Author: Lena Takada

Jeopardized Memorial Day Parade Successfully Takes Place in Duluth

Just Weeks Ago, the Parade Only Had 16 Units Registered to Participate

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland Memorial Day Parade, which has been around since 1871, were having trouble getting people to participate this year with only 16 units registered just a few weeks ago. But after successfully finding 52 units to be in the parade, the committee was able to pull it off. Organizers believe the popularity of the parade has gone…

21st Annual Battle of the Jug Bands Rocks in Duluth

Bands Played Hand-Made Instruments at the Event

DULUTH, Minn.- Bands from around the region made unique music using jugs and washboards at the 21st annual Battle of the Jug Bands in Duluth. The musicians played some interesting homemade instruments at the event held at Amazing Grace Bakery in Canal Park for a chance to win the Krumkake Iron, a Norwegian Waffle Iron used by Jug Bands as…

Horse and Carriage Company in Canal Park for Sale

Asking Price: $25,000

DULUTH, Minn.- Bayfront Carriages has been looking to sell the business for a few years now, after owner Andrew James found a full-time job. James first purchased the business eight years ago, and has delighted tourists from all over the place with leisurely horse drawn carriage rides. “You’re sitting there looking at this, looking at that and being able to…

Blue Star Marker Dedicated in Duluth and Sturgeon Lake

The Markers Honor the Service Men and Women of Our Country

DULUTH, Minn .- Blue Star Memorial Markers first started showing up right after World War 2, and now mark highways across the United States from the East to west coast, reminding all who see them, of the sacrifices made by the service men and women of the country. A Blue Star Marker was placed at Thompson Hill Visitor Center this…

Jay Cooke State Park Offers Programs to Connect People With Nature

Kids Had the Chance to Learn About Monarch Butterflies on Saturday

CARLTON, Minn.- Kids and families learned about Monarch Butterflies at Jay Cooke State Park, Saturday. Minnesota State Parks host events to help connect visitors to the natural wonders the parks have to offer. Many events were held at Jay Cooke State Park today, including an educational class about Monarch butterflies. Attendees learned about the state butterfly, its habitat, and life…

The Great Lakes of Fine Arts Exhibit Showcases Students Work

The Exhibit Shows the Students Progress Over the School Year

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Lakes Academy of Fine Arts is hosting an art Exhibit showcasing the One year progression of the students that study there. Six students have been studying at the academy under professional artists Jeffrey and Brock Larson since September of last year. The art exhibit which kicked off Friday, shows life like drawings the students have been working…

Frozen Photographer Exhibit Opens in Grand Marais

Photos by Frozen Photographer Facebook Page Members Are Being Shown in the Exhibit

GRAND MARAIS, Minn.- A photo exhibit in Grand Marais showcases the work of 22 photographers from the Frozen Photographers Facebook page. The exhibit, “Be There or Be Square” opened Friday at Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery. The exhibit features nature photography taken by people who brave the cold to find the perfect shot. “People come to this area because they…

Tourism Season Kicking Off in Grand Marais

Most Businesses Are Open by Memorial Weekend

GRAND MARAIS, Minn.- Grand Marais was recently named the Best Midwestern Small town by USA TODAY, and locals believe this award is drawing well deserved attention to the city. The Small Northern town is known for its proximity to the wilderness, bike and hike trails, and access to a wide range of outdoor activities, but that’s not all. “There’s a…

The Affordable Housing Coalition Releases Priorities for 2017

Some of the Priorities Include Programs to Help Get Former Felons Housing

DULUTH, Minn.- The Affordable Housing Coalition released its priorities for this year.  The coalition hopes to create a 3 million dollar affordable housing fund to mitigate cuts in federal housing dollars, and to get funding for tenant and landlord services, including money for an incentive program for landlords to rent to people convicted with felonies. “A majority of Duluthians  particularly renters…

Celebration for National Maritime Day Held in Duluth

It's a Day to Celebrate One of the Most Important Industries in Our Area

DULUTH, Minn.- Community members honored National Maritime Day in Duluth, Monday. Maritime Day honors one of the most important industries in our area, and the people who work in it. Matt Doss, Policy director for the Great Lakes Commission says the great lakes are a great economic asset to communities around them. Maritime commerce on the great lakes generates more…

