Author: Lena Takada

Lucky’s 13 Pub Opens in Duluth

The Store Brought More Than 100 Jobs to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Lucky’s 13 Pub opened in Duluth Monday. Lucky’s is a growing restaurant that takes pride in their rustic feel and welcoming atmosphere. The Duluth location is Lucky’s 7th store, and with the opening of it, Lucky’s has brought more than 100 new jobs to Duluth. “We thought Duluth was a really good market, because even though the town…

Duluth Police Chief Addresses Spike In Gun Crimes

Six Gun-Related Crimes Were Reported Over Eight Days

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken announced at a news conference Monday that his department has arrested a suspect in Sunday’s shooting in Lincoln Park. Tusken also addressed public safety concerns after the recent string of violent crimes involving guns. Three shootings and three armed robberies happened within eight days, which prompted Chief Tusken and Mayor Emily Larson…

33rd John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Kicks Off

12 Mushers are Competing in the Marathon This Year

TWO HARBORS, Minn. -Dr. Joe Carson has been running sled dogs for decades, but Saturday was his first time competing in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. “I have no foggy idea what’s down the trail here,” said Dr. Carson. The Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the biggest dog sledding race in the Lower 48 states.  The almost 400-mile long race…

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Kicks Off with Opening Ceremony

Mushers Prepare for the Big Race

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Opening Ceremony marked the beginning of this year’s race. Dogs went through the vet checks, and mushers attended the mandatory meetings earlier today, to prepare for the big race. And tonight, mushers and their supporters attended the Opening Ceremony to get their bibs, and learn what order they will be…

Habitat for Humanity Puts Electricity in Superior Home

It's the First Habitat Home to be Built in Superior in 6 Years

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s been six years since the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity built a Home in Superior. The organization broke ground for the house on 1001 North 7th Street, back in September of last year. And the project has come a long way since then. “We’re getting over the hill now as far as the most of…

Climbers Rock On! at UW-Superior

The Climbing Competition Drew 80 People

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The 13th Annual Rock On Indoor Climbing Competition brought climbers from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin to Superior. The competition is organized by UW-Superior Campus Recreation Program, and is part of the Wisconsin Indoor Climbing Series, where climbers of all ages and skill levels compete. Around 80 people showed up to UWS today to climb their way to…

Leaders Encourage People Claim Earned Income Tax Credits

For Some Families, Tax Refunds can Account for Around 30 Percent of an Entire Household Income

DULUTH, Minn.- Tax season has begun, and community leaders encourage low and moderate income households to claim the money they earned through the Earned Income Tax Credit and Working Family Credit. A tax refund can account for more than 30 percent of an entire household income, but one in five eligible taxpayers aren’t claiming their EITC. Leaders say these tax…

Veterans Going Ice Fishing

The Event Helps Veterans be a Part of a Commuity

DULUTH, Minn.-Veterans and vet supporters are going Ice fishing this Sunday for a program by Operation 23 to Zero. Fishing will be held at Wild Rice Lake Reservoir and begins at 9 Am. There’s no registration, and anyone who wants can attend free of cost. Event Organizers believe many veterans miss the camaraderie and feeling of being part of something bigger…

Beargrease Photo Exhibit at Great Lakes Aquarium

The Exhibit Will Be Up Until March

DULUTH, Minn.- The Popular John Beargrease photo exhibit is back at the Great Lakes Aquarium. The collection features winning shots from Last year’s John Beargrease Photo Contest, plus dozens of other Candid images on the trail and checkpoints. The photographs show images of dogs, people, and what it’s like to compete in the longest dog sledding race in the lower…

Community Connection Helps People Connect with Resources

It's an Event Held in Duluth Twice a Year

DULUTH, Minn.- Community Connection is an event that happens every January and October in Duluth. The goal of the event is to connect people who are struggling financially with resources that can help them. Community Connect is based on a National Project Homeless Connect that started in San Francisco. The event has been going on in Duluth for more than …

Twin Ports Women March in D.C.

A Local Organization Raised Funds to Send Twin Ports Women to the March

DULUTH, Minn. – Women from Duluth traveled to Washington D.C. last week to join the Women’s March On Washington. Feminist Action Collective, a women’s group in Duluth, raised funds to sponsor a bus trip to D.C. for 8 Twin Ports women.  The goal of sending local women to Washington was to foster more activists in the Twin Ports Region, no…

Stabbing Shakes the Town of Lake Nebagamon

News Shakes a Usually Quiet Neighborhood

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis. – Douglas County 911 responded to a report of a man whose throat had been cut and was bleeding out. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found a 47 year old man bleeding and crawling on the driveway of a home in Lake Nebagamon. The suspect had fled the scene before police had arrived, but…

