Author: Katharine Huntley

American Birkebeiner Winners Race to the Finish

Winners were crowned for the 50K Skate and the 55K Classic races.

HAYWARD, Wis. – The 45th Annual 2019 Slumberland American Birkebeiner took place this weekend in Wisconsin. The men’s and women’s winners of the 50K Skate race were Akeo Maifeld-Carucci and Alayna Sonnesyn both from the United States. The men’s race ended in a sprint to the finish between three different men. “The finish was unbelievable today, the crowd was so…

Kids Take on Superior Police in Floor Hockey

This is the third year of the event where kids face off with some of the police department's newest officers.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tonight Superior Police got competitive for a game of floor hockey against kids at the YMCA in Superior. This is the third year of the event where kids face off with some of the police department’s newest officers. An organizer tells us it’s more than just fun and games for the kids. “Well there’s so many negative…

Cars Battle Hills Amidst Inches of Snow

21st Avenue East is a nightmarish hill for drivers in many types of vehicles as they struggle to gain traction.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth advised drivers to stay off the roads today, but that didn’t stop many from taking on the city’s famous hills. 21st Avenue East is a nightmarish hill for drivers in many types of vehicles as they struggle to gain traction. One homeowner, Harry Welty, who’s lived on 21st Avenue East for 32 years…

MNDOT Hauls Truckloads of Snow to Dump Site

MNDOT is struggling to keep snow piles down at even the dump sites.

DULUTH, Minn. – After such a snowy February, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is hauling truckloads of snow underneath the Blatnik Bridge to their dump site. MNDOT is struggling to keep snow piles down at even the dump sites. “They are certainly getting full, we do spend some times on some of them with blowers moving the snow back from…

Roof Puck Shortage Leads People to Improvise

Marshall Hardware in Duluth is suggesting getting a little creative with the same chemical that's found in the popular Roof Melt.

DULUTH, Minn. –  A shortage of Roof Melt in the area has led a local hardware to suggest improvising with alternatives. Marshall Hardware in Duluth is suggesting getting a little creative with the same chemical that’s found in the popular Roof Melt. “Put the calcium chloride into stockings, tights, a thin fabric, toss it up there if you can’t get…

City of Superior in Legal Battle with Wal-Mart

The city of Superior is heading into a legal battle with the corporate ownership of Wal-Mart on Tower Avenue.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The city of Superior is heading into a legal battle with the corporate ownership of Wal-Mart on Tower Avenue. “If Wal-Mart was not assessed correctly we’re going to collect that money from everybody else. So Wal-Mart isn’t suing me, Wal-Mart is suing the citizens of Superior, all of whom will get a tax increase if Wal-Mart gets…

National Emergency Won’t Stall Local Workers

Many government workers in the Northland were reeling during the thirty five day government shutdown last month.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many government workers in the Northland were reeling during the thirty five day government shutdown last month. Those workers, however, do not need to worry about being out of work with the new national emergency President Trump declared today. Experts say things should stay the same on a local level with officials in Washington duking it out among…

Duluth Area YMCA Hosts Corporate Olympics

The day included many different events such as dodge ball, an obstacle course and even a sack race.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Area YMCA hosted business people from around the city for their fourth annual Corporate Olympics. The day included many different events such as dodge ball, an obstacle course and even a sack race. “For one thing I think it’s fun to play, as adults we don’t always get a lot of opportunity to play and…

Fire Marshal: Keep Vents Clear of Snow

Carbon monoxide is just one danger in this winter weather.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many hazards accompany the bad winter weather the Northland experiences. However, a less obvious danger lies in the vents on the outside of your home when they get clogged up with snow. Carbon monoxide can build up when the vents are blocked. The colorless, ordorless toxin can cause flu-like symptoms and even death. “Check all of your…

Tax Forfeiture Auction Selling Parcels in St. Louis County

The auctions happen every February, June, and October.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – More than 90 properties were featured at the tax forfeited land auction at the Shriner’s center in Hermantown. These auctions happen every February, June, and October. They serve to get parcels of land back on the tax pay roll, as well as giving people a chance to buy their dream parcel at a bargain price. “It…

AICHO Valentine’s Week Pop-Up Celebrates Indigenous Artists

Over 75 artists are represented at the shop.

