Author: Lauren Akabori

Winter Attire Needed at the Damiano Center

DULUTH, Minn.- The seasons are changing, meaning more people need winter attire. And the Damiano Center in Duluth is asking for help. The Damiano Center is hosting its annual Community Connect event, inviting people looking for winter clothing and additional resources. “It’s housed here at the Damiano center, but it is a community-wide planned event, and so it’ll be from…

Hillside Makers Market is Back

DULUTH, Minn.- The Hillside Makers Market is back today and tomorrow, offering various goods. The once-a-month pop-up market showcases jewelry, clothing, and baked goods, all made by local artisans. You can even find accessories for your four-legged friends. “So we have all sorts of fantastic artists this weekend for Friday and Saturday, and there’s everything from floral arrangement to jewelry…

Costco’s Grand Opening is Near

DULUTH, Minn.- Costco’s official grand opening is October 28th, making their famous Kirkland brand products available to Northlanders in just one month. If you’re not looking for groceries, the membership-based store offers various hot foods, electronics, household items, and clothing. “Costco offers quality goods and services at the lowest possible price,” said general manager John Kuzas. “In this location, we…

New Credit Union at Lake Superior College

DULUTH, Minn.- Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is opening a new location at Lake Superior College. The credit union is looking to help students at the main campus make sound financial decisions with an onsite banker and ATM. The new credit union is a convenient way for students and staff to cash checks, apply for loans, and make deposits or…

Women in the Construction Industry Come Together

DULUTH, Minn.- The National Association of Women in Construction for the Southeast Minnesota chapter gathered in support Thursday to elect board members and discuss goals within the construction industry. Twenty-five Women from Minnesota Power, Northland Construction, and several other construction companies were in attendance. “It is super exciting for me because, in the Northland, there’s a lot of women that…

Bentleyville Tour of Lights is Approaching

DULUTH, Minn.- Fall may have just started, but Bentleyville preparations are underway at Bayfront Festival Park as we approach the colder seasons. Trailers full of decorations, lights, and equipment are making their way to Bayfront Park and starting Saturday, volunteers will begin setting up for the famous holiday attraction. Bentleyville invites anyone ages 16 and older to help with the…

Free Antique Appraisal at the Depot

DULUTH, Minn.- The St. Louis County Historical Society hosted a free antique appraisal event at Duluth’s Depot Wednesday afternoon. From noon to 3 p.m., Northlanders could bring up to two antique or collectible items for an appraisal by Denny Mager of Northern Specialty. “It’s so great to be able to, you know, get back into the groove of doing some…

Duluth Police Officers Run for a Good Cause

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Police Department took part in Minnesota’s Torch Run for Special Olympics Wednesday morning to spread awareness and raise money for children and adults with disabilities. “An annual event where law enforcement officers from across the country join in with Special Olympic athletes to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Minnesota,” said Duluth Investigator Ryan Temple….

Duluth Workforce Development Makes Moves to Decrease Unemployment Numbers

DULUTH, Minn.- September is Workforce Development Month and is the end of unemployment benefits for many, and Duluth’s Workforce Development team is offering their services to job seekers. In the Twin Ports, 19,000 people were taken out of the labor force since the beginning of the pandemic, and workforce development has recovered nearly 70 percent of those jobs lost. “We’ve…

New Duluth Fire Department Recruitment Options

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department is adding to its recruitment process by allowing firefighters to transfer without a written exam. Lateral firefighters transferring to the Duluth Fire Department can apply without taking the written exam, as long as they have three or more years of experience. They will also start with 100 percent of their pay compared to new…

Duluth Public Library Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Duluth Public Library is celebrating. The downtown library has a display set up with books written by a Hispanic author or a story surrounding one of many Hispanic cultures. Some of the books recognize historical people like Frida Kahlo, who is known for her famous paintings. “It is really important that…

