Author: Natalie Noury

Safe Haven Partners with Women’s Expo, Asking For Donations

DULUTH, Minn. — This weekend’s Women’s Expo at The DECC will not only be a time for shopping, exhibits and demonstrations, it’s also a place to help women facing domestic violence. The Women’s Expo once again partnered with the ‘Safe Haven Shelter’ to collect donations at various sites over the past few weeks and this Saturday during the expo. Items…

Blacklist Introduces “Bar Down” Pale Ale to Benefit 218 Hockey

DULUTH, Minn. — A partnership between 218 Hockey and Blacklist Brewery is finding ways to keep more kids on the ice. 218 Hockey is a brand that fundraises and provides support to all local youth hockey organizations. Blacklist has once again created a unique brew to help raise funds for them called the “Bar Down Pale Ale” where a portion…

LPCFC Monthly Grocery Giveaway Gaining Traction

DULUTH, Minn. — Families in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood got to enjoy a “Grocery Giveaway” aimed at addressing the food desert in the area. The giveaway started in October, and it has been put on monthly by the “Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative.” On average, a couple hundred people show up for not only non-perishable food items and produce…

Local Group Finding Ways to Provide For the Less Fortunate and Homeless

DULUTH, Minn. — Saturday,  a local group continued their efforts to help the homeless and needy in and around West Duluth. The group called the Guardian Angels of West Duluth, handed out what they called “Blessing Bags” containing hygiene items and snacks to the homeless and less fortunate. They also gave out home cooked lasagna for the food drive they…

Superior High School Students Prepare For Trip to Japan with Fundraiser

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Over the past 20 years Superior has built a connection with its sister city in Japan, Ami Machi through Superior High School’s exchange program, and after taking a pause due to covid, the cultures will blend again this year. Superior high school students held a pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday morning at the United Presbyterian Church on North…

The Champs Are Here, Trio Of Greyhound Skiers Win Championships At State Tourney

As a team, the Nordic girls finished in second while the alpine girls came in fourth.

DULUTH, Minn. — It was a great showing at the state tournament for the Duluth East Alpine, and Nordic ski teams, as they braved the elements to bring home some hardware. Lauren Carlson took home first place in the slalom event for alpine skiing, and that is the Greyhound’s first individual girl’s championship in 16 years. Carlson raced at state…

One Billion Invested Into Cleaning and Restoring Areas of The Great Lakes

DULUTH, Minn. — Earlier Thursday, President Biden visited Lorain, Ohio, touting a major investment to pump one billion dollars into a great lakes restoration program impacting communities from Duluth to parts of New York. This announcement from the president and the EPA means that we will see a significant portion of that money fund rehabilitating Lake Superior. This investment is…

55th Annual Duluth Sport Show Back At DECC

DULUTH, Minn. — The 55th Duluth Sport Show is back at the DECC and people are excited to take a shot at some of their favorite or new outdoor activities. The show unfortunately had to take some time off due to the pandemic, so after two years of silence, duck calls, trout ponds, and crowds filled the DECC once again….

Bong Center Announces New Executive

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The Richard I. Bong Veteran’s center is happy to announce that they have a brand new Executive Director. John Gidley has been involved with the center for years, as part of the education branch of the center. He says he is so excited to take on this new role and wants to continue the legacy of Richard…

Duluth’s Esmond Building Demolition Begins To Make Way For Affordable Housing, Retail

DULUTH, Minn. – The condemned Esmond Building in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood began to be demolished Wednesday to make way for a new affordable-housing development with retail space, too. In 2014, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority created a three-step plan for the site on West Superior Street that started with maintaining the building to keep current residents satisfied. Then Center…

Restaurant Association Pres. Pleased Duluth 30-Day-Mask Mandate Ends

DULUTH, Minn. — Mayor Emily Larson imposed the 30-day mask mandate after a tense council meeting about the subject, in January. Now some in the restaurant industry welcome its end, while others say their employees will keep their masks on for some time. Mayor Larson imposed the mandate to take some of the pressure off of overwhelmed healthcare systems, with…

Richard I. Bong Brings 4th Annual ‘Escape The Bong’ to the Museum

SUPERIOR, Wis. — This weekend, the Bong Center is bringing back its 4th annual Escape the Bong event. The Bong Center is bringing 4 different escape rooms to the museum like FDR’s bunker, which is a fan favorite, along with an under the sea adventure room, escape from Alcatraz jail break, and save your parents prom. The executive director says…

Duluth Exploring Ways to Continue Drawing Film Industry to the Northland

Experts talked about the economic impact of productions shot locally, and how to keep the lights, camera and action here as much as possible, instead of pricier Los Angeles.

