Author: Lauren Leigh

Duluth Judge Joins National Opioid Task Force

Judge Floerke  is now one of 20 officials on the National Judicial Opioid Task Force.

DULUTH, Minn.-  A national drug task force aiming to combat the opioid epidemic, is inviting a Duluth judge to join the team. Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke is working to fight the opioid epidemic not only in the Northland, but nationwide.  Judge Floerke  is now one of 20 officials on the National Judicial Opioid Task Force. The group is split…

New Studies Show Art Plays Large Impact on the Economy

Artists on the Iron Range are gathering to help further creativity.

CHISHOLM, Minn.- Artists on the Iron Range are banning together tapping into their creativity as a community. Art comes in all forms from paintings to plays, but artists on the Iron Range are discussing how creatively effects the future of the economy.  “Every community; every town, every neighborhood has artists and that this is a wonderful under tapped asset,” Springboard for…

Essentia Health Proposes New Condensed Medical Campus

The project will be a public-private partnership.

DULUTH, Minn.- Essentia Health is seeking a large amount of public investment to create a new Medical District in downtown Duluth. Essentia calls the project Vision Northland, and now they’re taking a proposal to Minnesota Legislature to get that funding.  Essentia’s investing $800 million private in the project and seeking $184 million from state infastructure money in the legislature. An…

New Plans for Affordable Housing Unit Move Forward

The Garfield Square Apartments will replace the Esmond Building; formally the Seaway Hotel

DULUTH, Minn.- New details involving for new affordable housing complex in the works for the Lincoln Park neighborhood. This 50 unit building will replace the nearby Esmond Building, formally known as the Seaway Hotel, which was known as a hot spot for police calls.  The development property is located at 10 Piedmont Avenue, where W. Superior Street and Garfield Avenue…

Thousands of Easter Lilies Ordered in the Northland

It's not too late to stop in and grab your Easter Lilies.

DULUTH, Minn.- Easter is quickly approaching and one flower has become a staple for the holiday. Easter Lillies are already sold out in some shops around Duluth. Engwall Florist stock ups eight weeks in advance and expects to sell out every year. The lilies are used to welcome family and for church decorations. “It is a little different than most flowers that…

Kindergarten Round-Up Underway for the Class of 2031

Lowell Elementary School is welcoming the future kindergartners to sign-up for the Fall.

DULUTH, Minn.- Although many parents are having spring break and summer thoughts, it’s time to enroll little Northlanders for Kindergarten. Lowell Elementary School is welcoming the future 2031 graduates, to sign–up for the fall. Parents can browse from offered programs including Spanish and Ojibwa Immersion. “This is a great opportunity for families to come in and learn about things that…

New Plans Prompts Discussions to Tighten School Safety in Superior

Governor Scott Walker signed a $100 million plan to tighten school security.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Monday in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a $100 million plan to tighten school security, which asks the questions if this affects local schools. Security update discussions began before it passed legislation. Officials say the district may add an automatic door locking system to all schools. They’re reviewing outside cameras and might add more communication devices. Superior Superintendent Janna…

Progress in Northern Lights Express Project

The proposed high-speed train will connect the Twin Ports and Minneapolis.

DULUTH, Minn.- A high speed train connecting the Twin Ports has been under the works for nearly a decade, on Monday officials announced the Northern Lights Express project is moving along. Officials say the window of opportunity for the Northern Lights Express is finally open.  The half billion dollar train has been cleared to seek government funding. The next steps…

Hundreds Expected to Participate in March for Our Lives

Students in the Duluth area organized the march.

DULUTH, Minn.- Organizers are expecting more than 400 students to participate in the March for Our Lives rally in Duluth. Students of all ages have been working together to organize the March for Our Lives. Students say they’re thankful for the on–going support they’ve received from the community. The march begins at the Historic Old Central High School starting at 5:30…

Volunteers Needed to Help Preserve Veterans’ Stories

Volunteers will conduct one-on-one interviews recording a veteran's history.

