Author: Nachai Taylor

City Officials are Hopeful for Redevelopment Plans Now That Carter Hotel Gone

"There is a real broad vision that there's great opportunity in that area," said Kristi Stokes

DULUTH, Minn. – Now that the old Carter Hotel has been torn down city officials are looking forward to opportunities to breathe new life into downtown. The city says that the deteriorating hotel had attracted graffiti and vandalism for years. They believe it had become an eye–sore to nearby businesses and there were several vacancies nearby. Kristi Stokes from the…

Sun Reflecting Off of Snow Can Be Dangerous to the Eyes

Ultra violet rays are twice as damaging to the eyes in the winter.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – When it comes to the winter we often think of ways to avoid injury, especially to our back from shoveling while also trying not to slip and fall. One area that might be neglected are your eyes. We all know it can be very difficult for drivers to see when the sun reflects off the snow, but…

Students Participate in 2019 Summit on Equity, Race, & Ethnicity

"Our students are the next wave of those leaders."

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 400 students participated in UMD’s 2019 Summit on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity. The goal is creating an even more inclusive campus community. Over 40 workshops were held in the Kirby Student Center at UMD focusing on a variety of topics.   Among the workshops, many provide knowledge about how access to opportunities may not be…

UMD Could Get Big Money in Proposed Bonding Bill

"It needs serious upgrades in terms of air ventilation, life safety, and code compliance issues."

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Walz recently announced his billion dollar proposal to fund projects statewide, including multi–million dollar plans to renovate and preserve UMD’s infrastructure. The school could get a percentage of $100 million split between all University of Minnesota campuses to preserve a former chemistry building at UMD. Also, about another $4 million dollars proposed in the bill will…

Energy-Efficient Innovations Showcased at the DECC for Minnesota Power’s 29th Annual Energy Design Conference

Nearly 40 exhibits showcased a variety of energy-efficient products, services, and practices.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power brings energy–efficient innovations back to Duluth for its 29th Annual Energy Design conference at the DECC. The annual conference has something for everyone. Minnesota Power works with energy conscious agencies from around the state to put spotlight on new innovations to save energy. Nearly 40 exhibits showcased a variety of energy-efficient products, services, and practices….

Methodist Church Votes to Continue a Ban on Gay Marriage and Gay Clergy

"If it was the United States' decision, we would have full equality in our United Methodist Churches."

  DULUTH, Minn. – Supporters of LGBTQ inclusion within the United Methodist Church are devastated after a final vote, at a 3-day international conference, upholds an ongoing ban of same sex weddings and gay clergy. A local Methodist Church that welcomes the LGBTQ community is now speaking out. More than half of the 800 delegates supported the final vote to…

Know Your Neighbor: Produce and Goods Sold at the Lincoln Park Winter Farmer’s Market

"We are a farm North of Duluth, we grow small apples and fruits to make fruit vinegar."

DULUTH, Minn. – Produce can be hard to come by for everyone in the winter. A partnership between Community Action’s Duluth Seeds of Success Program and the Duluth Folk School brings the Lincoln Park Winter Farmer’s Market to provide produce even during a slow season. The Duluth Folk School is known for supporting the community through creativity and this winter…

MnDOT Updates Public on “Can of Worm” Reconstruction Project

"It is very important that the look and feel of this project be acceptable to the neighborhood."

DULUTH, Minn. – Today the Minnesota Department of Transportation was at Clyde Iron Works to give a monthly update on the more than $300 million “Can of Worms” reconstruction project expected for Duluth… During the public meeting MnDOT officials explained there will be major traffic restrictions during the 2020 construction season, but it will be well worth it. “It is…

Demolition of the Former Carter Hotel Postponed

"The band is interested in making sure we are good to neighbors. we intend to take all precautions we can to protect the memorial."

