Author: Matt Van Winkle

Donations Needed to Send Northland Veterans on Honor Flight

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland’s tenth Honor Flight will depart Duluth next month for Washington D.C., but they still need help to get there. Honor Flight Northland is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the All American Club, 1931 West Michigan Street. Dinner is $10 per person. All money raised will fund sending…

Paine Trying To Build on Strong Mayoral Primary Results

The two candidates for mayor of Superior took part in a debate Thursday night

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Jim Paine says he feels he’s feeling good as Election Day approaches. The candidate for mayor of Superior had a strong performance in last month’s primary, receiving nearly 600 more votes than his opponent Brent Fennessey. According to Paine, eight labor organization and more than two dozen current and former elected officials have come forward to endorse…

UMD Students Celebrate Anniversary of Legal Access to Birth Control

Representatives from Planned Parenthood spoke about the history of birth control and reproductive rights in the United States

DULUTH, Minn. – 45 years ago the Supreme Court legalized the use of birth control for non–married couples. Today, students at UMD celebrated the anniversary of that decision on campus. Representatives from Planned Parenthood spoke about the history of birth control and reproductive rights in the United States. “It really gave access to women who weren’t married, whereas before it…

Fuse Duluth Celebrates 12th Anniversary of Connecting Young Professionals

Since they started back in 2005, attendance at events has more than doubled

DULUTH, Minn. – Fuse Duluth is celebrating 12 years of connecting young professionals. The group gathered Wednesday night at Clyde Iron Works to network and celebrate with samples from local businesses. Fuse was started by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce to attract and retain young talent to the area. Since they started back in 2005, attendance at events has more…

Great Outdoors: UMD’s Clean Snowmobile Team Takes 3rd in National Competition

A busted engine was no problem for this experienced group of engineering students

DULUTH, Minn. – Living in the Northland, most people have seen and heard snowmobiles buzzing through the snow during the winter months. Over at UMD, a group of students has been working hard, designing a new, cleaner sled and they’re already seeing the results pay off. “When we first started we were just barely trying to get something to work,”…

Lakewalk Bustling for First Day of Spring

With temperatures near 50 degrees in Duluth, people flocked to Lake Superior to enjoy the start of a new season

DULUTH, Minn. – It may still look and feel a bit like winter around the Northland with some snow scattered about, but Monday marked the first official day of spring. Many people were out enjoying the warm weather, including Barb and Jim Lundborg, who were visiting from the St. Paul area. “There’s energy in spring,” said Barb. “It’s kind of…

Duluth Citizens’ Police Academy Begins

The classes are designed to create transparency and a better understanding of how the Duluth Police Department serves the community

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department’s citizens’ police academy started Wednesday night. Over the next 11 weeks, participants will take part in classroom and field instruction, covering a wide variety of topics the department handles. This year, 21 people will go through the academy classes, with a goal of creating transparency and a better understanding of how the department…

Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Duluth as Spring Approaches

Last year, Duluth residents logged more than 6,000 hours of community clean up

DULUTH, Minn. – With the official start of spring less than a week away, downtown Duluth will soon look a little brighter. The Greater Downtown Council is looking for volunteers to help with its annual “Dig In for the Downtown Waterfront” in June. The project helps plant flowers in the streetscape planters and hang baskets on the streetlights throughout the…

Belknap Street Construction Starts Next Week

On Monday, drivers will see workers surveying the area setting up road signs for detours

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – After years of planning, construction is finally set to begin next week on Belknap Street in Superior. On Monday, drivers will see workers surveying the area setting up road signs for detours. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation tells us the ground is still a little too hard to start digging right now. Work could start as early…

Project Bringing Life to Forgotten “Pocket Park”

The Lincoln Park Business Group is asking for public opinion for the park at 19th Avenue West and Superior Street

DULUTH,Minn. – As the revitalization of Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood continues, a local group is working to bring life to a forgotten park. Tonight, the Lincoln Park Business Group heard feedback from residents about the “Pocket Park” at 19th Avenue West and Superior Street. The park sits in the heart of Lincoln Park. Businesses in the area saw this as…

Lake Effect Snow Leaves A Mess in Morgan Park

This afternoon, people were still digging out their cars, plowing the sidewalks, and shoveling out driveways.

