Author: Katharine Huntley

Teamsters Local 320 Members Preparing Picket Signs For Potential Strike

Members Could Strike Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, January 14

DULUTH, Minn. – The Teamsters Local 320 is prepping for a strike after rejecting St. Louis County’s Last Best Final Offer during contract negotiations on Saturday. The union of nearly 180 members includes mechanics, bridge workers, and 102 snow plow operators. They could strike as early as Tuesday and with measurable snow in the forecast the county is also prepping…

Parks and Recreation Hosts Snowshoe Hike on Piedmont Trail

They explained that using snowshoes in the winter instead of just hiking keeps the trail groomed for all kinds of other activities such as fat tire biking.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department hosted a snowshoe hike starting from the Piedmont Trailhead on Sunday. Parks and Recreation wanted to show people a different trail they might not have visited yet. They explained that using snowshoes in the winter instead of just hiking keeps the trail groomed for all kinds of other activities…

Young Snowmobilers Earn Certification and Learn Rules of the Trails

Anyone born after 1976 needs a certification to operate a sled to take advantage of the more than 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. – Young snowmobiliers earned their certifications to operate sleds on their own at Reservoir Riders Snowmobile Club. Snowmobiling is a widely popular sport in Minnesota. There are more than 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails statewide. Anyone born after 1976 needs a certification to operate a sled. “Now I can drive my own sled in Canada when we go…

8th Annual Lake Superior Libraries Unsymposium

Around 40 library workers spoke about topics ranging from climate change in libraries to different outreach programs.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Librarians in Minnesota and Wisconsin met at the Superior Public Library for the annual winter unsymposium. It is called an unsymposium because there is no set agenda coming into the day and the librarians choose the topics as a group. Around 40 library workers spoke about topics ranging from climate change in libraries to different outreach programs….

City of Duluth Seeks Million in Bonding Money for Coastal Repair

City officials say the bonding money will be used to put focus on community gems such as the Lakewalk, Baywalk, and Brighton Beach.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth announced a proposal seeking $13.5 million in state bonding money this upcoming legislative session for coastal repair. City officials say the bonding money will be used to put focus on community gems such as the Lakewalk, Baywalk, and Brighton Beach. The money will contribute to an ongoing $62 million project aimed at reconstructing…

Gov. Walz Proposes Additional Affordable Housing Funding

The waiting list for public housing in Duluth including 2,000 families.

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz wants to borrow $276 billion to invest in safe and affordable housing across Minnesota. It is all part of his “Jobs and Projects Plan” totaling around $2 billion. The Housing and Redevelopment Authority in Duluth will be applying for a portion of that money. The waiting list for public housing in Duluth including 2,000…

Search for New Duluth Superintendent Begins Community Input Phase

The board, with help of a professional search firm, launched an online survey on Thursday to gain the community's input.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School Board is looking for community input as it works to hire the new superintendent later this year. The school board is preaching transparency with the hiring of the superintendent as well. The board, with help of a professional search firm, launched an online survey on Thursday to gain the community’s input. Within a few…

Denfeld Takes Game One of the Heritage Holiday Inn Classic

The Denfeld Hunters beat the Depere, WI Voyageurs 5-3.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Heritage Holiday Inn Classic high school hockey tournament kicked off on Thursday at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center. The Denfeld Hunters took on the Depere, WI Voyageurs. Denfeld ended up winning 5-3 they take on Roseville on Friday night at 7 p.m.. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD Looking to Pick Up Non-Conference Wins This Weekend

The Bulldogs stressed in a press conference Thursday that they are looking to change their losing non-conference record which stands at 3-5.

DULUTH, Minn. – With 22 days between games for the holidays UMD men’s hockey is back and prepping for this weekends clash with Merrimack College. The players got some much needed break and most got to go home and see their families. The Bulldogs stressed in a press conference Thursday that they are looking to change their losing non-conference record…

Hawks Prevail Over Warriors in First Day of Hilltopper Classic

Hermantown beats Brainerd 4-1.