DULUTH, Minn.- Veterans in Duluth are willing to share their stories and volunteers are needed to listen. The St. Louis County Historical Society is asking for good listeners to conduct oral history interviews with veterans from all military branches. Volunteers will be partnered up with a veteran for a one–on–one listening session. One veteran says many can be hesitant to…

Counselors Warn March is a Dangerous Month for Gambling

Gambling is often a silent addiction.

DULUTH, Minn.- With March Madness going on it’s a big month for gambling. Counselors say offering someone a five dollar bet seems harmless, but it can be devastating for some. March is Gambling Awareness Month. Counselors say many things can be considered gambling. Free help is offered in Duluth. The Center for Drug and Alcohol Treatment holds meetings and pairs up with…

Improving Health in Native American and Rural Communities

Officials say the next step is determining what resources match the community's needs.

DULUTH, Minn.- The School of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Duluth is discussing populations with health disparities. Experts on campus are addressing how native american and rural communities could receive better medical attention. Officials say it’s a combined community and medical effort. “We engage in a process of which we get to know each other,” Memory Keepers Medical executive…

Duluth Depot Seeking Bond for Building Upkeep

The Depot is asking for a $4 million inclusion in the upcoming bonding bill.

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis county is hoping to preserve the Duluth Depot with help from the state. The Depot is asking for a $4 million inclusion in the upcoming bonding bill. Officials say citizens won’t visibly notice improvements. The projects in place will prevent noticeable damage before they occur. Officials say the proposal for preventable maintenance will keep the building running…

Approval Passes to Remove Section of Enbridge Line 3

This comes after nearly 8 months of negotiation with the city of Grand Rapids.

DULUTH, Minn.- Enbridge will be removing part of Line 3 expired pipeline in Grand Rapids. The city approved the removal on Wednesday. After eight months of negotiations, 1,000 feet of Line 3 in the Wellhead Protection Area will be removed by 2019. Grand Rapids Public Utilities officials say the line is hindering future economic development. Officials say removal will not disrupt…

Figuring Out the Worth of Your Antiques

The service is apart of the S.t Louis County’s public education program.

DULUTH, Minn.- Experts are checking your antique items helping you find out their worth. The St. Louis Historical Society offered free appraisals of up to two items per person. Appraisers inform you what makes your piece special. The service is apart of the County’s public education program. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News Tags: appraisals, duluth, Local News,…

New Stop Added on North Shore Scenic Railroad

Right now the trip is just a trial run.

DULUTH, Minn.- The North Shore Scenic Railroad goes from Duluth to Two Harbors. This summer a new stop will be made along the way. A special Knife River train ride is now available. Officials say they’re dipping their toes into the idea offering a trial Picnic Train. The day trip will include time to explore the beach, Lake Superior, and…

How to Volunteer for the Quilt-a-Thon

The Quilt-a-Thon donates comforters to kids in crisis.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Northlanders are making quilts for kids in crisis at the 26th Quilt-a-Thon. Volunteers make nearly 50 quilts during Quilt-a-Thon, over all 100 quilts will be donated to various organizations. Sewers will gather at the Mariner Retail in Superior at 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Organizers say everyone is welcome to lend a hand. “I guess you really get the…

Pack and Mail Plus Addresses Shipping Safety

Many rules and regulations are in place, Pack and Mail Plus stressed training is very serious.

DULUTH, Minn.- A longtime local shipping business is reassuring its customers that safety is their number one priority. The owner of Pack and Mail in Duluth nd Cloquet tells us security measures begin as soon as a package is dropped off. Employees open and inspect all packages without a shipping label already attached. That’s followed by checking ids and asking a few…

Commercial Shipping Season Underway in Twin Ports

The Twin Ports has nearly 900 vessel visits each year.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The Erie Trader made it’s way out of the Duluth port heading to Two Harbors to load up on some iron ore. Spring is in the air but ice is still on the lakes, which didn’t stop the first boat of the season. The first shipping vessel of the season left the Twin Ports Tuesday afternoon. The sound of spring…

Legal Services Day Offers Warrant Resolution

Anyone with warrants from Minnesota can attend.

