Author: Katharine Huntley

University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus White Coat Ceremony

The ceremony also honored the tradition the medical school has in helping the Native American community gain access to improved healthcare.

DULUTH, Minn. – 65 first year medical students got their white coats in front of friends and family as medical school kicked off for the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus. The ceremony also honored the tradition the medical school has in helping the Native American community gain access to improved healthcare. “It’s always been special for me to…

Flying High Over the Northland in a WWII Navy Plane

The SNJ-6 Navy Trainer plane is at the Richard I. Bong airport for the Commemorative Air Force's inaugural event at their new location in Superior.

DULUTH, Minn. – Looking down from high above the Northland this weekend is an antique from WWII. The plane is a SNJ-6 and it is at the Richard I. Bong airport giving people a rare opportunity to take in the treetops and Lake Superior from a completely different vantage point. The history of the plane is as incredible as the…

Duck Pluck on the Slip

Patrons bought ducks from the rotary to be dumped in hopes their duck would be picked for the $3000 prize.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five thousand rubber ducks were dumped by crane into the water at the Pier B slip tonight by the Rotary Club of Duluth supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland. Patrons bought ducks from the rotary to be dumped in hopes their duck would be picked for the $3000 prize. The money raised all goes…

129th Carlton County Fair

The fair features all the fixings with plenty of fair food along with many 4-H animals including cows, goats, rabbits, and so many more.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Carlton County Fair kicked off on Thursday in Barnume with all kinds of animals from all over the county. The fair features all the fixings with plenty of fair food along with many 4-H animals including cows, goats, rabbits, and so many more. Organizers say they are excited to welcome people to what they call and…

Duluth Parks and Recreation Wants to Preserve Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad

The trail and rail option would add over seven miles of hiking and preserve the railroad tracks.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Parks and Recreation department will be recommending to city council that the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad should be preserved in their entirey in something called a trail and rail option. The trail and rail plan would lengthen the Western Waterfront Hiking Trail by about seven and a half miles and in some places would…

Grill Wars Returns to Bayfront Festival Park

The yearly event brings burger lovers from around the Northland to support the Boys and Girls Clubs.

DULUTH, Minn. – A dozen restaurants and meat markets faced off at Bayfron Festival Park for Grill Wars on Wednesday. The yearly event brings burger lovers from around the Northland to support the Boys and Girls Clubs. Patrons lined up to taste the burgers that all have different spins on them and then vote on which burger they liked best….

New Duluth Flag Selected by Committee

195 flags were submitted over the one month long open submission time period.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new flag for the city of Duluth was chosen as part of Imagine Duluth 2035. 195 flags were submitted over the one month long open submission time period. The flag committee then chose nine flags out of the submissions and allowed the community to vote, and out of that one flag was chosen. The new flag…

Ray the Baby Duck Swimming Around Duluth

Ray is ten feet tall which pales in comparison to his mother who is six stories tall but both ducks bring joy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ray the Baby Duck swam into Essentia on Thursday ahead of his mother, the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, who will be here this weekend. Ray is ten feet tall which pales in comparison to his mother who is six stories tall but both ducks have a similar purpose. “I think it’s difficult to look at the duck…

Kari Toyota Celebrating New General Manager

Chris Kari is the fourth generation Kari to be the general manager of the car dealership.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For over 86 years Kari Toyota has served the Northland and now they have a new general manager, Chris Kari. Chris is the fourth generation Kari to be the general manager of the car dealership. Co-Owners Wayne and Jim Kari are stepping away from the day-to-day business but will still be involved. “In reality my grandfather always…

Duluth Coffee Company Weathers the Construction

The first intersection that was part of Phase II of Superior Street construction opened today at 1st Avenue East.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first intersection that was part of Phase II of Superior Street construction opened today at 1st Avenue East. The Duluth Coffee Company has been weathering the construction and even opened another location in Hoops Brewing to keep revenues up. Though sales have not been nearly as low as they projected during the construction they are happy…

New Hope for Families Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Hundreds of young people in St. Louis county are in need of foster care each year and New Hope for Families helps support families who are generously giving their time to fostering.

