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North Shore Federal Credit Union Opens In Lincoln Park

The branch is open Monday through Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Shore Federal Credit Union has now opened its newest branch location in Lincoln Park. North Shore Credit Union is a full-service banking institution, which now has seven locations between Grand Portage and Duluth. But this is the second location in the Duluth area. There are a variety of products and services, such as an on-site…

Ecolibrium3 Gets Gifted $10,000 From “Lifting Up Lincoln Park” Campaign

Nearly $70,000 was raised during the thick of the Covid-19 pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – At the start of the pandemic, owners of OMC Smokehouse and Duluth Best Bread started the “Lifting Up Lincoln Park” campaign to help the community support local businesses and charities. Thanks to the fundraising efforts the group presented Ecolibrium3 with a $10,000 check, on Friday. The pair of owners began selling cookbooks, with OMC’s most popular barbecue…

Grandma’s Marathon Pop-Up Shop Encourages Runners

The pop-up shop runs through Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn – A pop-up shop in Canal Park is encouraging runners who planned to run this year’s Grandma’s Marathon. Something as simple as Grandma’s Marathon merchandise might be the added motivation for runners as they deal with this new way of participating in the annual race. Leadership for the Grandma’s Marathon had to make the difficult call to cancel…

DTA Receives $3 Million From C.A.R.E.S Act

"Keeping our level of service high during these times to meet demand is very important," said DTA's Director of Marketing David Clark.

DULUTH, Minn – The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $3 million grant to the Duluth Transit Authority as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. The grant is part of $25 billion set aside from the C.A.R.E.S Act to support transportation systems in the nation. During the pandemic, DTA has offered free bus rides to minimize financial constraints for…

City Plans To Remove “Chief” From Job Titles

Two positions within the city would be first to reflect the new initiative.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council will be considering a language change for certain job titles held by city staff. The intent is to allow the city to more accurately reflect an inclusive community. The city is considering new plans to drop the word “chief” from all city employee job titles. The goal is to help move away from…

City Moves to Change New Duluth Flag Statement To Provide More Inclusion

"I think our administration values how diverse our community is and focuses on not erasing those voices specifically for people of African heritage or people of color," said City Planner Mollie Hinderaker.

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is it taking another step forward towards being more inclusive. The city is changing to the wording of a statement associated with the new Duluth flag design. Last year, the City of Duluth created a contest to help find a new design for the city flag after much of the community requested a…

Local Steelworkers Union Use Billboards To Send Message Regarding Essentia Layoffs

More billboards are expected to go up throughout the Northland including Ely, Spooner, and Ashland.

DULUTH, Minn. – New billboards may catch your attention the next time you are traveling on the Blatnik Bridge or on I-35. The  United Steelworkers Union Local 9460 is using the platform to send a strong message to the community for support and to Essentia Health as they are planning to lay off nine hundred employees in the northland. The…

Loaves And Fishes Shelter Still Serving Homeless Community

"We want to be a place guys can come to during this time and be a resource for them. We try to carry out that job to the best of our ability. So far so good," said Volunteer Maweja Henderson.

DULUTH, Minn. – Loaves and Fishes Dorothy Day House is continuing to help those in need in Duluth. Throughout the pandemic, the organization has remained open as a resource for the homeless community. The many health risks of Covid-19 has caused the organization to make a few changes. Those who currently live at the home must remain in separate areas…

Petition Calls For Resource Officers Be Removed From Duluth Public Schools

School Boards in Minneapolis and Portland have already taken up discussions to pull resource officers out of the schools.

DULUTH, Minn. – A petition has now been started by several former Duluth Public School students. Those students want the school board to dismiss the district’s relationship with the Duluth Police Department. The petition is also demanding all resource officers be removed from the city’s public schools. There are now four resource officers in Duluth Public Schools. The petition outlines…

Volunteers Chalk The Walk At Twin Ports Hospitals

"I think just seeing a nice message and putting a smile on someone's face for the day, that's all that matters," said Northwestern Mutual's Director of Operations and Development Lindsey Dueland.