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) is celebrating over 75 indigenous artists selling a wide range of goods. These goods range from car seat covers to jewelry and all go to support indigenous economy and encourage youth. “It shows native youth that they can have a way to make art their life and survive off of…

Snow Cleanup Persists in the Northland

Recent big snowfalls continue to cause issues in the region.

NORTHLAND – Snow is a way of life here in the Northland. As far as the eye can see mountains of dense plow piles line the roads. Shoveling is an issue many have to deal with, but it’s important to remember the fire hydrants when digging out. “If we have residents that have a hydrant in front of their house…

Opportunity Zone Tax Incentive Hopes to Benefit Neighborhoods in Need

These zones include five areas in Duluth where investors can receive federal tax incentives for helping with development.

DULUTH, Minn. – Developers, community leaders, and employers gathered in Lincoln Park to learn about investing in new Opportunity Zones in the Northland. These zones are areas in communities where investors can receive federal tax incentives for helping with development. Duluth has five different zones and other towns around the Northland have them as well. Eligible investments in these zones…

Age Well Arrowhead Watches Over Those Who Need Assistance

The nonprofit helps take care of Northlanders who need help staying independent.

DULUTH, Minn. – Age Well Arrowhead is here to take care of those who need assistance in the Northland. The nonprofit helps mostly those over sixty with many different things including grocery shopping, shoveling, and even finances. These services are often utilized by those who have trouble staying completely independent. “Folks needs don’t go away when it gets cold or…

148th Fighter Wing Has Rich History in the Northland

The history of the fighter wing was covered Tuesday at a special Duluth Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Greysolon Ballroom.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 148th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard has watched over the country and Northland every hour of every day since 1948. The history of the fighter wing was covered Tuesday at a special Duluth Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Greysolon Ballroom. The 148th Fighter Wing Commander said the group is one of only two…

Apparel Being Sold in K-9 Officer Haas’ Memory

Advantage Emblem and Screen Printing has teamed up with the Duluth Police Department to print K-9 Officer Haas t-shirts to benefit Northland K-9 Foundation.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the Northland continues to process the loss of K-9 Officer Haas, one local business is making shirts and sweatshirts in his memory. Advantage Emblem and Screen Printing has teamed up with the Duluth Police Department to print K-9 Officer Haas t-shirts with all proceeds going to the Northland K-9 Foundation. The creation of memorial shirts is…

Cruise Ships Postpone This Year’s Duluth Visit

The change comes with the American Steamboat Co. recently acquiring the Victory Cruise Line in January.

DULUTH, Minn. – Two popular Great Lakes cruise lines will not be visiting Duluth this summer as scheduled. The change comes with the American Steamboat Co. recently acquiring the Victory Cruise Line in January. Due to January’s close proximity to the summer cruise season, the company decided to postpone the Lake Superior cruises so they could plan their own Superior…

Duluth City Council Votes Down Fire. Dept. Proposals

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council voted down two proposals for the fire department at Monday night’s council meeting. The vote to approve needed to be unanimous.  Councilor Jay Fosle was the lone vote against. The first proposal was for more turnout gear for firefighters. The back-up gear is necessary while smoke-filled gear is cleaned to rid it of cancer-causing…

Northlanders Digging Out after Big Snowstorm

The sunny day was misleading with bitter cold hitting the region.

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders emerged today after almost a foot of snow, but the sunny day was misleading with bitter cold and blowing snow. The light powdery snow is usually easier to clean off surfaces, but one local resident was dealing with snowplows which can cause shoveling to take significantly longer. “It’s pretty thick. It’s pretty packed. It’s quite a…

Surf’s Up and UMD’s Pool

Surfing classes are running this semester at the UMD pool.

DULUTH, Minn. – Surfing classes are running this semester at the UMD pool. Most spots are open for students, but there are a few spots for the community that are open. One of the teachers was a student in the class, but now five years later she is giving her expertise and surfing confidence to those following in her waves….

