Author: Lena Takada

Duluth Businesses Getting Attention from Twin Cities Publications

It's Not Just the Locals Loving Our Flavors

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is a tourism city, and each year thousands visit to spend time in the city on the shores of the Lake Superior.   That’s why it’s no surprise that many of Duluth’s local businesses are highlighted by Publications in the twin cities as great places to eat, drink, or play. Perk Place Coffee House and Bakery is one…

School Nutrition Conference Takes Place in Duluth

It's the Biggest School Nutrition Event in the State

  DULUTH, Minn.- More than 800 School Nutrition professionals were at the DECC to talk about nutrition, school meals, and ideas on how to provide healthy options that even picky kids will still eat. The conference is the state’s largest school nutrition event, and is a way to bring together school nutrition professionals for educational sessions and networking. “The children…

Women Receive Free Mammogram Screenings

It was Part of the Women's Wellness Day Celebration

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Community Health Center offered free Mammogram screenings today for their Women’s Wellness Day Celebration. Statistics show that uninsured women are at a greater risk for all types of cancer because they are not able to afford preventative care. So today, dozens of women were screened for breast cancer in a pink truck in the parking…

Flag Retirement Boxes Placed in St. Louis County

Now People Can Get Rid of American Flags Properly

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County is helping people dispose of their U.S. Flags properly. In the past when people’s American Flags were tattered, ripped or become dirty, many community members didn’t know how to get rid of it. But now, St. Louis County has installed two flag retirement boxes for people to dispose of their worn flags in. Once the…

LSC Hosts Career Exploration Class

The Class is a Collaboration Between LSC and CAD

DULUTH, Minn.- Community Action Duluth has teamed up with Lake Superior College to offer a free Career Exploration Class The class started today and teaches participants valuable skills to work in customer service. Participants will have a chance to learn useful math skills, how to use a computer, and how to create a resume. They will also have the chance…

Veterans Benefit Event Will Take Place at the El Dorado Bar on Saturday

The Event Has been Going on for 5 Years

OLIVER, Wis.- The annual Veterans benefit and Walk for the Fallen is being hosted this Saturday at the El Dorado Bar and Grill In the Village of Oliver. Community members are invited to support veteran organizations in the area at the event that includes a Horseshoe tournament, pig roast, and raffles. The bar will open at 8 am for breakfast,…

Construction Starts Again on Airport Runway

The Whole Project is to be Completed in 2018

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth International Airport has been working on a multi-million dollar project to replace a 60 year old runway for the first time. The construction on the project has started again, Monday. The construction is done in phases to allow for operations like air traffic to continue on different parts of the runway, and last summer, a small…

Hillside Youth Theatre Program is Putting on Their Play

Kids Learned All Aspects of Theatre During the 6 Week Long Camp

DULUTH, Minn.- Students in the Hillside Youth Theatre Program are putting on a play at Myers Wilkins Elementary School. The program is six week long camp that aims to teach students about all things theatre, including being in the play, understanding the storyline, what goes on behind the scenes, and building sets. Organizers hope giving the students different responsibilities helps…

CASDA Holds 5th Annual Socks for Survivors

It's One of CASDAs Biggest Fundraisers

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse hosted its 5th annual “Socks for Survivors” golf tournament at Nemadji Golf Club. The fundraiser is one of the Organization’s biggest of the year. Golf players and teams sign up and play a round of golf, while wearing wacky socks. Money is raised through registration fees, which was 50 dollars a…

The American Red Cross Is Facing a Critical Blood Shortage

They Are Calling for Blood Donations Nationally

DULUTH, Minn.- The American Red Cross is on an emergency need for blood. Nationally, the Red Cross aims to collect around 14,000 units of blood daily, but in May and June, the number of units donated dipped down. So now, the American Red Cross is asking people to donate. Donations can be made through contacting the local Red Cross chapter…

Fond Du Lac Reservation Begins Major Broadband Project

The Project is Scheduled to Finish Next Fall

FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn.- Many of the homes on the Fond Du Lac Reservation have low to no internet access, but the Fiber to the Home Project aims to change all of that. The band received two $3 million grants from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Fond Du Lac Band matched $2.2 million for the project…

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Has a Dog Park for Fido

Customers Can Let Their Dogs Play While They Eat

CLOQUET, Minn.- A dog park in the parking lot Of Gordy’s Hi-Hat and Gordy’s Warming House is helping people enjoy their meals, while getting their dogs some exercise. Earlier this month Gordy’s put up a fence for the dog play area, to help traveling pet owners let their dogs run and play in a safe environment. “We just want people…

Highway 53 to be Open to Traffic This November

The Construction is Coming Along Right on Schedule.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation built the original roadway in 1960, on land owned by mining companies. In 2010, the lease on the land expired and since then, MnDOT has been working to move Highway 53 to a new location. The highway relocation work has many components to it, including moving a portion of the highway onto…