DULUTH, Minn. – New Hope for Families foster care support organization held a ribbon cutting on Thursday at the old St. Anthony’s Community Center in East Hillside. Hundreds of young people in St. Louis county are in need of foster care each year and New Hope for Families helps support families who are generously giving their time to fostering. New…

Conservation Corps Minnesota an Iowa Improves Superior Hiking Trail

Adults and young people spent the day working on a part of the trail that often gets wet and muddy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Part of the Superior Hiking Trail got a face lift on Wednesday thanks to the Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa and ALLETE. Adults and young people spent the day working on a part of the trail that often gets wet and muddy. Hikers then go around that mud causing the trail to widen and harm the natural…

Sexual Assault Stand-Down with Minnesota National Guard

Sexual assault data was presented stating that from the years 2014 to 2018, 90 sexual assaults were reported.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota National Guard hosted the final installment of a three-part Sexual Assault Stand-Down series at the 148th Fighter Wing on Wednesday. High ranking members of the guard presented sexual assault data stating that from the years 2014 to 2018, 90 sexual assaults were reported. The highest ranking member of the military in Minnesota, Major General Jon…

First Resonders Treated to BBQ

The Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center honored first responders with their annual barbecue.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center honored first responders on Tuesday with a barbecue. The facility served up hot dogs and burgers and invited Duluth’s police, fire, ems, and all first responders to come and enjoy the live band to thank them for all they do. “I think it’s important to keep positive connections with the…

Port of Duluth Kiwanis Honored at Duluth Library

Kiwanis leaders were presented with a plaque for 40 years of dedication to the library's program.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Port of Duluth Kiwanis was honored for their 40 years of dedication to the popular Kaleidoscope program at the Duluth library. Kiwanis leaders were presented with a plaque shortly before kids were treated to a performance by the Teddy Bear Band for the final Kaleidoscope program of the summer. “This is such a special program we…

Girls Soaring to New Heights at Air and Space Camp

High school girls from around the Midwest are getting an in depth look into the vast expanses of aeronautics.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week the University of Wisconsin-Superior is hosting an air and space camp for girls. High school girls from around the Midwest are getting an in depth look into the vast expanses of aeronautics. The hands-on experience includes learning how to build and launch rockets, flying planes in flight simulators, and even checking out fighter planes at…

Possible Interim Changes at Deadly Nashwauk Intersection

MnDOT held an open house for members of the community to weigh in.

NASHWAUK, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation met with members of the public in Nashwauk about improvements to the deadly intersection of Highways 169 and 65 that took the lives of two teenage boys in June. MnDOT was working on the plans for the new intersection when the accident that claimed the lives of Trent Salminen and Aiden Patrick…

Athletes Swimming into 33rd Brewhouse Triathlon

Adults and children all ages participated in the race on Sunday.

GNESEN, Minn. – Triathletes swam their way into the 33rd Annual Brewhouse Triathlon sponsored by Fitger’s Brewhouse at Island Lake on Sunday. Adults and children alike participated in the race on Sunday. According to one of the race directors, who has raced in all 33 years of the event, it is about so much more than winning. “We have over…

135th St. Louis County Fair

CHISOLM, Minn. – The St. Louis County Fair is often thought of as a staple of summer in Northern Minnesota. Horses, cows, pigs and other animals gathered with their owners at the 135th St. Louis County Fair. For the farmers and 4-H kids it is about so much more than just showing off their animals. “Every year families gather they…

New WWI Memorial Unveiled in West Duluth

The slabs take the place of small brass markers that had fallen in disrepair.

