Author: Katharine Huntley

Cirque Du Soleil Crystal Helps Young Skaters Shine

Thursday night two performers met with members of the Duluth Figure Skating Club to teach the young skaters new elements.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cirque Du Soleil Crystal is gliding into Duluth for 6 shows. Many of the acrobats will be on ice skates, and on Thursday night two performers met with members of the Duluth Figure Skating Club to teach the young skaters new elements. “I was privileged enough to have really idols and heroes, skating heroes, in my life…

Dining in the Dark to Support Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss

Attendees enjoyed their meal while blindfolded.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss hosted a different kind of event tonight called “Dinner in the Dark” where people enjoyed a meal while blindfolded. The dinner allowed the public to experience food in a different way and understand a small bit of what those who experience vision loss go through on a daily basis. “I think…

UWS Hosts Sexual Assault Mock Trial

The trial was just one of many events scheduled this month observing sexual assault month.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – University of Wisconsin – Superior hosted a sexual assault mock trial on Wednesday. The trial was just one of many events scheduled this month observing sexual assault month. The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) hosted the mock trial. The event also featured posters created by students highlighting the theme this year involving understanding consent. The…

Sammy’s Celebrates 65th Anniversary

The local chain is giving back to Disabled American Veterans chapters.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sammy’s Pizza is celebrating its 65th anniversary by raising money for others in need. All day on Thursday, Sammy’s Pizza locations throughout the Northland will honor the armed forces by donating 65 percent of all sales to Disabled American Veterans chapters. “It’s an anniversary, and I think everyone’s excited to celebrate. We’ve been around for so long…

Pita Pit Closes in Maurice’s Building

The chain's sign on West Superior Street is gone and the space is now dark.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Pita Pit located in the Maurice’s building in downtown Duluth has closed. The chain’s sign on West Superior Street is gone and the space is now dark. Pita Pit opened there in late 2016 and it was the only Pita Pit in the Northland. It is not known why the sandwich shop closed but the hours…

Rebuilding the Past Duluth and Notre Dame

DULUTH, Minn. – An associate French professor we spoke to at UMD says there’s a local education takeaway from the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. The rebuilding process will involve masons and workers who are skilled in the old way of doing things. Locally, that highlights the need for workers trained to repair things the way they were designed. “Should…

Husky Hosts Rebuilding Open House

Tonight, Husky shared their plans for the rebuilding process during a community listening session.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Next week marks the one year anniversary of the Husky Refinery explosion. Tonight, Husky shared their plans for the rebuilding process during a community listening session at Superior Middle School. Earlier this month Husky Refinery announced plans for a $400 million dollar rebuild that will bring 350 jobs at its peak. “The refinery was safe before. We’ve…

First Saltie of the Season Arrives in the Twin Ports

The Maria G out of Malta arrived on Monday morning.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first saltie of the season arrived in Duluth at 6:48 a.m. on Monday morning. This year’s first ocean going vessel was the Maria G out of Malta, a small island south of Italy. This is the second time she’s been first saltie to kick off the shipping season in the Twin Ports. Each year an ocean…

Governor Evers Holds Budget Listening Session in Superior

The event allowed Evers and his staff to hear from local Wisconsinites about the state's budget.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers hosted a budget listening session tonight in Superior. The event allowed Evers and his staff to hear from local Wisconsinites about the state’s budget. It proposes a significant investment for public schools for the first time in many years. “So for the first time in many years, I think a lot of…

NCAA Champion Bulldogs Return to Duluth

The team returned to a police escort.

DULUTH, Minn. – Coming off their second consecutive national championship, UMD men’s hockey returned to Duluth on Sunday. From the Duluth airport, they were immediately taken by police escort to their hockey home at Amsoil Arena. The players were all smiles as they walked off the bus wearing their brand new NCAA champions gear, and for senior forward Billy Exell,…

CSS Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Versus Minnesota Morris

Saints Maggie Schley threw a no-hitter in game one.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Scholastica swept a double header versus Minnesota Morris on Saturday afternoon 9-0 and 6-1. The players were out before the game shoveling the field, getting it ready to go after a snowy couple of days in the Northland. Saints Maggie Schley threw a no hitter along with four strikeouts. Nicole Anders had two hits, two runs,…

Port Wing Native Megan Gustafson Drafted into the WNBA

She was the 17th pick overall.