Proposed Rule Would Require Landlords to Pave Backyard Parking Spaces

The Ordinance Won't Be Ready For a Vote Until June

DULUTH, Minn.- A proposal for changes in Duluth’s parking requirements for home owners and landlords will be considered by the city council. The proposed rules would require property owners with gravel parking lots in their backyards to pave the parking space instead. The proposal was made after city staff noticed and received complaints that some of the gravel is running…

Thousands Dance the Weekend Away at the International Polka Festival

The Festival Has Been Going On for 39 Years

HINCKLEY, Minn.- Florian Chmielewski picked up an accordion more than 70 years ago, and discovered his love for Polka Music. “I only knew 4 songs and my neighbor come over and asked if I could play for his wedding and I said, ‘no I only know 4 songs’ and he said ‘just play them over, that’s fine,’” remembers Florian. In fact,…

Pat Cadigan Remembered at International Polka Festival

Cadigan Was a Close Friend of the Chmielewski Family

HINCKLEY, Minn.- Legendary Duluth radio host Pat Cadigan, who passed away about a week ago, was remembered at the International Polka Festival in Hinckley over the weekend. Cadigan is a member of the Polka Hall of Fame, was heavily involved in the International Polka Festival and was close friends with the Chmielewski family, who puts on the Polka festival. “Pat…

First Responders Get Hands on Training at a Staged Bus Crash

The Training Comes Just After 2 Bus Crashes in Wisconsin

DULUTH, Minn.- Fire fighters and emergency responders are the first ones on the scene when a crisis happens. Today, many agencies like midway first responders, St. Louis County Rescue, and the Proctor fire department were in Proctor getting hands on training on what to do in the case of an automobile accident. First responders arrived at the staged scene of…

Athletes Compete in the Special Olympics in Cloquet

It's a Chance for Competitors to Make Friends While Exercising

CLOQUET, Minn.- The cold weather didn’t stop athletes from competing in the Special Olympics held at Cloquet high school, Saturday. Organizers say the goal of the event is to help people get out and exercise, while socializing with friends. Events held included field events and 10 meter, 200 meter and even up to 1500 meter races. “Pretty much everybody needs…

Duluth Public Library Celebrates Arbor Day

May is Arbor Month in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn.- Children and tree lovers celebrated Arbor Day at the Duluth Public Library. The celebration included a reading of the Lorax, live music, and talks on why trees are important to people and the community. Louise Levy from Levy tree care was recognized as thee local Lorax at the event, for her efforts in educating people about trees. “I…

Co-Workers Compete in Corporate Olympics

It's the 2nd Annual Corporate Olympics Put on by the YMCA

DULUTH, Minn.- Co-workers from businesses in the Northland enjoyed friendly competition at the 2nd annual Corporate Olympics at the Duluth YMCA. 13 co-ed teams competed in events like log rolling, battle ball soccer, and tug of war. The event is held to promote corporate wellness, and increase employee morale while raising funds for the community. “Each year we give back…

Click It or Ticket Campaign Launching May 22nd

Law Enforcement Is Asking People to Wear Seatbelts

  DULUTH, Minn.- Law Enforcement officers are warning people, click it or you’ll get a ticket. The national Click it or Ticket campaign is launching May 22nd.  Officers from Hundreds of law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin are working overtime during the campaign to remind motorists that wearing a seat belt is not only the law, but can also…

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Looking to Break World Record

They're Working on Breaking the World Record for Number of People Wearing Life Jackets in One Photo

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center is calling for the help of the public to break a world record tomorrow. The World Record for the number of people wearing life jackets in one photo is almost 11,000. Tomorrow the Maritime visitor center is hoping to break that record. They’re inviting people to come to the visitor center in…

Cyclists Get Free Bus Rides for National Bike to Work Day

Organizations Have Been Calling for People to Use Public Transportation This Whole Month

