Author: Katharine Huntley

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…

Rep. Pete Stauber Visits IPS Cranes

He got an up close look at IPS Cranes, a local business that builds, rebuilds and refurbishes locomotive cranes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Congressman Pete Stauber stopped in Duluth this weekend to visit a local manufacturing facility. Representative Stauber says Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District has every form of transportation from rail to air. Stauber got a chance to meet some transportation workers this weekend. He got an up close look at IPS Cranes, a local business that builds, rebuilds and…

Safe Ride Stolen from the Break Room Bar

The bar, located on East 4th Street, had the van stolen from their parking lot.

DULUTH, Minn. – A safe ride van was stolen from The Break Room Bar early Sunday morning. The bar, located on East 4th Street, had the van stolen from their parking lot. “It offers us an ability to get our customers home safely, keep them as good customers so they don’t have to get a DWI and possibly hurt themselves…

We Walk in Duluth Group Promotes Clean Sidewalks

The group of pedestrians and concerned citizens met at Zeitgeist to talk about solutions.

DULUTH, Minn. – We Walk in Duluth advocacy group is sounding off about snow-covered sidewalks in the city. The group of pedestrians and concerned citizens met at Zeitgeist to talk about solutions and start a campaign only patronizing businesses that clear their sidewalks. “This winter I’ve spent a lot of time walking on the street because the sidewalks just aren’t…

New Eco-Entrepreneurship Program at Lake Superior College

The program will feature a two acre farm, greenhouse space, and packaging facility on campus.

DULUTH,  Minn. – Lake Superior College is launching a program to teach students how to make the farm-to-table process more sustainable. The program will feature a two acre farm, greenhouse space, and packaging facility on campus. Students will learn how to create more eco-friendly business practices when it comes to our food system between farmers and sellers. “How do we…

Great Outdoors: Monoskiing Madness at Spirit Mountain

DULUTH, Minn. – Monoskiing Madness, is a special three day event that gave people with disabilities a chance to learn to ski and hone their skills. The 16th annual event was put on by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and included everyone from beginning monoskiers learning the sport to skiers learning racing tips from Paralympic gold medalists. “It helps me…

Snow and Ice Causing Serious Dangers for Roofs

After eight weeks of below freezing temperatures and snow roofs are paying the price.

DULUTH, Minn. – After 56 days below freezing with several snow storms, roofs around the Northland are dealing with big piles of snow and ice. All this extra weight is potentially dangerous. “A good rule of thumb is if you have let’s say 20 inch of snow per square foot that’s going to be roughly 25–27 pounds something like that,”…

Free Preventative Dental Cleanings Offered at Denfeld High School

The cleanings are brought to the school multiple times a year by Operation Grace MN. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Free preventative dental cleanings were offered to Denfeld High School students today. The cleanings are brought to the school multiple times a year by Operation Grace MN. The organization reaches students who might not otherwise have access to dental care. Students participating say they’re grateful for the opportunity. “I like it because of course you don’t have…

Red Cross of Northern Minnesota Helping with Tornado and Flooding Recovery Efforts

Extra Red Cross volunteers were down in the south helping out after 23 dead in tornado outbreak.

DULUTH, Minn. – Red Cross of Northern Minnesota helping out with recovery efforts in the aftermath of tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi and Alabama. The Red Cross says the experienced the volunteers gain from going to disaster areas often gives them valuable experience to bring back to the Northland. “When our volunteers deploy to a disaster like this they help…

Community Meets Itasca County Sheriff’s Office K-9s

The event allows the community to learn about the K9 program, and pet the dogs.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – K9 Officers of the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office came together over the weekend to raise money for the care of the dogs and to allow the community to see them up close. “This is our second annual fundraiser for the Itasca County sheriff’s office K9. It’s sponsored by Itasca Hometown heroes, it’s just local people in…

Prep Girls Basketball: Thunderhawks, Rails, Hilltoppers, Bluejackets Advance in Section Playoffs

In the second round of the girls basketball playoffs Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Proctor, and Duluth Marshall all won.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the Section 7AAA semifinals, No. 1 seed Grand Rapids charged past Cloquet 62-48. Abbey McDonald scored 26 points as Hibbing handled Princeton 63-51. The two will face off in the section finals on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Duluth Denfeld. Across town, Romano Gym was host to Section 7AA quarterfinals. Proctor defeated Virginia 62-48 as the…

Cold Temperatures Won’t Have Significant Impact on Native Bugs

The temperatures could significantly impact the emerald ash borer populations this year, however the insect's long term impact should not be harmed

DULUTH, Minn. – Native insects are not expected to be impacted much with the extreme cold temperatures the Northland has experienced. The temperatures could significantly impact the emerald ash borer populations this year, however the insect’s long term impact should not be harmed. Native species are well adapted to the frigid Minnesota cold. They contain insect antifreeze in their bloodstream…

Visit Duluth’s First Ship Contest is Back Again

Try your luck at guessing the day and time the first saltie will arrive.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first ship contest challenges people to guess the exact day and time the first ocean-going ship or “saltie” arrives in the port of Duluth-Superior for the shipping season. It also happens to raise awareness for one of the Northland’s biggest attractions. “It draws millions of visitors every year to come to watch the boats come in…

Marcia Hales’s Park Point Holiday Lights Given to Glensheen Mansion

After 20 years, the tradition continues at Glensheen Mansion.

DULUTH, Minn. – The tradition is continuing with Marcia Hales’s Park Point holiday lights which will now be at historic Glensheen Mansion for the holidays. After 20 years, Hales said she would not be doing her lights anymore and is giving them to the mansion to allow the tradition to keep going. “Now knowing the tradition can continue in an…

College of St. Scholastica Students and Faculty Participates in Community Day

Each spring and fall semester CSS students and staff have the day off to spend time giving back.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Wednesday students and faculty at the College of St. Scholastica volunteered around the Northland for Community Day. Each spring semester CSS students and staff have the day off to spend time giving back. About one thousand people participated in the event which is held each spring and fall. They volunteer at a wide range of places…

Finnish National Day Celebrates Culuture

February 28 marks Kalevala Day which celebrates Finnish culture. 

DULUTH, Minn. – February 28 marks Kalevala Day which celebrates Finnish culture. This year the Kalevala celebration was held on Sunday at the Kenwood Lutheran Church in Duluth. Finnish people from all over the area came together to honor their heritage with Finnish food, songs, and even skits. “I am 100% Finnish, my mother was born and raised in Finland…

New National Bonspiel Brings Less Experienced Curlers to Duluth

Curlers from all over the nation spent the weekend in Duluth for the first ever five and under national curling bonspiel.

DULUTH, Minn. – Curlers from all over the nation spent the weekend in Duluth for the first ever five and under national curling bonspiel. Local Olympic champion John Shuster came up with the idea to hold the event where less experienced curlers can compete for a national title. Curlers were from places as far away as California and Massachusetts all…