  NEW YORK CITY – Port Wing native Megan Gustafson was drafted seventeenth overall in the WNBA draft on Wednesday night to the Dallas Wings. This comes on the heels of a banner year for Gustafson who helped lead the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball team to the Elite Eight. She also won a slew of national awards including the prestigious Naismith…

State Runner-Up Duluth Marshall Baseball Motivated for the Season

The Hilltoppers finally get outside to practice despite the Duluth weather.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers baseball team is back and ready for action this year after losing in the state title game last year. The team was able to get outside and practice before their first game, which is not always guaranteed given weather in the Northland. “We’ve been trying to get out here for the longest time,…

Duluth Marshall Wins Home Opener Against Aitkin

Hilltoppers pitcher Ben Pederson starred with 10 strikeouts.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall handily beat Aitkin in their home opener at Wade Stadium 11-3. Hilltoppers phenom pitcher, and University of Missouri commit, Ben Pederson helped keep scores off the board for the win with 10 strikeouts. Categories: High School, Sports

UWS Softball Surging Back after Tough Start

UWS swept their first two conference doubleheaders.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UWS softball took their first two conference doubleheaders and swept them both. They are now 4-0 in the UMAC. They are coming back after a tough start to their season in Florida, losing 13 of their 14 spring games. “I think it’s kinda been a refresh, kinda a reset for us. Often times the conference season can…

UWS Baseball Swept by Crown in Doubleheader

Despite homeruns, the UWS team dropped two games.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UWS baseball team couldn’t stop the hot bats of Crown in either game of the doubleheader as the Storm beat the Yellowjackets 7-5 in the first game, and 17-6 in the second. The first game was a back and forth game in the fog, including Yellowjackets Travis Miller with a deep home run to left, but…

Northern Star: UMD Bulldogs Men’s Hockey

For this week's segment, we hear from the Bulldogs before they head out to Buffalo for the Frozen Four.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey team is embarking on their third straight trip to the Frozen Four. For this week’s Northern Star, hear from the Bulldogs before they head out to Buffalo to try to defend their title. “Some people don’t get the opportunity obviously to even make a regional, in the four years that they go to college…

Hermantown Softball’s Tom Bang Retires in Style

After 41 seasons as the program's coach and founder, many came out to celebrate his tenure.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – After more than 40 years coaching Hermantown softball, the program Tom Bang has retired. Saturday, the Hermantown community helped the coach go out with a bang after he led the team to 23 state tournaments and three state championships during his tenure. “Well after 41 years of coaching, we thought we would try to in a way…

Arrowhead Home and Builder Show Opens at the DECC

The show specializes in building, remodeling, home, and garden.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Arrowhead Home and Builder’s Show has been a staple of spring in Duluth for 53 years. The show specializes in building, remodeling, home, and garden. “Yeah I think it’s a good way to kick–start the spring cleaning and just feel better about your house it’s summertime,” said Dillon Lee from Duluth. The show features well over…

Bulldogs Baseball Split Doubleheader with Mavericks

UMD picked up their first win of the season against MSU-Mankato.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UMD baseball team got better results Tuesday afternoon as they split their doubleheader series against Minnesota State-Mankato at NBC Spartan Sports Complex. In the first game, the Bulldogs earned their first home win of the season and beat Mankato 10-6. Centerfielder Henry George led the team with two runs and three hits in five at-bats. In…

Fans Celebrate Frozen Four Bound UMD Men’s Hockey

Fans all over the Twin Ports celebrated the win just after 8 o'clock on Sunday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the third year in a row the UMD Bulldogs men’s hockey is headed to the Frozen Four NCAA hockey tournament. Fans all over the Twin Ports celebrated the win just after 8 o’clock on Sunday night. For one lifelong fan, at The Reef in Duluth, it’s so much more than just a hockey game. “Duluth as…

Maple Syrup Making at Bagley Nature Center

The community came out to celebrate native culture while the sap boiled down to make syrup over a fire.

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) at UMD hosted a maple syrup making event at Bagley Nature Center. The community came out to celebrate native culture while the sap boiled down to make syrup over a fire. “We just wanted a cultural event that we can get the community involved and show them some older…

Fish and Game Show Reels in Outdoorsmen

Lots of camouflage was on hand at the event hosted by the fish and game league of Douglas County.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual fish and game show is happening this weekend at Wessman Arena in Superior. Lots of camouflage was on hand at the event hosted by the fish and game league of Douglas County. Every year it draws thousands of people and dozens of vendors who have a love for being outdoors. One vendor tells us he…

Jersey Mike’s Gives Back

The store donated 100 percent of their profits nationwide to charities on Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jersey Mike’s here in Duluth and all over the country donated 100 percent of their proceeds to charities. Duluth’s location is giving back by donating their proceeds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Minnesota which will benefit one local teen and is bringing in hungry people from all over to get in on the month of…

Mayor Larson Announces Re-Election Campaign

She spoke about her time in office so far and how she plans to take Duluth into the future.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson held a news conference Wednesday to announce her re-election campaign. She spoke about her time in office so far and how she plans to take Duluth into the future. Transparancey in the city government has been a main staple of her tenure and she says that will not be changing. “Every single day when…

Lake Superior College Hosts Career and Transfer Day

Today they especially focused on recruiting future college graduates.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College hosted a career and transfer day Wednesday for students, professionals, and the public. Today they especially focused on recruiting future college graduates. More than 60 companies attended the event and recruiters also had a presence at the event, and say sometimes people enlist when they’re not quite sure what field they’d like to enter….