DULUTH, Minn. – Snow in March isn’t out of the question here in the Northland, but the powder some folks woke up to this morning might have been one of the strangest of the season so far. While many areas of the Northland scraped through yesterday’s winter storm with just a dusting or even a few inches, lake effect snow…

Western Duluth Little League Seeking Support to Update Facilities

The city of Duluth stepped up with a commitment to match up to $100,000 in donations

DULUTH, Minn. – The Western Duluth Little League needs to improve its facilities, but they also need money for the project. The city stepped up with a commitment to match up to $100,000 in donations. Representatives from the league say their facilities are unsafe and difficult to maintain. “Things that not only need to be done, need to be replaced,…

Duluth Women’s Expo Takes Over the DECC Saturday

More than 100 vendors will be on hand this year

DULUTH, Minn. – Women take over the DECC tomorrow. The 9th annual Duluth Women’s Expo starts tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. More than 100 vendors will be on hand this year. A new feature is the “Women Rock” VIP section to benefit the Saint Lukes Foundation’s fight against breast cancer. Organizers say it’s a day for the ladies. “They come…

Vikre Celebrates Anniversary with New Single Malt Whiskey

Iron Range American Single Malt is Vikre's 3rd anniversary blend

DULUTH, Minn. – Today is a happy birthday for Vikre Distillery and they’re celebrating with a brand new whiskey. Iron Range American Single Malt is Vikre’s 3rd anniversary blend.  This release is a little more special, because it’s the first batch of whiskey distilled when Vikre opened. “We sat down the other night with a bottle of it off the…

Bockfest Begins at Fitgers Brewery

The beer festival is a celebration of spring, that brings people together to welcome the changing of the season from cold to warm

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of years ago the tradition of Bockfest began in Germany. Tonight, that tradition continued in Duluth. The 23rd annual Bockfest kicked off at Fitgers with the blessing of the bock. The beer festival is a celebration of spring, that brings people together to welcome the changing of the season from cold to warm. The Split Rock…

World Kidney Day Helps Raise Awareness

This year's theme focuses on the relation between kidney disease and obesity

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year millions of people die prematurely due to complications from kidney diseases. Today is World Kidney Day. The health awareness campaign helps raise awareness on kidney disease and what people should be aware of as they age. This year’s theme focuses on the relation between kidney disease and obesity. Duluth Kidney Services provide care to those…

Proposed Cuts to EPA Cause Local Concern

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative could see their funding could go down from $300 million to just $10 million

DULUTH, Minn. – The Environmental Protection Agency is bracing for budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. The budget proposal would include a 25 percent cut to the EPA. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative could see their funding could go down from $300 million to just $10 million. Such big cuts would jeopardize many ongoing projects. “Over the years, the…

Woman Shares Eye-Opening Experience with Police Officer Through Art

Carla Hamilton's exhibit "Targeted" is on display at the Duluth Art Institute

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth woman is sharing a personal interaction she had with a police officer, and she’s doing it through pieces of art. Carla Hamilton’s new exhibit, called “Targeted” stemmed from an experience she had being stopped by a Duluth police officer while walking downtown. Hamilton, who is an African American woman, says the officer accused her of…

Symbolic Strike in Duluth Takes Aim at Gender Pay Gap

The rally lasted 78 minutes, representing the 78 cents on the dollar a woman earns compared to men in the workplace

DULUTH, Minn. – Collective voices added up to a roar on International Women’s Day. A sea of red gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol to rally for an equal rights amendment to the state and federal constitution. Some in Duluth chose to spend the day on strike. Men and women of all ages gathered today in Duluth to speak out….

