Author: Katharine Huntley

Minnesota’s First COVID-19 Saliva Testing Site Coming to Duluth Starting Wednesday

The free testing will be available at the DECC through at least the end of the year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota’s first COVID-19 saliva testing site is opening in Duluth this Wednesday. It’s all part of a pilot testing program from the state. The testing will be free to those who feel the need to be tested. The nasal swab is no longer the only option for COVID testing. “We want testing available to anyone who feels…

Northland Red Cross Volunteers Helping with Wildfire Relief

Some volunteers are on the ground in Salem, Oregon near where the Beachie Creek fire is burning.

SALEM, Oregon – Nearly one dozen Red Cross disaster workers from the Northland are deployed to the wildfires out west and down south with the hurricane response efforts. Some volunteers are on the ground in Salem, Oregon near where the Beachie Creek fire is burning. They are helping feed and comfort people who unsure if their homes are burned to…

Duluth Elementary Students Begin In-Person Hybrid Learning

Elementary students with the Duluth school district are on a hybrid model where kids get in-person learning two days a week with the rest distance learning.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth students at Homecroft Elementary masked up and headed into school for the first time in six months. Elementary students with the Duluth school district are on a hybrid model where kids get in-person learning two days a week with the rest distance learning. A mother of a kindergartener told Fox 21 she was sad she couldn’t…

Breeze Inn Kicks Off Oktoberfest

Even though the event is a bit different because of COVID-19, it didn't put a stop to the polka music.

LAKEWOOD, Minn. – The Breeze Inn in Lakewood kicked off its annual Oktoberfest event this weeekend. Even though the event is a bit different because of COVID-19, it didn’t put a stop to the polka music. The Polkarobics band was there on Sunday playing at the restaurant and bar. Instead of the usual one big tent, there’s a small open-air…

A Look Back at Trump, Biden in Northern Minnesota

On Friday, just 46 days a head of the election President Donald Trump and Joe Biden hit the battleground state of Minnesota to sway the vote in their direction.

DULUTH, Minn. – Presidental candidates came to the Nothaland this week campaigning for the upcoming presidential election which is a month and a half away. On Friday, just 46 days ahead of the election President Donald Trump and Joe Biden hit the battleground state of Minnesota to sway the vote in their direction. The day started when Joe Biden stopped…

Duluth Police Recover 17 Bullet Casings After Early Sunday Morning Shooting

Squads canvassed the area and located no suspects. No injuries reported

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police officers heard several shots in the area of the 100 Block of the E #2 Alley around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. That location is the alley between 1st and 2nd streets — behind the former Kozy building. When squad cars arrived they located 17 casings and a damaged sign. Officers received a report and spoke to…

76 Years Later WWII Proctor Veteran Receives Military Honors After Being Lost at Sea

Proctor-native and merchant marine Sterling LeRoy Bird, better known as Sting, went missing and presumed lost at sea in WWII.

DULUTH, Minn. – A special military honors ceremony was held at Oneota Cemetery for a Proctor veteran who was lost at sea during WWII. Proctor-native and merchant marine Sterling LeRoy Bird, better known as Sting, went missing and presumed lost at sea in WWII. It happened after a Japanese submarine torpedoed the Liberty Ship he was on. Now, 76 years…

Project Joy Switches to Drive-Thru Fundraiser

Most years, Project Joy has a large fundraiser in November at the Duluth Curling Club, however, the ongoing pandemic has likely stopped that from happening.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Project Joy, an organization that raises money to combat childhood hunger, held a fundraiser drive-thru style at Foster’s Sports Bar and Grill in Hermantown on Saturday. Most years, Project Joy has a large fundraiser in November at the Duluth Curling Club, however, the ongoing pandemic has likely stopped that from happening. Cars drove through the parking lot…

Free Microchipping Clinic Offered in Carlton County

It was free for Carlton County residents while out-of-county residents paid just $20.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Furry friends in Carlton County were microchipped for free at Veteran’s Park in Cloquet on Saturday. Owners of dogs and cats pulled up for the drive-thru clinic. It was free for Carlton County residents while out-of-county residents paid just $20. Funds go to supporting Northern Lakes Rescue. The actual microchipping takes just seconds and only is a…

Ballot Question Asks Superior Citizens About Potential Part-Time Mayor

Mayor Paine says he is voting "no" because citizens deserve to be able to vote for the people who are leading their community.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As ballots are going out to people in Superior this week, Mayor Jim Paine has announced he will be voting against potentially making future mayors part-time and hiring a city administrator. Mayor Paine says he is voting “no” because citizens deserve to be able to vote for the people who are leading their community. This is on…

