Author: Lauren Akabori

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Opens

DULUTH, Minn.- Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center has reopened after closing for more than a year due to the pandemic. Their museum and gift shop is fully open just in time for summer travelers after a year of doing virtual tours they are ready for visitors to come in. “It feels great,” said director Sara Summers-Luedtke. “It’s really nice to…

Housing Development Plans for Duluth’s Enger Park Golf Course Driving Range Area Are On Hold

DULUTH, Minn.- The city is pausing the residential development idea for the Enger Park driving range due to the cost of moving and building the range in a new location. New estimates show it would cost around $1.2 million for a new driving range. Because that is much higher than anticipated, the Public Golf Committee is planning to keep that…

American Indian Education Department Makes Meal Kits for Indigenous Community

  DULUTH, Minn.- The American Indian Education Department for Duluth Public Schools is on their third week of “Boozhoo Fresh” programs. The group is providing two different recipes and healthy ingredients to students and their families to keep them engaged during the summer break. All while giving out meal kits to twenty indigenous families each week. “As American Indian programming…

COVID-19 Update: Vaccinations, COVID Tests and New Variants

DULUTH, Minn.- COVID-19 restrictions have loosened quite a bit in recent weeks, but wearing masks and social distancing are still good ways to stay safe, especially for unvaccinated people. Essentia Health administered more than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccines over the past few months, having more people vaccinated is keeping case numbers down. Fewer people are also coming in for other seasonal…

Big O’s Chef House Cooks for the Community

DULUTH, Minn.- A man in West Duluth is cooking for a big cause. Antoine Moore is the cook behind Big O’s Chef House on the corner of Grand Avenue and Main Street. Moore specializes in soul food with different cultural influences. He’s having a cookout fundraiser Saturday at noon. “Okay we need to start doing this a lot more. If…

Life House Takes Over Neighborhood Youth Services

DULUTH, Minn.- Operating for more than 100 years, Hills Youth and Family Services is closing due to financial issues. Starting Monday, Life House will be taking over the youth program, supporting more than 700 children annually. “If we think about interrupting generations of trauma and poverty if we can kind of help support more happening at a younger age, five…

Kids Raise Money for Police with Lemonade Stand

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids in the Woodland neighborhood set up a lemonade stand, offering pink and yellow lemonade for sale. The money raised will be donated to the Duluth Police Foundation, which creates partnerships supporting community safety. “We wanted to help the police foundation on helping them get their stuff, on helping them get more stuff for them to help get…

Duluth Parks and Recreation Brings Back Their Senior Programs

DULUTH, Minn.- As COVID restrictions continue to loosen up many Senior Programs around the Northland are back. The Duluth Parks and Recreation Center is one of the places now staying busy. Duluth Parks and Recreation kicked off their Senior Programming with a summer celebration at Morgan Park Community Center. Seniors in the community reunited for snacks, drinks, and conversation. They…

Lead Testing Results Revealed in Press Conference at City Hall

DULUTH, Minn.- In April, more than 100 single-family homes built before 1930 had their water lines tested for lead and today Duluth leaders released those results to the public. Although results showed higher traces than expected, no commonalities were found in neighborhoods. However, homes on dead-end streets did have higher traces of lead. “There’s no safe level of lead in…

Fireworks Stands and Fireworks Safety in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn.- Fireworks stands around the Northland are opening up with limited products to pick from this year, but the potential danger of using fireworks incorrectly remains. The Independence Day weekend is around the corner and people are getting a head start on their 4th of July festivities. Fire department officials know safety is important while using sparklers and firecrackers…

A New Art Gallery is Open on East Superior Street

DULUTH, Minn.- Yellow Bird Arts held a soft opening during Memorial Day weekend and is getting ready for their grand opening. Yellow Bird Fine Art in Grand Marais is the original location and the gallery in Downtown Duluth is their second location. Handcrafted jewelry, finger paintings, and photography can all be found in their gallery. “It’s really nice to know…

City Hosts Duluth City Flag Raising Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth invited the community for their new flag raising ceremony at City Hall earlier today. The Duluth fire and police departments’ honor guard presented and installed the new flag. City officials and members of the community were in attendance; those attending say they are proud of the new flag and what it represents. “I think…

Warrior Brewing Company Kicks off Production

  DULUTH, Minn.- For two veterans ideas were brewing up for the past seven months. Warrior Brewing Company in Duluth held their first canning of three unique beers. Local owners, Matt Caple and Ben Gipson met in the brewing industry while raising funds for veteran organizations. They came together with a plan seven months ago and are ready for distribution….

Local Emergency Responders on How to Keep People Safe During Grandma’s Marathon

DULUTH, Minn.- With Grandma’s Marathon approaching, authorities gave us the rundown on their safety protocols. Event coordinators have been planning the race course map since February.  Local police officers are coordinating with them in preparation for the large traffic during the marathon. They are blocking off streets for the race, which may cause a large flow of traffic for visitors….

Golf Courses Experiencing Father’s Day Crowds

DULUTH, Minn.- Father’s Day is around the corner and golf courses are expecting busy fairways. Enger Park Golf Course is seeing business pick up because of the weather and Father’s Day celebrations. Even a few people in town for Grandma’s Marathon came to the course to play a round. “Business is doing very good this year,” said manager Mike Bender….