DULUTH, Minn.- Legal Services Day will be held on Wednesday, March 21st. Individuals with warrants from Minnesota, can meet with prosecutors to figure out a plan. New this year agencies are on hand to discuss family and civil services. “If they’re not a fit for one organization they can see if they’re a fit for another organization,” Executive Director Legal Aid…

Spots Still Open to Run for Good in Grandma’s Marathon

Runners can partner-up with a charity to help raise money.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon entries filled up within hours of opening, but you can still participate by running for a good cause. The Charity Partnership Program offers 15 local and national charities runners can team up. Currently 8 charities still have opening spots for the half and full marathon. Racers can choose a organization close to them, ranging…

Volunteers Clean-up Lake Superior Museum

The annual Spring Cleaning Day at the Lake Superior Maritime Museum brought in plenty of helping hands.

DULUTH, Minn.- Spring is in the air, on Thursday the Lake Superior Maritime Museum held its annual Spring Cleaning Day. Over 20 volunteers grabbed brooms and polish, making the Visitor Center at the Maritime Museum spick-and-span. One woman we spoke with loves the museum and volunteers every year to give back. “You learn a little bit every time you come,” volunteer…

Loll Designs Grants Check to COGGS

This is the fifth donation to COGGS totaling  $135,000 over the five year partnership

DULUTH, Minn.- An outdoor furniture manufacturer in Duluth called Loll Designs is donating money to Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores. The donation helps COGGS build multi–use trails n Duluth. Loll Designs is apart of a Patagonia group called One Percent of The Planet, dedicated to donating apercentage of sales to environmental organizations. On Thursday COGGS was granted a $25,000 check to help build…

Earth Rider Brewery Now Selling Beer in Cans

You can find Earth Rider beer in most major liquor stores in the Twin Ports.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-  Earth Rider Brewery in Superior started production last year, now you can purchase Earth Rider brews in stores just in time for the weekend. In Superior, Wisconsin there hasn’t been a beer canning operation since the 1960’s until now.  Earth Rider Brewery is lining up cans to hit the shelves. The new canning line can produce up to…

Spots Still Open for St. Fennessy 4K

This is the first year the race is offering special youth pricing.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The Saint Fennessy 4K race is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day, this Saturday and spots are still open as of Wednesday. New this year, the race is offering youth pricing, inviting runners as young as six to join in. Runners are encouraged to dress-up in festive green and gold outfits. After the race votes will be placed…

Inside Dubh Linn Irish Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day Preparations

This year the pub will offer a special surprise breakfast.

DULUTH, Minn.-  This year many Northlanders will be able to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as it falls on a Saturday. Many businesses are already preparing for the busy day. Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub has become a popular spot to celebrate for all ages. The bar will have live bagpipe performances and hammerschlagen. But this year the holiday breakfast is…

Governor Dayton Gives Final State of the State

Gov. Dayton addresses health care, education, and encourages diversity.

DULUTH, Minn.- Governor Mark Dayton gave his last State of the State Address highlighting education, taxes, and healthcare.  Gov. Dayton announced nearly 80,000 students are now attending all day kindergarten. The University of Minnesota  will not be increasing tuition, due to an extra $10 million of state funding. Gov. Dayton said law makers have a decision to make, stating they can…

New Businesses Replacing Miller Hill Mall Grizzly’s

It would be used as an office and retail space.

DULUTH, Minn.- A proposal has been passed by the Duluth Planning Commission to tear down the Miller Hill Grizzly’s along with Fred’s Motors which is right next door to it. What would replace it would be a smaller restaurant with a drive-thru . A 22,000 square-foot structure, would also be placed there and used as an office and retail space….

UMD Designated 3M School

The new program was celebrated Monday at the Nor Shor Theatre

DULUTH, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Duluth is now the 14th Frontline Sales Initiative school in the nation. UMD is partnering up with 3M which is providing grants, internship opportunities, and much more. “I think its going to create tremendous job opportunities,” instructor of marketing John Krazt said. “So they can be promoted in corporate America.” The new program was…

How Aquaculture Affects Minnesota

The Minnesota Sea Grant is getting the conversation going.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The bait industry plays a large role in Minnesota which is just one facet of aquaculture . The Minnesota Sea Grant at the University of Minnesota Duluth is discussing how aquaculture can affect our community, specifically how it affects jobs in the field. “We’re trying to move the conversation forward in Minnesota,” fishery specialist Don Schreiner said. “We…

Belknap Construction Beginning Soon

This is the final stretch of construction on the busy road.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The second half of the $23 million improvement project on Belknap Street in Superior is scheduled to begin on March 19th. This years construction phase will consist of the areas in the center section, between John and Birch Avenues. Items improved include; concrete pavement, grading, lighting, and redoing the sidewalks. Officials say completing the busy intersection is extremely…

Upcoming Topics at Capitol Days

Capitol days starts on Tuesday, March 13th.