Kids Channel Their Inner Musher and Learn to Dogsled

Positive Energy Outdoors Helps Kids Get Outside

  DULUTH, Minn. – Children learned to channel their inner mushers today as they had the chance to try out dog sledding with Positive Energy Outdoors. It’s all for the 2nd annual Field trip for the Secret Forest Playschool. The children spent the entire month of January learning about sled dogs, and today, the students finally met the dogs and…

Turkish Students Learn About Life in Minnesota

Students at Marshall, Learn About Life in Turkey

The Turkish students are from Middle East Technical University Development Foundation Private School, one of the most prestigious schools in Turkey. Students were selected from a large pool of competitive applicants. “We’ve hosted students from Vietnam, Columbia, France, Germany, Russia, and this opportunity to host Turkish students, this is a first for Marshall,” says Christa Knudsen, the Director of International Programs at…

Ice Rinks Closed Due to Warm Temperatures

Officials Ask You to Stay Off the Ice

DULUTH, Minn. – The temperatures have been warm the last couple of days, thawing the Ice on skating Rinks. Most of the city’s outdoor ice rinks are closed, and city officials ask people to stay off of the rinks to prevent further damage to the ice.   Officials say once the temperatures drop again, they will evaluate the ice conditions, and…

Car Removed from Railroad

The Railroad is Not Pressing Charges

DULUTH, Minn. – Early Sunday Morning, Police Responded to a report of a car abandoned on the railroad tracks near the Endion station in Canal Park. The vehicle is believed to have gotten on the tracks at the crossing near the Duluth energy system’s steam plant, and driven down the tracks until it slipped off the ties, and was hung…

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Ideologies Clash Downtown

Activists From Both Sides of the Debate Protest Peacefully

DULUTH, Minn. – Lena Berthiaume has been participating in the annual march for life at the Women’s building for 4 years. “Life begins at conception. I’m pro women. Pro women at conception,  and pro man,” says Berthiaume. As a college aged woman, Berthiaume says her beliefs are not popular among her peers. “It’s really different to be the one in…

Duluth Catholic Schools Unify

Four Schools are Becoming One

Four Catholic schools are coming together to form One big school, in a project “Called to be One.” St. Michael’s, St. John’s, Holy Rosary and St, James schools are joining together to make the school. The Duluth area catholic schools board believes the unified school will provide improved fiscal responsibility, best use of facility and resources, and a vibrant learning environment. …

Winter Reading Program Kicks Off at Duluth Library

The Programs Encourage Kids to Read More Books

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library’s Cabin Fever Reliever Winter Reading Program kicks off. Children and teens track the amount of time they spend reading, and receive a book when they reach 10 hours. For every 5 hours read, they earn an entry into the prize drawing of their choice. The goal of the program is to encourage kids…

Duluth Crews Clean City

The Crews Work 7 Days a Week

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth cleaning crews are clearing the streets so people can have easier access to Duluth’s downtown. The crews shovel snow and chip ice to clear intersections so that people can walk or bike down the sidewalks without having to deal with too much slush or snow. The services are important so people can get downtown to work,…

UMD Resources for Sexual Assault Victims

2 People Were Assaulted Near Campus Thursday night

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday evening, a woman reported to police she was physically assaulted at St. Marie and Kirby street near campus. After a campus alert, a second woman also reported being assaulted and forcibly fondled. Though the cases are still under investigation, There are a number of resources on campus for Students who experience sexual assault or misconduct. The UMD’s…

Cook County Residents Without Phone Service

Many Residents Can't Even Call 911

Cook county residents first noticed their landlines had stopped working, around 12:30 Thursday morning. They haven’t been able to make calls all day, including calls to emergency services. The phone service is down because of a cut in the fiber. The phones affected are mostly land lines, so people with cell phones can still make 911 calls.  The sheriff tells…

2016 Shipping Season Coming to a Close

Coal and Iron Ore Shipments Went Down, Grain Shipments Saw Record Numbers

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2016 shipping season is coming to a close, with the last Last Laker of the Season, the Lee A. Tregurtha arriving in the Twin Ports earlier today. Duluth Seaway Port Authority representatives say this year’s shipping season was a bit steady. Though grain shipping saw record numbers, The Iron Ore shipments didn’t pick up until the…

Hundreds March for Martin Luther King Jr.