Duluth and Superior Suing Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

The mayors of both cities said they have two major reasons for joining the lawsuit: to recover monetary damages and injunctive relief.

NORTHLAND – The cities of Duluth and Superior are both filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The mayors of both cities said they have two major reasons for joining the lawsuit: to recover monetary damages and injunctive relief. Injunctive relief will force drug companies to stop doing the things which led to creating the epidemic. The cities are hiring…

UMD Clean Snowmobile Team Finishes Season

They're aiming at making snowmobiles cleaner, quieter, and more efficient.

DULUTH, Minn. – Each year the UMD clean snowmobile team modifies a stock sled to make it cleaner, quieter, and more efficient. The team finished 7th against other top collegiate teams in the country this year. They try to cut down on harmful emissions but also on the noise pollution. “If you live close to a trail or something and…

Back to the Grind with Coffee Cupping at the Duluth Folk School

A unique way of tasting coffee was tested out at the Duluth Folk School on Tuesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – A unique way of tasting coffee was tested out at the Duluth Folk School this week. Northlanders took part in a process called coffee cupping which involves smelling and tasting different types of roasts to fully understand the dynamics of the beans. “I really enjoy exposing people to different coffees and coffee origins really to open people’s…

Healthcare Advocates Discuss Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21 in Two Harbors

The American Lung Association successfully helped lead other campaigns for the change in age in Duluth, Hermantown, as well as 26 other cities in Minnesota.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Healthcare professionals are advocating for changes to tobacco laws in Two Harbors, raising the minimum legal buying age to 21. The American Lung Association successfully helped lead campaigns for the change in age in Duluth, Hermantown, as well as 26 other cities in Minnesota. The association says that vaping has become an epidemic for young people…

Two Harbors Shopko’s Closing Will Make Noticeable Impact

The Two Harbors location will be shutting its doors at the beginning of the summer and dozens of people will lose their jobs.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Shopko recently announced they’ll be liquidating all of their stores including Two Harbors. The Two Harbors location will be shutting its doors at the beginning of the summer and 30-40 people will lose their jobs. The Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce says apart from the loss of jobs many people who live in the area…

Icy Conditions Lead to Increased Fall Risk

The warming and cooling trend here in the Northland has led to ice build up in many spots.

DULUTH, Minn. – The warming and cooling trend here in the Northland has led to ice build up in many spots. There are steps you can take to help avoid slipping, says a local medical profssional. “Walking like a penguin so to speak with your weight a little forward and your feet spread out a little bit taking steps cautious…

13th Annual Lawmen Police Hockey Tournament

Teams in the Lawmen Tournament compete for bragging rights and to raise money for a great cause.

DULUTH, Minn. – Police teams from Minnesota and Canada are competing in the annual Lawmen Hockey tournament at Heritage Hockey Center. Teams in the Lawmen tournament compete for bragging rights and to raise money for a great cause that helps families with ill children in the Duluth area. “I think the Duluth Police Department has realized that the northern lights…

Fish Frying it Up at Bridgeman’s

Bridgeman's in Duluth is a Minnesota institution and serves up fried walleye every Wednesday and Friday year round.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday during lent is a popular time for fried fish. Bridgeman’s in Duluth is a Minnesota institution and serves up fried walleye every Wednesday and Friday year round. “Some of these people become almost like family and I’m not just saying that to say it they really do I’ve seen a lot of people come and go…

Bockfest Begins at Fitger’s

The German-style festival that continues into this weekend features the Lake Superior Brewing Split Rock Bock beer.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 25th Annual Bockfest kicked off this evening at Fitger’s with the Blessing of the Bock. The German-style festival that continues into this weekend features the Lake Superior Brewing Split Rock Bock beer. A hot poker is used to effectively “caramelize” people’s brews. Many look forward to Bockfest as the turning of the season. “Spring is somewhere…

Harlem Globetrotter Visits Lakewood Elementary

The Globetrotters travel the world promoting a message to end violence and bullying among children all while showing off trick shots.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Harlem Globetrotter stopped by Lakewood Elementary this week to spread a message against bullying. The Globetrotters travel the world promoting a message to end violence and bullying among children all while showing off trick shots. “One thing about the Globetrotters is it’s beyond basketball we are ambassadors of good will and I get a chance to…

High Water Threat in Superior

Crews were working overtime clearing the more than 3000 storm drains in the city.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The snow is finally melting with the above freezing temperatures and rain which is causing a heightened flood threat. We spoke to city employees in Superior about how they’re keeping the waters down. Crews were working overtime clearing the more than 3000 storm drains in the city. To prevent flooding citizens can also help out. “Residents can…

Public Comment on Golf Citizen Advisory Committee Findings

Some golfers and citizens are sounding off and even calling the study into doubt.