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday is Capitol Days as Duluth and St. Louis County will head to St. Paul discussing local issues. Over 500 community members and local officials are bringing a voice for the Northland to St. Paul. The city will be asking for $10 million towards rehabilitation of the sea wall. Officials are also seeking approval for the half percent sales…

A New Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights Proposed

The ordinance was proposed to the Duluth City Council on Monday night.

DULUTH, Minn.- A proposed Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights aims to eliminate barriers for those without homes. Community members rallied outside asking for a Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights. Supporters say the bill protects basic things homeowners take for granted, such as going to the bathroom and having something to eat. There’s been past debates whether it should be policy…

No Decision Made in On-Going Earned Sick Time Proposal.

The earned sick and safe time proposal has been discussed for nearly three years now.

DULUTH, Minn.- The on–going controversial earned sick and safe time proposal was the main topic Monday at the Duluth City Council meeting. The earned sick and safe time proposal has been discussed for nearly three years now. Supporters with Take Action Duluth Coalition say 24 municipal, 3 county, and 9 state wide ordinances have been passed during this time period….

Runa Yoga Opening in Duluth

The new studio offers free meditation once a month.

DULUTH, Minn.-  A new yoga studio in Duluth called Runa Yoga is offering unique classes for everyone. Owners at Runa Yoga say they strive on being community and accessibility. Classes for kids are offered and free meditations once a month. Each session is classified on a scale of one to three which owners compare to a ski hill scale. One…

Free Showing of International Movies

Each movie involves the theme of crossing borders.

DULUTH, Minn.- All week long free international movies are being showcased in Duluth. The World Languages and Cultures Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth is partnering up with Zeitgeist Zinema showing free international movies all week long. The WLC faculty members selected movies to fit the theme, crossing borders. “Whether it be crossing a national border, a linguistic border,…

Rockin’ the Rink Figure Skating Show

The event is put on by the Superior Figure Skating Club.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- Although the Olympics are over Sunday little Northlanders held an opportunity to watch quite the figure skating show. The Superior Figure Skating Club held its annual show this year called Rockin the Rink.  With classic rock n roll music playing, the little Northland figure skaters took the spot light. Each performance had a different style. Officials say…

Piecing Together the Puzzle Derby

The competition has become a tradition in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The Northland is home to the second largest puzzle competition in the country. On Saturday afternoon over 100 teams participated in the 5th annual Puzzle Derby. “Everybody gets the same puzzle, they all start at the same time, and it’s just whoever finishes first is the winner,” organizer Valerie Coit said. Once the clock started the room was…

Art Exhibit Honoring Women of Color

The exhibit will host nearly 31 local artists.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first art exhibit honoring women of color in Duluth Minnesota is opening this month. The American Indian Housing Community Organization is hosting 31 artists who identify as women of color. Officials say this is the first ever exhibit in Duluth celebrating women of color. “This hasn’t been done before,” arts & cultural program coordinator Miora Villiard…

Northland Mines Expect Positive Impact from Tariffs

Officials say the tariffs will create a level playing field for mines in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn.- President Trump’s decision about steel and aluminum tariffs is bringing a lot of mixed reaction from the Northland. Mines in the Northland are expecting the steel and aluminum tariffs to have a positive affect in Minnesota.  Officials say Minnesota produces %85 of the domestic iron For the united state the tariffs could possibly bring more jobs to mines in…

Pop-up Taproom Coming to Miller Hill Mall

Craft brew enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a canal park brew at the mall.