Trees Planted on Duluth’s Arbor Day

New ironwood and cherry chokes now have a home along a stretch of greenspace on Nashua Street after the city cut down declining black ash trees a year ago.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth observed its own Arbor Day by planting some trees on a boulevard in West Duluth on Thursday. New ironwood and cherry chokes now have a home along a stretch of greenspace on Nashua Street after the city cut down declining black ash trees a year ago. The city plants around half of its…

Little League Coaches Hit Dingers in Home Run Derby

Normally, the year-ender would have meant a massive party, but COVID-19 only allowed the coaches to gather.

DULUTH, Minn.  – Duluth Little League coaches celebrated the end of a summer season with a home run derby on Thursday. Normally, the year-ender would have meant a massive party, but COVID-19 only allowed the coaches to gather. It was the coaches’ turn to launch some dingers into the stands as a thank you to them after coaching during an…

Duluth’s Mesabi Preschool Academy Accepting More Children

Opening a business in the era of COVID-19 is no easy task and uncertainty now surrounds the daycare industry even while there is still a shortage of available options.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mesabi Preschool Academy in the Weiland building is officially open. This new business has had to adapt as the global pandemic is ongoing. Opening a business in the era of COVID-19 is no easy task and uncertainty now surrounds the daycare industry even while there is still a shortage of available options. When Shelly Vanneste signed the…

Council Votes Unanimously to Hire a Potential Developer for Duluth’s Enger Park Golf Course’s Driving Range

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Council voted unanimously on Monday to hire a developer to begin making plans for turning the Enger Park Golf Course’s driving range into affordable housing. City leaders say the driving range could be moved to another portion of the course. Money made from the sale of the parkland would be invested back into the golf…

Duluth City Council Votes to Make Chester Park Trail Skiing-Only

Both pedestrians and cross-country skiers have shared the trail over the years, but some city parks officials say the steep trail, blind corners, and large numbers of people using the trail makes it risky for people using the trail in different ways.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Council voted 6-3 on Monday to make one Chester Park trail ski-only during the winter months. Councilors Joel Sipress, Derek Medved, and Roz Randorf voted against the resolution. Both pedestrians and cross-country skiers have shared the trail over the years, but some city parks officials say the steep trail, blind corners, and large numbers of…

Duluth City Council Passes Resolution to Hire Firm to Look at Spirit Mountain’s Finances

The resolution calls for spending $74,000 to hire the firm SE Group to do the analysis.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council unanimously passed a resolution to hire a consulting firm to look deeper into the finances of Spirit Mountain on Monday. The resolution calls for spending $74,000 to hire the firm SE Group to do the analysis. That work is aimed at helping the recently formed Spirit Mountain Task Force which is determining the…

UW-Superior Small Business Development Center Wins Statewide Award

It honors how hard the center has worked to help businesses through the pandemic and the associate state director says businesses that are struggling can look to the small business development center for free resources to get help.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Small Business Development Center at UW-Superior was given a statewide award for excellence and innovation on Monday. The award was presented to the center’s director Andy Donahue. It honors how hard the center has worked to help businesses through the pandemic and the associate state director says businesses that are struggling can look to the small…

Pumpkin Patch Opens at Miller Hill Mall

DC's Best Produce's pumpkin patch opened this past weekend and hundreds of gourds are on sale.

DULUTH, Minn. – People in the Twin Ports can now get their fall decorations like mums, squash, and pumpkins up at Miller Hill Mall. DC’s Best Produce’s pumpkin patch opened this past weekend and hundreds of gourds are on sale. This year, the business is asking people who are sick to stay home and have a mask on hand when…

Spirit Mountain, Enger Park Development, Chester Park Trail Changes Among Agenda Items for Monday’s Council Meeting

Duluth City Council will vote on Monday, September 14.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s city councilors are getting ready to vote on several resolutions at Monday’s meeting dealing with parks and trails. The aging seawall behind the DECC has been prone to flooding over the past few years during storms. The city council will be voting on a resolution to seek a $3.5 million federal grant to help pay for…

Duluth Parks and Recreation Launches New Program Called Afternoon Adventures

The program invites first through fifth graders to Grant Park to come together, play, learn, and have time to interact with each other in a safe way.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new program called Afternoon Adventures is being launched this fall by the city of Duluth Parks and Recreation. The program invites first through fifth graders to Grant Park to come together, play, learn, and have time to interact with each other in a safe way. They hope to have kids enjoy outdoor activities and will even…