DULUTH, Minn. – Patients and staff at Essentia Health and St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth are receiving the gift of joy through street art. Interns and staff at Northwestern Mutual, a local insurance company, spent the afternoon chalking the sidewalks at Essentia and St. Luke’s. They drew beautiful pictures and wrote encouraging messages. “We hope it means as much to…

Water Safety Tips To Follow As Temperatures Warm Up

The need to enjoy nice summer weather can cause people to use poor judgment,

DULUTH, Minn. – As temperatures continue to warm up, many Northlanders are attracted to spending their days around water. That’s why the Superior Fire Department is giving out some tips to help keep everyone safe while enjoying Lake Superior. Warmer weather can be all the motivation many people need to indulge in water-related activities. Sometimes the need to enjoy nice…

Frost River Opens A Pop-Up Shop

The pop-up shop is open from noon to 6 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Frost River in Lincoln Park is offering a new shopping experience for its customers. The outdoor accessory and apparel store has now opened up a new pop up shop. The pop-up is run out of a vintage camp trailer, which is parked right outside of its retail location. The idea of a mobile store has been on…

Governor Tim Walz Visits CJM Memorial On 100th Anniversary Of Lynchings

"You can't help but think of that horror that night. You can't help but think of the terror they must've gone through as those three young men were drug out of that jail," said Governor Tim Walz.

DULUTH, Minn. – Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac Mcghie are still being commemorated through this memorial. 100 years later many are hopeful change will come as racial injustices and inequalities still plage the nation.” This day of remembrance is a chance for many in the Duluth community to take a moment to pause and reflect on what happened back…

Community BBQ Draws Many To CJM Memorial To Commemorate 100th Anniversary

DULUTH, Minn- Dozens of people gathered at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial for a community barbecue. The event was hosted by the group called the Young African Heritage Men. Numerous guest speakers stopped by to continue to shed light on the importance of the memorial. They say it was an opportunity to provide healing on the day these young men…

It’s National Red Rose Day

The Rose Man in Duluth sells roughly 100,000 roses a year.

DULUTH, Minn. – The flower of love doesn’t have to only be given to those you care for on Valentine’s Day. It can also share the love on National Red Rose Day. The red rose has been dubbed the symbol of love for many years. The popular flower is typically given by the dozen. The long-standing history suggests each rose…

MN Board Of Pardons Issues A Posthumous Pardon For A Wrongfully Convicted African American Man in 1920 Rape In Duluth

It's the first time Minnesota has granted this type of pardon.

DULUTH, Minn. – The State of Minnesota is making amends for wrongfully convicting a man of committing a rape in Duluth back in 1920. The board unanimously voted to award Max Mason a posthumous pardon. This comes as the 100th anniversary of the lynching of three African American men in Duluth. It’s the first time Minnesota has granted this type…

The City Of Duluth Wants To Help Laid Off Workers

Those on the job hunt can also utilize services such as resume building and workshops.

DULUTH, Minn – Many companies throughout the northland have recently laid off hundreds of employees as a way to recover from the financial difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic. And the City of Duluth and CareerForce is stepping in to help It can be difficult for many of the laid-off employees to know where to start. CareerForce staff says they are…

New Businesses Open In Lincoln Park During Uncertainty Of The Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – Opening a new business during a pandemic can definitely be a challenge, but some business owners are willing to take that leap of faith. The up and coming Lincoln Park neighborhood is home to a variety of businesses. Many have been hit hard by financial setbacks caused by Covid-19. With the pandemic curve starting to slightly flatten,…

King Of Creams Deploys Ice Cream Truck For Summer

Ice cream truck has a GPS for community access to find its location when riding around town.

DULUTH, Minn. – King of Creams in Duluth has deployed its ice cream truck for the summer. The truck has been serving up ice cream throughout neighborhoods in Duluth and Superior since 2008. The truck offers novelty bars and hand scooped ice cream. King of Creams typically lauches its ice cream truck in early April, but the pandemic put a…

Verso Corporations Shutting Down Operations At Duluth Paper Mill

The pandemic has caused many industries to move to a digital platform creating a big drop in demand for paper.