DULUTH, Minn.- One local Duluth brewery will soon be serving beer at the Miller Hill Mall for a limited time. Canal Park Brewery will serve select brews and menu items at the old Teavana location. Officials say two old favorites from past years will be on tap including the black IPA and an imperial lager. “Were very excited its such…

Hundreds Attend CHOICE Unlimited’s Masquerade Ball

The money helps fund the non-profit organization's arts program.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northlanders are helping a non–profit organization in roaring twenties style The Greysolon Ballroom is filled with music, dancing, and smiling faces all raising money for CHOICE unlimited’s arts program. “We’re just having a huge party,” CHOICE unlimited executive director Kristie Bachman said. “We’re celebrating CHOICE unlimited’s arts program. We have people in flapper dresses, everyone is just having a…

Local Restaurants Voice Concerns on Requiring Paid Sick Leave

Officials say this is not an employee verse employer issue.

DULUTH, Minn.-The controversy is on-going for the earned sick and safe time ordinance, local restaurants are voicing concerns.  Over 20 restaurants in Duluth banned together forming the Duluth Local Restaurant Association. Stating the ordinance would put businesses in an undesirable position. Earned sick time would require businesses to give employees, at least one hour of paid time off for every 30…

Making Fresh Food Accessible in Lincoln Park

The community is reviewing past efforts to turn the "food desert" around.

DULUTH, Minn.- In recent years the Lincoln Park community has been aiming to make fresh foods more accessible. The area was deemed a food desert, meaning there’s no grocery story within 1.5 miles, but community members say progress has been made. Nearly five years ago a campaign was launched to help create better access to healthy food in Lincoln Park….

New Proposal Could Implement Gas Station Restrictions

Community members voiced concerns after the announcement of a possible development plan.

DULUTH, Minn.- New gas station developments near neighborhoods in Duluth, could be a lot smaller in the future. The planning commission is proposing a reduction of pumps to a maximum of six, with public filling stations on both sides totaling 12 lines. The proposal comes after homeowners spoke out about a proposal of a Kwik Trip on Boundary Avenue, near Proctor. Which…

CHOICE Unlimited Presents Roaring Twenties Ball

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

DULUTH, Minn.- The community is invited to turn back time for a good cause and enjoy a roaring twenties evening. Pick out your favorite mask, flapper dress, or outfit to support CHOICE, unlimited arts program. The fifth annual Unlimited Masquerades Ball will be held at Greysolon Ballroom. The adult event raises money for CHOICE, unlimited art program. The non–profit organization helps…

Ice-O-Ramma the Northland Fishing Tournament Tradition

Ice-O-Ramma has been held for over 30 years.

ASHLAND, Wis.- The competition is tough on the Chequamegon Bay near Ashland, Wisconsin this weekend.  The annual Ice–O–Ramma kicks off on Saturday.  The weekend long competition is a tradition of over 30 years. Fishermen compete to catch one of the five categories of fish. “People that come back, families that have reunions around it,” River Rock Inn and Bait Shop…

Outdoor Hockey Season Comes to an End

The ice rinks in Superior are closed until next winter.

Superior, Wis.-It’s the end of the season for outdoor ice hockey in Superior. Friday is the last day the rinks will be open. Officials say with the spring like conditions lately, the ice wasn’t ideal. However officials in Duluth say they’re hoping for one more good hockey weekend. Bayfront rink will remain open and be reassessed on Monday. Categories: Community,…

Medical Professionals Discuss Critical Patient Care

The critical care conference is put on by St. Luke's including a variety of health workers.

DULUTH, Minn.- Medical professionals work in time critical conditions everyday and are reviewing past patient care. Medical professionals with St. Luke’s Hospital held a conference Friday at Pier B resort to review better ways to care for patients in critical condition. The conversation is discussing time critical illnesses and injuries, such as a heart attack. “What went well, what didn’t…

How to Keep Your Kidney Healthy

March is national kidney awareness month.

DULUTH, Minn.- March is National Kidney Awareness month, which means medical professionals are working hard to remind the public of just how important kidney care is. Chronic kidney disease is a prevalent issue in the United States. Medical professionals say its gaining more awareness in recent years. The biggest concern are people with high risk factors such as high blood pressure…