Author: Katharine Huntley

Lumberjacks, Hawks, Rails, and Eskomos Advance in Section Playoff Action

Cloquet's Braun Park was home to the Section 7AA and Section 7AAA.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In Section 7AAA, Cloquet got a walk-off win against Hibbing 3-2 and Hermantown defeated Grand Rapids 6-2. The Lumberjacks will face North Branch in the quarterfinals while the Hawks will face Chisago Lakes. Both games will be Saturday morning in Cloquet. In Section 7AA, Proctor came back late to beat Eveleth-Gilbert 3-1 and Esko defeated Mora 7-2….

Duluth’s Cassie McClure Commits to UWS Women’s Hockey

The Northern Stars standout scored 20 goals in her final year at Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth standout Cassie McClure has signed her national letter of intent to play for the UWS women’s hockey team next season. The forward wrapped up her senior campaign with the Northern Stars scoring 20 goals to go along with three assists. Seven of those goals came on the power play for Duluth. The Yellowjackets also got a…

148th Fighter Wing Hosts Combat Training

Air National Guard F-16's and Navy EA-18G Growlers were in action at the 148th Fighter Wing Minnesota National Guard. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Today the 148th Fighter Wing joined forces with the Navy among other branches to train in maneuvers called Northern Lightning. Air National Guard F-16’s and Navy EA-18G Growlers were in action at the 148th Fighter Wing Minnesota National Guard. Northern Lightning is an annual exercise which involves many different capabilities of several different factions around the military…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Potluck Vintage and Modern Kitchenware

David Wigdahl always dreamt of opening an antique store and he wanted the store to be accessible to people with all kinds of tastes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many people have a pot or kitchen instrument that has been passed down for generations, and one business owner is mixing the old and new in his kitchen and antiques store. This week’s Knowing Your Neighbor features Ely business, Potluck Vintage and Modern Kitchenware. Most business owners are ready for a cushy retirement, but this store owner…

Duluth Fire Department Launches a New Watercraft

The personal watercraft similar looking to a jet ski allows fire rescue crews to access emergency situations faster than a traditional boat.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department has launched a new tool for water rescues. The personal watercraft similar looking to a jet ski allows fire rescue crews to access emergency situations faster than a traditional boat. “The personal water craft is capable of high speed and enables us as responders to work more safely and the new suits offers…

Duluth City Councilors Vote 7-0 to Downsize Lester Park Golf Course

The vote means the "Lake Nine" holes will be closed after the 2019 season making the total number of holes at 18 at Lester Park.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth city councilors voted 7-0 in favor of a plan to downsize the financially struggling Lester Park golf course on Monday. Councilors Em Westerlund and Jay Fosle were absent. The vote means the “Lake Nine” holes will be closed after the 2019 season — making the total number of holes at 18 at Lester Park. The vote…

One Killed in House Explosion

Authorities believe the explosion was not because of a criminal act.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Superior police confirmed on Monday that one person was killed in Sunday morning’s house explosion and subsequent fire in Superior. Police have not identified the victim yet as the investigation continues, but authorities believe the explosion was not a criminal act. The small home is located on 22nd Street near Corning Avenue along the railyard in Billings…

Twin Ports Mayors Perform Theatrical Read

The event raises funds for Duluth sister cities international which sends students from Duluth around the globe and brings international students back to Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayors Emily Larson and Jim Paine of Duluth and Superior came together for a table reading of the play “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney. The event raises funds for Duluth sister cities international which sends students from Duluth around the globe and brings international students back to Duluth. “We can build some cultural understanding, increase our knowledge…

Hawk Ridge Trail Damaged by Vehicle

200 yards of the trail was damaged and will be costly to fix.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth is warning people to follow posted trail signs. This comes after somebody drove their truck on a trail at Hawk Ridge creating a mess of damage that will be costly to fix. “There’s about 200 yards that were impacted with his tires that were sunken into the trail and so we are working…

May Snow Falls on the Northland

Inches of spring snow dumped on the Northland on Wednesday evening.

Duluth, Minn. – April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but that has not been the case as inches of heavy snow fell in the Northland on Wednesday. Take a look at the snow falling outside of Fitger’s on East Superior Street.     Categories: News, News – Latest News

Visit Duluth’s Annual Meeting Honors Tourism Workers

The meeting allows for Visit Duluth and their partners to share what they are doing to make Duluth a destination city.

