Author: Katharine Huntley

Proper American Flag Disposal

The Richard I. Bong center can help anyone disposing of a flag with the proper ceremony.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – American flags do not last forever and sometimes they become weathered and tattered. When this happens there is a specific and respectful way to dispose of flags to avoid throwing them in the garbage. The Richard I. Bong Veteran’s Center in Superior has an old mailbox just inside their doors. The mailbox has been repurposed to take…

Meet the Huskies: Tyler Lozano

Lozano is a rising sophomore catcher out of the University of Southern California.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tyler Lozano is a rising sophomore at the University of Southern California who is a catcher for the Duluth Huskies. He is excited to be in the Northwoods League to see how he plays against the country’s other elite players. “Definitely just playing with a good group of guys who are all DI definitely who I am…

Duluth FC Shooting For Playoffs

Only three games left in the season, as the club is one spot out of playoff contention.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC is entering the final three games of their season, though they only have one loss on the year, they are still one spot out of playoff contention. The team needs to finish strong if they hope to have a shot at the playoffs. According to Duluth FC coach, Joel Person, this year has been a…

Enhanced Skills Professional Police Officers Graduate

The class went through a rigorous six week program learning advanced police skills.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Friday, 48 peace officers graduated from the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Enhanced Skills Program. The class went through a rigorous six week program learning advanced police skills. They even had to get tased and maced to learn how it feels when they do it to a potential perpetrator. “It’s important because you deal with…

Free Range Film Festival Kicks Off

The festival goes through Saturday with showings tomorrow afternoon and evening in Wrenshall.

WRENSHALL, Minn. – Twenty films from all over the world are being shown during the two day Free Range Film Festival in a 103-year-old barn in Wrenshall. For organizer Annie Dugan, she says her favorite part is after the films are done seeing people come together over what they are passionate about. “It’s evening, it’s cool and people are talking…

The Wonder of Bubbles at Mount Royal Library

The message of the program was "Anything is Possible" and the Bubble Master, Geoff Akins, says that his message is not just for children.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Kids and adults alike were shown the magic of bubbles today on Friday at the Mount Royal Library in Duluth. The message of the program was “Anything is Possible” and the Bubble Master, Geoff Akins, says that his message is not just for children. “Sometimes it’s not so much for the kids but for the child inside…

Monitoring the Bacterial Safety of Lake Superior Beaches

The Minnesota Department of Health monitors 39 beaches on Park Point and up the North Shore for harmful bacteria in the water such as E. coli. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Temperatures are finally rising and health officials are reminding swimmesr to be cautious of water-borne illnesses. The Minnesota Department of Health monitors 39 beaches on Park Point and up the North Shore for harmful bacteria in the water such as E. coli. Although all beaches are currently testing as alright for swimming it is advised to always…

Bert-A-Palooza Celebrates at Bayfront Festival Park this Weekend

Saturday celebrates the annual Bert-A-Palooza, a local birthday party for a man who likes to party and donates to the Northern Lights Foundation.

DULUTH, Minn. – Saturday celebrates the annual Bert-A-Palooza, a local birthday party for a man who likes to party and make a difference along the way. What started as a gathering of his family and friends for Bert’s birthday has blossomed into hundreds of people coming out to enjoy themselves. Last year Bert-A-Palooza was held at Grandma’s Sports Garden, but…

Aspiring Firefighters Learn Tools of the Trade at LSC

Local firefighters put on their teaching helmets to show young adults what it is like to fight fires

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland teens are stepping up their game this summer at a three day Lake Superior College Fire Camp. Local firefighters put on their teaching helmets to show young adults what it is like to firefight. They got to experience everything from pulling hoses, to vehicle extractions, to forced entries. The camp is based on the college’s fire…

Grandma’s Marathon Clean-up Continues

Crews started working as soon as the race finished clearing the course and picking up trash.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 43rd Annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend is in the books, which means it is time for the clean up to get underway. Crews started working as soon as the race finished clearing the course and picking up trash. In Canal Park, crews were focused on disassembling the tents after thousands of runners and people filled the streets…

Northlanders Celebrate Finnish Midsummer Festival

An unseasonably cold and rainy day did not stop dozens of people with Finnish heritage from celebrating the day that goes back so many generations.

