Lauren Leigh

The Making of a Christmas Tree

Christmas is 180 days away although you may think its too soon to start planning your holiday if you want the perfect balsam fir or the classic Charlie Brown tree, nows the time for trimming. 

PROCTOR, Minn.-  Christmas in July has passed and it’s not quite December but one family owned business thinks about decking the halls all year long. Christmas is 180 days away although you may think its too soon to start planning your holiday if you want the perfect balsam fir or the classic Charlie Brown tree, nows the time for trimming. “Just…

Nursing Home Residents Take a Field Trip to Gordy’s Warming House

The outing has been a tradition for nearly 15 years.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Residents from a nursing home at the Cloquet Memorial Hospital were treated to some free scoops of ice cream at Gordy’s Warming House in Cloquet. The residents were transported to the business in wheelchairs, something that’s becoming a tradition in that community. Live music filled the air as the patients enjoyed a free scoop of ice cream. One man told us…

Wells Fargo Employees Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

Wells Fargo is donating $35,000 to the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity

DULUTH, Minn.- Employees with Wells Fargo are helping build the community through a partnership with the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity. Wells Fargo is donating $35,000 to the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity and the bank’s employees are picking up their tool belts building a home in Lincoln Park. Employees we spoke with tell us they appreciate being…

Congdon Park Elementary School Re-Opens after Rat Infestation

DULUTH, Minn.- Congdon Elementary School in Duluth shut down school grounds for the summer after a rat infestation was found on school grounds underneath the building, but with school just around the corner school district leaders tell us the problem is under control. Congdon Elementary School grounds are ready to welcome students back. Pest Control experts found around 300 to 500 rats…

New Hermantown Market Space Hosts Groundbreaking

Once complete eight new buildings will be built on 12 acres of land available for small and large businesses to lease spaces.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- An exciting new development center is coming to Hermantown. The Hermantown Marketspace has been years in the making and broke ground on Wednesday. The Hermantown Marketspace is located on Miller Trunk Highway by Haines and Stebner road. Once complete eight new buildings will be built on 12 acres of land available for small and large businesses to lease…

Meet the Woman Behind Ashland’s Colorful Downtown

Sue Martinsen started out as a volunteer painter helping with the first mural in 1988.

ASHLAND, Wis.- Over the course of 20 years Ashland, has transformed into an outdoor art gallery and the year 2018 has been named the year of women, let us paint the picture of the woman, keeping history colorful for many years to come. “If I’m painting people I want to capture their personalities, if I’m painting buildings I want to…

City Officials say Summer is a Busy Time for Public Nuisance Violations

Public Nuisance Violations include scrap and abandoned material in yards.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Summer is a time for yard work for some and for the city of Superior it’s a busy time ensuring lots are cleaned up. Items such as mattresses and couches can’t be left in yards for extended periods of time according to Superior’s City Code. This is the busy time of year for notices being handed out. Officials…

What to Know before the Primary Election

More information on poll locations and times.

DULUTH, Minn.-  It’s primary election Tuesday, as candidates in many big races will be finalized for the general election in November. With several major statewide races in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, voter turnout is expected to be higher than a typical primary election. Along with the highly contested races a high number of young voters could help push turnout up. This…

Golf Outing Raises Thousands of Dollars for LSC Students

It's the 17th Annual Lake Superior College Golf Outing

DULUTH, Minn.- Northlanders are taking a swing to help students pay for their college education at Lake Superior College’s Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser. It’s the largest fundraiser of the year for LSC raising nearly $15,000 which will go directly to students. It doesn’t matter where your ball landed on the green, today everyone was a winner helping fund the Lake…

Remains of Korean War Hero Coming Home to Superior

Sgt. Rufus Ketchum had been missing in active duty since December 1950.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A U.S. serviceman who served in the Korean War and was reported missing more than 60 years ago is now accounted for. Army Sergeant First Class Rufus Ketchum’s remains are being returned to his family in Superior for a full military honors burial. Sgt. Ketchum will return home to Superior on August 14th he was reported missing in action…

Tour Wisconsin Arts Work at the 7th Annual Art Crawl

Organizers say the art walk highlights the large community of creators.

