Author: Katharine Huntley

International Students Dealing with Realities of ICE Visa Annoucement

International students are being told they need to be sure to take mostly in-person classes or run the risk of being forced to leave the United States.

DULUTH, Minn. – The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced international students pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country if they are only taking online classes. The ruling is sending shockwaves through colleges and universities throughout the country including at UMD. In fact, the Attorney Generals in both Minnesota and Wisconsin are among those…

BBQ Held in Superior to Bring Awareness for Sexual and Domestic Assault

Families were encouraged to attend to learn about dangerous situations that can happen in any community that are both physically and emotionally traumatic for victims of abuse.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A fundraiser barbecue was held in Hammond Park for victims of domestic and sexual abuse on Sunday. The BBQ had food and games for people of all ages along with information about different types of abuse. Families were encouraged to attend to learn about dangerous situations that can happen in any community that are both physically and…

Duluth City Council Voting on Ordinance Requiring Masks for Indoor Public Spaces

This includes retail spaces, DTA buses, the Skywalk, and at restaurants and bars when not eating or drinking.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council will be voting on a mask ordinance on Monday, which would mandate masks indoors in all public spaces. This includes retail spaces, DTA buses, the Skywalk, and at restaurants and bars when not eating or drinking. Face coverings would also be included in apartment building common areas such as hallways and elevators. Four…

Duluth’s West Theater to Reopen on Friday

The marquee of the 1930s era West Theater reads "We Love You, Back Soon" and now that's finally a reality for staff to open the doors again or everyone who loves this historic spot.

DULUTH, Minn. – As businesses slowly begin to open back up around the Northland, it’s showtime once again for the West Theater in Duluth. After being closed for months due to the pandemic, the silver screen will be lit again with revamped policies for those who attend including mandatory masks. “I don’t think there’s anything in life with a guarantee…

“Trump Victory” and Congressman Pete Stauber Open Campaign Field Office in Hermantown

Many supporters of the candidates gathered outside the new office and picked up signs as well as refreshments. 

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The “Trump Victory” group and Congressman Pete Stauber opened their election campaign field office in Hermantown. The office will be the spot to to to for people who are looking to pick up campaign literature. Many supporters of the candidate gathered outside the new office and picked up signs as well as refreshments. Rep. Stauber spoke to…

Essentia Health Updates Visitor Guidelines

The new policy allows only one visitor per patient per day at Essentia Health facilities in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health has updated their visitor policies starting in Duluth this weekend. The new policy allows only one visitor per patient per day at Essentia Health facilities in Duluth. Those visitors are welcome from the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The policy applies to all clinic appointments and surgical patient care areas. Even though nurses…

Harmony House Taking Extra Measures to Protect Residents

Most residents at care homes across the Northland have gone nearly four months without being able to hug or be with their loved ones in person.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Minnesota and Wisconsin have both been starting to loosen restrictions on visitors at care homes. This is leaving facilities to figure out how to best keep their residents safe. Most residents at care homes across the Northland have gone nearly four months without being able to hug or be with their loved ones in person. Over at…

Duluth Firefighter Cited in Woman’s Assault Over Unleashed Dogs

According to the Duluth Police Department, a 65-year-old woman was on the Duluth Traverse Trail near 84th Avenue when she was assaulted.

DULUTH, Minn. – A firefighter of nearly 20 years is accused of assaulting a woman on a Duluth trail on Friday morning after she told him to leash his dogs. According to the Duluth Police Department, a 65-year-old woman was on the Duluth Traverse Trail near 84th Avenue when she was assaulted. The attack leaving her face bruised and bloody….

Split Rock Lighthouse Opening July 15

Visitors are asked to pre-purchase tickets for a certain time slot so the site can control how many people are there at one time.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Split Rock Lighthouse is less than a week away from opening back up to the public. The experience will be different than usual to keep everyone safe. Visitors are asked to pre-purchase tickets for a certain time slot so the site can control how many people are there at one time. There will also be a…

Fatal ATV Crash in Nashwauk

NASHWAUK, Minn. – A man has died from injuries due to an ATV accident in Nashwauk. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the victim was driving an ATV southbound in the east ditch of Highway 65 north of County Road 8. He then hit an elevated part and rolled the ATV over. The driver was then trapped under the ATV…

Fatal ATV Crash in Barnum Township

BARNUM, Minn. – A woman has died as a result of injuries from an ATV accident. The crash happened at the intersection of County Road 139 and Country Road 6 in Barnum. According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, a female in her 40s received multiple injuries from the crash. The initial investigation revealed the female victim had been the…

Grand Marais Preparing for Uptick in Tourism for Independence Day

Many of the normal Grand Marais events have been canceled, but the fireworks celebration is still expected to happen on the Fourth of July.