SAGINAW, Minn. – The Finlandia Foundation Northland Chapter hosted Juhannus, or the Finnish Midsummer Festival on Sunday at Sampo Beach. An unseasonably cold and rainy day did not stop dozens of people with Finnish heritage from celebrating the day that goes back so many generations. “I think just the camaraderie and seeing people that you know and talking and I…

Medical Tents Aid Runners at Grandma’s

Marathons require athletes to push their minds and bodies to the limit. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Marathons require athletes to push their minds and bodies to the limit. Five medical tents throughout the course along with first aid stations at every mile marker were available along the route to make sure runners got to the finish safely. “We have 400 medical volunteers total. It’s a team of physical therapists, athletic trainers, nurses and…

Grandma’s Runners Cross the Finish Line for Another Year

 Grandma's Marathon is widely regarded as one of the top races in the United States.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of runners from around the country crossed the finish line in Canal Park for Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on Saturday. Grandma’s Marathon is widely regarded as one of the top races in the United States. Many runners run personal bests on the marathon track from Two Harbors to Duluth and one says…

Grandma’s Friday Races Attract Thousands

Thousands of runners participated in the Whipper Snapper races along with the William A. Irvin 5K.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Friday before Grandma’s Marathon hosted two races along Duluth’s shoreline leading up to the main event. Starting off with the Whipper Snapper races where kids from four to fourteen years old raced to the finish at Bayfront Festival Park. Voluteers there were out cheering on the kids who were sprinting towards the finish. One enthusiastic volunteer…

City Officials Preparing for Grandma’s Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. – The 43rd annual Grandma’s Marathon is on Saturday, and city officials are busy preparing for the day. Roads along the route will be closed starting Saturday at 4 a.m. and will start opening back up around 2 p.m.. There will also be extra police presence to make sure everyone stays safe. Officers will even be coming from…

UMD Installs New Sculpture

The sculpture is called Polytropos and it was created by an artist who is based in Atlanta named Maria Artemis.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD installed a nearly 6000 pound abstract sculpture next to the new Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science building on campus. The sculpture is called Polytropos and it was created by an artist who is based in Atlanta named Maria Artemis. “In an age where in so many ways we are devisive and people seem to be…

Local WWII Vet Posthumously Honored With Prestigious Decoration

Aaron Jacobson was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism in WWII.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Family and friends of a WWII veteran gathered at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for a ceremony awarding a veteran who’s no longer alive with a prestigious military decoration. Aaron Jacobson, from Maple, was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the award just below the Medal of Honor, for his heroism in WWII. Unfortunately after…

Father’s Day Car Show Raises Funds for Spartan Hot Rod

Dozens of carefully detailed, and even some rust covered, cars rolled into the show.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Dads and car lovers were on hand at Belknap Plaza in Superior on Sunday for an All-Ford Powered Father’s Day Car Show. Dozens of carefully detailed, and even some rust covered, cars rolled into the show. All the money raised benefits the Hot Rod Youth Mentoring Program which teaches Superior High School students how to work on…

La Tequila Mexican Restaurant Opening Doors in Superior

La Tequila will be owned by part of the family who's involved with El Tequila in Hayward and Spooner.

SUPERIOR, Wis. –  La Tequila, a Mexican restaurant, is opening its doors in the South End of Superior on Monday. It’s located in the building where the former City’s 58th Street Diner was located on Tower Avenue and 58th Street. La Tequila is owned by part of the family who’s involved with El Tequila in Hayward and Spooner. The family…

Duluth DFL Endorses Candidates at Annual Convention

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson was endorsed by the DFL for her re-election bid among others.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth DFL endorsed candidates for some of this year’s local races at their annual convention on Saturday. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson was endorsed by the DFL for her re-election bid. At-large Duluth City Council candidate Mike Mayou and District 5 City Council candidate Janet Kennedy were also endorsed on Saturday. Councilor Zack Filipovich says even though…

Rummage Sale Wraps Up with Blue Skies

Thousands of people walked up and down the four miles of Park Point.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bargain hunters were outside enjoying the last day of the 39th Annual Park Point Rummage Sale on Saturday. Skies were clear, and one resident says the second day, and final, day of the sale was much busier, but that doesn’t stop his friend group from enjoying the party atmosphere. “We provide our own refreshments we really make…

