Author: Lena Takada

Iron Rangers React to Keetac Reopening

The Mines Will Bring Back Around 200 Mining Jobs Back to the Iron Range

KEEWATIN, Minn.- There’s a collective sigh of relief across the city of Keewatin,  after U.S. Steel reached agreements to supply iron ore pellets to third-party customers, and announced the Reopening of Keetac, and the return of around 200 mining jobs back to the Iron Range. “To hear that they’re going  back and to know that they’re going back is really…

Salvation Army Short of Reaching Fundraising Goal

The Group is Looking to Raise $42,000 More

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle and Bell Ringing is Iconic to Christmas time, and the Holiday Fundraiser is crucial to fund many of the programs ran by the Salvation Army throughout the year, and is their biggest source of money. This year, the Salvation Army had the goal of raising $625,000 but are currently around $42,000 short of reaching that goal….

Hartley Offers Nature Camps for Children

The Kids are Excited to Play Outside After Being Cooped Up

Children are playing in and learning about nature, at the Winter Camps at Hartley Nature Center. It’s a chance for children to get outside with other kids, even in the cold. Programs include activities like tracking animals, sledding, and exploring the park. The campers range from ages 4 to 9 years old. “It gives them an opportunity to be active,…

Lutheran Social Services Still Looking for Diapers

The Diapers Will Go to Families in Need

The Lutheran Social Services have been hosting a diaper drive through December, but as the year comes to a close, they’re still looking for more donations. LSS had the goal of raising 25,000 diapers to stockpile a year’s worth of diapers for families in need, but they are around 13,000 short of reaching their goals. LSS is especially in need…

Kids Learn to Ski at Spirit Mountain Holiday Camp

Participants Range from Ages 5 to 16

Some Kids got their new skis and boards out, or even learned how to ski for the first time at Spirit Mountain. The Ski Hill teamed up with Team Duluth for a Holiday Camp to get kids outside. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels, from first timers to advanced, are practicing their skills on the hill and the terrain park…

KYN: New Chalet at Giants Ridge

Offers a Wide Variety of Foods, From Snacks, to Fine Dining

New restaurants, like Burnt Onion, are open at Giant’s Ridge and now, not only can you have a quick bite to eat after a day on the slopes, you can actually have a nice sit down steak dinner. And now, people are frequenting Giant’s Ridge, and it’s not just for the skiing. Hungry skiers and snowboarders make their way to…

Kids Learn to Ski at Chesterbowl

For Many It's Their First Time Trying the Sport

2 year old Twins, Nolan and Gabe are bundled up from head to toe, with little skis on their feet.  It’s their first time being on the slopes, and they’re learning the basics of the sport. “Their dad is big into skiing, I’m terrible at skiing,” Erica Scott, their mom, explains. Many believe skiing is a great family activity, and…

Different Faiths Come Together for the Gospel Mission Union Christmas Dinner

It's an Interfaith Tradition Going on for Decades

Susan Ginsburg smiles as she cuts another slice of pie to serve. She comes to the Union Gospel Mission each year, to give her time to the interfaith tradition that has been going on for decades. “We don’t celebrate Christmas, and so we can let the people who usually work here have Christmas with their families,” Ginsburg who is Jewish, says….

People Brave Bad Weather for Bentleyville

The Attraction is Closing on Monday

Sleet and bad road conditions, didn’t stop some people from enjoying one of the last days of Bentleyville. One family even drove down from the Twin Cities area to see the lights. For them It’s a family tradition that they couldn’t miss. “We only had two nights left to choose from, tomorrow it’s supposed to be really bad, today, it’s not…

Annual Christmas Dinner Takes Place at VFW 137

Hundreds Turn Out for Annual Event

The Veterans of Foreign Wars 137 invited people for a free Christmas dinner. Hundreds of people made a stop at the VFW to get a plate of turkey, potatoes and gravy, and all the fixings. The VFW Christmas Dinner has been going on for more than 3 decades , and everyone is welcomed to the dinner. Organizers say the only…