DULUTH, Minn. – The new WWI monument is two Mesabi black granite slabs etched with the names of the 22 West Duluth soldiesr who served in WWI and the names of Duluth’s 167 Gold Star men and woman. The slabs take the place of small brass markers that had fallen in disrepair. At Saturday’s ceremony, representative Pete Stauber gave a…

Two-Year-Old Boy Killed in Nashwauk Fatal Hit-and-Run

NASHWAUK, Minn. – Stuffed bears and flowers are what’s left at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident that killed a young boy. 16-year-old girl Lexi Carroll was pushing two-year-old Logan Dean Klennert on Thursday at about 1 p.m. on the shoulder of Highway 65 at milepost 188 when a pickup truck swerved and hit them from behind. 38-year-old Jake…

Great Outdoors: Great Lakes Aquarium Camp

This week's topic is Birds, Buckthorn, and Butterflies and allows campers to understand how invasive species are negatively impacting the world around us.

DULUTH, Minn. – Protecting Lake Superior from invasive species continues to be an important issue an this week Great Lakes Aquarium is teaching kids how they can help. Kids eight to eleven years old are getting hands on experience with our ecosystems this week with the Great Lakes Aquarium Wildlife Field Course. This week’s topic is Birds, Buckthorn, and Butterflies…

Superior Councilor Proposes Smoking Ban at Parks

He says he does not want smokers to keep non-smokers from visiting public parks like Barker's Island.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior City Councilor Brent Fennessey has asked the Parks and Recreation committee to come up with a draft of an ordinance to ban smoking at all city parks. He says he does not want smokers to keep non-smokers from visiting public parks like Barker’s Island. “I think if you’re at a park like this and someone is…

Yoga Practice at Glensheen

Classes are taught by an instructor from the studio Yoga North and are held on the lawn showing off beautiful views of Lake Superior.

DULUTH, Minn. – This summer, Tuesday nights are Yoga nights at Glensheen Mansion. Classes are taught by an instructor from the studio Yoga North and are held on the lawn showing off beautiful views of Lake Superior. The instructor, Dan Rowell, says these views can be beneficial for the mind during practice. “I find a lot of centering and balance…

Filling the Boots for Muscular Distrophy

Monday kicked off the boot filling on six busy streets around Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – For 13 years now Duluth firefighters have been on busy street corners filling the boot once a summer in support of the Muscular Distrophy Association (MDA). Monday kicked off the boot filling on six busy streets around Duluth. Each year the Duluth Fire Department raises on average $40,000 from the boot fillings. Along with organizations statewide, money…

Car Show and Swap Meet Crosses Finish Line

The meet is the largest in northern Minnesota and is held each year on the last weekend of July at the Itasca County fairgrounds.

DULUTH, Minn. – People from all over the country met in Grand Rapids this weekend for the annual Car Show and Swap Meet. The meet is the largest in northern Minnesota and is held each year on the last weekend of July at the Itasca County fairgrounds. “I don’t think people realizes how fun it is living up north or…

8th Annual All Pints North Festival

The festival featured 120 breweries and cideries, games,and of course plenty of beer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Beer and cider drinkers from around the region assembled at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth for All Pints North. The festival featured 120 breweries and cideries, games,and of course plenty of beer. This year, a new layout of tents in a circle around the park allowed for what some were saying was an even better atmosphere than…

Paddlemania on the St. Louis River

Dozens of expert and newbie kayakers get to experience the white water of the St. Louis River.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kayakers from the US and Canada rode the St. Louis River in Carlton for Paddlemania this weekend. Every year the Thomson Dam is opened wider releasing more water for maximum fun and extra flow for kayakers. Dozens of expert and newbie kayakers get to experience the white water of the St. Louis River. It has several different…

Outside Storytime by Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Parks and Recreation department joined hands with the Duluth Public Library to  bring an outdoor storytime to Bayfront Festival Park. Parents of young children gathered to hear stories, sing songs, and play music. The free event allows people of all backgrounds to attend and be exposed to the activities which are all geared at early…

Chance Meeting Leads to Friendship for Boy and Firefighter

No one could have predicted the boy who was saved would have a surprise reunion with that very same firefighter years later.