DULUTH, Minn. – The long–awaited teardown of the former Carter Hotel on North Second Avenue East was put on hold today. The site is supposed to be replaced with a parking lot for the Fond– Du– Luth Casino. Officials at the construction site tell us the demolition was postponed until tomorrow due to a last minute inspection. In an email…

Free Day at Lake Superior Zoo

The free day was introduced last year in the spring

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Duluth Public schools have been on winter recess. Today, many students and their families spent their time off enjoying a free day at Lake Superior Zoo. Visitors had a chance to check out Lana the Tiger and all the other animals at the zoo. The free day was introduced last year in the spring, but…

New Minnesota Pollution Control Commissioner Visits Duluth

About $500,000 is needed to complete the cleanup project at Rice's Point and the St. Louis River.

DULUTH, Minn. – The new Minnesota Pollution Control Commissioner visited Duluth to check out ongoing projects in the area. This comes after Governor Walz included funding for pollution cleanup and climate–change outreach in his budget proposal. The city of Duluth and the MPCA is involved in a multi–year effort to clean up around Lake Superior, but more money is needed…

Thousands of Kids Race in Barnebirkie on Day One of Birkie Weekend

"Birkie fever! I am a true believer!"

HAYWARD, Wis. – Barnebirkie is the one event that makes Birkie dreams happen for thousands of kids from around the region. “The Birkie gets in your blood in different ways. I’ve been coming here since I was eight or nine,” said Cordell Manz. For more than 30 years, big smiles have been seen on the bright faces of many young…

Business Picks Up in Hayward During Day One of Birkie Weekend

It's like seeing an old friend you haven't seen in forever."

HAYWARD, Wis.- Business is booming throughout Hayward as thousands of visitors are in the area for the Birkie. Over at Coop’s Pizza Parlor staff say they are seeing many returning guests who are more like family now. “I love it because some of them I won’t recognize at first,” said Coop’s waitress Lora Hills. “They come in all frosty and…

West Duluth Business Owner is Happy Snow Mounds Are Now Gone

"We're here too in West Duluth."

DULUTH, Minn. – Businesses in West Duluth are finally happy the five foot snow banks hiding their store fronts are now gone after Duluth snow crews cleared them away. One local business owner has many reason to be happy the mounds are no longer there. “We’re here too in West Duluth,” said owner of West Duluth Sewing and Design Janette Dederling….

Mail Carriers Deal With Hazardous Conditions While on Their Routes

It's all part of the job."

DULUTH, Minn. – Saint Louis County Public Works wants to remind property owners to shovel around their mail boxes to minimize the risk by damage from a snowplow. Earlier today we caught up with post office mail carrier who is dealing with those hazardous conditions. They say slippery sidewalks streets and covered mailboxes make it difficult for carriers to deliver…

Number of Snow Blower Repairs Are Getting Higher this Winter

Currently, there is a two week backup to complete repairs.

DULUTH, Minn. – Denny’s Lawn and Garden in Woodland is pretty busy repairing snow blowers this winter, after heavy snow has hit the Northland. Broken belts and gear boxes are some common causes for a snow blower to break down. Denny’s staff say banks created from plowing puts extra tension on a blower as people attempt to clear the snow…

Hermantown Mayor Running For St. Louis County Commissioner

PROCTOR, Minn. – Hermantown Mayor Wayne Boucher has announced his candidacy for the St. Louis County Board seat for the fifth district, which was vacated after Pete Stauber was elected to Congress. Mayor Boucher, also a retired Hermantown police officer, began his political career on the Hermantown City Council before becoming mayor of the city in 2009. Mayor Boucher is…

Monthly Conversations Gets Community Talking About Environmental Issues

"One step is getting the community talking, thinking and sharing ideas."

DULUTH, Minn. – Every month organizations from around the region visit the Duluth Branch of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to talk about environmental issues affecting the region. One of the big topics today was how Duluth is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the area. Organizers say these monthly conversations are important for community involvement. “We need to…

Two Adults and Three Kids Out of a Home After a House Fire in Lakewood Township

One person treated for smoke inhalation. No other injuries reported.