HAYWARD, Wis.- This weekend you’ll get the chance to go inside an artists’ private studios and tour where their creations are made. The 7th annual Art Crawl is taking over Northwestern Wisconsin. Over 50 artists will show off their creative spaces, art galleries will open their doors at 21 locations with more creations than before, and even have demonstrations. Organizers…

Coffee Conversation: National Night Out

It provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

DULUTH, Minn.-National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community National Night Out is an annual community–building campaign that promotes police–community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Superior School District Says Bus Driver Contracts Inevitable

Despite a large amount of disapproval from the Superior School District's bus drivers few changes to the contracts were made and around five decided to not continue working for the district.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior School District has five open bus driver positions after some previous workers opted not to sign the newly enforced work contracts, which no longer allows drivers to keep their busses at home. Despite a large amount of disapproval from the Superior School District’s bus drivers few changes to the contracts were made and around five decided…

Local Library Could Help You Track Your Ancestry

Organizers tell us tracking your ancestry through a book can be easier than online.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Have you ever tried to track your family tree? The Superior Public Library now has the “Mayflower Families Through Five Generations” these 30 volumes have the stories and names of those that traveled on the Mayflower. Organizers tell us tracking your ancestry through a book can be easier than online, which typically requires many forms of identification. “With these books,…

Eroding Valve Potentially Caused Husky Refinery Explosion

Investigators say it's similar to one that occurred in Torrance, California at Exxon Mobile's refinery.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The potential cause behind the Husky Energy refinery explosion in Superior is believed to be found during an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. Investigators tell us it appears the explosion could have happened due to an eroded piece of equipment.  Click here for a play-by-play animated video of before, during and after the explosion. “You…

Secretary of State Candidate John Howe Visits Duluth

Howe is facing off against the current Secretary of State Steve Simon a democrat and independent party candidate William Denny.

DULUTH, Minn.- Former Minnesota Senator and Red Wing Mayor, John Howe is running for Secretary of State. The Republicans stopped in Duluth to share his views on how to make the election process smoother in the state hoping it can be much more open in the future to public scrutiny. “Well I believe in honest, open, and transparent elections,” Secretary…

Split Rock Lighthouse Celebrates 108th Birthday

Happy Birthday Split Rock Lighthouse

LAKE COUNTY, Minn.- Up the North Shore the Split Rock Lighthouse’s birthday is being celebrated but no candles are needed at this celebration the lighthouse will be lit up for the first time in a long time. The Split Rock Lighthouse is celebrating its 108th anniversary. Throughout the years the lighthouse has been a staple from serving ships to tourism.  From 7:30…

New Restaurant Soon to Open Downtown Two Harbors

An American style restaurant called McQuade's Pub and Grill will be located on the corner of 1st Avenue.

TWO HARBORS, Minn- Downtown Two Harbors is growing, starting next week a new restaurant will be added to the mix. An American style restaurant called McQuade’s Pub and Grill will be located on the corner of 1st Avenue. The menu has everything from fish to wraps. All sauces are made in-house but the flavors may be familiar to some, as the spices come…

Ice Cream for David

Although ice cream doesn't have many big health benefits earning a free cone from Lou's Fish House helps a local boy towards his journey to health.

DULUTH, Minn.- Now’s the time to take advantage of the warm summer days and one local business is giving an excuse to grab a cone for guilt free. Although ice cream doesn’t have many big health benefits earning a free cone from Lou’s Fish House helps a local boy towards his journey to health. 14–year old David Pierce from Two…

Music Camp Sparks Creativity for Life

The Lake Superior Youth Chorus Summer Sing is going on right now.