DULUTH, Minn. – What started off as an emergency call to firefighters and paramedics by a Northland woman with a high risk pregnancy turned into an unlikely friendship years later. Firefighters often help out on people’s worst days. So when Sarah Crowell went into labor and needed emergency assistance Duluth firefighter Captain Mark Herman was there. Though, no one could…

Lake Superior Days Educate About Invasive Species

Viles of the invasive species were on hand to teach the public how bad they can be for the water systems.

  DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior Days are this weekend and scientists are at the maritime museum in Duluth educating the public on invasive species lurking in the waters. Containers with the harmful species were on display with helpful information if someone comes across one of the species in the water. “Invasive species effect everyone so whether you are a…

Officials Lobby for F-35s to Come to Duluth

The plane is in Duluth for the airshow, and some leaders are trying to make them a permanent fixture at the 148th Fighter Wing.

DULUTH, Minn. – F-35 fighters are said to be the most lethal and advanced jets in the world. This weekend, they are in Duluth for the airshow, and some leaders are trying to make them a permanent fixture at the 148th Fighter Wing. Employees from plane maker Lockheed Martin and local leaders were at the Cirrus headquarters in Duluth trying…

R/V Heron Educating with Tours

The vessel routinely assists scientists and next week they will travel to Lake Michigan to study zebra muscles.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday, UMD’s research vessel the Blue Heron opened its doors for the public to learn what it does out on the water. The vessel routinely assists scientists and next week they will travel to Lake Michigan to study zebra muscles. The students and teachers on the ship say they love what they do and that it is…

Canal Park Snowflake Benches

Canal Park is now home to a unique bench design behind the DECC near the Minnesota Slip Bridge. The bench was designed and built by the crew at the Duluth Folk School in Lincoln Park. It’s described by some as a giant snowflake or honeycomb with relaxing views for all to enjoy. Duluth tourist and Becker Resident Kylee Remmers says,…

F-35’s Jetting Into Town for the Northland

The performance the F-35 puts on during the airshow should be just as impressive as its statistics.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Blue Angels will not be the only impressive planes in the skies for the Airshow, a jet called the F-35 might steal some of the spotlight. The plane boasts breakthrough aviation technology with a top speed of 1.6 times the speed of sound and a low speed of only 70 miles per hour. The performance the…

Blue Angels Soaring Into the Airshow

For 73 years, the Blue Angels have been taking to the skies to showcase precision and excellence in flying.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Navy Blue Angels arrived in town ahead of the upcoming Duluth Airshow. For 73 years, the Blue Angels have been taking to the skies to showcase precision and excellene in flying. Some formations require the planes to fly only 18 inches apart and the pilots understand ow important they are to the Navy. “It is I’d…

USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul to be Commissioned in Duluth

The ship will then sail the world with the name Minneapolis-Saint Paul displayed proudly.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson and the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, Jodi Greene were on hand Wednesday morning to announce the commissioning of littoral combat ship USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul will happen in Duluth. It is rare to commission a ship in a fresh water port. The ship is still being built in Marinette, Wis., and will be…

Bluegrass Camp Teaching Campers More Than Just Music

Campers get a chance to try the mandolin, fiddle, and banjo among others.

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Kids and teens are taking part in a bluegrass camp this week at Big Top Chautauqua. The venue which is normally filled with people and acts was reserved for an intensive 3-day camp where campers got to try their hands at mandolins, fiddles, banjos, and singing among other things that are all elements of bluegrass music. The…

Big Top Chautauqua Hosting Many Genres of Music this Summer

This summer, the big top looks a bit different as a protected space covering their tent was constructed to ensure years of music under the rare blue canvas.

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Big Top Chautauqua is in the midst of its 34th season under the tent featuring all different genres of music and dance. This summer, the big top looks a bit different as a protected space covering their tent was constructed to ensure years of music under the rare blue canvas. Organizers say that even though it looks…

Knowing Your Neighbor: Tugboat the Pier B Ambassador

He's the resort dog who is 15 months old and full of love.