LAKEWOOD TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Two adults and their three kids are without a home after a fire. The fire occurred about 11 pm last night on the 3200 block of Tischer Road in Lakewood Township. Multiple fire agencies responded to the scene. The family was already out of the house when authorities arrived. One person was treated at the scene…

Protecting Your Children This Flu Season in the Wake of First Pediatric Flu Death in Wisconsin

The virus can turn in to a more serious condition like pneumonia or an ear infection.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than a dozen flu-related deaths have happened in Wisconsin since last October. Now a child has become one of those victims. According to the CDC, children are at the highest risk of dying from flu-related symptoms. The most recent case in Wisconsin shows how important it is to protect your children this flu season. Health officials…

Funding Delays Construction Plans for New Ashland Police Department Building

"You risk a lot of officer safety."

ASHLAND, Wisc. – For over 40 years the Ashland Police Department has been in the basement of city hall. After years of planning to start building a new police station there construction is now on hold until funding is found and approved by the Ashland City Council. Officers say the current space makes it difficult to do their jobs. Without…

Second Graders Compete in the 12th Annual Ikidarod

Along the course students stopped at check points like a real race.

Dozens of second graders from North Shore Community School played the roles of mushers and sled dogs in the twelfth annual Ikidarod Race. Five sled kids pulled a musher on a plastic slay around the school’s nature trail for about a half mile. Along the course students stopped at check points like a real race. Over the last month the…

Making Memories at While Fishing at the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel, & RV Show

Duluth Boat, Travel, Sports, and RV Show ends on Sunday.

Every year the Duluth Boat, Travel, Sports, and RV show has entertainment for everyone. The trout pond is helping families make lasting memories while fishing. For over fifty years, a tank filled with fish has been the highlight for many children visiting the show. Kids of all ages and adults test their fishing skills by attempting to catch at least…

Families Honor Loved Ones at 4th Annual Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women’s Memorial

"What amazes me is how a person can just stuff out another person's life, like killing a fly."

DULUTH, Minn. – Research shows that Native American women and girls are among the most targeted for trafficking and murder. The Native Lives Matter coalition hosted its fourth annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s memorial ceremony Each person in the room received a red ribbon as the ceremony began with a prayer. A bowl filled with tobacco, smoldered in the…

Northland Flower Shops Busy this Valentine’s Day

It really feels good when someone walks in the door and says Happy Valentine's Day."

DULUTH, Minn. – Valentine’s Day can be one of the busiest days for flower shops in the Northland. Today, we stopped by Dunbar Floral and Gifts on East 4th Street to find out how flowers sales are going. Dunbar staff says they have been working since 7 am preparing bouquets and gifts for customers this Valentine’s Day. The business’s co–owner…

American Heart Association Hosted 15th Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon

One third of women's deaths are caused by heart disease or stroke.

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Heart Association celebrated women’s heart health at the 15th annual Go Red for Women lunch today at the DECC. Healthcare providers from Essentia were on hand to give blood pressure testing and provide more information about how to be aware of the risks of heart disease. Several other organizations were also available for women to…

Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights Coalition Teaches Homeless How to Survive the Cold

"I just like being able to give back."

DULUTH, Minn. – The Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights Coalition is connecting with the homeless community by starting a new group learning series. For the first time the coalition is teaching the homeless a few winter survival tips. Everyone at today’s session received a hat, warm socks and even a few tasty treats. The coalition invited a UMD Professor and…

Lake Superior College Hosts 10th Annual Student Success Day

The annual conference is designed to help students explore career options and networking opportunities.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at Lake Superior College had the day off from regular classes today to take part in the school’s 10th annual student success day The annual conference is designed to help students explore career options and networking opportunities. Students also participated in dozens of informational sessions like learning about personal wellness. LSC’s goal was to give students…

UMD Pharmacy Students Take Part in Annual Research Symposium

Another pharmacy research symposium was also held today in the Twin Cities at the University of Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual research symposium was held at the College of Pharmacy today. The event is intended to showcase recent research from students and faculty. Each year a special keynote speaker is invited. Their special guest this year was a clinical pharmacist from Essentia who shared his experiences with research. Organizers are hoping the annual event encourages students…

Superior School District Extends School Day by Seven Minutes To Make Up for Snow Days

