Author: Natalie Noury

Duluth Schools In-Person: Masks on

DULUTH, Minn.– As Duluth public schools prepare for the 5-day, in-person instruction this academic year, Superintendent John Magas talks about why the mask requirements for students age 2 and older will be beneficial in the long run. Duluth School District officials confirmed the mask requirement as of last night as district officials updated ISD 709’s “Safe Learning Plan.” By doing…

Wildfires Continue to Destroy Forest, Evacuation Sites Prepare for those Escaping

BABBITT, Minn.– The Greenwood fire is still burning through the Northland, and shows no signs of stopping any time soon as dry weather conditions continue. The Red Cross evacuation site in Finland packed up yesterday, and relocated to Babbitt, about an hour and a half North West to respond to the demand of resources needed there. What was formerly going…

Finland Evacuation Site Moves to Babbitt as Wildfire Shifts

FINLAND, Minn.– The Red Cross’ evacuation site at the Finland Community Center relocated today to Babbitt, as demand for services has shifted with the greenwood fire. Forest Service officials tell us the weather patterns today were volatile, pushing the fire to move more North West. The new evacuation site in Babbitt is providing food and water, medical help, and in…

$2.5 Million Park Point Home Estate Sale, Proceeds to Animal Shelters

DULUTH, Minn.– One of the biggest houses on Park Point has been sold for $2.5 million dollars, and the homeowners are continuing to auction some remining items with proceeds going to several animal shelters. DeBora and Charlie Bernick have lived on park point for 26 years and they have collected an assortment of items that have helped define their beautiful…

Local Actor Stars in New Movie, CODA

DULUTH, Minn.– Daniel Durant, a native Duluthian, paid a visit to the West Theater in Duluth with his family and friends this past Thursday for a private screening of his newest movie, CODA. This film is of a girl named Ruby who is the only hearing member in her deaf family in Gloucester, Massachusetts, who run a fishing business. While…

Art in Bayfront Park Returns

DULUTH, Minn.– More than 100 art vendors set up their pieces for the 11th annual Art in Bayfront Park today after its cancellation last year. This two-day event features different unique pieces like canvases, photographs, and other types of hand crafted art lining the walkways of Bayfront Park. This event showcased some of the best work from local and regional…

Workers Hold Rally Against Potential Vaccine Mandates

HIBBING, Minn.– Hundreds of people gathered in Bennett Park in Hibbing on Wednesday to hold a rally asking for a choice when it comes to vaccinations in the workplace. Cleveland Cliffs Inc. is the second largest steelmaker in America with 25,000 employees. According to Bloomberg, Cleveland Cliffs promised a $1500 bonus to employees who get vaccinated, and they could get…

City Unveils Design Concepts For Waterfront Property Behind DECC

DULUTH, Minn.– The city of Duluth gave a first look Tuesday at what could soon be a new multi-million dollar overhaul of an experience behind the DECC, which has one of the city’s most pristine views of the waterfront and arguably one of the least invested. The new vision between the Great Lakes Aquarium and Minnesota Slip Bridge involves the…

Essentia Offering 3rd COVID Vaccine to Immunocompromised Patients

DULUTH, Minn.– A third COVID vaccine dose was approved by the FDA at this time for patients who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Essentia Health announced today that they will be taking part in providing this third dose to those who are immunocompromised, and suggest receiving a dose of the same vaccine product patients received earlier, 8 months after their…

New Apartments to Help Homeless with Mental Health Issues

DULUTH, Minn.– People in Duluth who are homeless and battling mental health issues now have a new supportive housing development as an option to improve their lives. It’s called the Birchwood apartments located on Burning Tree Road in Duluth. The 30-unit one bedroom apartments are mostly furnished, and roughly 100 person have already inquired to live there. The $7 million…

Mark Pavelich Rememberance Golf Scramble

BIWABIK, Minn.– Today at Giants Ridge Golf Course in Biwabik Minnesota, members of Minnesota college hockey teams, current and former NHL players, and teammates of the 1980 Olympic gold medal team came together in memory of Mark Pavelich, who passed earlier this year after a battle to mental illness. “Mark was just a special guy, and he was a great…

Fill the Boot Campaign Returns

DULUTH, Minn.– With boots in hand, the Duluth Fire Department took the streets of the city today for the annual fill the boot campaign. The department is raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association this year after the event was canceled last year. The ‘Fill the Boot’ program has gone on for 67 years where the International Association of Fire…

Duluth Children’s Museum Re-Opens in New Lincoln Park Location

DULUTH, Minn.– Today the Duluth Children’s Museum, the 5th oldest children’s museum in the country, finally re-opened at their new Lincoln Park location after being under construction for 2 years. The museum has never owned its own location, previously leasing space from Clyde Iron works. After that location was closed for months throughout the pandemic, staff decided it was time…

First Annual Agate Festival Held in Lincoln Park

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth MakerSpace in Lincoln Park was rocking today, literally, hosting their first annual Gitchee Gumee Agate Festival. The event featured 14 different vendors making necklaces, mugs and more all out of agates, as well a silent auction and an open house tour of the facility. The festival attracted lots of community members learning more about the state…

