Author: Katharine Huntley

Up Close with Draft Horses Hank and Henry

Hank and Henry, the horses, are part of Positive Energy Outdoors adventure club program.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at Lowell Elementary School in Duluth got up close and personal with Percheron horses. Hank and Henry, the horses, are part of Positive Energy Outdoors adventure club program. The goal is to expose children to the history of draft horses and how they should act around large animals. “Lots of excitement seeing a big creature like…

Fond-Du-Lac Band’s Tribal Flag Permanently in City Hall

The mayor's reception room was packed with people who came together to see the Fond-Du-Lac flag up in front next to the city of Duluth flag, the Minnesota state flag, and the United States flag.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Fond-Du-Lac band’s tribal flag was permanently installed in the Duluth Mayor Emily Larson’s reception room in City Hall as another step to building a stronger partnership between the city and the tribe. The occasion brought out dozens of Fond-Du-Lac band members and Duluthians alike. The mayor’s reception room was packed with people who came together to…

Public Speaks out Regarding Proposed Natural Gas Plant

The Nemadji Trail Energy Center is currently in the permitting process which includes hearing from the people of Wisconsin and Superior about how they feel about the proposed plant.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A proposed natural gas power plant in Superior called the Nemadji Trail Energy Center drew around 200 people to the Belgian Club for a public hearing. The Nemadji Trail Energy Center is currently in the permitting process which includes hearing from the people of Wisconsin and Superior about how they feel about the proposed plant. The plant…

2020 Polar Plunge Registration Officially Open

Thousands of thrill seekers take the jump into the world's largest freshwater lake all for a great cause

DULUTH, Minn. – Registrations are now open for the 20th annual Polar Plunge down on Lake Superior supporting the Special Olympics. Thousands of thrill seekers take the jump into the world’s largest freshwater lake all for a great cause. Last year the event raised more than $200,000 for the Special Olympics. That money goes straight to helping the athletes achieve…

Curling for the First Time with the Duluth Curling Club

Curling is a precision game of inches and the first-time curlers got to see just how difficult the sport is.

DULUTH, Minn. – The weather is getting cold which means the Duluth Curling Club is back in action at the DECC. Friday, the club held a learn-to-curl event for people, which just happened to mostly be American Institute of Architects members. Curling is a precision game of inches and the first-time curlers got to see just how difficult the sport…

Rose Tipping at Leif Erickson Park

Tipping lays the plants down and buries them to protect them from the harsh winter.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual tradition of rose tipping has started at Lief Erickson Park as the Northland prepares for winter. The rose garden at Leif Erickson Park has over one thousand roses and many need to be tipped over and buried in the ground to protect them from the sub-zero temperatures Duluth offers up in the winter. Tipping takes…

Duluth Hosts International Maple Meeting

Minnesota maple producers even took home some prizes for their award-winning syrup produced in the state.

DULUTH, Minn. – The International Maple Meeting was held this week in Duluth. The conference draws maple producers from as far away as Nova Scotia and Washington state. Minnesota maple producers even took home some prizes for their award-winning syrup produced in the state. More than 300 maple producers and aficionados gathered at the DECC and the Inn at Lake…

Enjoying the Lake Walk After a Stormy Week

Crews have now cleared the Carriage Way part of the Lake Walk behind the hotels so people can still take in the sights of Lake Superior.

DULUTH, Minn. – The cleanup continues around Duluth from Monday’s destructive storm. Crews have now cleared the Carriage Way part of the Lake Walk behind the hotels so people can still take in the sights of Lake Superior. Many were out on the path today even though the temperatures were chilly. “It’s nice that it’s cleared off now, it obviously…

Lights on Afterschool Rally Raises Awareness for Afternoon Programming

Lights on Afterschool was hosted by the Duluth YMCA which offers a safe and enriching after school program in Duluth schools to help keep kids in school to graduate on time.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of people gathered at Bayfront Festival Park under the lights of Bentleyville in Duluth to celebrate the importance of after school programs for children. Wednesday around the country thousands of others gathered to raise awareness for the issue as well. Lights on Afterschool was hosted by the Duluth YMCA which offers a safe and enriching after…

More Complaints Coming Forward Regarding Hicks Window and Door

The St. Louis County Sheriff's office says they believe the total amount paid by customers who have not received a service exceeds $100,000.

DULUTH, Minn. – More customers are coming forward believing they have been a victim of fraud by Hicks Window and Door in Duluth. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s office says they believe the total amount paid by customers who have not received a service exceeds $100,000. “This case is substantial in the amount of victims or people that feel as…

Storm Damage Being Assessed in Duluth

The city says Brighton Beach sustained the heaviest damages and was blocked off to the public as of Tuesday as the roadways need to be reinforced.