In Superior 1,050 instructional hours is required for students in grades 1-6 and 1,137 for students in grades 7- 12.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – For the 2018–2019 school year Superior schools set aside two extra days in case school had to close for bad weather. Recent snow falls have pushed the district beyond that cushion. To stay in compliance with the state of Wisconsin, the school district is now making up time by extending each school day by seven minutes starting…

Snowmobile Drivers are Asked to Be Safe After Five Deaths in Wisconsin Over the Weekend

During the 2017-2018 season The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported 14 snowmobile deaths and Minnesota reported seven.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five people are dead after a weekend of snowmobile accidents in Wisconsin. Experts are reminding riders the importance of snowmobiling safety. Knowing the trail you are riding on is one way to ensure safety while riding a snowmobile. Also, it is recommended to never ride alone and to stay on your side of the trail. Speed is…

Safe Driving in Snowy Conditions

One thing to remember is to know your braking system.

DULUTH, Minn. -In Duluth alone, there are thousands of drivers on the roads every day. As snowy conditions continue, drivers should take extra care to be safe on the roads. Snow driving safety starts way before you actually hit the road. Drivers should clear their cars of snow and frost from windows. In Minnesota, it is against the law to…

Duluth Library Introduces Readers to Different Books through “Book Bingo”

Instead of numbers, staff called out book titles.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Downtown Duluth Library brought a new meaning to reading and bingo. Today, 20 people at the library received a bingo card. Instead of numbers,  staff called out book titles. Each winner received a free book. Grand prize winners also won a gift card to Barnes and Noble. “Book Bingo” started about three years ago and library…

Local Non-Profit Connects Women from Around Duluth at Monthly Meeting

"I think they're energy is renewed."

DULUTH, Minn. – The Empowered Women’s Network welcomes women from all backgrounds to attend their monthly meeting. The group’s mission is to connect and encourage women in many different ways. Students, retirees, and other career women were among the dozens enjoying a delicious lunch at the monthly networking event. To get to know everyone, each woman introduced themselves by giving…

Hardware Stores Trying to Keep Up as Salt and Shovels are Selling Quickly

"Actually the warehouse where get it from ran out because so much salt is being sold."

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, hardware stores are busy with people coming in to buy winter supplies. Fox 21 stopped by Marshall hardware on East Superior Street. Quite a few different types of shovels and bags of salt have been selling very quickly. Patrons are also purchasing space heaters and even heat tape to warm up the pipes in their homes….

An Economic Study Shows the LS&M Railroad Can Be More Lucrative For Duluth

The study also shows about one million dollars a year can be spent by railroad users.

DULUTH, Minn. – For generations families have ridden the Train that runs on the Lake Superior and Mississippi railroad to make lifetime memories And the Friends of Western Duluth Parks and trails partnered with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at UMD for this survey. Friends of Western Duluth Parks and Trails is worried about a plan to shorten…

College of St. Scholastic “Snow Team” Attempts to Keep Up with Ongoing Snowfall on Campus

The grounds team is also scheduled to come in early tomorrow .

DULUTH, Minn. – All hands were on deck today at the College of St. Scholastic, as ground crews attempted to clear more than seven inches of snow that has already fallen in Duluth. About 15 campus snow crew members have been working since 5 AM this morning plowing parking lots, shoveling sidewalks and stairs. The building and grounds team incorporated…

CDC says This Year’s Flu Season Has Been Mild; MedExpress Sees Increase in Patients

"The on–set of the flu is very fast and it usually includes fever,"

DULUTH, Minn. – Across the U.S., roughly over 150 million doses of the flu vaccine are expected to be given during this flu season. Today, we stopped by the MedExpress Urgent Care in Duluth to see how the virus is affecting the community. Fortunately, this flu season has been very mild, according to the CDC, but MedExpress has seen an…

Pottery Burn is Now Open After Relocating to Superior

"This is a little bit closer to home for me. It is a central location."