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – Many cities and towns in the Northland rely on tourism to help keep them going. People at businesses in Grand Marais say they are looking forward to a warm Fourth of July weekend to help jumpstart their season. Businesses have been doing what they can during the pandemic to stay afloat. Now, in the height of…

Water Dumped on New Perspective Senior Living Manager’s Head After Popular Facebook Post

It all started when a staff member posted on Facebook saying if she got over 1000 comments, 10 likes, and 5 shares that she could pour a bucket of water on her boss's head.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Residents and staff at Betty’s Harbor, the memory care part of New Perspective Senior Living in Superior, witnessed the manager get water dumped on her head. It all started when a staff member posted on Facebook saying if she got over 1000 comments, 10 likes, and 5 shares that she could pour a bucket of water on…

Duluth Police Department Updates Use-of-Force Policies

This comes in the wake of George Floyd's death in the Twin Cities leading the community to urge the police to review their policies and make sure that they are using their best practices. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department’s Chief Mike Tusken announced on Thursday updates to the department’s use-of-force policy. This comes in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the Twin Cities leading the community to urge the police to review their policies and make sure that they are using their best practices. In 2019, only 0.15% of all calls…

Construction Ahead of Can of Worms Project to Start in October

The first bit of construction in the fall will begin on the 27th Avenue West bridge which goes over to the wastewater treatment plant WLSSD.

DULUTH, Minn. – With each day, the Twin Ports Interchange, better known as the Can of Worms, project gets closer. Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation provided an update on those plans along with other projects going on in Duluth. After earlier postponing the Can of Worms project, design plans are now close to 100 percent complete to get started…

Lilly’s Asian Cafe Opens in Two Harbors

Lilly's, previously operated as the Vietnamese Lantern in a different location, is located in the former Blueberry House Bakery on Highway 61.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Lilly’s Asian Cafe is now open in Two Harbors as of Monday. Lilly’s, previously operated as the Vietnamese Lantern in a different location, is located in the former Blueberry House Bakery on Highway 61. The staff has been working to get the space up to speed for a restaurant instead of a bakery. They opened on…

Judy’s Cafe Reopens for Dine-In Service After COVID-19 Closure

The staff is taking precautions with some tables and chairs were taken out to promote social distancing as well as encouraging customers to do reservations. 

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Judy’s Cafe reopened on Monday for dine-in service after more than three months. The staff is taking precautions with some tables and chairs were taken out to promote social distancing as well as encouraging customers to do reservations. The owner says she is happy to be back. “It feels good we’re all kind of a little…

Abnormally Dry Conditions Causing Wildfire Concerns in Northeastern Minnesota

June is usually a wet summer month, but less rain than normal has caused potentially dangerous fire danger within the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters.

COOK, Minn. – Conditions are dry across the Northland causing major concerns about potential wildfires in Northeastern Minnesota. June is usually a wet summer month, but less rain than normal has caused potentially dangerous fire danger within the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters. People building campfires or burning in windy conditions need to use extreme caution. The forest service…

Socially Distanced Pop Up Play Goes to Portland Square

The staff brought fully-sanitized recreation equipment kits for families to check out.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Parks and Recreation Department hosted their first pop-up-play of the year at Portland Square with some changes due to the pandemic. The staff brought fully-sanitized recreation equipment kits for families to check out. They also required temperature checks, a verbal health screen, and hand sanitizing before the equipment could be used. All this is to…

Discovery Center Reopens in Chisholm

The Discovery Center offers opportunities to learn about all things Iron Range such as mining, logging, and even geology.

CHISHOLM, Minn –  The Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm is now open after three months shut down due to COVID-19. The museum, park, trolley, mini-golf, and Redhead Trail is now available for visitors. The Discovery Center offers opportunities to learn about all things Iron Range such as mining, logging, and even geology. The museum and trolley does have certain limits…

Logging Industry Professionals Weighing Options Amid COVID-19 Related Setbacks

All this comes after paper manufacturing company, Verso, announced its indefinite shutd0own in Duluth by the end of June, having a domino effect on the industry.