New Storefront in the Works for Thunderbird Mall

Construction Could Begin Later This Summer

VIRGINIA, Minn.- The Thunderbird Mall in Virginia is going through a transformation. Rock Step Capital, a company that owns the mall announced their plans to put more stand-alone stores on the mall property, last year. And now, Tractor Supply Company is set to be the first new storefront there. “The whole concept the whole theme, the whole structure, the whole…

Little Kitten Takes Ride of a Lifetime Underneath Truck

The Cat Rode from Silver Bay to Carlton

CARLTON, Minn.- It was a regular work day for Joshua Nelson, A Black Bear Casino Security guard, when he got an unusual call on his radio that there was a possible cat underneath a car. “Get out there and hear these meowing. Look under the vehicle couldn’t see anything,” says Joshua. After closer inspection Joshua saw the head of a…

The Duluth Harbor Mission Opens Doors to Outreach Center

They Aim to Fight Homelessness and Chemical Dependencies

DULUTH, Minn.- A new center is helping serve underprivileged people in West Duluth. The Duluth Harbor Mission Incorporated began in 2015 by serving hot meals to people in need. Monday the Harbor mission opened the doors to their new outreach center. The organization plans to work on the front lines to help people fight poverty and addiction. “We help the…

Beloved School Secretary Retires After Working for 41 Years

Some She Worked With Say She Knew Everything About the School

DULUTH, Minn.- Sherry Holten worked as the secretary of Homecroft Elementary school for more than four decades, but retired from the long stint June of this year. “It’s a huge range of responsibilities from financial to dealing with people, meeting with public, working with kids. And that was the fun part,” says Sherry. After working with 14 principals and thousands…

Storm Blows Through Northland Leaving Many Without Power

Some Homes Sustained Damages. Others Cannot be Accessed Because of Downed Trees and Powerlines.

FREDENBERG TOWNSHIP, Minn.- Andrew Schlichting was in Fredenberg township visiting his parents when the storm rolled in, Friday night. “Kind of came out of nowhere. Just a solid wall of rain. And then the rains came. Kinda felt like a hurricane we thought the windows were going to bust through,” said Schlichting. The blowing winds and heavy rains brought down…

25th Annual Taste of Greece is Back

Attendees Had the Chance to Eat Greek Food, and Learn a Little About the Culture

DULUTH, Minn.- The Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church held its 25th annual Greek Food Festival It’s a fundraiser that started out serving just 200 people, that has grown into a massive event that now draws 3,000 people to the church. Attendees had the chance to get a small taste of Greek food and culture, by trying out authentic Greek…

Ojibwe Language Camp Helps Pass on Culture and Heritage to Next Generation

The Camp Uses Games and Activities to Help Teach Children the Ojibwe Language

FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn.- The Language and culture of the Ojibwe has been fading after generations of tribal members had been forced to assimilate into European-American culture. “I don’t know the language, my mom grew up in the era where she was punished for speaking in school, and she didn’t want us to go through it. Her kids. So…

Storm Recovery, 1 Year Later

Hartley Nature Center and Minnesota Ballet experienced major damage during last year's storm

DULUTH, Minn.- Hartley Nature Center lost thousands of trees in the storm last year, and the entire park was closed for weeks. Tom O’Rourke, the Executive Director of Hartley Nature Center says the park was in full recovery mode for 3 months. Work included getting more than 1000 trees moved off of the parks trails, and fixing the Yurt that…

DBU Closing Hurts Veterinary Clinics in the Area

The Number of Vet Technicians Have Been Going Down Nationally

DULUTH, Minn.- Many industries and businesses in the Northland are impacted by the Duluth Business University closing, and local veterinarians say it could be a big problem for their clinics. The Duluth Business School had a popular Veterinary Technician course, and more than half of the technicians at North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Duluth, were DBU graduates. There is a…

Middle School Students Learn About Medical Field at Scrubs Camp

They Are Learning About Different Disciplines Through Hands on Activities

    DULUTH, Minn.- Around 60 middle school aged students from across the Northland attended Scrubs camp this year, to learn about different jobs that exist within the health science industry. Wednesday, the campers witnessed a mock car crash, and learned how first responders work in the time of an emergency. “It’s kind of fun to watch cause it’s very…

1 Year Later, The Bad River Band is Still Recovering from Big Storm

Some Tribal Members Say it was the Worst Storm They Had Ever Seen

BAD RIVER RESERVATION, Wis.- A year ago a storm swept through Northern Wisconsin, damaging infrastructure on the Bad river reservation, like this very bridge. “Over night we received like 9 inches of rain, close to 9 inches of rain. All the roads washed away,” says Nicholas Blanchard, a Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Member. The bridge, along…