DULUTH, Minn.- Friday is National Bike to Work day, and The Duluth Transit Authority is encouraging people to use public transportation. The DTA is sweetening the pot by offering free bus rides to passengers who get on the bus with their bikes. Representatives believe biking or riding the bus to work is good for the environment, good for physical health,…

New Shooting Range to Open in Cloquet This Fall

It'll Be the First Indoor Shooting Range in Northern Minnesota

CLOQUET, Minn.- A new Shooting Range is opening up in Cloquet this fall. Construction has begun for a $1.9 million indoor shooting range called Dead-On. The 9,600 square foot facility will have 10 lanes for target practice. The shooting range will sell guns and ammunition, offer gun safety training, and conceal and carry permit classes. “The input has been great….

Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Honored at Luncheon

It's National Police Week

  DULUTH, Minn.- The 28th annual Law Enforcement Memorial Prayer and Luncheon was held in Duluth. A room full or law enforcement officers, families and supporters honored police officers who had given the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty, with talks and prayers. Nationwide, 143 officers died while serving their communities. It was a 16…

Students Go on Quest to Learn About St. Louis River Estuary

This Year Marks 25 Years Since the Event Started

DULUTH, Minn.- More than 1,500 students hopped aboard the Vista Star and visited the Pioneer Hall of the DECC for a special day of hands-on learning, provided directly by experts of the St. Louis River Estuary. Both the Vista Star and the DECC had six learning stations each, hosted by volunteers — some from organizations like Western Lake Superior Sanitary…

Artist Diagnosed With Cancer Stays Connected to Community Through Art

The Necklace is Available at Art in the Alley

DULUTH, Minn.- Tami LaPole Edmunds, Owner of Art in the Alley, was diagnosed with Lymphoma 6 weeks ago. Since her Diagnoses, Edmunds has started chemotherapy, and isn’t able to work at her store, where she used to work 7 days a week. But that doesn’t stop her from continuing to pursue her Passion. Edmunds now makes handmade necklaces called “Tami Love” from…

Duluth Teen Awarded Citizen Award

The Teen Helped Save Her Elderly Neighbor

DULUTH,Minn.- A Duluth teenager received a special Citizen Award for helping save her neighbor. Ruth Kristensen was visiting with her Elderly neighbor, when she noticed something seemed wrong with her neighbor. After realizing her neighbor may need medical attention, Kristensen called 911, and stayed with her while the neighbor received the help she needed. Monday, Kristensen was awarded the Citizen…

Annual Smelt Parade Takes On Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Smelt, smelters and other mythical creatures marched down the Lakewalk Saturday for the Annual Run-Smelt-Run Parade and Party. It’s an annual tradition that is unique to the Northland. The parade starts in Canal Park before heading down the Lakewalk to the Zeitgeist Arts Café where party-goers enjoy a fish fry. Check out the video for all the…

‘Get Downtown Week’ Is Full Of Deals

Promotion Lasts Through May 20

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s :”Get Downtown Week” in Duluth, and businesses are encouraging people to shop locally with deals. Downtown Duluth is full of businesses, many of them locally owned, and more than 30 of those businesses are enticing people to get downtown with special deals. All you have to do is present a Get Downtown Card, which you can…

Ray “Skip” Sandman Running for Seat in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District

He Plans to Run on a Progressive Platform

DULUTH, Minn.- Ray Skip Sandman announced that he will be running for Congress in Minnesota’s 8th congressional district. Sandman is a Vietnam veteran and a former corrections officer. He says he plans to run on a progressive platform advocating for women’s health, protecting the environment and raising the minimum wage, but is still unsure what party he plans to represent….

Youth Helped Transform the Lake Superior Zoo for a Day

The Day Included Activities for Families of All Ages

DULUTH, Minn.- 9th grade students from the Northland Foundation’s Kids Plus Youth Leadership Academy helped transform the lake Superior Zoo. The group, called “Lions Tigers and Leaders, oh my!” helped build a nature play space in the zoo, and put on fun activities like face painting and games.  The goal of the Northland foundation’s kid’s plus youth leadership program is…

Belly Dancers Shake Their Hips for a Good Cause

They Danced to Raise Money to Fight Domestic Violence

DULUTH, Minn.- The Shimmy mob celebrated world belly dance day through dancing for a good cause for the second year in a row. The Shimmy Mob made appearances in Leif Erickson park, the lake walk, and Bent Paddle’s Festiversary to shake those hips and raise funds for Safe Haven and Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. “We have women from…

Bent Paddle Celebrates 4th Anniversary

Bent Paddle Debuted a New Beer, the Kanu Session Pale Ale.