DULUTH, Minn. — Movie making in the Northland was the focus of a round table discussion Thursday hosted by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. Experts talked about the economic impact of productions shot locally, and how to keep the lights, camera and action here as much as possible, instead of pricier Los Angeles. Just in the last year local…

Duluth Public Library Purchases Virtual Reality Devices

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Public Library was just able to purchase a new interactive device they can’t wait to share with the public. An anonymous donation to the library foundation has allowed them to purchase three virtual reality devices. A Senior Library Technician tells us, these devices have allowed her to connect with other people in the country over…

Duluth Mask Mandate Set To Expire

"We are now moving not towards ending this pandemic, but finding ways to co-exist with it,” Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said.

DULUTH, Minn. — With the Duluth mask mandate ending Saturday, businesses are looking forward to serving their community face to face, once again. “We are now moving not towards ending this pandemic, but finding ways to co-exist with it,” Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said. The past 30 days, Duluth has had to mask up in attempts of trying to slow…

Lundeen Productions, Women’s Expo Hold Hygiene Drive for Safe Haven

DULUTH, Minn. — With the Women’s Expo coming up in 2 weeks, Lundeen Productions is bringing back their hygiene drive to help support the Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center. Women, children and sometimes their pets, seek out the services of Safe Haven to escape the threat of at-home abuse or violence. 2020 was the last time Lundeen Productions held…

Animal Allies Drawing Attention to Shelter Through Tik Tok

Animal Allies partners with 'The Hockey Guys' for Tik Tok to promote donations and adoptions at the shelter.

DULUTH, Minn. — Animal Allies is using their social media platforms as well as new partnerships to encourage more donations for animals after the pandemic. Donations were one of the many areas impacted heavily by covid, and at the start of 2020, Nicole Facciotto, the Humane Education Manager and Communications Director at the shelter decided to start a Tik Tok…

Former Duluth Native Set to Ski in Her First Olympic Games

Katie Vesterstein, a division one alpine skier for Utah, lived in Duluth until she was 10, when she decided to pursue ski racing further.

DULUTH, Minn. — Many skiers around here grow up on the trails of Spirit Mountain or Mont du Lac, but one former Duluth native is taking her alpine talents to the 2022 winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Besides John Shuster, another Olympian with a Duluth connection walked the grand stage in Beijing. Katie Vesterstein, a division one alpine skier for…

Veterans Among Duluth Rally for Peace in Russia-Ukraine Tensions

DULUTH, Minn. — In downtown Duluth, a group gathered to rally for a peaceful resolution to the standoff between Russia and Ukraine. Fears of a Russian invasion have been growing as the Kremlin continues to build up more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s Northern and Eastern borders. Representatives from the twin ports democratic socialists, veterans for peace, and grandmothers for…

Duluth Public Library Brings Back ‘Blind Date with a Book’

DULUTH, Minn. — The Youth Services Department in the Duluth Public Library is bringing back an old favorite program, just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Blind Date with a Book” always proves to be a hit for the library, staff select different books from all genres, and hand-wrap them. The tag on the outside tells the reader the genre, themes,…

‘The Hockey Guys’ Tik Tok Account Drawing Millions of Eyes to UWS Men’s Hockey

What started as a personal account in 2020 for Lawson McDonald, skyrocketed into "The Hockey Guys" a brand with over a million followers.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Wessman Arena is the place to be to catch the UWS men’s hockey team in action, but they’ve found a new audience, on Tik Tok, where they’ve been able to reach millions of fans. What started as a personal account in 2020 for Lawson McDonald, skyrocketed into “The Hockey Guys” a brand with over a million followers….

Nurses and Lawmakers Come Together To Promote New Legislation

DULUTH, Minn. — Nurses are joining Minnesota lawmakers, desperately urging support for a bill to address the short staffing and retention of employees in hospitals statewide. The “Keeping Nurses at The Bedside” Act is being introduced to correct an already-existing staffing crisis, nurses say existed long before the pandemic. The bill hopes to set a maximum number of patients any…

RBA Basketball Program Coming Full Circle

Ellie Davis has taken part in the Salvation Army Rookie Basketball Association camps since she was in 2nd grade. She used to play with UMD, Duluth East, and Denfeld as well.