It's a Celebration of the Civil Rights Leader's Life and Legacy

  DULUTH, Minn. – Kids made posters and signs with hand written messages, as they prepared for the Martin Luther King Jr. March in Duluth. It’s in honor of the iconic civil rights leader who peacefully fought for racial equality in the 50’s and 60’s. “He gave his life and dedicated himself to the community, so that we can walk…

Pow Wow at Black Bear Casino Draws Hundreds from In and Out of State

Attendees Learned About Anishinaabe Culture and Language

CARLTON, Minn. – Taking Care of the Land and Community was the theme of the pow wow, and First Nations people from many different tribes, State, and Federal agencies came together to do just that. Hundreds of people learned about the traditions of the Anishinaabe culture and language at the pow wow, where tribal members drummed, sang, and danced to…

Carlton County Historical Society Raises Funds for Museum

The Goal was to Raise $100

CLOQUET, Minn. – History Buffs had the chance to pick up collector’s items at the Carlton County Historical Society Museum in Cloquet. Collectible and More is a fundraising sale where people can purchase items from the historical society  collection that are duplicates, or items that don’t directly relate to the history of Carlton County. Some of the items included historical…

Duluth Wedding Show Sees Record Attendance

Around 2,000 People Attended This Year

DULUTH, Minn. – Brides and grooms to be had the chance to learn about trends in Dresses, Cakes, and all things wedding. The 29th Annual Wedding Show held at the DECC in Duluth drew record crowds this year. More than 2000 attendees turned out to get help with wedding planning from around 150 vendors.  The event closed with a fashion…

Bentleyville Tree Comes Down

Tree Will Be Stored Away for Another Year

DULUTH, Minn. – The big tree that has been standing in Bayfront Park since November Finally Came down The Bentleyville Christmas tree take down was put off due to weather, but today it was finally warm enough to put it away. The L-E-D Tree has 150 thousand lights, weighs more than 17 tons, and is 128 feet tall. Workers volunteered…

Kids Run Their Hearts Out at the Saturday Morning at the Races at CSS

Kids 14 and Under Participated in the Event

DULUTH, Minn. – Around 300 Children raced their hearts out at the 2nd Saturday Morning at the Races of 2017, held at the College of St. Scholastica. Kids 14 and under participated in the races, and the distance of the race varied by age group.  The children also had a chance to meet Mascots like Viktor from the Minnesota Vikings,…

Indoor Plants Liven Up Homes

Experts Give Us a Tip on How to Keep Them Alive

DULUTH, Minn. – Many people use indoor plants to liven up the inside of their homes. And though taking care of indoor plants can seem effortless, it’s important to learn about the type of plant to have to avoid giving it too much or not enough water or light. In the winter time, keep plants away from the window to…

UMD Researches Find New Type of Galaxy

The New Galaxy has 2 Rings in it

University of Minnesota Duluth Researchers have discovered a new type of galaxy The  galaxy , around 359 million light years away from Earth, is one in a million. Or one out of more than 2 trillion to be exact. The galaxy initially looked like what is a called Hoag’s object but upon further research, PHD Candidate Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil found that…

Lake Assault Boats Signs Multi-Million Dollar Contract

The Company is Building Barges for the City of San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is shelling out 6.2 million dollars to Lake Assault Boats to build 43 new barges for the city’s iconic River Walk. The All Aluminum barges will replace the current fleet of tourist and commuter barges used on the San Antonio River. The barges will be 27.5 feet long and 9.5 feet wide, and hold 40 passengers and a…

How Sweet It Is Ruining New Years Resolutions One Cake at a Time

They Also Have Healthy Options if You Can Avoid the Tempting Sweets

It’s been 10 days since the new year kicked off, but many people are already breaking their new years resolutions. President of How Sweet it is Cakes, Eileen Brown, says numbers of visitors drop a little around the new year, when people make their resolutions, and try to get back on track with their health goals after holiday eating. But…

Duluth Cross Country Ski Club Needs Your Help

Their Goal is to Make Duluth the Best Cross Country Skiing City it Can Be

DULUTH, Minn – The Duluth Cross Country Ski Club, also known as DXC, is working to help make Duluth the best cross country skiing city it can be, for both locals and visitors. A large part of this effort is building the Grand Avenue Nordic Center, and more ski trails. DXC is working to raise $500,000 to put toward these…

Tips on How to Fix Your Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes Stop Working, and Can Even Crack if Left Frozen

When temperatures drop low, frozen pipes can cause big problems, because pipes especially water lines, stop working altogether when they’re frozen. Experts say it’s crucial to keep pipes warm so they don’t freeze. You can do this by circulating air around the pipes with a fan, or keeping cabinet doors under the sink open so the pipes can get warm…

Warm Areas Popular Travel Destinations for Duluthians

January and February are Some of the Busiest Times for Travel Agents

DULUTH, Minn. – With people looking to get out of the cold for a few days, January and February are some of the busiest times of the year for travel agents. Popular destinations for Duluthians include cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico, Jamaica, and Punta Cana. These destinations are favored by Northlanders because of their (to no one’s surprise) warm temperatures,…

