Author: Maria Vollom

Superior Police Sergeant Appears in Court for First Time since Bail Release

  SUPERIOR, WI. — Superior Police Sergeant Greg Swanson, who was charged with Homicide by Intoxicated use of a Vehicle, appeared in court today after his release last week on 15-thousand dollar cash bail. Swanson and his attorney Chris Gramstrup appeared in-person. While the state prosecutor and Douglas County judge appeared on zoom. Both attorneys asked the judge to push…

Duluth Health Clinic Reports High Demand for Abortion Procedures

DULUTH, Minn. — A clinic in Duluth says that they expect to see more out-of-state patients coming in for abortions, one month after federal protections for the procedure were overturned by the supreme court. Just one month ago, Roe v. Wade was overturned. While some states have been affected by the ruling, Minnesota’s abortion rights have remained in place, allowing…

Denfeld Clocktower Undergoes Construction after Weather Damage

DULUTH, Minn. — You may have noticed the Denfeld Clocktower is under construction and the steeple point has been removed. The clocktower is a well-known feature of Denfeld High School, standing at 120 feet high and featuring eight buttresses. Last year, the tower’s water diversion system failed last year, resulting in erosion of the tower’s structure and bricks. Now– work has…

Grant Program Helps Neighborhoods in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — Today, Mayor Emily Larson awarded grant money to three groups in the Central Hillside and Lincoln Park neighborhoods in Duluth. The grants are funded by the ‘Love Your Block’ program. Larson says the program helps connect city leaders with residents, by giving residents the funds to conduct their own community projects. These projects could look like neighborhood…

Nashwauk Leaders Say Local Mining Company Owes Millions in Tax Dollars

NASHWAUK, Minn. — Nashwauk city leaders say they are struggling under financial pressures. They point the finger at the city’s largest tax payer– Mesabi Metallics. “We shouldn’t have to hold a press conference every time we need Mesabi Metallics to pay their property taxes. We shouldn’t have to publicly shame them to pay the remaining 1.7 million dollars in property tax…

Governor Evers Visits Small Businesses and Grant Recipients in Superior

SUPERIOR, WI. — The pandemic forced many businesses and their owners to just try and survive. Today, many in Superior told Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers how they used grant programs to make it through. The grants have been issued to small businesses around Wisconsin, with the intent to help their doors remain open while working through the pandemic. “It is…

Arrowhead Road Closes Amidst Construction on Glenwood Roundabout

DULUTH, Minn. — While work begins on the Glenwood roundabout, Arrowhead Road will also be closed to thru traffic for three weeks starting today. The City of Duluth expects major traffic impacts on West Arrowhead road between Dodge Avenue and Woodland Avenue during the closure. As the road may be reduced to a single lane with flaggers managing traffic. Construction…

Glenwood Roundabout Project Undergoes Construction

DULUTH, Minn. — After weeks of delays, the Glenwood Roundabout Project is now underway. Crews didn’t have all the materials for the project, causing it to be put off. Now, the entire intersection of Glenwood Street, Snively Road and Jean Duluth Road is closed for construction. The St. Louis County Public Works and the City of Duluth said in a…

Superior Officer Arrested After Fatal Driving Crash

SUPERIOR, Wi. — A Superior Police Officer has been arrested after a fatal car crash Friday morning. He is being held on suspicion of homicide for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Police Chief Nicholas Alexander said that the crash occurred at about 1:15am along the 5200 block of E. 2nd Street in Superior. One vehicle drove into the rear end of another…

Kayaker Saves Boy on the St. Louis River

DULUTH, Minn. — There was a happy and safe ending to some frightening moments on the St. Louis River last week. Police say a 6-year-old boy was found in the water, after becoming separated from the family sailboat. A kayaker who happened to be nearby on the river says he heard and saw a child yelling for his father. He…

Youth from Red Cliff Help Paint the Chief Buffalo Mural Project

DULUTH, Minn. — Today, kids from the Red Cliff community helped paint the Chief Buffalo Mural Project at Gitchi-Ode’ Akiing Park. The project features a maze of murals near the Lakewalk, hand-crafted by artists and local community members. Each wall tells the story of Chief Buffalo, while also highlighting the Indigenous community in a contemporary light. Lead coordinator of the…

Sidewalk Days will Take to the Streets of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — Grab your sunscreen and head downtown tomorrow for the kickoff of the annual Sidewalk Days event. This is downtown Duluth’s biggest summer shopping festival of the year showcasing nearly 100 vendors and attracting more than four thousand residents and tourists each year. The 3-day event will take place along superior street from lake avenue to 5th avenue…

Troop 9 Boy Scout Paints to Earn Eagle Rank

DULUTH, Minn. — Today, members of Boy Scout Troop 9 began painting the outside of the Duluth Food Shelf. This act of service will help one of the scout members get his eagle rank. Which is the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scout of America program. To achieve the eagle rank, scouts must demonstrate leadership for the benefit of…

Laws for Vehicle Tinting in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. — While tinting your vehicle may create a sharper look and also preserve the interior, you will want to follow your states laws before you shell out the money for it. A basic four-door vehicle will cost between 300 and 500 dollars to tint at Elite Tinting and Graphics in Duluth. “So it’s going to offer a lot…