New Wellness Spa Opens in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- A new wellness spa is opening up in Duluth, specializing in services that aren’t common in this area. Heaven on Earth Wellness Spa off of East Central Entrance held its grand opening today. They offer cryotherapy, colon hydrotherapy, floatation therapy, an oxygen bar, and a lot more. “Most of our services boost immune systems and strengthen the body–the…

Juneteenth is Now a Federal Holiday

DULUTH, Minn.- President Joe Biden signed a bill this afternoon to make Juneteenth a federal holiday after it was passed by Congress. Juneteenth celebrates the end of the Civil War and slavery. The celebration is connected with the freed slaves of Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. As they got the news the war was over and they were free…

DULUTH PLAYHOUSE KICKS OFF SUMMER CAMP SERIES

DULUTH, Minn.- Time to put on your dancing shoes; The Duluth Playhouse kicked off their summer theatre camp series at the NorShor Theatre this week. The playhouse offers acting and musical theatre camps for different age groups. This week they have groups doing productions of Shrek and Bring It On. All groups will showcase their work in a performance Friday….

101st Annual Day of Remembrance at Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday marked the 101st annual day of remembrance of three black men, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie, who were lynched in 1920 for a crime they did not commit in Downtown Duluth. Every year board members from the memorial organization invites the public in acknowledging the three men who were wrongfully accused of raping a woman….

The Zeitgeist Healthy Hillside Steering Team Holds Wellness Festival

DULUTH, Minn.- The Zeitgeist Healthy Hillside Steering Team partnered with local organizations to host an inaugural Wellness Festival in Duluth, offering services to adults and kids. The event was held at the Damiano Center and promoted resources connected to financial assistance, mental health, physical hygiene and wellbeing, and more. The event featured COVID-19 vaccines, portable showers, haircut stations, children’s dental…

Tents and Tables Were Set Up in Canal Park for Grandma’s Marathon

DULUTH, Minn.- Preparations are underway for this weekend’s 45th annual Grandma’s Marathon. Today, near the finish line in Canal Park crews with London Road Party Express Event Services were setting up big tents, tables, and chairs for all the vendors to use on race day. “Being back, getting ready for Grandmas even though COVID–is hopefully over, everyone can do good…

LSC Summer Camps Kick Off for the Season

DULUTH, Minn.- From robotics to welding, summer camps are back up and running after a yearlong break caused by the pandemic. LSC camp leaders are excited to be back with three in-person camps being offered this summer, including a robotics academy, welding, and computer aided design. The LSC center is also hosting a virtual computer camp. “It’s really exciting when…

Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center Holds Job Fair

DULUTH, Minn.- The Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center is hosting a job fair this week. Similar to other businesses, the Health and Rehabilitation center is struggling to find employees. They are looking to fill multiple positions in different departments. “I think we’re a great place to work at, a lots of friendly people, usually always fun things going on,”…

Local Dance Studio Kicks Off Summer Camp Series

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A local dance studio in Superior hosted their first summer camp of the season. Sterling Silver dance studio kicked off their summer camp series with face masks and manicures. Sparkling Spa Summer camp is the first of the ten themed summer camps they have planned. “Most our camps aside from the parade camp are geared for kids ages…

Memorial Blood Center is Asking for Blood Donations Due to a National Blood Shortage

DULUTH, Minn.- With a recent surge in blood use and blood shortage across the nation, Memorial Blood Center has announced a blood emergency. School closures caused by the pandemic created a deficit of blood donations from donors between the ages of 17 and 24, having a big impact on Northland hospitals. “This has been virtually a year of no high…

Erie Mining History Program Hosts First Annual Scholarship Presentation

DULUTH, Minn.- The Erie Mining History program worked with the St. Louis County Historical Society in hosting their first annual scholarship presentation. The $1,500 award was granted to a recent Cook County High School graduate, Abigail Stoddard. “I’m just elated that I could be a part of this opportunity especially since this is the first one ever. I feel like…

The Gary New Duluth Community Hosts Third Annual Rummage Sale

GARY NEW DULUTH, Min.- From clothing to toys, Gary New Duluth’s annual rummage sale has eight locations open all weekend long. The organizer of the Commonwealth Avenue location saw people coming in around 9 a.m. Thursday morning. The proceeds from this location are donated through the Larry and Donna foundation to organizations helping kids. “Last year we gave a bunch…

Knights of Columbus Makes a Large Donation to Twin Ports Collaborative

DULUTH, Minn.- Knights of Columbus made a large donation in support of the Together for Life Northland collaborative. “Today we are presenting a check to Together for Life Northland for $5,000, which we raised over the last month with the councils around Duluth and Superior,” said Bob Spehar The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic Fraternal organization founded on the…

Local Fireworks Shop Faces Supply Shortage

SOUTH RANGE, Wis.- The combination of a nationwide shortage and high demand is keeping the fireworks supply low. A nationwide firework shortage may lead to a small selection of product for your 4th of July plans. KG Fireworks in South Range is among fireworks stores dealing with a supply shortage because not as many fireworks are being imported and demand…

TLC Raises Hourly Wage

DULUTH, Minn.- A local disability service provider in Duluth is raising their pay wages by 20 percent. TLC of Duluth announced their plan to increase the wages for direct care staff to $16 an hour. They hope to encourage people to apply as they face staff shortages like many other local businesses. “We were really seeing that need–the workforce is…

Texas Roadhouse Hosts Hiring Event

DULUTH, Minn.- Texas Roadhouse held a hiring event here in Duluth, welcoming teenagers and adults to come in and apply to become a “Roadie.” The chain restaurant’s national hiring event is looking to fill all different types of open positions. Service Manager Jason Stanfield was hoping for 40 people to come in for interviews. “I think the reason we are…

Bakeries are Keeping Busy with Graduation Season

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Local bakeries here have been busy and Twisted Pastries Bakery in Superior has been experiencing a rush of orders for graduation cupcakes and cakes. Cake orders are being requested for graduates of all ages. Owner Annette Jacobson shares the creative side that goes into every order. “That what really spurs out energy around here, is being creative, doing…