Becoming City Council President Unusually Competitive

Political Expert Says City Council Presidents are Usually Almost Predetermined

As a tradition, the Duluth City council votes on a new president each year. Political expert Cindy Rugeley says in Duluth, the city council president is usually almost pre-determined, with the person with the most experience taking on the leadership role. “In this instance, a new council member is saying, I want to change this.  I want to be the…

Two Duluth Councilors Seek Council Presidency Seat

Noah Hobbs, Joel Sipress Got Head To Head

DULUTH, Minn. – An annually rotating council presidency is tradition in the city of Duluth, and Joel Sipress –the vice president of the city council running for council president says, usually, an experienced council member takes on that leadership role. “Every year we elect a new city council president for the coming year,” said Sipress. “It’s a challenging complex job that…

Bad River Band Calls for Removal of Pipeline

The Pipeline Has Been in Operation for More than 60 Years

For the Bad river band, the land they live on has provided their livelihood for hundreds of years. “Things we do, collect medicine, collect maple syrup, hunting, fishing…” Robert Blanchard, the Tribal Chairman of the Bad River Tribal Council listed. But tribal members believe that could all be under threat, because of Enbridge’s Line 5.  It’s a pipeline that has…

Ashland Prepares for Book Across the Bay

The Unique Event Brings Thousands to Ashland

Northlanders are preparing to get out and book across the bay. It’s an Annual event where skiers and snowshoers of all ages travel on the frozen surface of Lake Superior at night, through a course that’s lit only by stars and candle light. “We have great snow and ice in the winter, and you might as well, if you’re going…

WITC offers New Broadband Academy

The Programs Help People Find a Lasting Career

  From Internet to Television, the broadband industry has become a necessity for many people’s lives, and offers different types of jobs within it. “Wisconsin Governor Just is initiating a 35 million dollar increase in broadband programs, new and existing programs throughout the state,” said Paul Kostner, the Broadband Academy Program Director. “With this initiative, they’re going to need qualified individuals…

Birkie Has a New and Permanent Start

It was a Move to Save the Future of the Race

The American Birkebeiner is just over a month away, but this year, the iconic ski race is starting from their new and permanent area. The Birkie’s starting line had been at the Cable Union Airport for a number of years. But in a move to secure the future of the race, The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation launched a capital campaign…

Bars Busy with Badger Fans

Winning Teams Means More Beer Sales

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Badger Fans cheered their team on in the Cotton Bowl, at Gronk’s Grill and Bar in Superior Gronk’s employees say game days are always exciting, and even more so when the favored team wins. It leads to customers buying more food, more beer, being louder, staying longer, and being friendlier. “When teams have a good season, we…

Great Lakes Aquarium Sees Record Attendance

144,000 People Visited the Aquarium in 2016

  DULUTH, Minn. – 2016 Brought a record number of visitors to A Popular Attraction in the Northland. Around 144,000 people visited the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth in 2016, a 5 percent increase since last year. It’s the highest number of visitors the Aquarium has seen since 2002.  Aquarium representatives believe the new exhibit, Unsalted seas, featuring the sturgeon…

Gloria Dei Plans to Remodel Church Damaged by Fire

The Project Could Cost Around $5 Million

Gloria Dei members have been holding Sunday services at the Old Faith Lutheran Church Building, since the fire that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage on the Gloria Dei building. But now the church members are preparing to rebuild and restore their space of worship. Ashes, dust, and burnt remains of chairs and pianos, are what’s left…

State Parks Begin 2017 Snowshoeing Tours

It's An Event Going On Across The Country

CARLTON, Minn.- Crunchy snow covered the trails of Jay Cooke State Park Sunday — where outdoor enthusiasts strapped on snowshoes to prepare for the first state park naturalist guided snowshoeing tour of the year. “My family was going and I thought it would be fun,” said Tori Goepferd, a visitor. “All states are doing a first-day hike, whether it’s on…

Children Ring in the New Year With Zoo Animals

Children Used Makeshift Passports to Travel Around the Zoo "World"

DULUTH, Minn.-Children looked on in awe as Lana the Tiger stalked around her enclosure. Many kids held makeshift passports in their hands. “They go around the zoo to collect their stamps from various countries and while they’re doing that they can find out what time it is here, if it’s midnight there and they also get to learn how some…

Musicians Celebrate New Year at Beaner’s

24 Musicians Are Performing at the Coffee Shop

DULUTH, Minn.-Musicians are ringing in the new years at Beaner’s Central Coffeehouse with Food, coffee, and of course Music. 24 Musicians shared their talents at the New Years Eve Bash that started at 7 Am.  Beaners offered Extended Brunch Hours so music lovers could enjoy a meal, while listening to some of their favorite local artists “Local beer is big,…