DULUTH, Minn.- A summer music camp is helping kids hit the right notes for life. The Lake Superior Youth Chorus Summer Sing is helping students in third through sixth grade learn more about music. Organizers say the day camp does more than spark interest in the arts but teaches students lifelong skills. “What we teach here is community building, how…

Public Housing Now Smoke-Free Nation Wide

Local officials say the Twin Ports were leaders in this movement.

DULUTH, Minn.- Now all Public Housing in the United States has a new rule, but it’s been established in the Twin Ports for quite some time. Public housing across the nation is smoke-free starting on Monday, July 30. The rule is not asking residents to quit smoking. Local health officials say Duluth was a leader in implementing the smoke-free public housing…

New St. Louis County Veterans Service Office Director Announced

Tedd Ells was sworn in Monday morning, he will help serve more than 18,000 veterans in St. Louis County.

DULUTH, Minn.- Giving area veterans all the support they need can be a tough challenge, but now a new Veterans Service Office Director is on duty in St. Louis County ready to help. Tedd Ells was sworn in Monday morning, he will help serve more than 18,000 veterans in St. Louis County. Ells has over 25 years of experience in several…

Inside the Minnesota Brewers Convention

In recent years more and more craft breweries are popping up on the map, but brewery owners say Duluth hasn't had one too many just yet.

DULUTH, Minn.- The brew creators that make it all happen are already working to better their next batch. In recent years more and more craft breweries are popping up on the map, but brewery owners say Duluth hasn’t had one too many just yet. “We’re still only 12 percent of the entire beer market in the U.S. so there’s a…

URSA Minor Brewery Steps Closer to Opening its Doors

URSA Minor Brewery will serve up nearly eight beers on tap, but they're not ready just yet.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new brewery preparing to open in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is making a lot of progress. URSA Minor Brewery will serve up nearly eight beers on tap, but they’re not ready just yet. The craft brewery is now installing its brand new equipment and getting all the finishing touches to open in the near future. “That first…

Duluth Man Found Not Guilty of Murder

Aaron Humphreys was charged with shooting Eric Burns at the front door of the Bedrock Bar in October of 2016 after an argument. 

DULUTH, Minn.-  Not guilty is the verdict for a Duluth man who had been accused of a Lincoln Park murder. Aaron Humphreys was accused of killing 47–year–old Eric Burns at the Bedrock Bar, back in October of 2016. The jury was sequestered overnight and came to a verdict early Thursday morning. Humphreys found not guilty of second-degree murder but found guilty of illegal…

North Country Independent Living Expo

This is the fifth Expo held in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- One community is celebrating the abilities of people with disabilities, all while raising money for a local organization. The North Country Independent Living Expo at Superior’s Mariner Mall was held Thursday.  The event is a  staple for the community, hosting numerous free activities and food. But it’s also a hub for disability organizations highlighting services offered locally. “The…

Jury Deliberating in Bedrock Bar Murder Trial

The judge ordered the jury, in this case, to be sequestered or isolated from the public after closing arguments on Wednesday, this point we are still waiting for a verdict.

DULUTH, Minn.- The jury is now deliberating the case of a Duluth man accused in a fatal shooting outside of the Bedrock Bar in West Duluth. 44–year old Aaron Demetrius Humphreys is charged in the second–degree murder of 47–year–old Eric Wayne Burns at the Bedrock Bar in West Duluth back in October 2016. A mistrial was declared twice before Humphreys third…

Douglas County Receives New Voting Machines

The new machines will be used in the upcoming elections.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Two new voting machines in Douglas County will be used in the upcoming elections. Not much will change for voters but city officials say the new technology helps keep track of votes easier. The machines are replacing 15 year–old equipment. “If someone made a very light mark there was a chance in the past that the scanner might…

Fraser Shipyard Improving Safety with Help from Federal Grant

Fraser Shipyard is also spending $168,000 on the project.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A shipping yard cited with several safety violations in recent years is now putting funding toward extra safety, thanks to a grant from the federal government. Fraser Shipyard will be receiving a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Maritime Marine Administration. A Superior Shipping Yard cited with several safety violations in recent years is now putting funding toward extra safety….