DULUTH, Minn. – National travel and tourism week is underway and to celebrate visit Duluth held its annual meeting at the Greysolon Ballroom. The meeting allows for Visit Duluth and their partners to share what they are doing to make Duluth a destination city. “Tourism is a huge industry here in Duluth we have not only 6.7 million visitors a…

Volunteers Pitch in To Clean Up Enger Park

With 129 parks and about 11,000 acres, Duluth needs some volunteer help getting the parks ready for the summer tourism season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Parks and Recreation crews are pushing ahead to prepare the city parks for the summer season. With 129 parks and about 11,000 acres, Duluth needs some volunteer help getting the parks ready for the summer tourism season. Volunteers met up with parks and recreation employees to help clean up  at Enger Park. School groups and volunteers…

Gitch Gear Devoted to Lakewalk Reconstruction

100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of special t-shirts will go to the city and its efforts to restore the lakewalk.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gitch Gear, a Lake Superior devoted retailer has launched a fundraiser called Lakewalk With Me. 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of special t-shirts will go to the city and its efforts to restore the lakewalk. “The Gitch Gear team we just have a passion for the lake, we love being down there. When I…

Knowing Your Neighbors: The Antique Company

The Antique Company in Grand Rapids is a family-run haven housing a mix of new and old goods.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – There are few things quite like finding an antique that brings memories of a beloved family member flooding back, and one Northland antique store is all about family ties. The Antique company in Grand Rapids is a family-run haven housing a mix of new and old goods, all celebrating the stories and lessons that could be…

Miniature Horses Delight at St. Scholastica

Two horses, Maggie and Gracie, spent the afternoon reading with kids and allowing students to pet them.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mini therapy horses were at the college of St. Scholastica on Friday for students who might be stressed out with the semester coming to an end. Two horses, Maggie and Gracie, spent the afternoon reading with kids and allowing students to pet them. It was all to take the students’ minds off of finals. “It’s fun, the…

Model Train Exhibit is on Track at the Duluth Depot

The HO scale model trains will be running on tracks lined with buildings and trees.

DULUTH, Minn. – A traveling model train exhibit is coming to the Duluth Depot this weekend. The HO scale model trains will be running on tracks lined with buildings and trees. For the 12 volunteers who set up the models, it is about more than just having fun. “We do it because we like it, but it helps us remember…

UWS Students Help Host Kids Carnival at the Boys and Girls Club

The day was for children who are on the waiting list for the highly popular Mentor Duluth program.

DULUTH, Minn. – Criminal justice students at UWS held a carnival day for children who are on the waiting list for the highly popular Mentor Duluth program. The program matches children in the area with positive role models. The carnival featured kids who were all smiles enjoying the activities. It also taught the UWS students how much of an impact…

Twin Ports Observes National Day of Prayer

Cities across the nation observed the day of prayer.

NORTHLAND – Dozens of people gathered outside the city halls of Superior and Duluth to sing hymns and gather with others in the community to celebrate God. “I think it basically talks about promoting god’s love and his wisdom in the community and between all races ethnicities all peoples and it’s much appreciated,” said Mark Eskola, a Rice Lake Resident….

Va Bene Changing Hands

The restaurant is being sold to two of the managers, and will be staying largely the same.

DULUTH, Minn. – Va Bene, an Italian restaurant in Duluth is changing ownership after 13 years. It’s located in on East Superior Street. The owners sold the restaurant to two of their managers who want to keep it going strong. “They compliment each other very well and we asked them offered them the chance to do this and they really…

Bloom 2019 Brings Moms Together

The event provides expectant mothers a much needed night of pampering.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Moms Blog hosted their annual Bloom event focused on new and expecting mothers tonight at Clyde Iron Works. The event provides expectant mothers a much needed night of pampering. They are catering to both birth mothers and adoptive mothers and giving them a chance to meet and connect. “It’s so important to bring moms together in…

Duluth Arts Walk Kicks Off Season

One local artist whose pieces fill Duluth Fine Pianos was in attendance to enjoy the evening.

DULUTH, Minn. – Twenty five different shops and restaurants participated in this year’s first downtown arts walk featuring musicians and artists alike. One local artist whose pieces fill Duluth Fine Pianos was in attendance to enjoy the evening. “There are so many fabulously talented and diverse artists in Duluth and it’s really really wonderful that this collective has come together,…

Disabled American Veterans Hosts Annual Convention

At nearly 100 years old, the DAV says they have a simple purpose, to fulfill the promises of men and women who served before, and take care of veterans.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday, the Disabled American Veterans conference took place at the downtown Duluth Holiday Inn. At nearly 100 years old, the DAV says they have a simple purpose, to fulfill the promises of men and women who served before, and take care of veterans. The DAV assists nearly 20,000 disabled veterans in Minnesota. At this year’s convention, a…

Three-Car-Accident Snarls Traffic in Duluth

There were no injuries for the accident which occurred at eighth avenue east and second street.