South St. Louis County Fair Kicks Off Wednesday

The Festival Has Been Going on For Almost 100 Years

PROCTOR, Minn. – The South St. Louis County Fair kicks off Wednesday. Organizers were busy setting up rides and booths at the Proctor fairgrounds. The fair has been going on for almost a century, and this year, where will be an endure race, a petting zoo, live music, and of course 4-H competitions. “Throughout the week we’ll have animals being…

Saxon Harbor Still Mostly Unusable After 2016 Flood

Restoration Could Cost $8 Million or More

SAXON, Wis.- Several inches of rain fell in northern Wisconsin last year, causing a flood that severely destroyed parts of Saxon Harbor. Large pieces of the bridge at the harbor crumbled away, the beach was washed out, and the harbor was covered in debris from fallen trees and uprooted plants. “We are unable to have the same boater traffic, families…

New Duluth Company Helps Tame Frizzy Beards

There's a Beard Care Product Company in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- It all started as a conversation inside of Living Art Tattoo studio in Duluth, when tattoo artist Josh Kirkpatrick was giving Scott Rabold a tattoo. “He was having trouble finding a decent beard care product, one that he liked the smell of, one that worked in his beard,” explained Kirkpatrick. So Kirkpatrick offered Rabold a little bit of…

People March to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicide

Around 20 Veterans Die by Suicide Each Day

DULUTH, Minn.- Though it was rainy today, around 50 people braved the elements and marched to raise awareness of Veteran suicide. Veterans, Community members and active service members joined together for a Ruck March. The participants walked approximately 6 and a half miles from Lester Park in Duluth, through Hawks Ridge, and back to the park. The goal of the…

Retired Chiropractor is Selling Hundreds of Medical Books

He Calls it the Everything Related to Paper Sale

CLOQUET, Minn.- Steve Parkhurst was a chiropractor working in his office in Cloquet for 37 years, but now that he has been retired for a few years, he’s having a big sale he calls “everything paper sale” Parkhurst calls himself a life long book collector, and the inside of his office is lined with thousands of medical books, magazines, paintings,…

Minnesota Artists Gather in Grand Marais for Art Festival

Around 70 Artists Had Their Work for Sale

GRAND MARAIS, Minn.- Wooden rings, handmade cutting boards and naturally dyed silk shirts lined the inside of one booth at the Art festival in Grand Marais. Dawnette Davis and Andrew Kringen the artists that manned the booth, have been attending the festival for half a decade “I do wood cutting boards, jewelry, and my work is laminated wood. I use…

Silver Bay Residents Celebrate Bay Days

The Festival Has Been Going on for Years

SILVER BAY, Minn.- Bay Day celebrations are continuing in Silver Bay. The festival has been going on for years, but grows bigger each year. Organizers say this year the festival has cost 45,000 dollars to put on, but that the experience has been well worth it.  Friends and families enjoyed eating at food trucks, checking out craft booths, and jumping…

Cloquet Could Be Getting New Roundabout

The Intersection Has Seen Fatal Car Crashes in Recent Years

  CLOQUET, Minn.- The interchange on Minnesota Highway 33 at Interstate 35 in Cloquet has seen many car crashes in recent years, and even fatalities. So Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives have been working on a plan to make the spot safer. “The state has been working for a number of years, they’ve tried many different things in terms of…

Lady Slippers Blooming in Jay Cooke State Park

It's Minnesota's State Flower

CARLTON, Minn.- It’s a rare sight to see.  The Lady Slippers at Jay Cooke State Park are in bloom. A few of Minnesota’s state flower, Lady Slippers, were transferred to Jay Cooke State Park, when a road construction project put them in jeopardy two years ago. Now, the state park has put them towards the front of the park where…

Ashland Celebrates 4th of July With a Parade

But Some Others Celebrated Independence Day at the Beach

ASHLAND, Wis.- More than 50 Floats, people on horses, and marching bands moved down the streets of Ashland, for the 4th of July Parade. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Jake Levings, a Parade Attendee. “I’s a lot of fun. The kids love it. They like seeing a lot of stuff. The tractors, the Jets just flew over, that was…

4th of July Means More Tourists in Duluth

Many Businesses in Duluth Rely on Tourism

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday is the 4th of July and tourists are in town to enjoy many of the events held across Duluth. Several businesses in the city rely on tourism to make a profit, and thanks to the good weather, a large number of people are in town visiting the Twin Ports. “This is a busy weekend for a lot…

Campsites and Marinas Full for 4th of July

Experts Advise on How to Have Fun While Still Being Safe

DULUTH, Minn.- With Sunshine, Cook-outs, Camping and family time, the 4th of July is a busy weekend for places like Spirit Marina in Duluth. “We came in Yesterday. We came for the fire works,” said Josee Trelinski, a visitor. “We’ve been booked solid for at least the last month,” said Robert J Cavanaugh, the Harbor Master at Spirit Lake Marina….