DULUTH, Minn. – One of the leading producers in the paper industry is falling victim to the financial strains of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Ohio-based Verso Corporation announced it is stopping production at its mills in both Duluth and Wisconsin Rapids, indefinitely. Verso Corporation’s decision to cease production in both Duluth and Wisconsin Rapids is due to the growing decline in…

Bridgman’s Restaurant Adds A New Patio

The new patio is expected to open within a week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bridgeman’s in Duluth is adding a new feature to its restaurant, just in time for summer. Coming soon, the popular restaurant will have a brand new patio. It will give customers a chance to take part in outdoor dining or have a quick sit down to enjoy some of Bridgeman’s delicious ice cream. Adding a patio was…

Spirit Bay Trading Company Shutting Its Doors After More Than 20 Years

"I guess I'm getting up there where I want to spend time just to enjoy life," said Owner Terry Smith.

DULUTH, Minn. – The growing number of business owners choosing not to reopen as the pandemic is becoming more of a reality in the Northland. Spirit Bay Trading Company in Duluth is shutting its doors. For nearly a quarter of a century, Spirit Bay has been one of the only retail businesses in Duluth specializing in spreading the Native American…

Students Return Laptop After School Year Ending

More than 1,000 laptops were issued to elementary and middle school students.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Families and students at the Superior Middle School returned their borrowed laptops. More than 1,000 laptops were issued to elementary and middle school students. Upon return, the devices will be evaluated and updated for use next year. Superior Middle School was already allowing the use of laptops before the pandemic, but once the school moved to long…

Pier B Expands For A More Fun-filled Experience

"We just added another amenity. It's just another reason to stay in Duluth and at Pier B," said General Manager Jon Driscoll."

DULUTH, Minn. – Pier B Resort Hotel in Duluth is expanding to help give guests a more fun-filled experience during their stay. Pier B has now added a new sports court. The 5,00 square foot space will offer guests the chance to take part in activities such as corn hole or pickleball. The space also offers a courtside bar and…

Salvation Army Gives Away Free Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer refills are offered Monday through Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. – As hand sanitizers is still in high demand, the Salvation Army in Duluth is helping the community continue to have better access to it. The organization is offering free refills of liquid hand sanitizer to people who may need it. Anyone can is welcome to fill up their own container. Each person is allowed up to sixteen…

Superior Mayor Jim Paine Looking To Promote Change

A meeting of the Mayor's Commission is scheduled for this Thursday at 5:30 pm.

SUPERIOR, Wis.  – The tragic death of George Floyd and the injustice plaguing people of color is motivating the City of Superior to reflect on change. The Mayor of Superior is asking the minority community to provide feedback to help build a stronger community. A lot of pain and fear continues to be felt among communities of color throughout the…

New Motorcycle Repair Shop Opens In Hermantown

Ape Hangers Customs is hosting an official grand opening this Saturday.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A new motorcycle repair shop has opened in Hermantown. Ape Hangers Customs offers a variety of services including full engine and transmission repair. The owner, who is originally from the twin cities, has 10 years of experience working on motorcycles. While there aren’t many shops like this in the area, he says it took a leap of…

Protesters Meditate For Peace And Justice

We just need to love each other. Embrace it all with unconditional love and go out into the world to make a difference," said Organizer Tianna Riis.

DULUTH, Minn- Several protesters gathered outside of the Duluth courthouse to participate in a group meditation in honor of George Floyd. About a dozen people sat in a moment of silence. Their goal was to promote peace, justice, and change within the community as the nation is in the midst of turmoil. The organizer says she hopes this effort gives…

Essentia Health Employees And Union Workers Stand Against Layoffs

"They obviously don't recognize that Essentia is part of the word essential," said Organizer of employee picket Lucas Dietsche

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week Essentia Health announced permanent layoffs for about 900 employees within its health care system, including members of the local steelworkers union. Many of those employees and union members are fighting back with hopes of saving their jobs. The Covid-19 pandemic is putting a financial strain on health care systems around the nation, including Essentia Health….