DULUTH, Minn. — A program that’s been going on for years is coming full circle at Denfeld High School for one young athlete. Ellie Davis has taken part in the Salvation Army Rookie Basketball Association camps since she was in 2nd grade. She used to play with UMD, Duluth East, and Denfeld as well. “It was really fun because you…

Winter Bike Week 2022 Kicks Off

DULUTH, Minn. — Winter bike week 2022 has kicked off in Duluth, it’s a week-long series of community led events, celebrating, educating and empowering people-powered ways to get around town, while also promoting winter activity. Zeitgeist is hosting a series of in-person and virtual events. “So we have a lot of people in our community that can help inspire and…

Duluth Public Library Highlighting Black History Month

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Public Library is helping highlight Black History Month, displaying a new exhibit that showcases prominent figures in the black community. A team from youth services hand-picked their own selections of books to come together and create this display. They were happy to showcase some of the library’s collection that highlight identity and uplift people and…

23rd Annual Black Woods Blizzard Tour Takes Off

The goal is to raise 1.5 million dollars this year, and they have already reached 81% of that goal.

PROCTOR, Minn. — A big group of snowmobilers will be heading out in cold conditions Thursday morning raising money for a good cause. They’ll be taking off for the Black Wood’s Blizzard Tour, which is a 3 day snowmobiling fundraiser that collects money to help those fighting ALS. Wednesday evening, the annual reception that opens the weekend, took place at…

Shipping Up In the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. — Well the numbers are in, the shipping season bounced back this past year after the pandemic dragged it down in 2020, with almost 30 percent more tons of product coming through the port. The product that topped the charts once again was iron ore which continues to be the king cargo for the Duluth port. Iron ore…

38th Annual Beargrease Sees Larger Crowds than Normal

You could say crowds were larger than normal, upon their return to the sidelines, but the most surprising part is how many came to watch for their first time.

DULUTH, Minn. — Who is more excited to be here, the dogs or the fans? Spectators excited to return to the start line after a quiet year due to the pandemic. You could say crowds were larger than normal, upon their return to the sidelines, but the most surprising part is how many came to watch for their first time….

High School Girls Hockey Brought Outdoors For Special Game

DULUTH, Minn. — For the first time in over a decade a high school girl’s hockey game was played out in the elements. The head coaches of the Proctor, Hermantown Mirage, and Duluth Northern Stars were former teammates on UMD, and wanted to add a different kind of competition for their regular season matchup. “The outdoor rinks are, you really…

Spirit Room Debuts Ice Bar for Annual Ice Festival

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Superior businesses also decked themselves up for ice festival weekend. The Spirit Room on Broadway Street always showcases their penguin ice sculpture out front, and after expanding this past summer to have an outdoor patio, they also added an ice bar this weekend. Manager Lindsey Graskey tells us she hoped it add even more to their annual…

Gas Line Break has Thousands of Duluth Homes Turning Thermostats Down

The City asked residents to turn their thermostats down to 62 degrees to lessen the pressure on the systems, and avoid the possibility of a neighborhood-by-neighborhood shutdown of gas.

DULUTH, Minn. — On Friday, the city of Duluth asked thousands of residents to turn down their thermostats potentially through Saturday in hopes of avoiding a shutdown of heat during bitterly cold air, after a massive gas pipe break within the can of worms project in Lincoln park. City officials say Thursday afternoon a contractor drove through a piling, hitting…

Downtown Duluth Fire Destroys Building, City Orders Demolition

DULUTH, Minn. — A structure fire that broke out around 2:05 Friday morning on East First Street of downtown Duluth was reported to be out at around 8:30 but crews are still trying to find out how it started. The Duluth Fire Department was on site responding within minutes officials report surrounding buildings were not visibly damaged, and are assessing…

City Of Duluth Sets 2022 Legislative Priorities

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and the city council have unanimously agreed on the priorities they would like to see the Minnesota state legislature fund during budget talks in St. Paul this year. The three main priorities include continuing to receive the money the state sends to support local governments, which Duluth uses to fund up to 35…

Fund Announced To Bring MMIWg2s People Home

DULUTH, Minn. — Some organizations got together at Duluth City Hall Tuesday to promote a new reward fund to help find missing and murdered indigenous people. The city of Duluth is partnering with the Native Lives Coalition and Mending The Sacred Hoop and together they have created the “They Are Remembered Fund”, for the Sheila saint Clair case as well…

UMD Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. — UMD is offering a vaccine clinic to the campus community and beyond this week. The university has partnered with Saint Louis County Public Health for past vaccine clinics where the turnouts have exceeded expectations. This time around they will have Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson shots on hand, whether you want to come in for your…