GARND RAPIDS, Minn. – Logging industry professionals gathered to discuss COVID-19’s far-reaching and detrimental impacts on their industry on Thursday. All this comes after paper manufacturing company, Verso, announced its indefinite shutdown in Duluth by the end of June, having a domino effect on the industry. Loggers, truckers, plus county, state, and federal land management officials among other industry workers…

National Weather Service Looking to Streamline Warning System

The NWS is looking at getting rid of advisories and using plainer language.

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Weather Service is looking to streamline the way they are warning people of inclement weather after reported confusion with the way it’s currently done. They want to make sure people know what’s coming and can be prepared. Currently, advisories are issued for low-end weather threats, warnings are issued for life or property threatening hazards, and…

Head of the Lakes Annual Giving Day Going Virtual

Most years, hundreds of volunteers give their time to the community on this day to complete projects at Northland nonprofits, but this year families were encouraged to participate within their own neighborhoods.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Day of Caring for the Head of the Lakes United Way is being observed virtually this year. Most years, hundreds of volunteers give their time to the community on this day to complete projects at Northland nonprofits. Wednesday marked this year’s yearly event and in light of COVID-19, the Day of Caring has gone virtual….

Second Harvest Marks 3 Months of COVID-19 Response with 20,000 Boxes of Food Packed

The food bank has provided more than 1.7 million pounds of food for community members in need throughout the Northland since just the middle of March.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week marks 3 months of Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s COVID-19 response effort. The food bank has provided more than 1.7 million pounds of food for community members in need throughout the Northland since just the middle of March. This week the food bank will hit the important milestone of packing their 20,000th box of…

Spectrum Farm Strawberries Just Weeks From Picking Season

There might not be strawberries in the fields just yet, but the thousands of white blossoms mean strawberries aren't far behind.

CARLTON, Minn. – The beginning of summer means that a variety of fruits are in season including strawberries and Spectrum Farm Strawberries is just weeks away from opening to visitors. There might not be strawberries in the fields just yet, but the thousands of white blossoms mean strawberries aren’t far behind. “This year is an unusual year but not actually…

Magnolia Cafe Busy During the Warm Weather

Ice cream was popular, but they serve plenty of other cool treats such as smoothies, Italian sodas, and even iced coffee along with lunch items.

CARLTON, Minn. – The hot temperatures pushed many Northlanders to cool off with ice cream on Tuesday. Over at Magnolia Cafe in Carlton, ice cream was the most popular thing, not the menu. They serve plenty of other cool treats such as smoothies, Italian sodas, and even iced coffee along with lunch items. “People get off the bike trail and…

Superior Tribute Trees Standing Tall for Those Who Have Passed

Monday, two families dedicated saplings that will hopefully tower over Superior for decades to come.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – There are all kinds of ways to remember a family member who is no longer alive. Monday, two families dedicated saplings that will hopefully tower over Superior for decades to come. “She’s going to be right here all the time something that’s been dedicated to her,” said Dennis Edwards who was dedicating a tree to his wife…

Remembering Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie at Annual Gravesite Service

The ceremony is held each year to honor the three black men who worked with a traveling circus that had stopped in Duluth were publicly lynched.

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of the community visited the gravesites of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie the evening before he 100th anniversary of their lynchings. The ceremony is held each year to honor the three black men who worked with a traveling circus that had stopped in Duluth were publicly lynched. The men were accused of raping a…

Duluth Public Schools Playgrounds Reopening on Monday

Officials with the district encourage hand-washing before and after visiting a playground.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the weather getting nicer and nicer Duluth Public Schools will reopen its playgrounds on Monday while slowing opening summer activities. The playgrounds at Lester Park, Lowell, Laura MacArthur, and Ordean East will be used for the Duluth KEY Zone program between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public can use the parks after…

Jay Cooke Busy on National Get Outdoors Day

Humans and their pups were out in force enjoying what the state park has to offer without having to pay fees.

CARLTON, Minn. – The parking lot was packed at Jay Cooke State Park on Saturday with people taking advantage of no fees and 60-degree temperatures. “It’s amazing how a couple of hours outside can just boost your spirits and also just feel like kind of bringing you back to what matters most in life especially being with the people that…

Local Entertainer Sings for Neighbors in Front Yard Concert

Rickey Lee Biggs brought the song to Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – COVID-19 has prevented local musicians from getting out and doing their thing, but one entertainer was back at it, from the comfort of his front yard. Rickey Lee Biggs brought the song to Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood. He has been practicing in his basement since the lockdown started to stay sharp. He says if musicians don’t keep at…

Moose Lake’s Theater and Bowling Alley Opening Soon

Moose Lake's Lake Theatre and Gamper's Food, Liquor, and Bowling are getting ready to finally reopen after being closed for months due to COVID-19.

