Author: Maria Vollom

Nationwide Worker Shortage Affects Northland Businesses

DULUTH, Minn — Worker shortages continue to hold-back industries across the nation, and the Northland is no exception to the struggle to hire. The pandemic disrupted life as we knew it, and while almost everything has returned to normal again, “we’re hiring” signs are still pinned to many businesses’ doors. Supply and demand issues have been a hot-topic throughout the…

Officers Chat With College Students About Drinking Laws And More

DULUTH, Minn. — As students of the University of Minnesota Duluth move-in to town, Officers of the Duluth and UMD Police Departments decided to give a visit to the new arrivals. They visited 114 student rental homes, letting residents know the laws and policies in-place for the school year. Students live across Duluth and beyond, meaning on-campus police are not…

Superior Middle School Enforces New Phone Policy

SUPERIOR, WI. — Superior Middle School is enforcing a “no phone, no backpack” policy this school year. During the school day, students grades K-8th must keep their phones and backpacks in their lockers. Superintendent Amy Starzecki says teachers have tried regulating phone use in the classroom, but they’ve continued to be a big problem. “I think our cellphones provide a…

UMD Welcomes First-Year Medical Students at White Coat Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn. — The annual White Coat Ceremony was held at the University of Minnesota Duluth Friday, welcoming first-year medical students to campus. At the ceremony, students receive their first white coat in front of family, friends and the medical school administration. After being “coated,” students recite a sacred pledge — dating back hundreds of years. The pledge states that…

Superior Dedicates Benches in Honor of Community Members

SUPERIOR, WI. — The first benches of Superior’s new “Bench Sponsorship Program” were dedicated to community members today. The program allows people to sponsor a city bench in honor of someone. On Friday, ceremonies were held to dedicate benches to three individuals, including Jean Kioski. Jean was a prominent member of the Douglas County Humane Society. She passed away in…

Lifehouse to hold Back-to-School Barbecue for Youth

DULUTH, Minn. — A back-to-school barbecue will take place at Lifehouse on Friday. Lifehouse is a homeless shelter for teens and young adults in Duluth. They’ve been collecting school supplies for kids in need. At the barbecue, backpacks, notebooks, folders, and more will be given out. “There’s a lot of youth who maybe have parents to provide school supplies for…

Golfers Tee-Off in Duluth’s Inaugural Scottish Scramble

DULUTH, Minn. — The first ever Scottish Scramble tee’d off in Duluth Monday. Ridgeview Country Club hosted the charity golf event to raise funds for two local non-profits: The Duluth Scottish Heritage Association and the Minnesota Masonic Children’s Clinic for Communication Disorders. The scramble consisted of 18 teams and a few celebrity guests, former Vikings Quarterback Tommy Kramer and Olympic…

Increased Fee to Play on Two Outdoor Hockey Rinks

DULUTH, Minn. — For the last 70 years, Duluth Amateur Hockey Association, also know as DAHA, has managed outdoor rinks across the area. The association is run by parents and volunteers in the community. Starting this fall, the city plans to charge DAHA for utilities at 7 of the outdoor rinks, leaving payers and players frustrated. Two of the local…

Back-to-School Teacher’s Day at Fitgers Bookstore

DULUTH, Minn. — It was Back-to-School Teacher’s Day at Fitgers Bookstore, featuring a variety of discounts and giveaways. Twice a year, the bookstore holds a sale dedicated to educators of early childhood to 12th grade students. Organizers say that the event is to support teachers in classroom preparations, and to encourage them to shop with local vendors. Today, teachers were…

Career Lab in Duluth Reopens to the Public

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth’s Workforce Center has opened its Career Lab to the public for the first time since April of 2020. As of last week, people can stop-by the lab without an appointment, and receive help with anything related to employment and job training. Throughout the pandemic, all support from the Workforce Center was virtual. Helping people apply for…

Sensory-Friendly Day with Thomas the Tank Engine

DULUTH, Minn. — Thomas the Tank Engine is known by kids worldwide, including those on the spectrum. Today, the North Shore Railroad held a sensory-friendly event, for kids to spend time with Thomas in a quieter setting. Five years ago, Duluth became the first in the country to hold a sensory-friendly day with Thomas. Featuring less noise, smaller crowds, and…

Haunted Ship to add New Props and More Fear

DULUTH, Minn. — In less than two months, the William A Irvin Ship Museum will transform into a tank of terror. The haunted ship has taken place in Duluth for the last 30 years, drawing in thousands annually. Right now, crews are hard at work, building new props for this years event. Hop onboard, walk the plank, and run through…