DULUTH, Minn.- Bent Paddle celebrated their 4 year Anniversary with their annual event, Festiversary. Festival attendees enjoyed beer infused with special flavors, food trucks, games, and family friendly activities. They also received a commemorative Festiversary pint glass and a complimentary 16 ounce beer. “We do it just because we’re so grateful to everyone in Duluth and beyond for helping bent paddle…

Anglers Prepare Boats for Fishing Opener

Experts Give Tips on How to Stay Safe

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota fishing opener is Saturday, and stores across the Northland are busy with people getting last minute supplies. Fishing Store owners we talked with said a lot of the anglers already have their fishing licenses thanks to the warm weather, and what customers are buying now, are items like new fishing rods. ” Get new fishing line on…

Kids Plant Trees in Cloquet for an Arbor Day Celebration

225 Kids Had the Chance to Help Plant a Forest

CLOQUET, Minn.- The sound of kids chattering and planting bars crunching into the Earth filled the air in a field on Mission road in Cloquet. It was for the annual Arbor Day Celebration, where experts and volunteers taught 4th grade students about trees, and how to plant them. “You have this thing it’s kinda like a shovel, you put it…

Dry Weather Means High Risk for Fires

Experts Call This Time of Year Spring Dip

CLOQUET, Minn.- With the dry weather and grass that hasn’t greened up all the way, many parts of the Northland is at a high risk for wild fires. Experts call this time of year, the Spring dip. It’s when the trees suck up moisture from the ground and dries up the fine fuels like grass, making it easier for wild…

Meeting Held for Updates on Belknap Street

Business Owners Were Able to Ask Questions and Learn About the Project

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Business owners and partners gathered for a Public meeting that discussed updates on the Belknap street construction in Superior. In Monday’s meeting, business owners who could be affected by the construction had the chance to ask questions on road closures, and what streets would be available for customers to use to get to the businesses. When finished, the Belknap…

Farmer’s Market Open for the Season

It's Open Wednesday and Saturday

  DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Farmer’s market has finally opened their doors for the season. The market opened last Saturday, and will be open every Wednesday and Saturday until September. Farmers bring products like locally grown flowers, produce, honey, and maple syrup to the market, where customers can meet the farmers face to face, and learn exactly where their food…

Food Trucks Hit the Streets

The Rambler is Out and About 7 Days a Week

DULUTH, Minn.-  A Food Truck, the Rambler, was out serving lunch for the first time this season. The Rambler will be out seven days a week to offer their dishes like Mahi Mahi tacos or Reuben fritters to people looking for a quick lunch. The food truck will be visiting different businesses and organizations throughout the week. The owners of the…

Sipress Speaks Out Against Bills Threatening Duluth’s Sick and Safe Time Leave Efforts

Councilors Will Discuss the Resolution During the City Council Meeting

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota state House and Senate have passed bills that could take away cities like Duluth’s ability to set new public policies that differ from the state’s. Duluth’s City Council is expected to discuss a resolution asking Governor Mark Dayton to not sign the bill into law, during the city council meeting on Monday. City councilor Joel Sipress says the bill…

Children Enjoy Story Time at Pelican Coffee

A Princess Visits Pelican Coffee To Read Stories Each Month

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Children had the chance to socialize with other kids, and enjoy story time at Pelican Coffee It’s a popular event that occurs each month, where a princess reads a story to the children, and then takes time to meet and greet and take pictures. This month’s princess was Rapunzel, and many of the little girls at the event…