DULUTH, Minn. – After having the day off for Christmas, the Hermantown Hawks were back in action at the Hilltopper Holiday Classic at Mars Lakeview Arena. Captain Blake Biondi scored two goals in the second including a short-handed goal. The win puts the Hawks to 7-1-1 on the season. They will play Fort Frances on Friday at 4:30 in the…

Duluth Marshall Hockey Looking to Holiday Tournament to Bounce Back

The holiday classic gives Marshall a chance to get plenty of experience with teams they would not normally play.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall is hosting its annual Hilltopper Holiday Classic hockey tournament at Mars Lakeview Arena. The tournament is drawing six teams from as far away as Fort Frances in Canada to compete. Other teams featured will be Hermantown, Brainerd, Burnsville, and Buffalo. The holiday classic gives Marshall a chance to get plenty of experience with teams they…

Hermantown Hockey’s Christmas Eve Alumni Game Brings Together Decades of Tradition

A family is how many have described the hockey community in Hermantown, and this is just another way the Hermantown community continues its traditions.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown is all about hockey, many years of tradition is on display each Christmas Even when alumni come back to take on the current varsity team. “We have Division-oners playing with guys that never played a day after high school and it’s just great to see everybody and it just keeps the community going that hockey community…

Spirit Mountain Open for Extended Hours for Holiday Season

All trails, terrain parks, snow tubing and even glow tubing will be available then.

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Mountain is preparing for a busy week on the slopes. They will be open Christmas Even and starting December 26 will be open for expanded holiday hours through January 5. All trails, terrain parks, snow tubing and even glow tubing will be available then. Spirit Mountain hopes families will take advantage of teh hours. “It’s a…

Dry Christmas Trees Pose Fire Danger

It's suggested to cut off the base of the tree to help it absorb water and make sureĀ  to keep an eye on the water levels.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the holiday craziness it is important to keep an eye on any natural Christmas trees in the home. Natural trees can pose a hidden danger if they are not watered properly. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal showed in a video that trees can catch fire quickly. It’s suggested to cut off the base of the tree…

Minnesota Court of Appeals Rules for Additional Review of Natural Gas Plant

The ruling could possibly prevent Minnesota Power from participating in the construction and operation of the plant altogether.

DULTUH, Minn. – A Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered state regulators to reconsider whether additional environmental review is necessary for the proposed Minnesota Power and Dairyland Cooperative natural gas plant. The Nemadji Trail Energy Center would be located in Superior, WI and the Minnesota court says state regulators erred by approving the project without determining the need for the…

UMD Women’s Hockey Coach Maura Crowell Making History

With Scott Sandelin coaching the World Juniors team, it marks the first time two head coaches from the same school will be coaching national teams at the same time.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD women’s hockey coach Maura Crowell will be far from home this Christmas. She is coaching the US Womens U-18 team at the IIHF World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia. Along with the honor of coaching the team for the second straight year, she is making history as well because Bulldog’s men’s hockey coach Scott Sandelin will be…

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks and Greyhounds Nab Big Wins

Hermantown and Duluth East both beat tough teams on Saturday.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The 5-1-1 Hermantown Hawks boys hockey team hosted last year’s state third place finisher Mahtomedi in a big matchup. The Zephyrs had a record of 7-1 coming into the game. Hawks would dominate the Zephyrs 9-2. Hermantown captain Blake Biondi helps his team out and scores his eleventh and twelfth goals of the season as well. Meanwhile…

Car Thefts Happening Across Duluth

This year, car theft is below the three-year average but it is still happening.

