Author: Mason Kroll

Chairman’s Gala Event for USS Minneapolis St. Paul

DULUTH, Minn. – The Chairman’s Gala event was put on at the DECC Friday to recognize those involved in the commissioning of the USS Minneapolis St. Paul. Donors, sponsors, elected officials, legislatures, and dignitaries from the navy were all in attendance. The event included a dinner, speeches, and presentations from those involved with the commissioning. This is the first time…

Congdon Park Bike Rodeo Returns

DULUTH, Minn. – The Congdon Park Bike Rodeo returned Tuesday for the first time since 2019. The Bike Rodeo was a free event for all elementary kids and families in the area to come and learn about pedestrian and bike safety and rules of the road. The event featured a mountain biking agility course, a bike raffle, and demonstrations on…

St. Louis County Releases Homelessness Count 2022

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County released the results of a census conducted in January that shows the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in the county. The report showed that 606 individuals are experiencing homelessness with 234 experiencing unsheltered homelessness. These numbers have been trending up over the past five years as it is a 20 percent increase from what…

Bridging the Divide, Bus Bike Walk Event

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cyclists got together Sunday afternoon and made the trek across the bong bridge in support of Bridging the Divide, a bike lock fundraiser for local Duluth and Superior kids. Part of Bus Bike Walk month, bikers started at the Bayfront parking lot and made their way to Earth Rider Brewery where the event was set up. The…

University of Wisconsin Superior Hosts First In-Person Commencement Since 2019

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin Superior held their commencement Saturday at Wessman Arena. This year, UWS had 628 students graduate, and 294 showed up to walk the line. It was school’s the first in-person commencement since 2019. “It’s so amazing to have the students to be able to have this opportunity again. Every time people are coming to…

Tig’s Smok’n Pig BBQ Opening Day

DULUTH, Minn. – On Saturday, it was opening season for another type of food in the Fredenberg area. Tig’s Smok’n Pig BBQ food truck parked in front of the Fredenberg Minno-Ette for their opening day. Tig’s features everything smoked from ribs and brisket to pulled pork and chicken. This is the second year in a row they’ve debuted the truck…

CHUM in Need of Food Donations

DULUTH, Minn. – CHUM is asking for food donations as its supply has become increasingly low. The Director of Distributive Services says the issue has been compounded by increasing prices with inflation, the war in Ukraine affecting certain food imports, and even environmental issues. They are short on peanut butter, beef stew, and dried pastas which are all things they’ve…

Superior High School Teacher Receives Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Award

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior High School Biology Teacher Lori Danz was recognized Wednesday as one of five of Wisconsin’s Teachers of the Year. The Wisconsin State Superintendent along with students and faculty put on a surprise ceremony for Danz. Along with teaching biology, Danz also coordinates the school forest experiences where students get more hands-on lessons, bringing the education to…

Cold Water Immersion

DULUTH, Minn. – “Well to be honest I’m not a fan of the cold. I decided that I live in Duluth Minnesota and as we know it’s a very cold climate here and so I decided to make friends with the cold, and immerse myself in the cold, and have fun with it,” said Loralee Pasley, a Teacher at Evolve…

Lake Superior College Spring Art Show

Art created by more than 200 students is on display at Lake Superior College. The Spring Art show includes ceramics, metal art Jewelry, sculptures, paintings, and photography. Each student was allowed to pick two pieces of there choosing to put in the show which they will be graded on. Some students have chosen to put their artwork up for sale,…

Filmmaking in the Northland: Lost 40 Studios Wraps Up Production of Canusa Street

CHISHOLM, Minn. – “It has been an incredible process. Filmmaking should not be this smooth, I have kept waiting, when is the second shoe gonna drop, when is some like chaos moment going to happen. But, it’s been an incredible shooting experience,” Canusa Street Writer and Director, Zack Morrison says. Canusa Street is a half hour TV comedy pilot about…

New Coffee Shop Set to Open

DULUTH, Minn. – A new coffee shop is opening up next week on West Superior Street in Duluth. Dream Cloud Coffee Roasters, is a coffee shop that presents a dream aesthetic and intends to foster more community and positive experiences through coffee. The shop will have a full cafĂ© menu including traditional loose leaf tea and coffee roasted in house….