Small Businesses Worry Bustling Construction Could Turn Away Tourists

The construction includes replacing traffic signals and pavement in Two Harbors and north of the city

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Construction is continuing to buzz along on Highway 61 on the North Shore. The construction includes replacing traffic signals and pavement in Two Harbors and north of the city. Earlier this summer the paving project began outside of Two Harbors but now the project will be right in the city along Highway 61. Although summer is construction season…

NorShore Clothing Opens Local Shop

What started as a small online shop is growing into a local treasure.

TWO HARBORS- Minn.- A locally owned clothing store is helping show off your North Shore pride. NorShore Clothing Company started nearly a year ago as a small online shop, as of this month, it’s now a retail store in Two Harbors. The shop is packed full of a variety of products dedicated to northern Minnesota. “My favorite part is if I’m out…

Tricks to the Perfect Sand Castle

It's the annual Park Point Sand Modeling Competition.

DULUTH, Minn.- The competition is heating up in Duluth, a returning second place team shared their sand–packed secrets. The 20–17 reigning second place Sand Model Champs are back for first place. “We all put our ideas together and we made one big bakery,” sand castle creator said. But the competition this year is tough. Creative designs can be spotted all…

Park Point Hosts Water Safety Expo

DULUTH, Minn.- With these waves in Lake Superior, the risk level is moderately high, a yellow flag. “When you’re playing in the water be cognizant of what’s going on around you,” Duluth Coast Guard Dale Hollingsworth said. By staying aware the waves don’t have to put a damper on your beach day. “If you know what they are and what’s…

Local Businessman Helps Keep Fallen Officer’s Honor Remembered

Police Sgt. Gary Wilson served and protected the city of Duluth for 11 years before losing his life to a gunman August 10th, 1990.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth police officer lost his life in the line of duty nearly 30 years ago and one local businessman is helping the community remember his service. Police Sgt. Gary Wilson served and protected the city of Duluth for 11 years before losing his life to a gunman August 10th, 1990. Now a local businessman is making a school baseball…

An Inside Look at Historic Duluth Homes

The Duluth Women's Club Tour of Homes and Gardens is celebrating its 51st year.

DULUTH, Minn.- Women in Duluth are getting an inside look at the homes and gardens of Northlanders. Its the 51st annual Duluth Women’s Club Tour of Homes and Gardens. Eight historic houses that typically can’t be seen when driving around Duluth opened their doors for ladies of all ages. “First of all the weather is goregous how often do you get perfect…

McKenzie’s Bar and Grill Under New Ownership

Owners tell us menu favorites will stay the same.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-  A staple American food pub in Hermantown is under new ownership, but don’t worry your favorites will stay the same. McKenzie’s Bar and Grill is celebrating under new ownership. New owners tell us the American style menu featuring pulled pork tacos and burger, that are favored by locals will stay the same. “Keep the specials all the same…

Kari Toyota Celebrating 50 Years of Service

The 50 milestone means a lot to the Kari family and employees.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Exciting news for a Twin Ports business Kari Toyota in Superior is celebrating 50 years of service. The dealership is family run, the 50 milestone means a lot to the Kari family and employees. Toyota came to congratulate the business. “Well it’s not just another day, it’s just kind of a milestone for us it’s just kind of…

Pike Lake Welcomes New Monument for Veterans

Exciting additions are being added at the Pike Lake Veterans Memorial.

PIKE LAKE, Minn.- A new monument is now at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Pike Lake the statue represents the unknown and came about due to a son wanting to honor his father. The monument is open for interpretation, veterans and families can each takeaway something different. The idea rooted from a man wanting to honor his father, that has been…

4th Street Market Reopening Under New Ownership

Currently, the Duluth Central Hillside Neighborhood has no grocery stores nearby.

