Author: Ken Slama

Vista Fleet Offering Special Father’s Day Brunch Cruise

DULUTH, MN – Vista Fleet is having a special Father’s Day Brunch coming up this Sunday. The hour and a half sightseeing tour departs at 9:55 a.m. Sunday aboard the Vista Star.  It will feature catering by Bellisio’s, bloody mary specials, as well as dad drink specials. “We brought back our Mother’s Day brunch and that was a huge hit….

Local Nurses Plan Informational Picket Later This Month During Ongoing Contract Negotiations

DULUTH, MN – Contracts for nurses at Essentia and St. Luke’s are expiring soon and the nurses are not happy with the way negotiations are going.  Thursday, the Minnesota Nurses Association held a press event announcing their intent to hold an informational picket on June 21.  Many of the concerns raised by the MNA have existed for years even before…

Cybersecurity Firm Opening Second Location in Duluth

DULUTH, MN – A new cybersecurity firm is opening up in downtown Duluth that will be able to serve businesses of all sizes as well as government entities.  Aspis started in 2019 by a former UMD grad and is growing fast with employees in seven states and several government contracts.  The Duluth office will be their second operating location after…

Hungry Hippie Tacos Now Open in Lincoln Park

DULUTH, MN – A taco joint familiar to residents of Grand Marais has opened up at a second location in Lincoln Park.  Hungry Hippie Tacos opened over Memorial Day Weekend to bring their fry bread tacos to the Twin Ports. In addition to their fry bread being made from scratch every day, their smoked ale-beef brisket, pork apple brisket, and…

Tax-Forfeited Land Auction Happening Now Through June 9

DULUTH, MN – The St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department is currently holding an online auction for tax-forfeited land and properties through Wednesday June 9th at 11 a.m. The nearly 50 properties up for auction are located all across the county and include homes, commercial properties, and even lake front properties.  Proceeds from the auction go towards maintenance of…

Hermantown High School Physics Students Apply Lessons on Buoyancy and Flotation

DULUTH, MN – Physics students from Hermantown High School were putting some of their newly acquired knowledge to the test this morning out on Pike Lake.  The students spent the last couple of weeks building cardboard boats after learning about buoyancy and floatation. Their engineering challenge was to determine where the water line would be when the group of students…

Supporters Gather at City Hall to Support Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s Boundary Waters Protection and Pollution Prevention Act

DULUTH, MN – Supporters of the Boundary Waters Protection and Pollution Prevention Act gathered in front of Duluth City Hall this morning ahead of a congressional hearing on the bill. The proposed legislation was written by Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum and would prevent sulfide-ore copper mining in over 200,000 acres in the headwaters of the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National…

Orders are Back Up at A and Dubs

DULUTH, MN – After being delayed a couple of weeks because of the prolonged winter, A and Dubs on West 3rd Street is open for the 2022 season.  Typically they will open the Monday after Mother’s Day, but either way they are excited to see everybody again this year and serve up the same food they have offered for nearly…

Recent Storm Winds Cause Property Damage in Saginaw

SAGINAW, MN – Wednesday’s storms brought recorded wind gusts up to 60 mph along with hail nearly 2 inches in some areas, but for some in Saginaw, the winds were reported by the National Weather Service to be up to 80 mph and were strong enough to cause quite a bit of property damage. Roof shingles were pulled up, a…

Superior Mayor Proposes Plan to Combat Affordable Housing Crisis

SUPERIOR, WI – Superior Mayor Jim Paine is proposing a partnership with the nonprofit Green New Deal Housing in an attempt to combat the affordable housing crisis.  An agreement would lead to the development of vacant lots owned by the city with homes that are energy efficient and rely on renewable energy for electricity and heating.  While the houses would…

St. Louis County Declares State of Emergency as Flooding Continues

DULUTH, MN – St. Louis county officials declared a state of local emergency this morning after weeks of heavy rainfall has caused several lakes and rivers to lose containment resulting in damaging floods.  With the extent of the damage that is occurring, the resolution was pushed forward to seek financial assistance in dealing with this crisis.  The monetary threshold for…