32nd Annual Blues Fest Returns to Bayfront

DULUTH, Minn.– The 32nd Annual Blues fest preparations are underway at Bayfront Festival Park and they are adding a few new elements to the 3 day celebration that is expected to bring in close to 20,000 people. After being cancelled last year because of the pandemic the return of this music festival to the water font is largely anticipated through…

Municipal Primary Election Update

DULUTH, Minn. — The Municipal Primary Election took place yesterday for two at-large city council seats along with City Council District 2 and District 4 seats as well. At 8:00 pm Wednesday night the votes were in sending 8 candidates to the Novembers ballots. There was a 12.4%  total voter turnout, which was around the expected amount but still way…

Operation K9 Competition Returns

SUPERIOR, Wis.– The 7th annual Operation K9 event is back in Superior this Thursday evening after it was canceled last year. You can watch and meet 14 different dogs and their handlers from five K9 units compete at the UWS field on the corner of Belknap Street and Mortorelli Drive. This event is hosted by the Northland K9 Foundation to…

Mask Mandate for DECC Employees, Optional for Visitors

DULUTH, Minn.– With mask recommendations altering the way some entertainment venues are operating, the DECC is making some adjustments as well. But luckily, many events this year are still expected to go off without a hitch including the Duluth Fall Wedding Show, and the start to the bulldog hockey season. DECC employees are now required to wear masks at work…

Entertainment Venues and Tourist Locations Requiring Masks

DULUTH, Minn.– Event venues and tourist destinations around the city of Duluth are adjusting their mask protocol along with county recommendations, but that is not preventing business from going on. Indoor mask requirements are slowly being introduced in various businesses around the city, and the Zeitgeist Arts Café, which hosts a variety of performances and events, is following along. “The…

UWS COVID Plan for Academic Year

SUPERIOR, Wisc.– With the mask mandate returning to University of Minnesota campuses, the University of Wisconsin campuses are still figuring out the next steps. The UW system is required to have its COVID protocol proposals approved by the State Legislature before they can be implemented at its campuses. UW Superior does not have a mask mandate right now, but is…

K-12 Prepares for Return to School with Guidelines

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn.– As the school year approaches, many have questions about how COVID protocols are going to come into play. Wednesday we spoke with a couple different superintendents around Saint Louis County to find out what their plan is. Duluth and Hermantown superintendents have a similar approach when it comes to planning for the Fall, but as of…

Local Restaurants Encourage Mask Recommendations to Customers

DULUTH, Minn.– With the mask recommendation in effect, local restaurants also encourage face coverings when indoors. This adds another challenge to the way businesses are operating this summer aside from staffing shortages and altered hours of operation due to the shortages. But the President of the Duluth Local Restaurant Association feels like our restaurants are up to the challenge. “People…

Businesses Respond to Mask Recommendations

DULUTH, Minn.– County health officials are recommending masks to be worn inside, despite vaccination status, due to a spike in the number of cases throughout Saint Louis County. “We’re just recommending, like the county is recommending, and my staff same thing, their choice at this point, and hopefully it wont get any worse than that, but you know its mainly…

Sidewalk Sales in the District Begin

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Sidewalk Sales in the District is back in Superior, and various stores are featuring discounted prices on some of Superior’s best downtown products. 14 different stores are participating, and offering discounts up to 50% off. Northwest Outlet located on the corner of Belknap Street and Banks Ave is one of those stores and offers a variety of…

One Woman Sets Out on Eco-Tour Across Country

DULUTH, Minn.– One woman is making her way cross-country hauling a tiny home as she discovers and films eco-friendly difference makers in various communities along the way, and today she made a stop in Duluth. Erika Gilsdorf is making a year-long eco tour called What Fuels You USA. This expedition highlights small businesses and independent workers who focus on creating…

Goodwill Holds Hiring Event to find New Employees

DULUTH, Minn.– At Goodwill you could be making 11 to 15 dollars an hour as stores are looking to fill open positions. Today on Garfield Ave, Goodwill hosted a hiring event with on the spot interviews and competitive wages for both full and part time positions. Goodwill is an industry that allows equal employment opportunities for people who have disabilities…

Duluth Police Department Introduces ‘Wednesday Walks’

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth Police Department began Wednesday walks in Canal Park to hopefully connect with the community on a more personal level. These walks are designated to reconnect law enforcement with the community it serves and encourage thoughtful conversations to address public questions and concerns. “In our mission statement, we talk about the importance of relationships, the success of…

North Shore Cleans Up After Destructive Storm

TWO HARBORS, Minn.– After 70 mile per hour winds whip through the Northland, Two Harbors spends the day cleaning up what is described as a short but destructive storm. The town was littered with debris from last nights storm and community members shared their initial reactions to what they saw and heard, including one homeowner who experienced the brunt of…

Attorney General Visits Superior, Encourages Clergy and Faith Leader Abuse Reports to Come Forward

SUPERIOR, Wis.– In April, the state of Wisconsin announced an independent state-wide review about the sexual abuse cases stemming from clergy and faith leaders. Since this announcement, over 100 cases have come forth across the state, and today, the state’s Attorney General Josh Kaul, visited Superior to encourage more reports to come through as the Attorney General’s office works with…