Focus Group Talks Housing Issues in Duluth

A recent study showed that Duluth will need nearly 4,000 new homes by 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Community members met tonight to discuss the future of housing in Duluth. Imagine Duluth 2035 hosted a focus group tonight, addressing the topics of making homes more accessible, diverse, and affordable. Duluth poses a unique challenge with so many older homes, so city leaders are working with the community to find ways to maintain the characteristics of…

Superior Fire Department Acquires New Jaws of Life Equipment

The entire department will be trained with the new life-saving tools this week

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Firefighters in Superior got hands–on training with some new equipment today. The Superior fire department recently acquired three sets of Jaws of Life equipment for each of its engines. A $68,000 grant helped pay for the new tools. The department was previously using outdated, low pressure equipment. The new Jaws of Life use high pressure and are…

Brewery Coming to Downtown Grand Rapids

Rapids Brewing Company will include a restaurant, taproom, and live entertainment

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – A new brewery is expected to open up by the end of this year in Grand Rapids. Rapids Brewing Company recently got the green light to move forward with plans to build a brewery downtown, at the site of the old Rialto Theater on Pokegama Avenue North. The $3 million dollar project will keep most of…

Rick Nolan Takes Part in Healthcare Discussion

According to Nolan, nearly 350,000 people in the 8th district would be affected if the ACA is repealed

DULUTH, Minn. – Representative Rick Nolan was back in Duluth today. This time, talking health care. The congressman and medical professionals were part of a panel discussion sponsored by the United Way. Nolan said, while republicans want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, there’s no answer to how they plan to do it. “ In a way, they’re…

“Broken Duluth” Photo Exhibit Displays Destruction of 2012 Flood

Photos taken by Kip Praslowicz are on display at the Red Herring Lounge downtown

DULUTH, Minn. – A local photographer is sharing his view from the flood that affected Duluth back in 2012. Photos taken by Kip Praslowicz are now on display at the Red Herring Lounge. It’s part of an exhibit called Broken Duluth. On the day of the flood, Praslowicz left work early after hearing about all the damage around the city….

Duluth City Attorney Ready to Embark on Iditarod Race

Gunnar Johnson spen Wednesday getting his 20 dogs checked over before they take off on Saturday

WASILLA, Alaska – Gunnar Johnson, Duluth’s City Attorney, is set to compete in his second Iditarod starting Saturday. Today Johnson was at the race headquarters in Alaska. The 20 dogs on his team went through vet checks this afternoon and he says they’re all looking good. Now that race week is here, reality is starting to set in for Johnson.The…

Lincoln Park Neighborhood Being Evaluated for Historic Designation

The cities' Heritage Preservation Committee has been working with consultants to evaluate buildings along Superior Street

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lincoln Park neighborhood on Duluth’s west side may receive some historic designation later this year. The cities’ Heritage Preservation Committee has been working with consultants to evaluate buildings along Superior Street in that area. Today, an architectural historian presented some initial recommendations to the committee. Some of the locations being considered for historical designation include the…

Duluth Police Department Growing Mounted Patrol Unit

Four officers are training to hit the streets with their horses downtown in May

ESKO, Minn. – For years, the Duluth Police Department’s mounted patrol protected the street’s downtown during the busy summer months. After a 10 year absence, visitors and residents were excited to see the officers and their horses brought back in 2014. The safety to visitors downtown Duluth is one of the main priorities to the police department, so when it…

Advocates Start Conversation About Growing Drug Problem in Superior

An event Monday night featured two mock bedrooms resembling what a teen using drugs might look like

SUPERIOR – Drug addiction is on the rise in Superior and throughout Douglas County and a group of local advocates is hoping to spread awareness on the effects it’s having in the area. The Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Community Coalition of Douglas County hosted an event this evening to inform residents about the increase in drug use and…

UMD LGBTQ Community “Not Surprised” by Trump’s Decision on Transgender Rights

The campus does offer gender inclusive bathrooms and is looking to add more in the future

DULUTH, Minn. – Last year the Obama administration issued a joint guidance, along with the Department of Education, allowing transgender students at public schools to use a restroom that aligns with their gender identity. At UMD, the LGBTQ services office is reacting to the Trump administration’s latest withdrawal of this federal protection. Roze Brooks leads the GLBT services on campus…

Rain, Warm Temperatures Lead to Change In Plans for Birkie Events

Officials say they will have a plan of action for race events by Wednesday

HAYWARD, Wisc. – The mix of rain and warm temperatures across the Northland are leading to some big changes for the American Birkebiner events this week. Race officials are keeping a close eye on the sky and monitoring conditions on the course. Most years, fans of the American Birkibiner are used to seeing thousands of cross country skiers flying down…