Hermantown Approves Deal for New Sewer Line

The project is expected to open up about 230 acres for development.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A new sewer line in Hermantown got a big boost this week as St. Louis County has agreed to add almost $900,000 in Tax Abatement Financing for a $6 million sewer line project. The new line will extend from Okerstrom and Hermantown Roads to the intersection of Haines and Maple Grove Roads. The project is expected to…

Experienced Ground Crews Work to Keep Duluth International Airport Flying

The airport relies on it's ground crew to get people to their destinations on time.

DULUTH, Minn. – Air travel was hectic for many today around the midwest, and when bad weather strikes crews at Duluth International Airport work around the clock. Most of the experienced ground crew have been working at the airport for over ten years. “We have a lot of logevity with our employees so they are very good at what they…

Northlanders Work and Play on a Snowy Day

Despite up to a foot in some places, people were out enjoying the fresh powder.

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders are no strangers to heavy snow and bitter cold this time of year. But the past couple weeks have been especially rough. In true Minnesota fashion, one family was out for the first time in weeks enjoying the nature of the Northland. “We have been so cooped up inside whether we’ve been sick over the past…

Mental Health Days Beat Winter Blues at Local Community College

Activities to promote mental health will be at the college through Thursday.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Mental health days beat the winter blues at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College. The days this week consist of different activities such as yoga, massages, stress ball making, and even a Lake Superior Zoo Zoomobile. “We believe they’re important just because we want to look at the whole person and make sure they’re successful by…

Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College Hosts Nursing and Healthcare Expo

The third annual event aims to direct students and community to working in local healthcare options.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College hosted its third annual nursing and health sciences expo today. Students and community members had a chance to meet healthcare professionals and learn about how to get jobs in the field. Nursing students are being turned away from schools all over the country due to a shortage in teachers. Fond…

MATHCOUNTS Competition Draws Dozens of Middle School Students to UMD

The organization promotes a fun math learning environment while also giving students a chance to win awards.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 75 middle schoolers from ten different schools competed in a MATHCOUNTS competition today at UMD. The competition pits teams from schools all over the Northland against each other to win awards. “They get acknowledged for their skill in math it’s not like they’re an athlete; they do this for scholastic type of reasons,” said local…

10th Annual 95 KQDS Medallion Hunt is Underway in the Northland

The highly sought after prize tops ten thousand dollars for the tenth anniversary of the competition.

DULUTH, Minn. – The tenth annual 95 KQDS medallion hunt is underway here in the Northland. This year’s prize for finding the medallion includes five thousand dollars cash along with an ATV. “The medallion will be hidden on public property in the four twin port cities in Duluth, Superior, Hermantown, and Proctor. Somewhere public property in one of those cities…

Duluth Police Hope Sting Operations Cut Down Underage Solicitation

The joint task force with state and local authorities arrested seven men in the latest operation.

DULUTH, Minn. – One of the latest sex sting operations by a joint task force of state and local authorities in the Northland resulted in formally charging seven local men. The undercover operation placed ads on various known sex solicitation websites. The men charged ranged greatly in terms of age and socioeconomic status including one Grand Rapids doctor and a…

Inclement Weather Keeping Auto Body Shops Busy

Local auto body shops are dealing with their busiest winter in years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Auto body shops around the Northland are slammed with work as icy roads have caused numerous crashes throughout the region. Ogston’s Body and Paint is in the midst of one of it’s busiest winter seasons in years. “A lot of cars ended up in ditches and lots of fender benders and rear end hits and deer hits,…

Spike in Snowplow Accidents Prompts Increased Driver Safety

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation more than two dozen crashes have occurred.

DULUTH, Minn. – Already this winter, state snowplows in Minnesota have been involved in more than two dozen crashes with other vehicles. Winter is far from over and snowplows will continue to be busy on streets and highways around the Northland. Plows often drive slower than the posted speed limit because it helps them make the roads as clear as possible….

Cold Weather Causes Customers to Worry About Fuel Oil

Some houses used three to four times as much fuel during the cold snap.

DULUTH, Minn. – High fuel oil usage is just another problem that extreme cold creates. Even new fuel efficient homes used three and four times as much fuel as normal during our recent cold snap. “Just doing your standard practice of keeping your house heated at different levels. If you’re not there during the day bring the temperatures down a…

Super Bowl Sunday Slams Local Pizza Place

Domino's in Duluth deals with influx of orders.