Protesters On The Range Gather Together To Show Change Can Happen

"We must all come together, whether you are white, black, Hispanic, or Native American. We are all fighting for one cause," said Protester Jerome Jackson.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Dozens of protesters peacefully gathered in Virginia to fight for justice for George Floyd after he lost his life while in the custody of those sworn to protect and serve. Fighting for change won’t come easy as the injustice towards people of color continues to rise. But protesters in the close-knit community of Virginia are bonding together…

Local Restaurants Hold A Food Drive

Non-perishable items are being accepted until June 7th.

DULUTH, Minn – The Tavern and Black Woods restaurants are helping give back to the community by holding a food drive. Patrons are being asked to donate a minimum of two non-perishable items to help support the cause. Those who donate can receive a five dollar discount on their curbside or delivery order. All items collected in the food drive…

Thousands of Protesters Flood The Streets of Duluth

"I feel we have to do better as a nation because the human race is failing," said Protester Corinthian Rutherford.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands demanding justice for George Floyd came together in unity to peacefully protest through the streets of Duluth, while the unrest continues to unfold in Minneapolis. People of all shades flooded downtown Duluth hoping to be heard as they fight to erase the injustice against people of color. “We are tired of the injustice put on by…

Rummage Sale Hosted At The Former Wendy’s On London Road

Another rummage sale is expected next week at the former Cloquet Wendy’s.

DULUTH, Minn- Duluth may have said so long to the former Wendy’s on London Road. But some folks got a chance to take a piece of the old restaurant home with them. A rummage sale hosted at the former restaurant was used to sell off items remaining after it closed in September. Within the first hour of the rummage sale…

Fitger’s Brewhouse Prepares For Outdoor Seating

Although not required, Fitger's Brewhouse recommends all patrons also wear masks when dining at the restaurant.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fitgers Brewhouse in Duluth is one of many restaurants getting their outdoor seating prepared to welcome customers starting June 1st, under the guidelines of the safe Minnesota executive order. To prepare for the safe return of customers the restaurant staff is taking on some new safety protocols. the restaurant is expanding its patio seating across the front…

City Officials Plans Slow Reopening Of City Hall

City leaders anticipate reopening the building to staff and the public starting next week.

DULUTH, Minn – Duluth City Hall has been closed to the public for about two months to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The City of Duluth is looking into a phased plan to slowly begin reopening city hall to staff and the public. But there are going to be a few guidelines to follow to help keep the…

City Council Set To Discuss Proposal To Approve Funding For Lakewalk Reconstruction Project

If approved, the Lakewalk Reconstruction Project could reconvene within the next several weeks.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is expected vote on a proposal to approve two contracts amounting to $10 million to continue the Lakewalk Reconstruction project. The contracts will cover the cost to reconstruct more 2,000 feet of the Canal Park Lakewalk and the area’s shoreline, including adding wider trails and replacing stone along the shoreline. Nearly $8 million…

Duluth Proposes To Reduce Liquor Licensing Fees For Local Bars And Restaurants

The 20% reduction could mean some financial relief for bars and restaurants trying to recover from the recent economic blow.

DULUTH, Minn. – A lot of bars and restaurants are still dealing with the financial impacts of Covid-19. But many of them in Duluth could get some relief as city officials are proposing a plan to reduce liquor licensing fees. The owners of many of those businesses say every little bit of help the city is offering can bring them…

Recent Attempted Break-Ins And Burglaries Impact Local Businesses

"We're very disappointed that someone would do this and give us a big headache. We are getting very tired," said Smoke Shop Owner Mike Wazwaz.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth and Hermantown Police are searching for whoever is responsible for a string of attempted burglaries and break-ins at area businesses. As more people are staying home, recent statistics are showing most crimes in the area are decreasing. But break-ins and burglaries at local businesses are holding steady. Within the last 24 hours Duluth police responded to…

Hotels Get A Boost Over Memorial Day Weekend

"There are definitely people out and about looking for things to do. There are tourists around town, which is great to see again," said Pier B General Manager John Driscoll.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Memorial Day weekend is giving hotels in Duluth a bit of a boost in business. Hundreds of tourists and locals spent Memorial Day weekend exploring Canal Park, while others took a moment to honor fallen soldiers. Memorial Day weekend is normally one of the busiest for hotels in Duluth such as Pier B. But this year,…

Local Cemeteries Prepare For Memorial Day

DULUTH, Minn. – Staff at Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth spent the day preparing for Memorial Day to help honor veterans. Baskets full of flowers were laid out for veterans and civilians. Flags were placed on the grave-sites of those fallen soldiers. Family members were also given flags to give them the opportunity to pay their respects for their loved…

Memorial Day Ceremonies Canceled At Local Veteran Cemeteries

"It was a very difficult decision to make," said Minnesota Veteran's State Cemetery Administrator Cory Johnson.