DULUTH, Minn. – Citizen golfers and people who live in Duluth got together for public comment this week after the findings of the Golf Citizen Advisory Committee were announced on Monday. Some golfers and citizens are sounding off and even calling the study into doubt. A few at the meeting even called into question how low the price is on…

Park Point Residents Monitor Flooding Threat

The road across the lift bridge is starting to collect standing water as the snow melts on Park Point.

DULUTH, Minn. – The road across the lift bridge is starting to collect standing water as the snow melts in Park Point. At some points water is completely covering the pavement. “All the flooding has been seen in the road so far, we haven’t had any inside the house yet, and hopefully we won’t. We’ve kind of rearranged the things…

Greenway Hockey Returns Home

Ten years ago the team almost folded but thanks to dedicated coaches, alumni, and players the team was built back up.

COLERAINE, Minn. – The Greenway boys hockey team returned to Coleraine after a Cinderella-like state championship runner-up finish in Class A hockey. Greenway hockey is a team made up of small towns on the Iron Range. Ten years ago the team almost folded but thanks to dedicated coaches, alumni, and players the team was built back up. After a second…

Pier B Wrapping Up Winter Activities on Slip

Pedal biking, boot hockey, and even outdoor curling have all taken place on the ice for all to enjoy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Pier B is wrapping up its first year of winter activities out on the ice in the slip. Pedal biking, boot hockey, and even outdoor curling have all taken place on the ice for all to enjoy. “Next year we are going to do something bigger better sooner and create a longer lasting season for a better…

Duluth Police and Fire Departments Hit the Ice for a Good Cause

Proceeds from the event go to the Northern Lights foundation.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Duluth Police and Fire hockey teams hit the ice this week for bragging rights and a good cause at the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center. Proceeds from the event go to the Northern Lights foundation. The nonprofit gives grants to families who have life-threatening illnesses. “The community can see us as people these uniforms and these…

Sammy’s Pizza is Open in Hermantown

It's located on Menard Dr. near Miller Trunk and Arrowhead Road.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Sammy’s Pizza has expanded into Hermantown with a brand new restaurant that’ll employ 40 people. It’s located on Menard Dr. near Miller Trunk and Arrowhead Road. The restaurant seats 100 people and is a dine-in, carry-out location with a full all-you-can-eat buffet. Their full menu will be debuting in the coming weeks. “Sammy’s Pizza’s been in Duluth…

Two Youth Basketball Programs Announce Merger

They're hoping the move will increase the retention rate of players and keep kids active for years to come.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Amateur Youth Basketball Association and the Salvation Army Rookie Basketball Association will be merging next year. They’re hoping the move will increase the retention rate of players and keep kids active for years to come. The kids will also get consistency from kindergarten through eighth grade. “Having one coach and one group of kids that…

Duluth Golf Citizens Advisory Committee Findings

The committee announced that golf revenues for the two courses owned by the city cannot cover their expenses.

DULUTH, Minn. – The committee announced that golf revenues for the two courses owned by the city cannot cover their expenses. Public golf in Duluth already has a $2.4 million dollar debt to the general fund which will not be able to be covered by revenues which they say is due to an oversupply of golf holes. “It’s not so…

Masters Skiing Comes to Spirit Mountain

The race was the Region I Masters Championships.

DULUTH, Minn. – Midwest Masters ski racing hosted their final event of the season today at Spirit Mountain. The race was the Region I Masters Championships. Masters racing is for all ages and all skill levels and gives racers a chance to get out and compete with others who love flying down the slopes. “There’s no reason that the wintertime…

Fond Du Lac Band Hosts “We are Water MN” Exhibit

A traveling exhibit celebrating the water around us opened today at Great Lakes Aquarium.

DULUTH, Minn. – A traveling exhibit celebrating the water around us opened today at Great Lakes Aquarium. “We Are Water Minnesota” tells the stories of water in Minnesota historically and scientifically with a special emphasis on the water stories from the Fond Du Lac community. “Without water we have nothing. Water is life, and the way we take care of…

Earth Rider Brewery Celebrates International Women’s Day

The Roller Dames IPA will be available soon and some of the proceeds of the beer will go to support the Harbor City Roller Derby team

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Women gathered at Earth Rider Brewery in Superior this weekend to celebrate International Women’s Day and International Women’s Brew Day. The Roller Dames IPA will be available soon and some of the proceeds of the beer will go to support the Harbor City Roller Derby team. “Mostly it’s just about engaging passion and interests and making a…