DULUTH, Minn. – Restaurants and bars all over the Northland are inundated with football fans for the Super Bowl. For Domino’s in Duluth, the unofficial holiday is one of the busiest days of the year, but also one of the most rewarding. “I just like making pizzas and getting them out to people as quick as we can, make sure…

23rd Annual Father Daughter Ball goes “Under the Sea”

The ocean themed night allowed dads to treat their daughters to a night of dinner and dancing. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Father Daughter Ball at the DECC went “Under the Sea” for its 23rd year. The ocean themed night allowed dads to treat their daughters to a night of dinner and dancing. “I just love making both my girls feel so special. So it’s always fun to dance and embarrass them a little bit, but we just…

Free Children’s Dental Cleanings at “Give Kids a Smile Day”

The statewide program provides children in need with a free dental cleaning.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College participated in their 17th annual “Give Kids a Smile Day”. The statewide program provides kids under the age of eighteen who are in need with a free dental cleaning. “It’s just a really fun day to get tons of kids in here and to really be able to provide a service that’s in desperate…

Over 450 Skaters Gliding into Northland this Weekend

The Duluth Figure Skating Club hosts the Northland Skating Competition for the 39th year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over 450 skaters from all over the US and Canada are gliding into Duluth this weekend for the Northland Skating Competition at the DECC. The Duluth Figure Skating Club has hosted the competition annually for thirty-nine years. Though the competition isn’t the largest in the country, skating in front of a hometown crowd is a rare treat…

City’s 58th Street Diner Shutters Doors for Good

The closure comes the same week Superior's Breakwater also closed down.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – City’s 58th Street Diner closed for good Sunday, Jan. 27. The 50s, Rock ‘n’ roll inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner diner served customers for five years. The owner, Cory Mohelski noted the closure was due to a lack of foot traffic, and also the time and responsibilities of being a sole owner. “Trying to run a restaurant…

Minnesota Power Helping Out Customers in Need

The company will put customers struggling to pay on a payment plan.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Minnesota power is helping out their customers who might be struggling to pay their electric bills with a payment plan set in place when budgets get tight. “We want those customers to know they should call us and we will work with them to set up payment plans, answer any questions they have about their bill. And…

Tow Trucks Overwhelmed with Calls in the Northland

A frigid few days has led to hundreds of Northlanders experiencing car trouble.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tow Truck drivers all over the Northland have had a record setting few days as people’s cars are refusing to start due to the extreme cold. In recent days, tow truck drivers have been inundated with hundreds of calls. “Well the last couple days hasn’t been a lot of sleep, I can tell you that, yesterday we received…

Frostbite Stings the Northland as Hospital Admissions Spike

Officials from Essentia Health's Burn ICU warn against the cold.

  DULUTH, Minn. – Frost bite is just one of the many dangers when temperatures bottom out as low as they’ve been in recent weeks. Officials from Essentia Health’s Burn Unit say they have seen a spike in their admissions with seven frost bite cases in the last few weeks. We spoke to a burn intensive care nurse about signs…

Duluth’s Best Bread Raises Dough for Australia

Duluth's Best Bread is raising some dough tomorrow to benefit Australian’s who are dealing with extreme temperatures almost 150 degrees more than Duluth's.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Best Bread is raising some dough tomorrow to benefit Australians who are dealing with extreme temperatures almost 150 degrees more than Duluth’s. “We got to thinking, what about our poor friends in Australia, it’s 118 degrees there. They’re going through a terrible, terrible heatwave so we thought we should start a little fundraiser and help them…

Skating to Gold at the 39th Northland Figure Skating Competition

This weekend Duluth Figure Skating Club is hosting the 39th Annual Northland Figure Skating Competition.

DULUTH, Minn.-This weekend Duluth Figure Skating Club is hosting the 39th Annual Northland Figure Skating Competition. Skaters of all ages from all over the region will be gliding into Duluth for their chance to win gold starting tomorrow. This competition hosts an unprecedented 450 skaters from all over the United States and Canada. Organizers say there’s going to be many…