2nd Annual Strut Your Mutt to Take Place Saturday

It's a Fundraiser for the Chequamegon Humane Association

ASHLAND, Wis.- The Strut your Mutt 2nd annual Strut your mutt 5k is taking place on Saturday The Chequamegon Humane Association is encouraging people to come out for a day of fun and exercise. People can run by themselves, bring their friends, or even bring their pets to run in the race.  There will be games, activities and even a…

Measles Outbreak in Minnesota

Experts Say Vaccination is the Only Real Way to Prevent Measles

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota is seeing the state’s biggest measles outbreak since 1990. As of Thursday, 44 cases of the measles had been confirmed statewide. There have been no confirmed cases of the measles in the Northland as of Thursday, but experts are warning parents: If you haven’t already, Get your Kids Vaccinated. Measles Symptoms start as fevers, coughs, sore throat…

New Day Shelter Fundraiser This Saturday Will Take Participants ‘Under the Sea’

It's a Fundraiser to Help Sexual and Domestic Abuse Survivors

ASHLAND, Wis.- The New Day shelter in Ashland is holding their 22nd annual Fundraiser, Saturday. It’s an Under the sea themed party, where attendees will have the chance to win 20,000 dollars worth of raffle prizes, eat a delicious meal, and enjoy some dessert. The proceeds help fund the new day shelter that helps victims and survivors of rape and…

McDonald’s Gives Out Fry Forks or ‘Frorks’

First 50 People to Order an Artisan Sandwich Got the Frorks

DULUTH, Minn.- McDonald’s on London Road in Duluth was offering Frorks Friday, for the first 50 people to try out one of their new artisan sandwiches. Frorks are rubber fork handles that can be turned in to the shape of a fork, by adding 3 fries to the opening at the top. Frorks are then used to scoop up and…

It’s Moving Season, And Couches Are Back on Sidewalks

Putting Couches Out on Sidewalks Is Against City Code in Duluth

DULUTH ,Minn.- Schools like UMD Offer recycling programs, where students can schedule for a crew to come pick up old unwanted furniture. But during move out season each year, many couches, chairs and mattresses are just left on sidewalks. If you’re looking to get rid of furniture this spring, there are many places people can take those items. Organizations like…

Stock Car Racing Season Beginning in the Northland

The Weather Has Delayed the Beginning of the Season

PROCTOR, Minn.- Stock Car Racing Season is beginning in the Northland. Today, Representatives from all of the Northern Tier tracks of the Wissota Promoters Association gave an overview of their upcoming seasons and dates. Though the season is starting a little late because of weather, race fans are excitedly to finally get out to the tracks. “The cabin fever is…

Head of the Lakes United Way Hosts Luncheon

Volunteers and Organizations Were Honored for Their Work

DULUTH, Minn.- The Head of the Lakes United Way honored people and organizations that have helped with their cause through volunteering and monetary donations. United Way held their Annual Luncheon at the DECC today. It’s a chance for their organization to say thank you to their community partners, and celebrate all the work that United Way and its volunteers have…

Duluth Lions Club Pancake Day is Thursday

It's The Organization's Biggest Fundraiser

  DULUTH, Minn.- Pancake Day is the Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser each year, and last year, the organization was able to raise $50,000 to give back to the community. Thousands of people attend Pancake day each year. Funds are raised through ticket sales, which are 6 dollars in advance, and 7 dollars at the door. The Money raised at the…

Great Outdoors: Mosquito Season is Coming

Get Rid of Standing Water, and Get the Bug Spray Ready

DULUTH, Minn.- The recent cold weather is delaying the hatching of mosquito eggs, but that doesn’t mean they’re not coming. And it doesn’t even mean there will be fewer mosquitoes. “Every time there is a freeze or a frost, it’s going to knock down most of the mosquitoes that are out there,” said Mark Fenlason, Owner of Mosquito Squad. In fact, the…

Cirrus Gets Green Light for Ramping Up Vision Jet Production

It's the World's First Single Engine Personal Jet

DULUTH Minn.- Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth has reached a historic milestone The company received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Production Certificate for what they call the Vision Jet.  It’s the world’s first single engine personal Jet. This certificate gives Cirrus the green light to ramp up vision Jet production, and moving the industry into a new era of personal transportation. “Our…