Rally Kicks off Return of Dragon Boat Festival

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The long ore-driven Dragon Boats are back racing in Lake Superior this summer, and Superior citizens celebrated their return Friday at a kickoff event. The Dragon Boat festival is the largest charitable event the city of Superior has to offer. It was called off the past 2-years, last year partially due to the closure of the Canadian…

Cause for Paws Exhibit at Tweed Museum of Art

DULUTH, Minn. – Cause for Paws, an art exhibition put on by senior design students is now on display at the Tweed Museum of Art. The exhibit is the final project for a group of seven students in the design program at UMD. The event is set up to raise money for the non-profit Animal Allies. Half of the display…

9th Annual Zenith Digital Marketing Conference

DULUTH, Minn. – The 9th annual Zenith Digital Marketing Conference was held Tuesday at the Greysolon Plaza and Zeitgeist. Marketing experts from around the nation were flown in to speak to business leaders in the community about new trends in digital marketing. The conference was last held in 2019, and pre-pandemic Fuse and the Duluth Chamber of Commerce would host…

Painting Class at Wild State Cider

DULUTH, Minn. – Wild State Cider hosted a painting event Monday in collaboration with Northern Exposure Art. Northern Exposure Art is a company that travels around the area and teaches a step by step process on how to paint a specific setting. In Monday’s class the setting was Dock at Night. Set up and materials are provided and anyone is…

Get Downtown Week in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday kicked off Get Downtown Week which promotes small and locally-owned businesses in downtown Duluth. Participating businesses will be offering a buy one get one half off special on items of their choosing. One of the businesses taking part, Duluth Candy Company, is offering the special on its bag of Duluth Mix popcorn. Owner David Siebert says…

AICHO Developing 60-Unit Mixed Income Apartment Complex

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Indian Community Housing Organization also known as AICHO, is in the process of creating a 60 unit mixed-income apartment complex. Through a partnership with BlueLine Development Inc and BeauxSimone, a property in the Morgan Park neighborhood has been secured. The complex will be set up for households making 30 to 50 percent of area median…

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota puts on Family Night

DULUTH, Minn. – The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota put on an event tonight for families impacted by epilepsy. Held at the Duluth Children’s Museum, the event was a way for families that deal with the challenges of epilepsy to come together and meet those who are also facing similar realities. The Foundation does events like this throughout the year to…

DTA Lifts Mask Mandate

DULUTH, Minn. – The DTA announced Tuesday that it is lifting its mask mandate for riders after a federal judge ended it for all public transit Monday. Before the ruling by the judge, the CDC wanted it to continue until May 3rd while it studied the latest COVID variant and what kind of threat it would be to the public….

Lawn Care Preparation as Summer Approaches

DULUTH, Minn. – Green thumbs are patiently waiting for the last frost of the spring before they can start planting and taking care of the grass, and we are getting closer every day. Mike Letica runs a lawn care business, and he says the ground first needs to dry up from all the moisture from the snow and then the…

Art Exhibition at Tweed Museum of Art

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, UMD celebrated its annual student exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art. The exhibition is work completed by art and design students from the past year. The theme this year was layers, and two professionals from outside of UMD looked at submissions and selected 67 works to be included. The art is on display at the…

KYN: Northwood Tech Takes Gold and Silver in Carpentry Competition

RICE LAKE, Wis. – “I think anybody right now knows that there is a shortage of people in the trades and an apprenticeship is a great way to get that kind of training in accomplished workforce development,” said President of Northwood Technical College, John Will. Northwood Technical College in Rice Lake, Wisconsin had two of their apprentices through the ABC…

St. Luke’s Pharmacy Wins Clinical Excellence Award

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Luke’s Pharmacy has won an award for clinical excellence with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. The award is given to clinical partners of the the U of M who express innovation and excellence within their pharmacy and go beyond what is expected to support learners. There are eight recipients of the award and…

Canal Park Business Association Holding Contest to Design New Logo

The Canal Park Business Association will accept logo designs by email by May 1st. The winner will be announced on May 9th.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Canal Park Business Association is inviting the community to help them design their new logo. The Association wants to redesign its logo as a way to redefine what it means to be a business in Canal Park. They say it’s a free and friendly competition with a prize for the winning designer made up of a collection…