DULUTH, Minn. – Pier B is known for its fantastic views of Lake Superior and the Twin Ports, but inside the doors is Tugboat. He’s the resort dog who is 15 months old and full of love. “Who doesn’t want to get check in by big brown eyes and a wagging tail,” said his owner and the director of operations…

Northlanders Beating the Heat

People were inside and outside finding ways to stay cool.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Northlanders are doing their best to cope with the climbing temperatures in the best ways they could. One way people were out was by the old standby, ice cream, at Love Creamery in West Duluth. “We have always 12 flavors and many of them are constantly changing so there’s always something new here and we had a…

Diving Bell Unearthed at Glensheen

Glensheen has always known it was lurking under the stones but this week was the first time they have seen it in all its glory.

DULUTH, Minn. – Glensheen Mansion dug up a diving bell, an unusual find that has been hiding under water and stones in their boathouse for decades. Glensheen has always known it was lurking under the stones but this week was the first time they have seen it in all its glory. For now, there are many secrets left surrounding the…

Duluth Council Resolution Aims to Encourage Businesses

The goal of the study is to closely examine permitting and zoning regulations in neighborhoods in need of development to figure out better ways to encourage new businesses.

DULUTH, Minn. – City councilors Arik Forsman and Noah Hobbs will introduce a resolution on Monday asking city planners to conduct a study. The goal of the study is to closely examine permitting and zoning regulations in neighborhoods in need of development to figure out better ways to encourage new businesses. This is all part of what are called transformational…

Dog Show Barking Its Way Into Duluth

Pups from all over North America gathered to see who would capture best in show by the end of the weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of pooches showed up looking their best at the first day of the Duluth Kennel Club Dog Show on Thursday. Pups from all over North America gathered to see who would capture best in show by the end of the weekend. Handler and owner Penny Tuominen knows it is not just about good looks but personality…

St. Louis County Swears In Officers

The event not only focused on those being sworn in but it also served as a recognition ceremony for the ones working behind the scenes.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County swore in 14 new deputies and correction officers during a ceremony in front of their family and friends on Thursday. The event not only focused on those being sworn in but it also served as a recognition ceremony for the ones working behind the scenes. A special commendation was made for the radio maintenance…

Strawberry Picking Kicks off for the Season

Dozens of berry lovers are out picking Spectrum Farm Strawberries on the first day of the season.

CARLTON, Minn. – Strawberry picking season is finally underway at Spectrum Farm Strawberries in Carlton. The season is starting about a week late this year due to inclement weather in the spring, and on Wednesday, they finally opened for the public to pick the berries. “They are fabulous right out of the field they are sweet they are juicy they…

Despite Construction Sidewalk Days Starts on Superior Street

The annual event kicked off with warm weather, cheese curds, and sales.

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite all the construction, Sidewalk Days kicked off on Superior St. on Wednesday. People of all ages were out enjoying the warm weather, eating some cheese curds, and children were even getting lessons in bubble blowing and block building from the Children’s Museum. “There’s a lot of education with playing that is something he Children’s Museum likes…

Mont Du Lac Working on New Improvements

A multi-million dollar plan is underway and expected to be done by Bowfest

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Mont Du Lac resort is often associated with winter and downhill skiing, but this summer crews have been working to add many new summer amenities just in time for their annual archery event Bowfest. Three major projects are currently underway including new log cabins, a brand new 20 spot r-v park, as well as a bay restoration…

New Housing Developments Coming to Duluth

Two affordable housing developments to be built in Duluth Heights and Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson announced on Tuesday new housing developments in Duluth, both with affordable housing elements. The $27.5 million plan will help add 119 new units in two different locations. One project called the Bluffs will be a 35 unit senior development in Duluth Heights. 20 percent of the units will be available for an elderly waiver…

Sidewalk Days Gearing Up On Superior Street

The annual sidewalk days kicks off on Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite road construction the Sidewalks Days in downtown Duluth will kick off on Wednesday on Superior Street. The event goes for three days and promises five blocks of live music while businesses will be out selling their products in front of their stores. “There’s a lot of people that come down to sidewalk days that aren’t maybe…