Author: Mason Kroll

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…

Duluth to Host Public Information Sessions on Street Preservation Projects

DULUTH, Minn. – This Wednesday, the City of Duluth is hosting two public information sessions on upcoming street projects. The city will highlight its resurfacing projects and repairs on intersections and sidewalks as well as on storm sewers and other minor work. More than 25 segments of road will be resurfaced in areas like Morgan Park, Central Hillside, Lakeside, and…

FOP 9 Hosts Fundraiser for Local Police

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Lake Superior Lodge 9 Fraternal Order of Police held a fundraiser today to support officers in the Northland. Held at the AAD Shrine Event Center in Hermantown, it was the 6th annual fundraiser for the organization, after being put off for two years due to COVID. The event included silent auctions, firearm raffles, and lunch provided…

Boy Scouts Earn Their Merit Badges

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Hundreds of local scouts today earned their merit badges for everything from community work to personal skills. 140 scouts came to Superior Middle School to further their scout education by learning new skills, exploring future careers, or becoming confident in certain hobbies. There are 21 different Merit Badges that range from communication and personal management to nuclear…

Fitger’s Bockfest is Back after Missing Past Two Years

DULUTH, Minn. – Beer, goats, and German attire, Fitger’s Bockfest is back after missing the past two years. The three day German Festival is all about celebrating traditions and having fun. Live music, Stein races, and jumping into Lake Superior are just a few of the festivities that will be going down this weekend. Thursday, the fest had their ceremonial…

Vitta Pizza Joins UMD’S Spring Fest

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday, Vitta Pizza in Canal Park was one of the Duluth businesses giving out deals for UMD’s Spring Fest. The fest is a way for students to get acquainted with local businesses at a price that won’t break their budgets. Vitta is offered $6 margarita pizzas to students on Thursday, and it was apparently a hit because…

Duluth Police Department Releases Demographic Disparity Analysis Results

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department held a public forum Wednesday addressing the results from the Demographic Disparity Analysis. The analysis was done by a third party researcher, Bob Scales from Police Strategies LLC, to better understand data and recognize demographic disparities the department may be partaking in. The DPD decided to do the study after the NAACP called…

Earth Rider Hosts Benefit for Ukraine

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earth Rider Brewery hosted a benefit at its Cedar Lounge Bar Wednesday in support of Ukraine with a variety of local artists taking part. With over twelve artists in attendance, acts included Ian Alexy, Misisipi Mike, and The Field Birds. There was a ten dollar cover charge and a dollar taken from every beer purchase, with all…

AICHO Wraps Up Food Share Month

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Indian Community Housing Organization or better known as AICHO, held their bi-weekly food distribution Wednesday to wrap up Food Share Month. For over the past year, AICHO along with Second Harvest Food Bank has been providing free bags of food for those who may be experiencing food insecurity. Bags include shelf foods and frozen meat…

Solo Ensemble Festival at Superior High School

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior High School held its annual solo ensemble festival Tuesday, featuring musicians from three different schools in the area. Students from Superior Middle School, Superior High School, and Northwestern High School gathered together to show off their talents in small group ensemble or solo form. Performing in front of an industry professional judge, students were rated and…

Round Here Records Pop-Up at Bent Paddle

DULUTH, Minn. – Listen up music lovers, a vinyl pop-up shop is making it’s way through the Twin Ports. Round Here Records Duluth sells, buys, and trades vinyl’s and features many genres, including Classic Rock, Soundtracks, and even a local section. The company started doing pop-ups last summer, showing up at places like Pizza Luce and the Duluth Clothing Company….

Runners Prepare for Spring

DULUTH, Minn. – With warm weather on the horizon, the Duluth Running Company is seeing more foot traffic come through the doors. The business is making the transition to spring by adding seasonal gear like shorts, capris, and tank tops, while discounting winter apparel. One of the owners says when running in the spring, you need to be prepared for…

Birdwatching 101 at Duluth Folk School

DULUTH, Minn. – The birds are starting to come back and in preparation, the Duluth Folk School had its first Birdwatching 101 class of the season Tuesday, which is an annual class that couldn’t happen the past two years due to COVID. The class teaches how to be a successful bird watcher by learning tips on how to find them,…

Mark Anderson Memorial Concert Happening Sunday, March 27th

DULUTH, Minn. – The twin ports music scene is remembering the life of a well-respected musician with a memorial concert this Sunday. Mark Anderson, who died this month of pancreatic cancer, was a musician well known among the Duluth music community for his style and original twist on jazz renditions of pop songs. For the last couple of decades he…

First Free Cone Day in Two Years

DULUTH, Minn. – Free Cone day was back Monday at Dairy Queen, after it was called off the past two years due to COVID. It was Dairy Queen’s way of kicking off spring and the warmer weather to come. The deal was limited to one free cone per person and if you wanted to upgrade, you can do so for…

Day Two of UMD Environmental Summit

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday was the second day OF UMD’S Environmental Summit, an event put on by SEE Change and other local environmental organizations. SEE Change is an acronym for Social, Environment, and Economic Change, and that what the summit was all about. Thursday, the event featured a sustainability fair with community organizations from throughout the state and today presentations…

Vehicles Rolling in to Prep for Motorhead Madness

DULUTH, Minn. – Car Enthusiasts, Saturday, the Northlands biggest indoor custom car show is back at the DECC. Some of the 150 classic rides of all types rolled into the DECC on Friday, with 68 percent coming from outside of the area. Motorhead Madness this weekend will include Trucks, 4x4s, street rods, race cars and more in attendance along with…