SAGINAW, Minn. – Memorial day is this coming Monday. Thanks to the Covid-19 Pandemic… plans for large public celebrations have been canceled. The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Saginaw is the final resting place for hundreds of soldiers who have sacrificed their lives protecting this country. Memorial Day is the day to commemorate those soldiers, but this year it won’t…

CSS Moves Graduate Teaching Program Completely Online

More than 100 students typically enroll in the graduate teaching program every year.

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica is moving its teaching graduate program online permanently beginning in the fall. The program is for people who already hold degrees in other areas of education and are looking to become a teacher. Graduate students will participate in weekly virutal sessions. The program was in the process of moving completely online before…

Salons Reopening To Clients After Governor Gives The OK

Since closing in March, The London Rayne salon owner has had to reschedule more than 50 appointments.

DULUTH, Minn. – Salons in Minnesota have been given the green light to reopen to the public, but they must follow a few safety protocols. The executive order requires hairstylists, barbers, and their clients to wear masks. And all services are by appointment only. But some salons in Duluth are taking a few extra precautions. London Rayne Salon is using…

A New Documentary Tells The Stories of Lake Superior Surfers

The film is expected to premiere in November.

DULUTH, Minn – A new documentary highlighting surfers in Lake Superior is now being filmed up the North Shore. The documentary titled Freshwater follows surfers hitting the waves in the freezing waters of Lake Superior. The idea of the documentary came about after the director and his family witnessed the enjoyment these brave people got out of surfing on lake…

St. Louis County Partners With Area Fire Stations For A Mask Drive

Masks collected through this drive are being donated for use at living facilities.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. -Face masks are still in high demand as the Coronavirus Pandemic continues across the nation. To help minimize the need, St. Louis County is partnering with area fire departments to collect masks. Masks collected through this drive are being donated for use at living facilities such as long-term care housing and senior homes. When Minnesota Governor Tim Walz…

Spirit Mountain Closed For The Summer; City Implements Task Force To Figure Out Future

To reopen for the upcoming winter season, the city is going to have to fork over $350,000 in assistance.

DULUTH, Minn. – Financial impacts of Covid-19 are continuing to hit hard for Spirit Mountain in Duluth. The popular tourist attraction will now remain closed all the way through the end of summer. Spirit Mountain is in bad financial shape as the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to create money problems. Due to the city’s own financial issues, this time around, supporting…

A New Voucher Program Is Helping To Give Restaurants A Financial Boost

Vouchers can be used at any of the 40 participating restaurants. They expire on August 31st.

DULUTH, Minn. – Restaurants in the Northland are still feeling financial setbacks from the Coronavirus Pandemic. That’s why a new voucher program has now launched to help boost the local economy as businesses are still trying to rebuild operations, while they wait to reopen indoor dining to the public. Strong Northland is a collaborative effort to help economically restore local…

Organization Starts Campaign To Recognize Duluth Educators

The community is encouraged to recognize educators using the hashtag #Applause4DuluthTeachers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Teachers, staff, and other educational employees have been stepping up to meet the needs of Duluth Public School children as they transitioned to distance learning. And that big change has certainly included some struggles and challenges. But the Education Equity Alliance wants to make sure all the hard work of teachers and staff doesn’t go unnoticed. The…

A Local Nursery School Is Offering A Summer Camp For School-Aged Children

The program is expected to begin this Wednesday and will run through the end of the summer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many summer camps around the Northland are already choosing not open for the season to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus. Fortunately, University Nursery School isn’t one of them canceling summer programming. University Nursery School’s location, in the Harbor Highlands community, has been transformed to offer a full-time summer program. It can accommodate up to 30…