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Pottery Burn is now open for business after moving from the Village Square Mall in Duluth to Tower Avenue in Superior. Customers can still expect the same fun activities like painting mugs, plates, or other pottery. The new space will also provide more room for parties and classes. There is even a gift shop for patrons to…

Teachers in Minnesota Visit Duluth for MAAP Conference

"Teaching in an alternative setting is a little unique."

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs also known as MAAP is an organization that works to lead, support, and improve experiences in the classroom for students who may have learning disabilities. Representatives from several organizations and businesses from around Minnesota presented their expertise to educators giving ideas that could be used during the school year. Throughout the…

Students Enjoy Festivities at the 45th Annual Sno-Week at WITC

Daily prizes are given and at the end of the week one student could win $100 in cash.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior is celebrating its second day into their 45th annual Sno-Week. Today, students enjoyed a host of activities such as making photo key chains, root beer floats and participating in an interactive program with reptiles. One student volunteer we spoke to said events like this really help lift their spirits during the…

Winter Temperatures Can Be Dangerous for Stray Animals

It can be useful to check Facebook and online websites to try and find the owners of the animals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies has already seen about 30 strays enter their shelter since the start of 2019. Cold temperatures can be dangerous for strays and lost pets and the need for help becomes greater as winter continues. Winter is a crucial time for strays in the Northland. As temperatures continue to drop, it can be common to see…

Northland Foundation Receives Award for Combatting Childcare Crisis

More than 30% of childcare services have become "Parent Aware."

DULUTH, Minn. – Today,  the Northland Foundation was honored with the Trailblazer award, from Blue Cross Blue Shield, for their efforts to help provide better childcare in greater Minnesota. The Northland Foundation’s initiative “Parent Aware” works to help rate daycare centers along with helping parents understand which daycare fits their children’s needs. The Vice President of the foundation says the…

Polar Plunge is Back in Duluth on February 16th

530 plungers are set to participant in the annual event.

DULUTH, Minn. – Once again, A host of people from across the Northland will take a leap into Lake Superior for the Annual Polar Plunge on February 16th. The goal of the annual event is to raise money for the Special Olympics. Just last year, fundraising efforts in Minnesota finally hit more than one million dollars combined over the last…

Snowmobile Sales are Up During This Winter Season

The store has sold about 150 sleds.

DULUTH, Minn. – The cold snap is over for the moment, but tons of snow is still around for snowmobile riders to enjoy some fun. Today we stopped by Duluth Lawn and sport to see how sales are going. So far, the store has sold about 150 sleds, which is an improvement from last year’s sales. Duluth Lawn and Sport…

Most Common Causes for Winter-Related Fires

"A lot of fires are started from carelessness. "

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – About 900 people die and over 2 billion dollars’ worth of property loss occurs each year due to winter-related home fires across the country. Studies show that heating and cooking incidents are the most common causes for house fires during the cold season. One big concern is the use of space heaters. The Superior Fire Department recommends…

St. Louis County Public Works Debuts New Anti-Icing System for Treating Roads

New system can reduce salt us by up to 40%

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County now has a new anti– icing system for roads. Officials have also purchased new equipment costing around $1.2 million to help pre–treat roads. This new anti–icing system will not only relieve the stress of icy roads this winter, but St. Louis County Public Works says it’s also more environmentally friendly. Gour brand new trucks…

City Crews Repair Second Water Main Found Near Mount Royal

"We have no way of warming up the pipes."

DULUTH, Minn. – City crews have been working countless hours near Mount Royal Market fixing a water main break from yesterday. During the repair they found another main that needed to be fixed and more bad pipes that continued to gush with water. City officials say as temperatures fluctuate, the ground shifts causing the pipes to snap. Officials also tell…

West Duluth Warming Shelter is Making Strides

More than 250 people have entered the facility since it's opening on January 17th.

DULUTH, Minn. – About three-fourths of visitors to CHUM have experienced some form of homelessness in their lifetime. The local organization and the homeless community could not be more grateful that the West Duluth warming center is open for use. As overnight temperatures have fallen way below zero recently, the need for use of the warming facility  has grown. So…