DULUTH, Minn. – A three car accident occurred at eighth avenue east and second street in Duluth. There were no injuries. The intersection is one that has seen accidents before according to residents who live at the corner. Residentsat the scene blame the accident on what they call a dangerous two-way stop. Categories: News, News – Latest News

Warm Weather Brings People to the Lakewalk

The Lakewalk filled up Thursday with people enjoying truly warm weather.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday was one of the warmest days of spring so far, especially along the lake. Temperatures at Sky Harbor Airport reached 66 degrees. The Lakewalk filled up Thursday with people enjoying truly warm weather. “It’s good for my soul I think it’s the best way for me to describe it, and when I close my eyes and…

Superior Celebrates National Scoop the Poop Day

Owners were treated to free poop bag handouts to encourage them to always pick up after their dogs to protect the environment.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Dog owners and their owners played at the Superior dog park today during national scoop the poop week. Owners were treated to free poop bag handouts to encourage them to always pick up after their dogs to protect the environment. “Anything that is left on the ground whether it is pet waste or litter, grass clippings from…

Northland Career Fair Hosts Nearly 100 Employers

The Northland career fair at the DECC has been helping link community members to employment for a decade.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland career fair at the DECC has been helping link community members to employment for a decade. The fair featured nearly 100 employers on Wedneday. Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center was at the fair and it gave them an opportunity to share the ongoing need for elder care. “Healthcare in general there is a shortage…

Honoring the Gift of Donating Life at Essentia Health

Essentia Health held their annual Donate Life flag raising to honor those touched by organ donation.

Duluth, Minn. – Essentia Health held a special annual flag raising ceremony in memory of those who have given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. The ceremony included prayer and reflection for those who have been touched by donations. The Donate Life flag was raised outside a building on the Essentia capus. One heart recipient attends the…

UWS Hosts Annual Veterans Expo

Veterans, community members, and elected officials visited the university to show support for the service members.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – University of Wisconsin – Superior brought veterans from all over the Northland to their annual expo Tuesday. Veterans, community members, and elected officials visited the university to show support for the service members. More than 60 vendors from local, state, and federal agencies attended the expo. The event is geared at bringing veterans closer to their community…

Pier B Hosts Ice Out Challenge

They are putting on an ice out challenge, asking people to guess when the ice will melt in their boat slip.

DULUTH, Minn. – Pier B is keeping an eye on their harbor. They are putting on an ice out challenge, asking people to guess when the ice will melt in their boat slip. More than 200 guesses were submitted before the contest closed. “I think people like to guess and participate in weather related events, especially in Duluth we have…

Microchipping Clinic for Family Pets

Tuesday, one was held in West Duluth and more are expected to pop up throughout St. Louis County.

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies Humane Society of Duluth is trying to avoid lost pets by hosting microchipping clinics with discounted rates. Tuesday, one was held in West Duluth and more are expected to pop up throughout St. Louis County. “I just think it’s such a nice peace of mind, it’s that extra step of insurance that you can have…

Chequamegon Food Co-Op Celebrates Earth Day with Resuable Bags

They also have made a committment to no longer offer plastic bags for produce.

ASHLAND, Wis. -Earth day was celebrated over in Ashland by a local co–op which gave out free reusable bags. Chequamegon Food Co-Op has also committed to no longer offering plastic bags in the produce department from Earth Day forward. “As long as you maintain your reusable bags, they’ll be usable for years and years as opposed to plastic bags which…

Inches of Rain Causes High Water in Ashland

More than two inches of rain fell from Easter morning to Monday evening causing standing water in low lying places in Ashland.

ASHLAND, Wis. – More than two inches of rain fell from Easter morning to Monday evening causing standing water in low lying places in Ashland. The manager at Blue Ribbon Kennels says flooding usually happens this time of year, and when things do go awry, they have a plan to protect the animals. “This is nothing compared to what it’s been…

Cirque Du Soleil – Crystal Visits Duluth

Some acrobats needed to relearn their crafts while wearing ice skates, like the performer on the flying trapeze.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cirque Du Soleil Crystal is the first Cirque show on ice. Some acrobats needed to relearn their crafts while wearing ice skates, like the performer on the flying trapeze. “It was definitely a challenge to re learn my tricks with added weight added height and just figuring out how to use those elements and put those into…

UMD Hosts #MeToo Conference

The three day event is covering topics like sexual assault, violence, and dismantling rape culture.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Me Too conference is kicking off this weekend UMD. The three day event is covering topics like sexual assault, violence, and dismantling rape culture. “We are trying to see in the educational institutions, how at healthcare we can create more awareness in a more empathetic way,” said Dr. Devaleena Das, an assistant professor of women’s gender…

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