DFD Special Confined Space Training

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department conducts confined space rescue training on the William A. Irvin ship in Canal Park this week. Crew members are put in a scenario to rescue a person stuck in a small tunnel, needing medical attention. The training teaches firefighters how to handle unique situations properly. “Over the week, we have three sites, each of…

Twin Ports Back to School COVID Update

TWIN PORTS- It has been a couple of weeks since students returned to the classroom, and schools across the Northland are continuing their efforts to battle COVID within campuses. School faculty members enjoy seeing campuses full of students again. After an increased number of positive COVID cases moved kindergarten through 3rd-grade classes at a Chisholm elementary school to distanced learning…

Everyday is National Double Cheeseburger Day for Big Daddy’s Burgers

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s National Double Cheeseburger Day, and local Northland burger shops are crowded. Big Daddy’s Burgers on Piedmont Avenue was packed with people getting their burger fix. They are also known for their Belly Buster challenge, including a one-pound double cheeseburger and a large portion of fries. And if you finish the entire dish, the burger spot will hang…

Hermantown Superfund Site is Now Clean

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday, Hermantown’s 10-acre Arrowhead Refinery Superfund site is no longer on the Superfund National Priorities List. According to the EPA, the refinery frequently dumped metal-laced sludge into a two-acre lagoon located on the property from 1945 to 1977. The site first landed its spot on the list in 1984. “Used to…

Superior Fuel Opens New Rail Terminal

TWIN PORTS, Minn.- Superior Fuel celebrated the grand opening of a new rail terminal with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, bringing more propane to the Northland. The multimillion-dollar investment will provide propane in the Twin Ports and surrounding areas. The new terminal will hold nearly one million gallons of propane on-site, providing service to thousands of residents. “It’s an investment…

Pumpkin Patches are Popping up Across the Northland

DULUTH, Minn.- Pumpkins ga-lourd DC’s best produce has set up pumpkin stands across the Northland with a variety of pumpkins. Each stand includes a display of haystacks, fall decorations, and other seasonal vegetables to give people the full pumpkin patch experience. “Everybody absolutely loves it,” said produce seller Jack Pearodin. “We got so many different types of pumpkins, and squash…

Community Members Remember DTA Bus Crash Victim

DULUTH, Minn.- Sixty-four-year-old David Weston was well known for his daily visits to the mall and receiving services from the employment assistance organization CHOICE, Unlimited for nearly 20 years. David spent his time at the organization making friends through art. “He loved people, and he was an incredibly friendly person,” said Executive Director of CHOICE, Unlimited Kristie Buchman. “When I…

Duluth City Council Approves Funding to Help Downtown Duluth’s Disadvantaged

DULUTH, Minn.- After Monday night’s meeting, the Duluth City Council approved $300,000 in funding for the Greater Downtown Council to hire a social worker, who will help tackle homelessness and the mental health crisis in Downtown Duluth. Downtown Duluth has a large population of people facing drug addictions and mental health illnesses. Local businesses have noticed the physical and emotional…

New Silver Bay Mini Golf Course Opens Up

SILVER BAY, Minn.- If you’re looking for a tee-rific activity to do with your friends and family, a new 18-hole mini-golf course is now open in Silver Bay. Silver Bay couple, Ashley and David Klemmer opened Black Beach Mini Golf last month, hoping to bring a new family-fun space to the community. “The whole family can come and do it,…

It’s Time to Prepare Your Yards for Colder Weather

DULUTH, Minn.- Trees are changing colors in the Northland as we move into the fall season, and managing your plants may be a little different this year with the arid conditions. Local hardware store, Marshall Hardware, says they are keeping busy with customers coming in, preparing their yards for the colder months. Since the Northland experienced an abnormally dry summer,…

Potential Lakewalk Surgery Center Expansion

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lakewalk Surgery Center on London Road is looking to expand with more nearby facilities. The Northland medical center bought a neighboring building in 2020 where Valentini’s Italian restaurant once was. They are now working out a deal to buy London Road Car Wash. The city’s long-term goal is to make London Road a medical institution hotspot, making…