People Demonstrate in Support of Police

The supporters held signs and flew flags in support of the police department.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Several people gathered in downtown Superior to show off their support for the police. The supporters held signs and flew flags in support of the police department. Saturday’s demonstration came together through several Facebook groups, one of which gained 3000 members in just two weeks. They say they represent Minnesota and Wisconsin and came out on Saturday…

Fitger’s Brewhouse Reaches 25th Anniversary Milestone

The business was started back in 1995 and to celebrate the milestone birthday they are offering a cherry batch ale and sour.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fitger’s Brewhouse has officially turned 25 years old. The business was started back in 1995 and to celebrate the milestone birthday they are offering a cherry batch ale and sour. It all started when two guys had an idea while sitting in their dorm room in college more than two decades ago. Just last year, Fitger’s Brewhouse…

After Postponement Fitgers 5K Rings Starting Bell

The event looked a bit different this year, but runners were still able to cross the finish line nonetheless.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 400 runners raced through Duluth for the annual Fitgers 5K which was postponed from April due to the pandemic. The event looked a bit different this year, but runners were still able to cross the finish line nonetheless. After COVID-19 postponed the Fitgers 5K in April, runners finally got a chance to get out and…

Former Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler Disbarred

The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed the petition alleging Pertler committed professional misconduct warranting public discipline.

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – The Minnesota Supreme Court has disbarred former Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler. The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed the petition alleging Pertler committed professional misconduct warranting public discipline. The Office allegedly says Pertler failed to disclose known police misconduct to those who needed the information, failed to implement a Brady policy, and failed to train…

Northland K-9 Foundation Hosts “Pup-Up” Shop in Hermantown

The foundation helps fund police K-9 needs in Duluth, Superior, and Hermantown, as well as St. Louis and Douglas Counties.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Northland K-9 Foundation hosted its final “Pup-Up” event at the Hermantown Dairy Queen on Thursday. The foundation helps fund police K-9 needs in Duluth, Superior, and Hermantown, as well as St. Louis and Douglas Counties. They sold shirts, dog face masks, stuffed animals, and other items. The “pup-up” came together after the typical “Operation K-9” fundraiser…

DECC Confident About Holding Future Events After Trump Jr. Visit

The DECC opened its doors to Donald Trump Jr. and no more than a total of 250 people per the governor's order.

DULUTH, Minn. – The DECC is calling Wednesday’s “Make America Great Again” rally with Donald Trump Jr. a successful first big event for the convention center since it closed months ago because of COVID-19. The DECC opened its doors to Donald Trump Jr. and no more than a total of 250 people per the governor’s order. Chairs were spread out…

West Theater Hosts First Live Concert Since Reopening

The theater could only welcome 25% of it's normal capacity, but it was able to have a near-sellout for the first time in many months.

DULUTH, Minn. – The West Theatre hosted its first indoor concert since reopening after COVID-19 hit. The theater could only welcome people in a 25% capacity, but they were able to have a near-sellout for the first time in many months. “It was like Christmas in September, truly,” said Owner Bob Boone of The West Theatre. The theater opened in…

Diocese of Duluth’s Bishop-Elect Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegation

Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy's resignation comes just two months after his appointment by Pope Francis.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Diocese of Duluth’s Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy has resigned after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the 1980s. Mulloy’s resignation comes just two months after his appointment by Pope Francis. Mulloy was set to take over the post on October 1. Previously, he was a priest in the diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota…

DFL Hosts Drive-Through Chili Cook-Off in Cloquet

Normally the city hosts a Labor Day parade and picnic, but those were canceled in light of the pandemic.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The DFL party candidates participated in a Labor Day drive-through chili cook-off at Veterans Park on Monday. Normally the city hosts a Labor Day parade and picnic, but those were canceled in light of the pandemic. At the cook-off, people could also get the chili on a drive-through basis to stay as safe as possible. Sour cream…

Families Hunting for Agates on Chilly Day at Brighton Beach

Families traveled from around Minnesota to sit by the water, fish, and hunt for agates.

