Author: Natalie Noury

DTA Looking for Feedback on New Transit Routes

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) is continuing the Better Bus Blueprint, which is a re-design of its transit route to be more accessible for new housing and employment areas around the city. In the public outreach part of the process, the DTA is looking for feedback from the community about what they think of the recommended draft…

Bayfront Festival Park Preparing for a Busy Fourth Fest Weekend

Up to 30,000 people are expected to come through Bayfront Festival Park this weekend for three days of live music and celebratory events.

DULUTH, Minn.– Big preparations are underway for one jam-packed 4th of July weekend at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. Bayfront Festival Park is expecting between 20,000-30,000 people for Fourth Fest Weekend. We stopped by to find out what they’re doing to prepare, and how they plan on getting these large crowds through the gates. “We’re very excited. By losing a…

Wilderness Experience Pioneer Camp

DULUTH, Minn.– A day camp through Wilderness Experience for kids kindergarten to 2nd grade, is teaching the youth this week about pioneering by getting them involved working with farm animals and preparing garden beds to plant seeds. The Director of Wilderness Experience explained why it’s so important to teach kids about the outdoors, “It’s important to the development of kids…

Rose Garden Park Maintenance Talks about Community Feedback

DULUTH, Minn.– The nearly five acres of the Rose Garden in Leif Erikson park, which features thousands of flowers, is now in full bloom. We caught up with the city’s maintenance team earlier today that’s working on maintaining the park’s beauty, who says it takes a lot of time and effort. “I feel the public really appreciates the garden, I…

City of Duluth Reveals COVID Relief Fund Recommendations

DULUTH, Minn.– Mayor Emily Larson and members of the City Administration announced their recommendations today on how the city should spend the $58 million dollars it received from the American Rescue Plan. The City of Duluth has now received half of the $58 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan, and today Mayor Larson proposed a way to invest that…

Burlington Station Preparing for 4th of July Weekend Festivities

TWO HARBORS, Minn.– Businesses that just opened along the North Shore are excited to welcome both locals and tourists this summer. Burlington Station in Two Harbors tells us they’re looking forward to the busy upcoming 4th of July weekend. The gift and sweets shop will be getting in the holiday spirit with a barbecue on Friday and some outdoor games…

Parks up North Shore Expecting Crowds for Holiday Weekend

TWO HARBORS, Minn.– The future looks bright as businesses and parks up the North Shore are anticipating a busy 4th of July weekend. Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse are two highly visited areas up the shore, it’s an exciting time with big crowds expected to come through this weekend. “Visitation is still up, as it was similar to last…

Hayward Fly Fishing Company Offers Advice for Musky Fishing

HAYWARD, Wisc.– For those planning to take part in the fishing contest in Hayward this weekend, one shop has its doors open to answer any potential questions. The Hayward Fly Fishing Company is now operating under new ownership, and after being a fly fishing guide for 8 years prior, Stuart Neville offered a little advice on how to catch a…

AICHO Holds Blessing of the Gardens Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn.– There was a ‘Blessing of the Gardens’ ceremony today held by the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), that honored and gave appreciation to the plants for what they give to us and the community around us. Hope Flanagan of Seneca Nation, and of the Turtle Clan, is the Community Outreach and Cultural Teacher for Dream of Wild…

Lake Superior College Welding Students Create Aerial Lift Bridge Replica

DULUTH, Minn.– Visit Duluth and Lake Superior College partnered up in 2018 and planned to have students design and weld a lift bridge replica that is 95″ wide, and 82″ tall. Finally today, the pieces were put together. Visit Duluth was able to purchase and supply the materials while the students of Lake Superior College put their heads together and…

Summer Program Guide Released

DULUTH, Minn.– Yesterday Duluth’s Parks and Recreation division announced the return of some senior programs, but today, the full summer program guide for all ages was released. Duluth hopes this will encourage people to sign up, to help promote more community activities that allow people to get out and be active again. “Pretty much whatever your interest is we offer…