Duluth City Attorney to Compete in His Second Iditarod

The Minnesota native finished the race back in 1991 after graduating college

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson is trading in his desk job for an Alaskan adventure next month. Johnson is headed to Alaska to compete in this year’s Iditarod sled dog race. Johnson will take over for longtime friend Jim Lanier, who dropped out of the race because of an injury. An active sled dog musher, Johnson competed…

Barley’s Angels Brings Women Together to Talk Craft Beer

The group meets monthly to learn and talk about different beer

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Every month throughout the year, women from the Duluth–Superior area get together and talk about craft beer. The group is named the Barley’s Angels and they meet annually at different bars and breweries around the Twin Ports to talk and learn about beer. The ladies of Barley’s Angels go through training about beer flavors and learn how…

Superior Mayoral Candidates Meet with Young Professionals

Members had the opportunity to talk one–on–one with candidates about issues important to them

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – In less than a week, Superior residents will vote on which two candidates they’d like to see on the ballot for mayor. Tonight, the Superior Young Professionals hosted a meet and greet with the four mayoral candidates. Members had the opportunity to talk one–on–one with each candidate about issues that are important to them. “I think the…

East Hillside Neighbors On Edge After Homicide

City officials met with Duluth residents to help answer questions about the shooting investigation

DULUTH, Minn. – While family and friends of Will Grahek are mourning, people in the East Hillside neighborhood, where the shooting occurred, are a bit on edge with a shooter on the loose. Neighbors say they’ve occasionally had their cars broken into, but nothing like a fatal shooting and officers on the streets with rifles out. They hope it’s an…

Do North Pizzeria Opens in New, Larger Location

The new space is nearly three times the size and now includes a full bar, party room, and a large patio

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A popular Northland restaurant opened its doors in a new location today. Do North Pizzeria held a grand opening and ribbon cutting this afternoon. The Hermantown restaurant closed its previous location and opened up in a larger building just down the street on Miller Trunk Highway. The new space is nearly three times the size and now…

Proctor Athletic Facilities Referendum Passed

Property taxes over the next 20 years will help pay for the nearly $12 million facility

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor residents have voted to pass a referendum to pay for a new hockey arena and multi–functional turf field. The referendum was approved with 1159 votes in favor and 909 votes against. Property taxes over the next 20 years will help pay for the nearly $12 million facility. The amount taxes will go up is dependent on…

Nature Enthusiast Capturing Unique Views of Lake Superior

A Duluth man has been sharing stunng videos from beneath the water's surface

DULUTH, Minn. – We’ve all seen the beautiful images of Lake Superior through the lens of local photographers, but one Duluth man is sharing a different view. For the past few years, Jim Richardson, also known as the Lake Superior Aquaman, has been capturing views from below the lake’s surface. Richardson calls himself a nature enthusiast and has always loved…

Man Killed in Weekend Fire Was Well-Known Pastor

A memorial fund has been set up to help assist the family of Jeff Sorvik

NORMANA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The man killed in a house fire this past Saturday in rural Normana Township has been identified as 52–year–old Jeffrey Sorvik. Sorvik was a well–known pastor and helped plant many evangelical free churches across the Northland, including Anchor Point Community Church in Lakeside and North Bay Church in Superior. His work led him to the Evangelical…

Benefit Helps Support Superior Man Paralyzed in Car Crash

Reese Stariha is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Milwaukee

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Hockey Association helped one of its own tonight. SAHA hosted a benefit to help out the family of Reese Stariha, who was seriously injured in a car accident last November. Friday night the Superior Junior Golds, coached by Reese’s brother-in-law, hosted Duluth for a hockey game. Money raised tonight through donations, a silent auction, 50/50…

MnDOT Applies Seeks Funding for “Can Of Worms” Project

The project would be completed in three phases, the first beginning in 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has submitted an application for a federal grant, in hopes of funding a major project to fix the well–known “Can of Worms” interchange on Interstate 35 in Duluth. The grant was submitted to the Federal Highway Administration to fund $45 million towards the first of the three-phase project. If the grant is…