DULUTH, Minn. – At Brighton Beach on Monday, the cooler weather didn’t stop many people from enjoying summer’s last holiday weekend. Families traveled from around Minnesota to sit by the water, fish, and hunt for agates. “Winter is about to be here and we kind of hibernate at that point it’s right around the corner,” said Shayla Fruth who is…

Blacklist Serving Up Orange Whips on a Busy Labor Day Weekend

Employees at Blacklist say it's been a busy summer, a trend that has continued into Labor Day Weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – On a busy Labor Day Weekend the Blacklist Brewing Company has been serving up a special kind of drink called an orange whip. The drink is shot of beer with a splash of orange juice. Employees at Blacklist say it’s been a busy summer, a trend that has continued into Labor Day Weekend. Blacklist also has axe…

Fireworks Light up Two Harbors in Honor of First Responders

People from Two Harbors and neighboring communities gathered around Agate Bay on Saturday to take in the loud booms of fireworks over the water.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – After a summer where many events have been canceled, Two Harbors lit up the sky with fireworks on Saturday in honor of first responders. People from Two Harbors and neighboring communities gathered around Agate Bay on Saturday to take in the loud booms of fireworks over the water. “If you can get a little bit of…

Fireworks Light Up Two Harbors Sky

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The North Shore of Minnesota was aglow on Saturday evening during fireworks in Two Harbors. They blasted off over the Agate Bay and were one of the few fireworks that happened in the Northland this summer. They were done in honor of first responders and essential workers. For some people, it was a nice way to…

Hundreds Celebrate Opening of Iron River’s “Across the Pond” Veterans Park

Five years ago Ray Kangas, a veteran himself, had a dream to start a veterans' park in Iron River and Saturday, that dream started coming true as phase one of the Across the Pond Veterans' Park officially opened.

IRON RIVER, Wis. – Hundreds came out to see the cutting of the ribbon at the brand new Across the Pond Veterans Park on Saturday after five years in development. Five years ago Ray Kangas, a veteran himself, had a dream to start a veterans’ park in Iron River. Saturday, that dream started coming true as phase one of the…

Howie’s Mud Bog Coming to Finlayson This Weekend

The event attracts people with all different types of mega trucks and four-wheelers to jump through the mud bog.

FINLAYSON, Minn. – Howie’s Mud Bog is open and ready to get some vehicles dirty. The event attracts people with all different types of mega trucks and four-wheelers to jump through the mud bog. The whole event started 27 years ago when Howie and his friends hosted a party for people to go mudding. Normally, the event brings more than…

Duluth Mayor, Police Chief Address 14 Recent Shootings

As of Thursday, the Duluth Police Department has faced 24 shootings so far in 2020 with more than a dozen happening since July compared to the 22 shootings for all of 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – Police Chief Mike Tusken and Mayor Emily Larson addressed a concerning rise in violence at a press conference Thursday after 14 shooting incidents within the past two months resulting in injuries and a sense of fear for some. As of Thursday, the Duluth Police Department has faced 24 shootings so far in 2020 with more than a…

Duluth Drift-Toppers Raising Money to Replace 30-Year-Old Aging Groomer

On top of the $60,000 federal grant they've received, they need to raise around $30,000 more dollars to get a more reliable and up to date used groomer and drag.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Drift-Toppers snowmobile club has received a grant from the Department of Natural Resources after their nearly 30-year-old trail groomer broke down last year. The club thinks they can get through one more year with the aging groomer they have now. On top of the $60,000 federal grant they’ve received, they need to raise around $30,000…

Proctor Debuts Temporary Road Project to Test a Potential Permanent Future Design

The hope is to encourage traffic to slow down, reduce possible confusing traffic movements, and increase visibility for pedestrians and drivers to see each other.

PROCTOR, Minn. – A temporary demonstration project was installed at two intersections in downtown Proctor to test a more permanent design for the future. The goal is to narrow the entire width of the drivable road at two intersections: 5th avenue and 2nd street leading to the high school, the other at Hwy. 2 and 2nd street. The temporary projects…

Proctor’s District Nurse Preparing for Uncertain Year

Carlie Anderson has been working with the administration all summer to make sure they have a plan in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when the school year starts.

PROCTOR, Minn. – As schools around the area prepare to open their doors again, school nurses have been working all summer to find ways to keep students healthy. Normally some nurses have the summer off work, but this year Proctor School District’s nurse, Carlie Anderson, has been working with the administration to make sure they have a plan in place…

More than 100 Vehicles Cruise in Support of Boy Fighting Cancer

Nine-year-old Jeremiah Olson is a lover of classic cars and will be having surgery for a brain tumor later this week.