DULUTH, Minn.- Exciting news for residents in an area that some refer to as the food desert. The 4th Street Market is under new ownership and will be serving the community once again. The 4th Street Market closed it’s doors last February but the American Indian Community Housing Organization now purchased the building. Currently, the Duluth Central Hillside Neighborhood has no grocery stores…

Hartley Nature Center May Become More Accessible

The city may be applying for a nearly $1.3 million grant to help fund the Hartley Mini Master plan.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The Duluth City Council could vote on a grant application to help the Hartley Nature Center. The city may be applying for a nearly $1.3 million grant to help fund the Hartley Mini Masterplan, adding more parking and more signs in the park. “Right now you sort of have to earn your way around Hartley, people go out in…

The Largest Fentanyl Bust in Duluth

Fentanyl is an opioid and 50 times more potent than heroin.

DULUTH, Minn.-  It’s being called the largest fentanyl bust ever in Duluth and authorities say it has roots in St. Paul. Fentanyl is an opioid and 50 times more potent than heroin. Police warn that fentanyl is the new era of opioids. The drug can be sold cheaper than heroin and is more lethal. Investigators confiscated more than 100 grams…

Autos for Autism Raises Money for a Good Cause

All the proceeds go towards a local organization in Duluth, the Scottish Rite Foundation.

DULUTH, Minn.- For some, classic cars, sunshine, and good friends is a combination for a perfect Saturday. In West Duluth they’re doing all that and fundraising for autism. The second annual Autos for Autism car show kicked off at Bay West.  The cars on display are suggested to donate money towards the cause. All proceeds go towards a local organization…

Bus Rodeo Takes Over Duluth

The Bus Rodeo is an opportunity for drivers to put their best skills in gear through 12 obstacles.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Transit bus drivers from across Minnesota are driving to be deemed the best. Don’t worry it’s not a race, they’re competing rodeo style. It’s a unique route unlike any bus drivers would encounter while on the job. “Do things they normally never would do on the street,” judge Tom Gotphery said. It’s the 31st annual Bus Rodeo and…

Preparations Underway for Taste of Duluth Festival

New this year more stages have been added for live music.

DULUTH, Minn.- The second Taste of Duluth kicks off this weekend at Bayfront Park. Nearly 100 vendors are bringing Duluth’s arts and cuisine in one spot right next to Lake Superior. Setup for the festival is underway, tents and signs are being placed at Bayfront. The festival is family-friendly and free. “You know how cool is it to be around…

Senator Sanders Visits Duluth

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders visits Duluth showing support for Minnesota's Attorney General Keith Ellison.

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds attended a campaign rally in that featured Senator Bernie Sanders rallying support for state Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison. Ellison is running in a contested DFL primary against four other candidates, three Republicans are also running for the position. “We elect an attorney general that has the history and the courage to stand up to powerful special…

What it Takes to Compete in 4H

The St. Louis County Fair is a big event for 4H showmen.

PROCTOR, Minn.- County fairs are underway in the Twin Ports and 4H is a big part of it all, teaching students how to raise livestock and perform. These County Fairs are the big show for the animal caretakers, it’s the time they get to show off all their hard work after training animals one–on–one to perform, this weekend is the…

MPCA Awaits Its Turn To Clean Up Minnesota Slip

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Slip seawall reconstruction project continues. We spoke with officials at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency who say the project is a long time coming, practically for over 20 years. Removal of the contaminated sediment in the Minnesota Slip in Canal Park by the MPCA will begin October first through November. Before this process begins the new seawall needs to…

Home Run for Everyone at the Kiddie Parade

It's become a tradition for families.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s Halloween in July, little Northlanders are dressing in their favorite costumes. Children are running the bases at Portman Square dressed in their best costumes. This has been a long–time tradition, a specially for one mother who grew up participating and now takes her children. “I do have a lot of costumes I just wanted to try something new because…