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year more than a hundred cars are stolen in Duluth. This year, car theft is below the three-year average but it is still happening. When the weather gets cold in the Northland, people like to turn their cars on to warm them up then go back inside, which makes an easy target for thieves who are…

New Luxury Apartment Building Officially Open

CityView flats a brand new luxury apartment complex opened today on the 300 block of 1st Avenue West.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another housing option is now available in Duluth. CityView flats a brand new luxury apartment complex opened today on the 300 block of 1st Avenue West. The building is adding more than 100 housing units to the Central Hillside neighborhood. It’s made up of 106 units and is five stories tall, made up of studios, one bedrooms…

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Hits the Big Screen

At Marcus Theaters in Duluth fans dressed up for the big finale of the 9-part Star Wars Trilogy.

DULUTH, Minn. – After much anticipation the film Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker hit the big screen in Duluth on Thursday. At Marcus Theaters in Duluth fans dressed up for the big finale of the 9-part Star Wars Trilogy. There were not big lines to get tickets for the premiere because for the past month people have been reserving…

Ruby’s Pantry Coppertop’s Last Distribution Before the Holidays

More than 25,000 pounds of food were unloaded off a semi-truck where 70 volunteers helped distribute the food.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ruby’s Pantry at Duluth’s Coppertop Church held its last distribution day before the holidays. More than 25,000 pounds of food were unloaded off a semi-truck where 70 volunteers helped distribute the food. For only $20 anyone can get all types of food, from milk eggs and over a dozen other items. “Everyone is eligible there are no…

Influenza Widespread in Minnesota

The flu usually presents itself as a high fever, runny nose, body aches, and fatigue.

DULUTH, Minn. – The flu season is ramping up in Minnesota with the department of health reporting 262 hospitalized cases throughout the state. The flu usually presents itself as a high fever, runny nose, body aches, and fatigue. However, this year’s flu is a bit different than usual with the prominent strain. The B strain of the virus is the…

Hoffbauer Tree Farm Sold Out for Season

Hoffbauer Tree Farm in Duluth is sold out and owner Farmer Doug believes many people who wanted to cut their own tree did not this year because of all the snow that fell.

DULUTH, Minn. – Christmas is only a week away and tree farms are selling out of their trees. Hoffbauer Tree Farm in Duluth is sold out and owner Farmer Doug believes many people who wanted to cut their own tree did not this year because of all the snow that fell. “We were sold out last Saturday, we sold a…

St. Louis County Passes Record Breaking Budget

The budget includes increased investment in public works equipment and materials to support roads and bridges.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County passed a budget more than 407 million dollars which is about a three percent increase over last year. The budget includes increased investment in public works equipment and materials to support roads and bridges. It also continues to support programs to assist members of the community addressing substance use, mental health, and other services…

Port of Duluth-Superior Celebrating Another Record Breaking Year

The port also saw a record amount of wind energy products with 306,000 freight tons, the most ever in to Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Port of Duluth-Superior’s shipping season is drawing to a close and the Great Lakes busiest port is still a very busy place. According to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority the port is on pace to handle of 35 million tons of cargo for the third straight year. This is helped because the port reached its highest…

Police and Fire Chiefs Serving at The Kitchen in Memory of Late Waitress

This year, the fundraiser was held in memory of waitress Janice McConnell who recently passed away after 40 years of working at the restaurant.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior’s police and fire chiefs along with the district attorney and sheriff put on their aprons and got serving at The Kitchen restaurant all for a good cause. This year, the fundraiser was held in memory of waitress Janice McConnell who recently passed away after 40 years of working at the restaurant. All tips from the day…

New Lakewalk Fencing Being Installed on Lakewalk

New wrought iron fencing between the walkway and railroad tracks is being installed this week.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new section of the Duluth Lakewalk behind Fitger’s is undergoing more improvements to weather future storms. New wrought iron fencing between the walkway and railroad tracks is being installed this week. Parts of the Lakewalk will be closed during that time. “The fence was old but the last few storms kinda took it out so it…