Law Enforcement Reminds Public to Celebrate 4th of July Safely

DULUTH, Minn.– There are all kinds of precautions that should be taken into consideration as the public prepares to celebrate this Fourth of July, but today, law enforcement wanted to remind us that if you want to celebrate safely this year, leave the fireworks to the professionals. From 2019 to 2020, calls due to firework disturbances and injuries have tripled,…

STARBASE Instructor Flies with the Blue Angels

HERMANTOWN, Minn.– One lucky STARBASE instructor was nominated by members of the Duluth Airshow committee to fly with the Blue Angels today. The nomination was for a STEM educator who has made a positive impact on the community through their passion for educational outreach and today, she was so excited to put some science in motion. “The application of knowledge…

New Coffee Bar Opens up at Glensheen Mansion

DULUTH, Minn.– At the Glensheen Mansion, another addition launched this morning that sells coffee from the Duluth Coffee Company, and doughnuts from Johnson’s Bakery. These items are being served out of the newly re-decorated carriage house garage space, and Glensheen is excited to see what it adds to the experience. “We really enjoy working with local businesses, Chester and Clara…

Bay View Elementary Offers Summer School Programs

DULUTH, Minn.– Today the students of Bay View Elementary School’s summer program learned about bike safety from the Duluth Police Department, and got to ride with Hank and Henry. For the Duluth Police Department, it’s not only important to educate kids on how to ride their bikes safely but also to be more engaging with the public. “It is so…

Big Bottle Liquor Store Closing After 50 Years

DULUTH, Minn.– After 50 years of operation, another small family business is closing it’s doors. In Lincoln Park, the Big Bottle Liquor Store’s building has been sold, and they are discounting their remaining inventory in preparation for their official last day, July 24th. The owner shared his appreciation for the customers over the years saying, “I’m sure there will be…

Lake Superior Art Glass Offering Monthly Themed Classes

DULUTH, Minn.– Lake Superior Art Glass is continuing their monthly classes, as June offered a make-your-own drinkware segment that also honored Fathers Day. In a 30 minute window, people are able to come in to design their piece while watching the glass blowers create it. Although the class also offered a Fathers Day element, anyone is allowed to take the…

Northern Waters Smokehaus Opening Order Windows

DULUTH, Minn.– Northern Waters Smokehaus in Canal Park has decided not to re-open their store front in the DeWitt-Seitz building due to efficiency concerns and overcrowding and instead have installed new outdoor-ordering windows. They hope to cut wait times down whether it is a large or smaller order as they also look to continue great customer service and are eager…

Grandma’s Marathon Sideline Traditions Continue

Grandma's Marathon allows traditions to begin, and with its return to the North Shore this year, those traditions are able to continue.

DULUTH, Minn.– Today was the day everyone was anticipating for over a year, and it wasn’t only the athletes who had to prepare, but a few local members too who have been doing this for years. Hundreds of fans and volunteers lined London Road to cheer on runners. Lindsay Ekstrom, a Duluth native, has been attending these races since she…

Festivities on the Lake Front Help Kick Off Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

DULUTH, Minn.– Earlier today the annual Whipper Snapper children’s race made its return to Grandma’s Weekend, and although it was a little different this year coming out of COVID, it was equally as fun. “It’s always fun to watch the kids just come through, and just be excited and even when they get a little tired, you push them and…

Businesses Preparing Days in Advance for Grandma’s Marathon

TWO HARBORS, Minn.– Preparations have begun for this weekend’s Grandma’s Marathon and there is a lot more work to be done behind the scenes. It looks empty now, but by Saturday morning, thousands of fans and racers will be out here to get ready, set, and go for the 45th annual Grandma’s Marathon. This the largest event to return to…

NRRI Looks to Public to Measure Stream Height

DULUTH, Minn.– Since 2017, the Natural Resources Research Institute has placed measurement gauges in streams throughout Duluth and neighboring areas, and now they continue to need your help in tracking this important data. Those participating can text in the height of the water to a national database that uses the recording to study stream behavior and environmental impacts. Organizers says…