The DECC to Host Duluth Winter Village

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center announced on Thursday, they will be taking over this year’s Duluth Winter Village. This way, they will be able to showcase the use of their new event space, Harbor Drive. The DECC will be using the street sitting between the convention center and Lake Superior to host various events all year long. Hosting…

Pumpkin Picking is Finally Here

DULUTH, Minn.- Pumpkin picking at Farmer Doug’s pumpkin patch begins today, and the festivities will continue through Sunday. The famous farm has a patch of more than 1,000 pumpkins for people to choose from. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join in on the family-fun activities. “I’m kind of—as we retire and gravitate to things where people are happy…

New Superior Museum Crawl Event

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A variety of museums in Superior kicked off their first-ever Superior Museum Crawl today, and the event will continue through Sunday. Eight museums and the Superior Public Library are participating in the museum crawl. Whether you like local history, music, or aviation, each museum has something different to offer. “I think by having that experience and allowing people…

Northlanders Help Hurricane Ida Survivors

DULUTH, Minn.- Help from the Northland is on the way to Hurricane Ida survivors. Two Northern Minnesota Red Cross volunteers headed out to Louisiana with a Northern Minnesota Emergency Response Vehicle earlier today to help those affected by hurricane Ida. “After I retired, I started volunteering for the red cross and doing deployment,” said volunteer David * “I just enjoy…

Multi-Housing Conference Comes to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Landlords and housing managers are looking to improve living experiences for Northlanders. The Minnesota Multi Housing Association hosted a housing industry conference at the Holiday Inn and Suites in downtown Duluth, where multi housing professionals got a chance to learn, improve, and network within the industry.  The Building Bridges conference included four breakout sessions, offering a total of…

Local Artists Paint Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- A local non-profit organization, Duluth Street Art Initiative, is teaming up with Northland artists and property owners in bringing color and creativity to a downtown Duluth alley in the next four days. The group of artists are creating murals along the walls and may even add installation pieces. “We’re trying to clean this alley up and make it…

New Snow Emergency Sign Enforcement

DULUTH, Minn.- The city recently finished installing 2,200 snow emergency signs all over Duluth to alert drivers of what streets must be cleared for snow plowing, and now it’s only a couple of months until those warning signs will be enforced.  When a snow emergency is declared, all streets with the signage must be cleared of cars. If your vehicle…

Major Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility Expansion Mountain Iron

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn.- Solar panel assembly company Heliene is making a $21 million facility expansion with the construction of an additional 68,000 square foot manufacturing facility. State and community leaders, including State Senator David Tomassoni, gathered for the official announcement on Thursday. President of Heliene, Martin Pochtaruk is naming the new structure after Tomassoni, honoring him for his work in…

Bus Driver Shortage in the Northland

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Similar to several other businesses, school transportation services are facing an employee shortage. Northland schools are back in session, and more bus drivers are needed, especially in the Hermantown School District. The Hermantown school district usually has 19 bus drivers, including substitute drivers, but they now only have 13 drivers. “I think the hard part is there’s training…

Students Help Hermantown High School Teacher with Fundraiser

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A Hermantown High School science teacher was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer this past July. Students and teachers, including his son, are coming together to raise money for the teacher’s family. Tony Dobinson is a 9th-grade chemistry teacher who could not return to Hermantown High School this fall after being diagnosed with cancer in his liver and…

College of St. Scholastica Kicks off First Day of Classes

DULUTH, Minn.- The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth is back in session, bringing students on campus for their first day of classes. The college welcomed its first-year students with an in-person ceremony as a rite of passage to ring in its 110th year. School faculty and Saints Heritage Club alumni attended the ceremony. “Just meeting new people and experiencing…

Farmer Doug’s is Ready for Pumpkin Picking

DULUTH, Minn.- Pumpkin season is here, and Farmer Doug’s pumpkin patch in Duluth is ready for this weekend’s pumpkin picking. The family-owned and operated farm is famous for its fall and winter festivities. Farmer Doug has provided Christmas trees, fresh maple syrup, and pumpkins to Northanders for more than 35 years. “The cooler weather comes with fall, and people are…