CHUM Honors Lives Lost With Christmas Vigil

41 Lives Were Lost This Year

Dozens of people who either personally experienced homelessness, or advocated for homeless people in the Twin Ports lost their lives this year. Tonight, Churches United in Ministry, known as CHUM took time to honor them. 41 people held candles and white signs, each with a name written on them. Most are the names are of people in the twin ports…

Northlanders Travel for Christmas

Travel is up 1.5% Across the Country

Christmas is around the corner and some Northlanders are gearing up to travel. Some staying close by, while others are going across the country. According to AAA more than 103 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday season. It’s a 1.5 percent increase from last year. The Minnesota Department of Transportation Is urging travelers to check out road conditions…

One Person Dead After a Shooting in Fond Du Lac

Suspect is in Police Custody

Shots rang out at this home on the 1700 block of Wolf Ridge Road in Cloquet, just before 9 am. Officers who responded to a report of the shooting, found a man, in this house with gunshot wounds. The victim, in his thirties, was taken to a hospital in Duluth where he died from the injuries. A suspect was found…

VFW Prepares for Holiday Dinner

The Tradition Has Been Going on for Decades

The Veterans of Foreign Wars 137 Annual Christmas dinner is this weekend. The VFW is preparing for the free holiday dinner, and anticipating hundreds of people to show up. Though they already have volunteers lined up, they’re still looking for more, and are always accepting donations of hats and gloves to give away to people who attend the dinner. “We…

Hotels Busy During Holiday Season

From Bentleyville to Hockey... Tourists Come to Duluth Even in the Winter

Seasonal events, from hockey to Bentleyville, have kept hotels in Duluth busy this holiday season And though Bentleyville is ending soon, there are plenty of hockey tournaments scheduled in January, and the skiing season will be in full swing.  Holiday Inn Representatives are crossing their fingers that those events combined with other winter outdoor recreation like ice climbing and fat…

Holiday Shoppers Flock to Grocery Stores

Some Stores Offer Both Groceries and Last Minute Gift Options

Grocery stores in the Northland are bustling with people gearing up for the holidays Many customers flock to the grocery store, so they can get all the ingredients they need for their special holiday meal. The Week of Christmas is the busiest time of year at Mount Royal, where people can purchase all of their groceries and even pick up…

Think Twice Before Buying a Pet for Christmas

Adopt Don't Shop

Many children and even adults dream of waking up to a fluffy little puppy or kitten on Christmas morning.  But experts remind us that bringing a pet into the family means committing your time and money to taking care of it, for years. Animals, Especially young ones, take a lot of time to train, and may take a while to…

Skiers Hit Trails in Duluth

Many of the Trails are Open for Skiing

When the temperatures are warm enough to comfortably be outside, but cold enough to keep the ground frozen, even a busy work day won’t keep skiers like Annette Hofslund from hitting the trails. The skiing season didn’t start any earlier than previous years, but now, most of the trails across Duluth are open for people to enjoy. “There’s always Hartley…

AAFES Store Closing in Duluth

Minnesota Politicians are Fighting to Reverse the Decision

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is planning on closing the Duluth location in 2017. Local Veterans believe it’s a Military benefit that is being taken away, and the store closing will impact area veterans negatively. Minnesota Politicians like U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and U.S. Representative Rick Nolan are urging AAFES to reverse the decision. If…

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon to Start at the Pit in Two Harbors

Race to Start at the Same Location as Last Year

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will be starting at the Pit in Two Harbors again this year. Organizers were working towards getting the race started at the Fair Grounds in Two Harbors, but didn’t have enough time to work out the details and make it happen. Organizers are still hoping to start at the Fair Grounds for the race…

Bayfield Prepares for Winter Tourism

Businesses are Hoping for More Snow

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Peaceful quality time with loved ones was how Conn Mullally wanted to spend his birthday this year, and that’s exactly what he got, strolling through the almost empty streets of Bayfield on a quiet Monday. “We come up very often, all four seasons of the year,” says Cathy Mullalay, Con’s wife. Despite a thunderstorm this summer that…