Holidays Can Pose Extra Dangers for Pets

A veterinarian recommends limiting table scraps, especially foods that are high in fat.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The holidays are time to decorate and feast, but one vet warns against feeding dogs too much off the dinner table. A veterinarian recommends limiting table scraps, especially foods that are high in fat. Also, macadamia nuts are highly toxic to dogs and can be deadly. While the holidays are full of traveling and visiting with loved…

Family Forum Inc. Announces Early Head Start Program

The program has spots for eight children ranging from 6 weeks to 35 months old.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Family Forum Inc. announced on Monday they would be starting an early Head Start program at their center. The program has spots for eight children ranging from 6 weeks to 35 months old. Previously Family Forum has provided care in the home, but this is the first time offering space at their center in Superior on 34th…

Teamsters Local 320 Representing St. Louis County Plow Drivers Authorizes Strike

The Teamsters Local 320 represents plow drivers, bridge workers, and other positions in St. Louis County Public Works.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Teamsters Local 320 union representing St. Louis County Public Works employees has authorized a potential strike if a new contract with the county is not agreed to by the end of the year. “We have a very open relationship with the county a relationship built of respect and trust so it’s unfortunate that the county has…

Free Parking Announced for Downtown Duluth Business District Through December

Businesses downtown are excited about the news especially with only nine days until Christmas.

DULUTH, Minn. – Certain portions of the downtown business district will have free parking until the end of December. The Greater Downtown Council and the city of Duluth worked together to allow the free parking. Businesses downtown are excited about the news especially with only nine days until Christmas. The general manager at Electric Fetus is thankful parking will be…

Bentleyville Voted Best Public Holiday Display in America by USA Today

The honor is a readers choice award by USA Today's 10Best Places to Celebrate the Holidays in 2019 voted by the readers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bentleyville has been given the national honor of being the best public holiday lights display in the nation by USA Today. The honor is a readers choice award by USA Today’s 10Best Places to Celebrate the Holidays in 2019 voted by the readers. Bentleyville creator Nathan Bentley says it is quite an honor and they are ready…

Noble Pour Craft Cocktail Bar Opens in Lincoln Park

The space has plenty of comfy booths, chairs, and even a fireplace to create a cozy atmosphere.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new craft cocktail bar called Noble Pour opened in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth on Sunday. Noble Pour is right next door to OMC Smokehouse, both are owned by Tom Hanson who also owns Corktown Deli and Duluth Grill. “That’s really the mantra for this place is that this is your living room and you…

Hundreds of Santas Run Inaugural Wild Santa 5K

Runners got a Santa costume and beard with their entrance fee.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 400 Santas ran through Duluth’s neighborhood of Lincoln Park for the inaugural Wild Santa 5K put on by Wild State Cider. Runners got a Santa costume and beard with their entrance fee. They ran 3.1 miles through Lincoln Park finishing at Wild State Cider for a Santa Fest party. The owner of Wild State says even…

Veterans Remembered at Wreaths Across America Ceremony

The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Duluth participated publicly for the first time this year placing 135 wreaths on graves after a short ceremony.

DULUTH, Minn. – Veterans were honored nationwide on Saturday for the National Wreaths Across America ceremony which placed a holiday wreath at all veterans graves in state or national veterans cemeteries. The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Duluth participated publicly for the first time this year placing 135 wreaths on graves after a short ceremony. “Christmas is a very special time…

Arrowhead Ice Fishing Show Kicks Off in Duluth

More than 150 vendors with every kind of fishing product a sportsman could need, grizzly bears, and new high tech goods.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show started on Friday at the DECC. More than 150 vendors with every kind of fishing product a sportsman could need, grizzly bears, and new high tech goods. “There are new companies here with new products to catch bigger fish and make their fishing experience a little bit more profitable,”…

Chester Bowl Hosts Pop-Up Shop for Merchandise

Logoed cups, mugs, shirts, and even cozy pullovers were on sale.