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – After Governor Walz’s announcement, businesses such as movie theaters and bowling alleys are preparing to open their doors after being shut down for more than two and a half months. The movie theaters and bowling alleys can open up at 25 percent capacity. Moose Lake’s Lake Theatre and Gamper’s Food, Liquor, and Bowling are getting ready…

Healthcare Professionals Gather for Sit-In to Support Racial Equality

Doctors, nurses, and other providers gathered, most wearing their scrubs and white coats.

DULUTH, Minn. – Healthcare professionals gathered for a sit-in at the Duluth Rose Garden to promote social and racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Doctors, nurses, and other providers gathered, most wearing their scrubs and white coats. Hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves were passed out at the entrance of the Rose Garden to help everyone stay safe….

Businesses Ready to Partially Reopen After Governor Walz Loosening Restrictions

Fitger's Brewhouse and Language of Hair salon are just two of the businesses that can now open at 50 percent capacity.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota restaurants have been making do with patio service and salons have been operating at 25 percent capacity. Now, both kinds of businesses can open doors at half their usual limit. As the weather is feeling like summer, businesses have been waiting with a plan in place for increased safety as they open up more. “Our message…

Thomas the Train Canceled for 2020

Thomas usually attracts more than 17,000 kids and their parents to the Duluth Depot every year.

DULUTH, Minn. – COVID-19 is keeping Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Percy from visiting Duluth this summer. Thomas usually attracts more than 17,000 kids and their parents to the Duluth Depot every year. The event is one of the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s biggest fundraisers of the year, but the loss goes beyond finances. The railroad’s general manager…

Businesses Board Up to Keep Property Safe

Keyport Liquor Store in the Super One Plaza on Belknap Street is boarding up to ensure employee and customer safety.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The peaceful protest in Superior was a sigh of relief for businesses there that saw what happened in Minneapolis and decided to board up. One of them is the Keyport Liquor Store in the Super One Plaza on Belknap Street. “The most important thing is protecting our employees’ safety and then beyond that is our customers protecting…

Black Beach Campground Set to Open Soon in Silver Bay

The campground includes 49 full size RV sites, with most including hook ups to electricity, water, and sewer.

SILVER BAY, Minn. – Black Beach Campground is set to open in a few weeks along Highway 61 in Silver Bay. It provides 49 full-size RV sites to campers headed up the North Shore. Of these sites, 34 of them will be full hook up sites with electricity, water, and sewer and 15 other sites will be electricity only. There…

Earth Rider Moving Business Outside for Summer Months

The large swath of grass in between the brewery and taproom will be used for festival grounds.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The past two summers Earth Rider Brewery has used the large swath of grass in between their brewery and taproom for festival grounds. Now, the land is coming in handy as COVID-19 has prompted brewery management to change its business model. “We just feel lucky we feel fortunate that we have the means to create a safe…

Hoops Brewing Pursuing Outdoor Drinking Area

Hoops Brewing is planning an outdoor area behind the business with a full view of the Minnesota Slip and the William A. Irvin for people to have a beer and safely socialize.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hoops Brewing in Canal Park is planning a brand new outdoor area in its back parking lot. Starting June 1, Governor Wawlz is turning back the dial for bars and restaurants by allowing those establishments to serve up to 50 people at a time outdoors only. “Doing this outdoors I think with the proper safety precautions I…

Rooftop Worship Service Held by Cloquet Church

Next week, the service will move back indoors after Governor Walz's announcement in which places of worship can resume at 25 percent capacity.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Drive-in events have become all the rage during the COVID-19 pandemic and at Journey Christian Church they have raised the bar by holding their service from the roof. Cars lined the church’s parking lot to hear the word of the Lord. The pastors and band stood on the rooftop for the entire congregation to see from their…

Gardeners Prepping this Year’s Crops at Arrowhead Community Garden

One gardener was busy planting beets, carrots, and parsnips on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Eager gardeners were busy on Saturday getting their gardens ready at Arrowhead Community Garden. Sandy Popham, who has gardened off and on for many years, was busy planting her crops for the year. This year she is planting beets, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, and sunflowers. With any garden comes a lot of work and Popham says…