Little Free Seed Libraries Stocking Up for Spring

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Community Garden Program is stocking up their Little Free Seed Libraries once again in preparation of spring gardening season. These free seed libraries are in their third season, and you can find them in the same type of box design that the Little Free Libraries are in. Seed donations have come from seed companies, green…

RJ Sport and Cycle Preparing for Summer

DULUTH, Minn. – RJ Sport and Cycle is preparing for summer as it is the busiest time of year for them. The boats have recently started to arrive at the shop in Duluth and demand is heavy as fishing opener is right around the corner. On an average year, RJ’s sells roughly 150 to 180 boats and 80 pontoons. With…

Ukraine Benefit Concert at Fitger’s Barrel Room

DULUTH, Minn. – A Ukraine Benefit Concert was held Thursday at the Barrel Room in the Fitger’s Complex. Musicians from around the Twin Ports gathered together to help fund the non-profit Nova Ukraine. Nova Ukraine has been an organization since 2013 and is dedicated to helping the country stabilize their democracy. Performing were names like Helmi Harrington, Mark and Nancy…

Duluth Ukulele Community Strum Jam Session

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Ukulele Community Strum group got together tonight for a jam session, as they do every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. The group formed five years ago, and plays at Ecumen Lakeshore for residents and the general public. Playing popular songs from artists such as The Beetles, Beach Boys, and the Zombies, the group…

Shrine Circus Wraps Up 100th Year

DULUTH, Minn. – The AAD Shrine Circus wrapped up Sunday, bringing its 100th year anniversary to a close. Sunday was the circus’s third and final show at Amsoil Arena, bringing in a large crowd to witness the spectacles of jugglers, aerial acts, clowns, and more. The audience enjoyed snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, and light sticks to wave in the…

Duluth Fire Stations Open Back Up to the Public

After being shut down from the public for more than two years because of COVID, Duluth fire stations are back open. Firefighters can now give school groups and the public tours of the fire engines and operations at the different stations around town so the community can get a better idea of what all goes into firefighting. Deputy Chief Jon…

National Beer Day

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday is National Beer Day, a day that’s been celebrated on this date since 2009. Beer is like a full food menu for drinks, with different styles and subtle flavors. There’s approachable beers, sweet beers, fruit beers, and seasonal beers. Over at Fitger’s, staff there say it’s the science and creativity that makes beer so fun to…

Historic Budget Proposal for Minnesota Housing

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday, Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan was in Duluth discussing housing investments desperately needed in the state. A roundtable included a Minnesota Housing Commissioner, Mayor Emily Larson, and supportive housing providers and advocates. They discussed where the historic, nearly $1 billion dollar budget proposal will be allocated. The proposal specifically prioritizes strengthening support of housing across the…

Longtime Superior School Board Member Out, Two Newcomers Move In

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior School District has elected two new school board members pushing out Christina Kintop, a nearly 20-year veteran of the Superior School Board and current board Vice President. It happened during Tuesday’s Spring General Election. Kintop getting nearly 27 percent of the vote, according to the county’s unofficial results Tuesday evening. With two seats open on…

Duluth Pack Launches Bison Lady Slipper Pack

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Pack has announced the launch of its new bison lady slipper pack. The company launched the first line of lady slipper packs in the spring of 2021. Now they’re offering them in premium bison leather. The bison leather is stronger than normal cow hide and comes in a variety of shades. “We do a lot of…

Blacklist New Location Close to Opening

DULUTH, Minn. – Blacklist Brewing’s new spot on Superior Street requires just a few more household type things before the company makes the big move. The business is still in the works of hooking up tap lines, tanks, paint work, and moving in furniture. The new space is three times bigger than the current spot and will include an event…

Duluth Public Library Kicks Off National Library Week

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s national Library week and the Duluth Public library is celebrating by inviting the public to participate through a series of daily challenges. Challenges include returning overdue library books and renewing library cards. Doing those things will put you in a raffle where you can win gift cards to Love Creamery and Johnson’s donuts. The library also…