Pumpkin Season is Approaching

SUPERIOR, Wis.- DC’s Best Produce Farm’s stand in Superior made a new addition to their summer produce options. Pumpkin season is approaching fast, and the dry summer conditions we’ve been experiencing are helping the harvest season for pumpkin patches across the state of Minnesota. “They get watered a little bit sooner than before the drought even started, so they’re like—they’re…

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice is Coming to Northland Bakeries

DULUTH, Minn.- For many Northlanders, fall is their favorite time of the year because of the seasonal festivities and leaves changing colors. As fall approaches, local Northland bakeries are also bringing back their seasonal baked and brewed treats for the season. Although Perk Place Coffeehouse in Kenwood serves pumpkin spiced lattes all year long, they are bringing back their caramel…

Superior Fire Gives Expert Advice on Fire Safety

SUPERIOR, Wis.- With severe dry conditions, practicing fire safety is more crucial now than ever to prevent indoor fires. As of now, there have been 13 indoor/outdoor structure fires in Superior this year. Kitchen fires are the most common indoor fire incidents, but leaving open flames and heat sources unattended is a big reason why fires are going up. “The…

University of Wisconsin Superior Staff Attend Inclusivity Training

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The first day of the semester is coming up for University of Wisconsin Superior students and teachers. Before Wednesday’s first day of classes, campus staff is doing their part in preparing with an all-day educational development conference. Instructors from all departments gathered for the 15th annual UWS Enhancement Day. Attendees met in the Yellow Jacket Union with the…

Return of UMD Students and its Business Impact

DULUTH, Minn.- University of Minnesota Duluth students and teachers kicked off their school year Monday morning, and business is picking up for local shopping centers. Businesses in the Bluestone and Mount Royal strip malls are excited to see campus life return to normal after many students attended their college classes online last year. Bulldog Pizza and Grill is one of…

Expert Fire Safety for your Home

DULUTH, Minn.- It is important to practice fire safety with all of the fires happening in the Northland. There were 141 fires in Duluth last year, and officials say the pandemic played a part in this statistic. The pandemic kept many people at home last year, leading to more house fires than usual. Negligent use of cooking materials and candles…

Lightning Destroys Steeple of Hope City Church, Causes Water Main to Burst

DULUTH, Minn.- Around 7:45 p.m. Saturday, lightning struck Hope City Church in Central Hillside, causing a cross made up of wood and metal to fall and even broke a water main underneath the structure. The lightning bolt destroyed one of two steeples sitting on top of the church building, with force strong enough to reach below the concrete, causing a…

East Hillside Apartment Catches Fire Damaging Homes, Displacing Tenants

One resident went door to door helping people get out of their apartments safely.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth firefighters spent hours battling an apartment fire in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood late Saturday into Sunday, which left multiple units damaged, and tenants displaced. At about 10:30 Saturday night, the apartment building on the 1100 Block of East 3rd Street caught on fire. Multiple fire crews responded to the scene, where five cats from three different apartments…

Lightning Damages Steeple of Hope City Church, Leaves Building Structurally Unsound

Due to the amount of debris and the building's structural concerns, streets will remained closed to vehicular traffic over Saturday night.

DULUTH, Minn.- A lightning strike damaged both a Duluth church and a nearby water main during thunderstorms Saturday night, and officials are monitoring the structure overnight. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Fire Department, at approximately 7:45 p.m., crews responded to Hope City Church at 417 North 3rd Avenue East, after a recording party said that the church had…

Two Harbors City Union Pickets for Health Care

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- City employees in Two Harbors took up pickets today, protesting what they call unfair changes that could be made to their health insurance. Union group AFSCME local 1123 says they’re fighting to keep their current health insurance plans. The city covers 85 percent of the premium, and the remaining 15 percent is billed to the employee. They…