First Taste of Duluth Event Takes Over Bayfront Festival Park

Thousands Turned Out For a Sampling of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is known for its culture, tight knit community, Local businesses, And music and art scene, and Saturday, all of those components of the city came together at Bayfront Festival Park, for the Taste of Duluth Event. “By taste we don’t mean taste as in your taste buds,” said Tracy Lundeen of Lundeen Productions. “It’s a taste of…

Midwest Mopars North Car Show Is Back in Duluth

Around 60 Cars Were on Display at the Show

DULUTH, Minn.- Local motor heads showed off their flashy rides at the Midwest Mopars North car show. Around 60 cars lined the parking lot of the Heritage Center in Duluth, where car lovers admired both new and vintage vehicles, and put their own on display. “Pretty much you get to go out, cruise around a little bit. Have a little…

Zenith Bookstore Opens in West Duluth

The Outside of the Store Has an Eye Catching Mural

DULUTH, Minn.- A new bookstore opened for business in West Duluth Saturday. The outside of the Zenith Bookstore features a mural of life sized books like the Great Gatsby, Alice in Wonderland, and The Cat and the Hat.  Owners said on Saturday morning, book lovers were already gathered at the store before opening hours. “I think we happened to find…

DTC Reopens After Being Closed Temporarily

The Closure Was Due to Construction on West Michigan Street

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Transit Center reopened Saturday. The Duluth Transit Authority bus operations were temporarily moved to the DTA’s downtown transit center east on West Superior Street, due to construction along West Michigan street blocking DTA buses from reaching the DTC. But now the buses are back at their regular location. The second phase of the Michigan Street construction…

Experts Urge People to Stay Safe While Enjoying Fireworks

Fireworks Start Around 20,000 Fires Per Year in U.S.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Independence Day is around the corner, and many people are looking forward to celebrating with fireworks, but experts say it’s important to keep safety in mind. Fireworks start around 20,000 fires per year. And though permits are required for aerial fireworks in both Duluth and Superior, 33 percent of all firework injuries are caused by sparklers that are…

Thunder Shirts Help Dogs Stay Calm During Fireworks

4th of July Means Fireworks. Fireworks Could Mean Anxiety for Fido.

DULUTH, Minn.- Fourth of July means fireworks and fun, but for some pets, loud noises can cause a lot of anxiety. Experts advise keeping pets that get nervous in a room or space that they won’t get loose from. They also advise using products like thunder shirts, a vest for dogs that calms them by slightly compressing their bodies. “A…

CSS Receives Grant for Nursing School

The Fund Helps Students Get The Experience They Need to Serve Rural Areas

DULUTH, Minn.- The College of St. Scholastica was awarded a 1.4 million dollar grant from the Health Resources and Services administration to help fund the Rural Academic Practice Partnership for Northeastern Minnesota. The goal of the RAPP initiative is to help rural communities gain better access to quality healthcare. The College of St. Scholastica hopes that with the help of…

St. Louis County’s Adopt a Highway Program Gets Makeover

The Application is Easier for Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn.- St Louis County’s Adopt a Highway Program has received an upgrade. Organizations, groups and individuals have been able to adopt a highway through the program for two decades, by cleaning the highway twice a year. But now, the Public Works Department has given the program a make-over to make it easier for volunteers. The application process is online…

Duluth Receives $50,000 Grant For Lincoln Park Project

The Project Will Give Kids a Safe Space to Play

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy fund is giving away grants to 52 communities in the state, and on Tuesday, Duluth was awarded 50,000 dollars to go towards the Lincoln Park’s Place to Play project. 50 percent of the children who reside in Lincoln Park live in poverty, and don’t always have access to a place to…

Community Prepares to Grill Out for 4th Of July

The Day Before Independence Day is One of The Busiest Days of the Year for Meat Markets

DULUTH, Minn.- Independence Day is just around the corner, and people are ready to get the grill out and celebrate July 3rd, the day before Independence Day, is Superior Meat’s busiest day of the year. Every year the business starts smoking extra sausages and preparing for the big day a week in advance. Though steaks and burger patties sell quickly,…

Duluthian Receives Prestigious Award Speaking Out Against Tobacco Industry

The Award is Given to Just One Person in the Nation Each Year

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluthian was given a prestigious award for her hard work advocating against the Tobacco industry, and for a healthy lifestyle. Pat McKone of the American Lung Association helped pass some of Minnesota’s first smoke free policies. And after 40 years of being with the organization, she received the Hoyt E. Dearholt Distinguished Professional Service Award. “It’s really…