Superior Mayoral Candidates Talk Key Issues in First Debate

Wisconsin Public Radio hosted the public debate on the UW-Superior campus

The four candidates for mayor of Superior participated in their first debate on Monday. Wisconsin Public Radio hosted the public debate on the UW-Superior campus. Kalee Hermanson, Mike Herrick, Brent Fennessey and Jim Paine answered questions from moderators about a variety of topics regarding a variety of issues Superior is facing. “I’m hoping that I find a mayor that brings…

Former Nettleton School to Become Senior Housing

A purchase agreement was made between the school district and the Minneapolis based developer United Properties

DULUTH, Minn. – A plan for new senior housing is in the works at an old Duluth school. The proposed development would be at the former Nettleton Elementary. A purchase agreement was made between the school district and the Minneapolis based developer United Properties. The city of Duluth says about 50 to 60 units of independent senior houses are expected…

Duluth Police Department Swears In Eight New Officers

The cops will now participate in four months of field training

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department welcomed eight new officers to the force Friday. The officers received their badges in front of friends, family and fellow officers during an official swearing in ceremony. The new officers were picked from more than a hundred applicants and just wrapped up a 9 week training program. For Luke Renier, who was sworn…

Superior Students Witness Inauguration and Women’s March in D.C.

The group also visited the office of Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A group of Superior High School students got to be part of some historic events last weekend in Washington D.C. Six students from the UW-Superior Upward Bound program traveled from Wisconsin to the nation’s capital to witness the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The group was given special entrance to watch the ceremony from just below the…

Wisconsin Point Restoration Plans Taking Shape

The project will focus on eliminating areas of concern, specifically to dunes along the peninsula

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Plans for restoration on Wisconsin Point are nearing completion. The Superior Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department shared design details of the project with residents tonight. The restoration focuses on eliminating areas of concern, specifically to the dunes along the peninsula. Some of the planned changes on Wisconsin Point include boardwalks from updated parking lots to the dunes…

Businesses Voice Concern of Duluth City Council’s Standing Rock Resolution

The group of 51 businesses believe city council should spend more time focusing on local issues

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of Twin Ports businesses are voicing concern over the Duluth city council’s resolution of support with the Standing Rock protestors back in December. Today, some of those businesses involved in the pipeline industry gathered at United Piping in Duluth to express their disappointment toward city council’s decision. “They never took the opportunity to listen to…

Superior Mayoral Candidates Take Part in Public Forum

Brent Fennessey, Kalee Hermanson, Mike Herrick and Jim Payne addressed a variety of topics

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – On April 4th, residents in Superior will elect a new mayor to lead the city. Thursday night, the four candidates took part in a forum hosted by Explore Superior. Brent Fennessey, Kalee Hermanson, Mike Herrick and Jim Payne addressed a variety of topics including financial challenges the city faces and ways Superior can partner with Duluth to…

Warm Weather Means It’s Time to Fire Up the Grill Again

Old World Meats has had a lot of people buying meat to put on the grill this week

DULUTH, Minn. – With the warm weather the Northland is seeing,  people are starting to fire up the grills again. Old World Meats in Duluth has had a lot of people buying meat to put on the grill this week. The store manager there says they will be putting out a lot more fresh meat to keep up with demand…

Record High Temperatures Bring Northlanders Outdoors

Duluth observed a high temperature of 45 degrees Thursday

DULUTH, Minn. – With temperatures in the 40s today, Duluthians took advantage of the above average weather outside. On the east hillside, lots of people were out biking, running and walking dogs. The warmup caused some streets to look more like streams, which was a little messy, but that didn’t stop people from enjoying the warmth. “It’s crazy,” said Lily…

City of Duluth Seeking Input for Western Waterfront Trail Plans

An online survey is available and will be used to find out what the public would like done to the area

DULUTH, Minn. – The Western Waterfront Trail, located from near the Lake Superior Zoo to Morgan Park, connects many neighborhoods and recreational areas along Duluth’s west side.City officials are asking for public input regarding future plans along the trail corridor on the St. Louis River. The city of Duluth is investing over $18 million towards the project. Currently, the city…