tent is filled with traditional long German beer hall tables, a band, a dance floor, and of course German beer in steins.

DULUTH, Minn. – Don your lederhosen because the first annual Duluth Oktoberfestival is at Bayfront Festival Park this weekend. The Oktoberfestival tent is filled with traditional long German beer hall tables, a band, a dance floor, and of course German beer in steins. Organizers say they are trying to make it as authentic as they can. “We are not Americanizing…

St. Luke’s Nurses Vote ‘Overwhelmingly’ To Allow Strike

The nurses are concerned about staffing levels and they want both paid time off and sick time separated for new hires.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s nurses voted late on Thursday night to allow a strike after weeks of stalled negotiations. The nurses are concerned about staffing levels and they want both paid time off and sick time separated for new hires. Nurses said they are increasingly frustrated they do not have a contract deal with St. Luke’s now that nurses…

Aunty’s Child Care Opening Doors in Lakeside

The child care facility has been a dream of owner April Westman's for nearly a decade and now her dream is coming to reality with natural homemade cleaning supplies and nutritious meals for he children.

DULUTH, Minn. – Aunty’s Child Care is finally opening its doors after years of planning in Lakeside neighborhood in Duluth. They moved into what used to be the East Duluth Church of Christ. The child care facility has been a dream of owner April Westman’s for nearly a decade and now her dream is coming to reality with natural homemade…

Gloria Dei Sympathizing with Adas Israel Congregation

Pastor David Carlson knows too well the devastating feelings that come with destruction.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the wake of the Adas Israel Congregation’s fire members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is being reminded of when their place of worship was destroyed by fire three and a half years ago. The building finally opened up for worship again for worship this springtime. The church was forced to rely on the goodness of the…

Seven New Duluth Police Officers Sworn-In

The Duluth Police Department has been short on officers for quite a while and this second ceremony helps get them back to strength.

DULUTH, Minn. – Seven new police officers were sworn into the Duluth Police Department on Friday. The Duluth Police Department has been short on officers for quite a while and this second ceremony helps get them back to strength. The selection process is rigorous and the department does interviews with family, friends, and even teachers of the officers to make…

Pop Up Shaving Cream Art Night

The artwork uses food coloring on the shaving cream which is then transferred to a card.

DULUTH, Minn. – A free community event allowed kids to get creative with shaving cream art to help welcome the homeless at Harrison Community Center in Lincoln Park. The artwork uses food coloring on the shaving cream which is then transferred to a card. The cards will be written on at a later date are part of care packages for…

Shredding Day for Documents at Proctor Federal Credit Union

Cars lined up to a large truck in the back of the credit union where dozens of people brought in boxes and even car loads full of their sensitive documents to be destroyed.

DULUTH, Minn. – Each year many Northlanders are inundated with dozens of documents containing their personal information and on Thursday the Proctor Federal Credit Union hosted a shredding truck for people to safely dispose of their documents. Cars lined up to a large truck in the back of the credit union where dozens of people brought in boxes and even…