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is assessing damage to the already torn-apart Lakewalk from previous storms and Brighton Beach, however the newly redesigned Lakewalk behind Fitger’s held up as designed. The city says Brighton Beach sustained the heaviest damages and was blocked off to the public as of Tuesday as the roadways need to be reinforced. “We will…

Power Being Restored to Customers as Stormy Day Grips Duluth

At the height of the storm about 9,000 customers were without power, but that number was close to halved by the evening.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another October storm has pummeled the Northland and brought heavy rains, winds, and downed trees. The city of Duluth held two emergency press conferences during the day. The evening press conference included updates from necessary agencies including Minnesota power. At the height of the storm about 9,000 customers were without power, but that number was close to…

Bittersweet Farewell to 829th Engineer Company Deploying to Middle East

Spooner held a parade for the buses of service members and the route was lined with handmade signs, flags, and well wishes from those lining the streets.

SPOONER, Wis. – around 150 soldiers of the 829th Engineer Company said their goodbyes to family and friends before leaving for Texas ahead of their deployment to the Middle East. Spooner held a parade for the buses of service members and the route was lined with handmade signs, flags, and well wishes from those lining the streets. The day left…

12th Annual Fur Ball Raises Money for Animal Allies

This year organizers are hoping to raise enough money to purchase a transport van to get animals to their shelter and to the vet.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 200 people attended the annual Fur Ball supporting Animal Allies at the Northland Country Club. The event included dinner and a silent auction. This year organizers are hoping to raise enough money to purchase a transport van to get animals to their shelter and to the vet. Pictures of shelter success stories lined the walls…

A Night Without a Home Sheds Light on Homelessness

Throughout the evening people with or without stable housing are encouraged to stop by and get some hot soup and food.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – From noon Saturday to noon on Sunday volunteers were outside City Center Park near the Superior Public Library serving soup and accepting donations. Throughout the evening people with or without stable housing are encouraged to stop by and get some hot soup and food. Plus, the fundraising event supports organizations who are tackling the homeless problem each…

1930s Antique Fire Truck Returning Home to Wisconsin

The Village of Wausaukee, about 60 miles north of Green Bay, is a town of around 500 people and now their original motorized 1930 REO Speedwagon fire truck is returning home

DULUTH, Minn. – The keys to an antique 1930 fire truck were handed back to the truck’s original owners on Thursday. The handoff happened at the annual Minnesota State Fire Chief’s Association’s annual conference in Duluth and now the truck will be returning home to the Village of Wausaukee. The Village of Wausaukee, about 60 miles north of Green Bay,…

Superior Ice Festival to Return with $40,000 Budget

The festival on Barker's Island is for all ages. It brings out ice ATV racing, pond hockey, bonfires, ice sculptures, fireworks, and a kids zone. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The annual Lake Superior Ice Festival is coming back to Superior for another weekend in January after a proposed cut in funding. The festival on Barker’s Island is for all ages. It brings out ice ATV racing, pond hockey, bonfires, ice sculptures, fireworks, and a kids zone. Mayor Jim Paine proposed to cut the festival’s funding by…

Gardeners Learn From the Pros at Fall Garden Fest

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

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

Fire Officials Warn of Electrical Fires

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

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

Discussions Underway to Expand Duluth Warming Shelter Options

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

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

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

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

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

Warm Weather Brings out Dogs and their Owners

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

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

Hallett Dock Company Supplying Northland’s Salt

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

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

Northland Gearing Up For Potential Snow

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

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

Gov. Walz Celebrates Manufacturing Week with a Visit to LSC

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

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

Gov. Walz Visits DFL Dinner in Honor of Late Congressmen

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

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

E-Cigarette Usage Rising in Minnesota Youth

Vaping escalates significantly across all grade levels of Minnesota youth.

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

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

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

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

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

Golden Knights beat the Bulldogs 4-2.

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

UMD Soccer Falls to Augustana at Home

Bulldogs lose to the Vikings 1-0.

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

Duluth Launches Snow Assistance Removal Pilot Program

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

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

Bayfield Businesses Preparing for the Apple Festival

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

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

Bayfield Apple Festival Getting Prepared

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

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

Powwow Celebration at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School

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

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

Hearing Wellness Center Moves Down the Street

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

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

Age Well Arrowhead Holds “Art of Aging” Fundraiser

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

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

Summer Farmers Markets Ending for Season

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

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

LSC Emergency Response Training Center Holds Career Night for Potential Students

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

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

Rails Continue Season with Sixth Straight Win

Proctor defeated Cook County on Monday evening.

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

Hawks Boys Soccer Dominant in Match Against Oredockers

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

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

Merritt Park Demolition Continues with Hockey Rink

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

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

Hawk Weekend Festival Kicks Off

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

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

New Senior Living to Open in Carlton

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

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

One Roof Community Housing Celebrates 300th Home

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

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

2019 Deer Hunting Regulations

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

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

Minnesota Commissioner of Education Visits UMD

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

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

Woman Rescued Off Park Point

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

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