Tribute Trees Memorialized Today

SUPERIOR, Wisc.–The Tribute Tree program continued today, where five different people were memorialized, while another was planted for a person for their work in the community. A member of the program says these events are always touching, “some of the stories are just so heart breaking and touching and I feel very privileged to be a part of helping with…

The Hills Youth and Family Services is Closing After 112 Years

DULUTH, Minn.– A local Duluth youth treatment center that has helped children and families for 112 years must close its doors. The Hills Center has served as a juvenile residential treatment facility for over 100 years, but in less than a month, they must shut down their operations permanently July 2nd. After the group opened a mental health facility in…

Five Northland Students Competing in National History Day

DULUTH, Minn.– It was a record-breaking year for history students from three different area schools. Nine records were set between five young women, and they now get ready to compete in the National History Day contest next Sunday. Normally, the contest is held in-person at the University of Maryland, but this year, it will be virtual, and Duluth is proud…

Park Point Rummage Sale Kicks Off

DULUTH, Minn.– Today on Park Point the annual rummage sale kicked off making its return since the pandemic. The streets of Park Point filled up today with community members and people from out of town to attend the annual Park Point rummage sale. It was a rainy start to the weekend, but that didn’t stop people from coming out and…

Park Point Residents Launch Operation Slow Motion

DULUTH, Minn.– After an extreme car accident on Park Point in October 2020 almost killed several people, the residents of the point decided it was time for a change, and announced the launching of Operation Slow Motion today. The residents started a neighborhood watch in the January following the accident and 30 volunteers hold signs on the point encouraging traffic…

Lakewood Elementary Ends the Year with a Splash

DULUTH, Minn.– After a year of three different learning styles, Lakewood Elementary School celebrated their last day of school outside, and together. After good behavior and hard work all year, Lakewood got to dunk their principle and have a pizza party to celebrate the last day of school. A year full of COVID, and distance learning, made for a stressful…

Hotels Are Seeking More Employees, and Offering Incentives

SUPERIOR, Wisc.– Through the up’s and down’s of COVID, the Twin Ports have consistently seen traffic in the the hospitality department. Hotels have been busier than ever trying to keep up with customers, but they are struggling to find new employees, while trying not to work current ones too hard. In areas such as restaurants or front desks, some members…

New Paddle Board Excursions with Zenith Adventure

DULUTH, Minn.– Zenith Adventure, which operates out of Vista in Duluth, is introducing two new paddle board excursions that take place during sunrise and sunset. Paddle board rentals are open now, but beginning July 2nd, these sunrise and set excursions will be available to the public, and everybody is welcome, no matter what skill level you are. “I think just…

Lake Superior Zoo is Aiding Animals Through Thermal Imaging

DULUTH, Minn.– The Lake Superior Zoo has been granted a special piece of equipment that allows them to make diagnoses on their animals from a distance. Through a thermal imaging camera Lake Superior Zoo is utilizing a new piece of equipment that is helping them find different injuries in their animals. Teletherm Infared, based out of Florida, granted Amy Gallagher,…

Great Lakes Aquarium Educates Public on Harms of Using Lead Lures

DULUTH, Minn.– In light of fishing season, the Great Lakes Aquarium is raising awareness about the harmful consequences of using lead lures and their impact on the loon population in Minnesota. Lead poisoning is one of the main causes of death in loons and Great Lakes Aquarium is partnering with Get the Lead out Minnesota to raise awareness about the…

Business Booming at Love Creamery

DULUTH, Minn.– Record high temperatures this past weekend have been keeping ice cream shops busy with customers flooding through their front doors. A supervisor from Love Creamery in Lincoln Park says they have seen crowds lining up since May and the heat is bringing in new faces. “I think the kiddo’s and all the families that come in really are…