DULUTH, Minn. – Chester Bowl hosted its own pop-up shop for fans of the park on Thursday. Logoed cups, mugs, shirts, and even cozy pullovers were on sale. The director of Chester Bowl says the park holds a special place in many people’s hearts in Duluth. All money raised from the merchandise helps make the Chester Bowl operate for years…

Holiday Hoopla at Myers Wilkins Elementary

The free event is all about giving kids and their families a chance to play, enjoy themselves, and get a hot meal.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Holiday Hoopla was held at Myers Wilkins Elementary School put on by the Duluth Community School Collaborative. The free event is all about giving kids and their families a chance to play, enjoy themselves, and get a hot meal. Second Harvest Food Bank also provided fresh produce. Donated winter hats and coats were also available for…

Skating with Santa at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center

Kids of every ability and age were able to skate for free with a reindeer, Frosty, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids of every ability and age were able to skate for free with a reindeer, Frosty, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. They also got a chance to do different activities like cookie and ornament making. “It’s a unique opportunity because not everyone can throw on hockey skates it’s expensive to buy ice and all that and we…

Duluth Fire Department Welcomes New Fire Marshal Sandy McComb

She has spent her time at the department doing everything from firefighting to heavy equipment operation.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth has welcomed a new fire marshal. Sandy McComb is a 22-year veteran of the department and the second woman to be a fire marshal. She has spent her time at the department doing everything from firefighting to heavy equipment operation. Now she is ready to take on her new role as fire marshal….

39th Annual Pikkujoulu Dinner Attracts Hundreds

They even served some traditional Finnish foods with ham, mashed potatoes, and even rutabaga casserole.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fins from all over the Northland gathered at the Holiday Inn on Sunday for their annual Christmas celebration dinner. The 39th annual Pikkujoulu dinner meaning little Christmas is put on by the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society and gives Finnish people a chance to gather before the holidays and speak about Finland and buy Finnish memorabilia. “We…

Knife River Celebrates the Holidays With Annual Julebyen

The two-day festival featured plenty of Christmas goods for sale, music, sledding, and even troll village.

KNIFE RIVER, Minn. – Around 7,500 guests visited Knife River this weekend to celebrate their annual Julebyen, Finnish for Christmas Village, in the town. Knife River was founded by Norwegian Fishermen and they continue that tradition today. “We’ve got a strong Norwegian heritage here which we want to retain and share with others and I think we’ve done a pretty…

Duluth Business ShelDon Celebrates 30th Anniversary

ShelDon is located on East Superior St. and has been a staple of printing and copying services in downtown Duluth for three decades now.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth proclaimed Thursday, December 5 Sheldon day in honor of the business’s thirtieth anniversary. ShelDon is located on East Superior St. and has been a staple of printing and copying services in downtown Duluth for three decades now. They have faced struggles along the way but have managed to stay strong in the end,…

St. Scholastica Monastery Holds Annual Christmas Bazaar

The bazaar has been going on for around 50 years and money raised goes back to the monastery to help the sisters with things like making improvements to their building.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of eager shoppers visited the St. Scholastica Monastery on Thursday to participate in the annual Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar has been going on for around 50 years and money raised goes back to the monastery to help the sisters with things like making improvements to their building. Many of the items sold are handmade or donated…

Two Harbors Lights Up the Park for a Second Year

The event included sled dogs, horse carriage rides, and even tug boat rides.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Thomas Owens Park got a dose of the holiday season as it was lit up to celebrate Christmas. For years the North Shore Rotary Club has been putting up lights in the park. This is the second year, however, it was also a holiday part for the community. The event included sled dogs, horse carriage rides,…

Lutefisk on the Menu at First Lutheran Church

A famous Scandinavian fish dish, it has brought the people together in the church basement for more than 20 years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Each year the first Wednesday of December the First Lutheran Church in Duluth celebrates with lutefisk feast. A famous Scandinavian fish dish, it has brought the people together in the church basement for more than 20 years. The lutefisk is dried then soaked in lye and water so it swells and turns into a filet. The fish…