Streetscape Plan for Hammond Avenue in Superior

SUPERIOR, WI. — Reconstruction of Hammond Avenue in Superior has been decades in the making. On Wednesday, Mayor Jim Paine introduced a streetscape plan to the public, including bringing back boulevard trees. The community has been weighing in on the re-design of Hammond. Mayor Paine says that many want to bring back historical elements, such as the boulevard trees, which…

Duluth Airport to add Third United Flight Service

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth International Airport will be adding a third United airline flight come September 6th. Air services nationwide have felt the impacts of pilot and crew shortages. United airline at DLH has been operating twice a day, down from pre-pandemic rates of three to four flights. In good news, the airport says locals have been flying and the…

Memorial Blood Centers Announce Blood Emergency

DULUTH, Minn. — Yesterday, Memorial Blood Centers announced another blood emergency. An already alarmingly low blood supply has become even more scarce across the Northland. Memorial Blood Centers reported its current supply of blood as enough for two days, which they said is well below the ideal level of five to seven. The shortage has been consistent for many weeks….

Health Center Holds Super Hero Event for Children

DULUTH, Minn. — The Lake Superior Community Health Center in Duluth is calling all heroes, to get back-to-school examinations for kids before they head back to class. This week, the health center is holding a super hero themed event for kids. Staff will be in costume to make appointments fun for the youth. Services provided include health, nutrition, and vision…

UMD brings back Virtual Counseling Option

DULUTH, Minn. — Back by popular demand, the University of Minnesota Duluth will offer telehealth counseling again this school year. During the pandemic, many schools connected virtually with students. Last year, UMD launched its telehealth program, that offers remote mental health counseling. Now, the university is bringing it back, after seeing how well-received it was by students. Virtual, in-person, and…

Beach Goers Soak up the Sun at Barkers Island

SUPERIOR, WI. — It was a sunny day in the twin ports, making ‘Barkers Island’ a hot-spot in Superior. Barkers Beach is a hidden gem — much smaller than the point beaches. Today, it brought out a handful of people, who didn’t hesitate to plunge right in the water. “We went to Superior Farm Days and then figured, it’s a…

Thomas the Tank Engine Returns to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — Chaguuh-chaguuh Thomas who? Thomas the Tank Engine is back once again at the North Shore Railroad in Duluth. Thomas comes from the Island of Sodor, United Kingdom’s fictional home of engines. When he’s in town, thousands travel from across the country to see him. “Generations have grown up with Thomas. Grandparents were Thomas enthusiasts, parents were Thomas…

Youth Gain Farming Experience at Superior Fair

SUPERIOR, WI. — Kids went into the barn Friday at the ‘Head of the Lakes Fair’ in Superior. The event is called Little Farm Hands–featuring Betsy the milking cow, hay rides, and barrel training. Free of cost, Superior’s youth gained true farming experience. “They’re taking away just a better understanding of life on the farm and where our food comes…

Tall Ships Wade in to Two Harbors for the ‘Festival of Sail’

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — A wave of tall ships returned to Lake Superior today for the ‘Festival of Sail.” This highly-anticipated event comes to the northland every three years — featuring historic ships… entertainment… vendors… and more. Up until this year, the festival has taken place in Duluth, bringing in tens of thousands of people. Duluth’s harbor is under seawall…

‘Festival of Sail’ Features Local Vendors and Entertainment

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — Tall ships aren’t the only festival attraction, local vendors set-up camp, keeping attendees entertained on land. Festival-goers can grab a bite to eat, listen to music, and shop a few northland businesses. There’s a wide-variety of vendors at the festival, including Duluth’s Lake Superior Art Glass. General Manager at Lake Superior Art Glass, Amber Nichols, said…

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Adds Outdoor Pavilion

CLOQUET, Minn. — A fan-favorite diner in Cloquet now has an outdoor pavilion for patrons to enjoy a burger with a side of sun. Gordy’s Hi-Hat is a seasonal diner that’s been around since 1960. This spring, owners decided to put the locations extra space to use and tack on a pavilion. The new space will allow more seating for…

DECC Covid Testing Now Offers Onsite Treatment

DULUTH, Minn. — The DECC has offered free Covid testing throughout the pandemic. Now, the site is test-to-treat with medical assistance provided on scene. If you test positive on site, you now have the option to be evaluated by a nurse practitioner and they may provide you medication, such as Paxlovid. Minnesota Department of Health Planning Coordinator, Walter James, says…