New Entrance at Bayfront Festival Park

DULUTH, Minn. — With the popularity of concerts at Bayfront, DECC officials are looking to decrease entry time. There is a new entrance at Bayfront Festival Park. The gate will help limit crowding for those who are entering the park. The DECC staff has been working to produce this new gate for years. Last weekend, they opened the entry for…

Historic Flooding Begins to Recede on Northern Lakes

  NORTHLAND. — After nearly two months of historic flooding, the water levels are declining on Kabetogama and Rainy Lakes’s. Although, residents are not out of the wake just yet. Our Northern neighbors have been battling the flood since May. Residents are working daily to keep their homes afloat and they’re also preparing for the months of clean-up efforts to…

Fireworks Sales Skyrocket for Independence Day

TWIN PORTS. — With the Fourth of July just days away, people are on the hunt for fireworks across the Northland. Local firework shops are red, white, and booming for the holiday weekend. For the last seven years, KG fireworks has been superior hotspot. They sell a variety of fireworks and they also put-on firework shows choreographed to music. “So…

Beach Fire Safety at Minnesota and Wisconsin Point

DULUTH, Minn. –Beach fires are a popular summer activity and Minnesota and Wisconsin Point have different rules for fires.  The sandbar along Wisconsin Point allows fires, unlike its neighbor Minnesota Point where fires are highly restricted. Minnesota’s Park Point is the largest freshwater beach in the world. The beach is lined by home’s and the area often faces harsh winds…

Yellow Bike Coffee to Move Locations

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — Today was full of mixed emotions for the owner of a popular coffee and sandwich shop in Hermantown that’s on the move. The Yellow Bike Coffee Shop off of the miller trunk highway closed the doors at its current spot it’s been in for five years as it transitions to a new location. The owner isn’t spilling…

Wisconsin Food Truck Serves Produce Straight from the Cattle

GRANTSBURG, WI. — A Wisconsin food truck brings farm-grown produce to the forks of the Grantsburg community. Brickfield Market is a family-owned food truck featuring menu items with beef and dairy from their own ‘Four Cubs Farm.’ Members of the Peterson family opened the food truck in April of this year. They serve sandwiches, tacos, burgers and more. In a…

Vietnam Veteran Exhibit Travels to the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. — A replica wall of the Vietnam memorial in Washington D.C. travelled to Chisholm last week. The monument is known as the ‘Wall That Heals.’ The replica is brought across the country so that Vietnam veterans and their families can see it without getting on a plane. The wall that heals’ exhibit includes a three-quarter scale replica of the…

Twin Ports Interchange Project Extends Completion Date

DULUTH, Minn. — The Twin Ports Interchange Project is moving forward with shovel-ready projects to utilize new federal funding. Construction on the Miller Coffee Creek Box Culvert has been completed and the interchange project will pursue now pursue new work. The Trunk Highway 53 bridges will be under construction, along with Garfield Avenue and 1-535 interstate. The project estimate is…

Roe v. Wade Overturned: What Now?

NORTHLAND– Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the Supreme Court. What does this mean for women’s abortion rights? Well, it depends on the state they reside in. For the last 50 years, roe permitted abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy. Now, individual states have the power to set their own abortion laws. Many states will be outlawing…

MNA Nurses Held an Informational Picket Outside of Twin Ports Hospital’s

DULUTH, Minn. — Today, Twin Ports nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association Union marched with signs outside of the two largest hospitals in the area. It’s not a strike, but an informational picket as their current contract is a little more than a week away from expiring. This, as Essentia Health and St. Luke’s say they are continuing negotiations in…

Duluth Reflects on the 2012 Historic Flood

DULUTH, Minn. — On this day a decade ago, heavy rains that hit the northland and Duluth experiencing record-breaking flooding. It started the day before, on June 19th, when waves of heavy storms began to drape across Northern Minnesota. Over the next two days, Duluth would nearly drown under seven inches of rain. Former Mayor Don Ness, said that, “the…

Grandma’s Marathon Youth Festival and Races

DULUTH, Minn. — Grandma’s Marathon kicked off with the popular whipper snapper races. Along with the races, a new youth festival that took the stage, featuring live entertainment and activities. The young athletes foundation is a Grandma’s Marathon Program that promotes healthy lifestyles for kids. They also offer a way for kids to participate in the weekend fun by running…

Annual Spaghetti Feed for Grandma’s Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. — Grandma’s Marathon runners and supporters loaded up on carbohydrates today. The Michelina’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner took place at the DECC. This annual dinner has been a tradition at grandma’s weekend since 1977. It brings people in the community and beyond together in celebration of the race weekend. Spaghetti feed volunteer, Leila Bouchard, has been working the event…

Volunteers Needed for Annual Rhubarb Festival

DULUTH, Minn. — The Rhubarb Festival will take place in Duluth next weekend and volunteers are needed for the community event. The annual festival is held to raise money for chum, the largest service shelter in Duluth. This year, the celebration will resume full-scale for the first time since 2020. There will be games, activities, and many food options; everything…

Final Preparations begin for Grandma’s Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. — We are in the final countdown of days until Grandma’s Marathon. To make sure the weekend runs smoothly, the organization behind it all is setting up for the big events right now. The tents have officially gone up and the marathon will resume in full-capacity this year for the first time since 2019, with more than 20 thousand…