CLOQUET, Minn. – More than 100 classic cars and motorcycles cruised by a Saginaw boy on Thursday to wish him well before his upcoming surgery on a brain tumor. Nine-year-old Jeremiah Olson is a lover of classic cars. Earlier this summer he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He will be headed down to the cities this week to have…

South Superior Businesses Sidewalk Sale Attracts Many

Participating businesses include Shamrock Pizza, Shannon's Stained Glassery, Junk and Disorderly along with others.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – South Superior business owners got together and held a sidewalk sale to encourage shoppers to patronize local businesses. Participating businesses include Shamrock Pizza, Shannon’s Stained Glassery, Junk and Disorderly along with others. Business owners say lots of people came out to shop back to school items for kids. After a summer of many canceled events, today was…

18-Year-Old Pilot Soaring Towards Career in Aviation

Anna Kapsner earned her pilot's license at 17 years old and paid for it working a job at Super One. She's now in college in hopes of becoming a commercial airline pilot.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Many teenagers haven’t gotten their driver’s license by 17 years of age to drive a car, but Anna Kapsner has worked to get her pilot’s license by that age. She’s now 18 and can be found flying high above the Northland while many people in the Twin Ports go about their daily business. For the past few…

Esko Woman Personalizing Kids’ Face Masks

For three years now, Amy Feely has been turning her passion for crafting into a business called Esko Trails.

ESKO, Minn. – With some kids getting ready to head back to school around the region, many places are requiring parents to label their children’s masks. For three years now, Amy Feely has been turning her passion for crafting into a business called Esko Trails. She came up with an idea recently to personalize face masks for kids. It started…

Duluth’s City Council Approves Funding for Storm-Damaged Lakewalk, Brighton Beach

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve up to $4.5 million in bond money to finish the $20-million Lakewalk reconstruction project. Most of the project is being funded through storm relief from the federal government. A city spokesperson says the city’s obligation of up to $4.5 million is best paid by a bond right now…

Businesses and UMD Students React to Decision to Push Back Move-In Day by Two Weeks

Some local businesses that college kids go to say they won't see too much of a change with the push back of move-in.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at UMD were getting ready to move into the dorms this Wednesday and now that date has been pushed back until at least September 9. Some parents had already asked for the day off work to help their kids move in. One UMD senior says he isn’t really impacted by the decision but his freshman sister…

Athletes Participate in Cider Run 5K at Wild State

In a summer where many typical running events were canceled due to COVID-19, Sunday's Cider Run gave runners and walkers a chance to feel that race experience.

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite all the fog and mugginess, athletes ran a Cider Run around the Lincoln Park Craft District on Sunday. The roughly 5 kilometers started and ended ad Wild State Cider on West Superior Street. In a summer where many typical running events were canceled due to COVID-19, Sunday’s Cider Run gave runners and walkers a chance to…

Lake Wood Designs’ Showroom Opens in Lincoln Park

Owner Devin Garrett takes reclaimed wood from buildings and crafts it into customized items for clients.

DULUTH, Minn. – A grand opening was held for the new Lake Wood Designs showroom in Lincoln Park displaying original wood designs. Owner Devin Garrett takes reclaimed wood from buildings and crafts it into customized items for clients. The new space allows Garrett to show off finished products. There’s also a special wall displaying the types and colors of wood…

Salvation Army Rookie Basketball Player Raises Funds to Help Others Play as Well

12-year-old Nathan Easty sold sporting goods outside of his home on Saturday to raise money for scholarships to play basketball.

DULUTH, Minn. – A 12-year-old basketball player in the Salvation Army’s Rookie Basketball Association raised funds to help others afford the chance to play on Saturday. Nathan Easty is the youngest of five brothers who have all played in the Rookie Basketball Association where their father is also a coach. So when Nathan had an idea to help fellow basketball…

University of Minnesota System’s President Suggesting Changes to Beginning of School Year

Nothing is set in stone yet, this proposal will be considered by the university's Board of Regents during a special meeting on Monday morning.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The University of Minnesota system’s president is suggesting some changes to the beginning of the school year which would potentially impact the Duluth campus. In a letter from President Joan Gabel (found here), she is suggesting move-in dates at UMD and two other schools to be postponed for at least two weeks to provide additional time to…

Superior’s Sweet Streets Program Encourages Helmet Wearing

When Superior police see a youngster on a bike all geared up with a helmet, they hand them the so-called ticket that's good for a free scoop of ice cream at Sweeden Sweets on Tower Avenue.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Kids in Superior who wear their helmets while riding their bikes are getting pulled over by police and written tickets for a good reason. The tickets are part of a reward program called Sweet Streets. When Superior police see a youngster on a bike all geared up with a helmet, they hand them the so-called ticket that’s…