Duluth Public Library Adds New Space for Teens

DULUTH, Minn. — Just in time for school this Fall, the Duluth Public Library has a new space for teens to hangout after class. This space at the library’s main downtown campus, is free to teens grades six through 12. It features a variety of activities, including good reads, crafts, games, and computers access. The Library Teen Advisory Board, which…

MnDOT Bridge Inspections Continue To Improve After I-35 Bridge Collapse

MINNESOTA– 15 years ago the unthinkable happened in Minneapolis. One of Minnesota’s most popular bridges collapsed during rush hour, taking with it 13 lives and injuring many more. In 2007, the I-35 bridge collapse sent shockwaves across the nation. Nearly immediately impacting the ways of bridge management and inspections. Following the bridge failure, Minnesota Legislature increased funds for transportation. “As…

Downtown Duluth Welcomes Eight Pop-Up Storefronts

DULUTH, Minn. — On Tuesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to welcome new storefronts downtown Duluth. Eight business owners were selected for a Pop-Up Colab by the Greater Downtown Council and the Duluth 1200 Fund. The Colab grants $1,500 to each business, and rent-free space within several buildings on West Superior Street for three months. Owner of ‘Rose from…

Nationwide Event Promotes Police-Community Partnerships

DULUTH, Minn. — Community members usually only encounter police officers during negative incidents, from traffic tickets to tragedies and more. Tomorrow, Duluth residents can hang out with them and have fun for “National Night Out.” The nationwide event takes place on the first Tuesday of August every year. More than 50 neighborhood block parties will cover Duluth’s streets tomorrow, featuring…

Local Schools Face Food Service Staff Shortage

DULUTH, Minn. — Schools across the nation are in desperate need of food service workers, including Lowell Elementary School in Duluth. The shortage is not only in the area, but throughout the country and across the state. Duluth public schools Communications Officer, Adelle Wellens, says they do have workers to provide meals. Although, if one person gets sick, they’re short…

UWS Receives 26,000 Grant from Focus on Energy Program

SUPERIOR, WI. — University of Wisconsin-Superior was one of 15 awarded grants from the ‘Focus on Energy’ program in Wisconsin. The program works with businesses to reduce energy waste and become more energy efficient. UWS received the energy efficiency excellence award at $26,000. The money helped them switch to LED lighting and add new controls in six campus buildings. The…

Two Duluth Groups Receive $600,000 Grants

NORTHERN, Minn. — 46 groups in Northern Counties and Tribal Nations were awarded grants from the Northland Foundation. Small businesses, organizations, schools and native nations received grants this week. Totaling over $600,000 from April to June. The largest multi-year grants were awarded to two organizations, at $150,000 each. Chum Food and Shelter was one of the recipients. The grant will…

Coffee Conversation: Preview of TORI Finnish Marketplace & Music Fest

DULUTH, Minn. — The TORI Finnish Market will showcase local artists, merchants, and demonstrations. 5 local bands and solo musicians will play continuous music all day long. The event is FREE and there is parking on site. It will take place Saturday, August 13 from 10am-5pm at the Finland Heritage Site in Finland, MN. For more information, click here. Event…

Two Mobile Home Parks Face Foreclosure In Parkland

PARKLAND, Wis. — Two mobile home parks just outside of Superior will be closing next Monday. Many residents are long-time homeowners at Country Acres North and South Parks in Parkland. Douglas County says the shutdown was forced by health concerns and the owner’s failure to pay-up. Now, homeowners have less than one week to pack up, pick up, and leave…

Sidewalk Sales Brings Storefronts to the Streets of Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. — You may have shopped Duluth’s Sidewalk Days a few weeks ago, but if you cross the bridge this week, Superior businesses are taking to the streets. People can stop, shop, and stroll through Superior’s Sidewalk Sales. The event is put-on by the Superior Business Improvement District. It features more than 20 local businesses, offering discounts, specials, and…

Two Overdose Incidents in Duluth Today: One Resulting in Death

  DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Police Department reports that two overdose incidents took place in the Lakeside Neighborhood resulting in one death. The DPD says the incident occurred this morning on 54th Avenue and Glenwood street. Officers report arriving on scene and administering Narcan to the first individual. The individual was transported to a local hospital for further treatment. DPD…