Superior Elks Lodge Celebrates Flag Day

The program described the history and evolution of the stars and stripes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Veterans and civilians attended a Flag Day ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Superior on June 14th. The program described the history and evolution of the stars and stripes. One Vietnam Veteran says ceremonies like these help honor what the flag means to our nation. “What they did here at the Elks is a good example when…

UWS Theatre Camp to Perform “The Aristocats”

The students are learning new skills such as quick changes and dance, all to prepare for a production of  'The Aristocats.'

SUPERIOR, Wis. – 13 middle an high school students are learning the basics of theater at the UWS stage as they are attending a two week intensive camp. The students are learning new skills such as quick changes and dance, all to prepare for a production of  ‘The Aristocats.’ One leader, who was busy changing costumes, says it’s all about…

39th Park Point Rummage Sale Kicks Off

The 39th Annual Rummage Sale started off on Park Point with a few showers but it soon turned into a picture perfect day for bargain hunters.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 39th Annual Rummage Sale started off on Park Point with a few showers but it soon turned into a picture perfect day for bargain hunters. “Because you live down here and like I said it’s a sense of community talking with our neighbors. It’s a neighborhood get together and that’s what I really like about this is…

Police Dogs Show Off Talents at “Operation K-9”

Ten K-9's from around the Northland got a break from serious police work to show off their serious talents to a crowd at the UWS football stadium for Operation K-9.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Police K-9s were unleashed for the sixth annual “Operation K-9” fundraising. Ten K-9’s from around the Northland got a break from serious police work to show off their serious talents to a crowd at the UWS football stadium for Operation K-9. “These dogs are capable of doing things that us human officers can’t do. We send them…

Adopt a Storm Drain in Superior

Storm drain adopters volunteer to keep drains around their homes and businesses clean and free of debris to stop flooding and limit pollution.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior water resources department gathered at the government center on Friday to educate citizens on how they can pitch in and keep their waterways clean. Storm drain adopters volunteer to keep drains around their homes and businesses clean and free of debris to stop flooding and limit pollution. Douglas County adopts storm drains around the government…

Bike MS 150 Cyclists Prepare for Ride

The ride raises money to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. 

PROCTOR, Minn. – Over 3,500 bikers from across Minnesota and Wisconsin are getting ready to embark on a 150 mile journey for a great cause. The cyclists are camping out at Proctor High School and will take off from there on Saturday morning. They will be riding to Hinckley and White Bear Lake. The ride raises money to find a…

Minnesota State Legislative Session Wrap-up

The DFL says while they're excited about some of their accomplishments, there's still more work to be done.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2019 Minnesota legislative session has wrapped up and the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party chair says that while they’re excited about some of their accomplishments, there’s still more work that needs to be done. Chairman Ken Martin said a compromise allowed the legislature to preserve the healthcare system, increase local government aid, and education funding which he says…

Pop Up Play at Leif Erikson Park

The Parks and Recreation Department supplies all the equipment including soccer, ladder golf, bags, and many other activities.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth kicked off its summer long Pop Up Play Thursdays at parks around the city. The Parks and Recreation Department supplies all the equipment including soccer, ladder golf, bags, and many other activities. “Being mobile means we can bring recreation to people and so if people have limited access to getting around to Leif…

Veterans Honored at Bong Center for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

One special veteran who grew up in Germany during the war attended with his grandson.

DULUTH, Minn. – The ones who stormed the beaches of Normandy by air and by sea, which turned the tide of World War II, were honored at the Bong Center in Superior by veterans and everyday people. “That was the end basically of the Nazis and we wanted to be able to honor them and show a little bit of…

Retiring Teacher Surprised at Lester Park Elementary

Anne Krafthefer was surprised with a quilt that was handmade by her students.

DULUTH, Minn. – Anne Krafthefer has taught for 37 years, and Wednesday her students gave back to their beloved fifth grade teacher who’s retiring. Krafthefer was surprised with a quilt that was handmade by her students. The surprise came at the end of the fifth grade celebration. Each year, Krafthefer helps her students make quilts for themselves to take home,…

New Mine View Open on the Iron Range

Known as the Grand Canyon of the north, the Hull Rust Mahoning mine view is now open to the public.

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hull Rust Mahoning mine is known as the Grand Canyon of the North and each year thousands of visitors travel to Hibbing to see one of the world’s largest open pit mines. The Hibbing and Iron Range area has a rich history of supplying the world with the makings of steel and the new mine view…

Community Gathers at Brighton Beach to View Proposed Improvements

The new trail alignment would promote safety of those using the pathway.

DULUTH, Minn. – The community gathered at Brighton Beach on Monday to learn about potential improvements to the park and give their own input on those plans. Duluth Parks and Recreation was on hand with maps to discuss the proposed Lakewalk extension. The new trail alignment would promote safety of those using the pathway. The department has already secured funding…

Northern Star: Gabby Seyfer of the Duluth Figure Skating Club

She will be skating at a new national competition in Florida this June.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gabby Seyer, a rising sophomore at East High School, has made figure skating her life for the past ten years. Now, she’s one of only 18 girls in her level competing at the inaugural National Excel Festival in Coral Springs, Florida. “I’m excited about meeting new competitors from all over the country. So I’m kind of excited…

Scott Sandelin Reportedly Speaking to NHL Team

This past weekend a report came out about a potential team interested in Sandelin.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ever since winning the national championship a month and a half ago, UMD Men’s Hockey Coach Scott Sandelin has said repeatedly that he is staying in Duluth, but that he would listen to any offers from the NHL. This past weekend a report came out about a potential team interested in Sandelin. According to Pierre Lebrun of…

Minnesota High School Softball Tournament Schedule Announced

Three teams from the Northland will be traveling to Mankato for the tournament.

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota high school softball tournament schedule was announced on Saturday. In Class AAA #4 Cloquet will be taking on #5 Benilde St. Margaret on Thursday, June 6th, at 11 A.M.. Class AA will feature Esko who will play #1 Norwood-Young America on Thursday at 9 A.M.. Finally, Class A will feature the South Ridge Panthers taking…

Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony

Every year, the Northland Vietnam Veterans Association observes Memorial Day on May 30th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday night the Vietnam veterans memorial in Duluth became a place to honor the 136 Northlanders killed in the war. Every year, the Northland Vietnam Veterans Association observes Memorial Day on May 30th. Organizers say the positive response at ceremonies like this one means a lot for Vietnam veterans who came back from war to face unfair…

College of St. Scholastica Welcomes New President

Dr. Barbara McDonald is coming to CSS after working 22 years in the Minnesota State College and Universities System.

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica introduced Dr. Barbara McDonald, the school’s thirteenth president, to the public on Thursday. Dr. McDonald is coming to CSS after working 22 years in the Minnesota State College and Universities System. This includes spending the last four years as president of North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She grew up…

Prep Softball: Lumberjacks Advance in Winners Bracket, Hawks and Thunderhawks Advance in Losers

Section 7AAA softball quarterfinal action wrapped up today at Braun Park in Cloquet.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Lumberjacks managed a five run fifth inning to handily beat the defending state champs North Branch 11-2. Also at Braun Park, the Hermantown Hawks lost in walk off fashion to the Chisago Lakes Wildcats 3-2. Hermantown would end up beating Denfeld later in the day to advance to the semifinals in Chisago Lakes, as did…

Prep Soccer: Superior Girls Win and Make History

The soccer team won their first time hosting a playoff game.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior girls soccer hosted their first ever playoff game against Chippewa Falls on Saturday. The Spartans ended up earning their programs first ever playoff win by beating the Cardinals 4-1. They play number one seed Kimberly on Tuesday. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Celebrates Bob Dylan’s 78th Birthday

People from around the world gathered at one of his Duluth homes.

DULUTH, Minn. – May 24 is Duluth native Bob Dylan’s birthday. To celebrate his 78th birthday this year Duluth Dylan Fest hosted a nine day schedule of events. On Thursday, fans from around the world gathered at the central hillside house he once lived to listen to Dylan’s music played by Greg Tiburzi and to eat cake. “It’s been really…