Author: Nachai Taylor

Subzero Temperatures Could Leave Home Brutally Cold Due to Drafty Windows

"Condensation is going to deteriorate your window, it could even possibly create mold."

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend we will get a little relief from subzero temperatures. As the frigid cold is expected to return, drafty windows can leave your home feeling frosty. Glass Guru in Duluth offers a long list of window services including diagnosing and repairing window insulation problems. Experts say the common reason a window may be drafty is typically…

Plows Pulled From Roads in Rochester Due to Mechanical Issues

Plows in 11 Southeastern counties weren't working properly due to mechanical issues.

DULUTH, Minn. – Snow plows have been pulled off of the roads in parts of Minnesota after the below zero temperatures caused them not to work properly. MnDot says plows in 11 Southeastern counties weren’t working properly due to mechanical issues. They choose to keep the plows off of the roads in the interest of driver safety. The local MnDot…

Family Remembers Heroin Overdose Victim

"He felt alone."

DULUTH, Minn. – Just a few days ago, the Duluth Police announced a spike in opioid overdoses, which is causing concern in the area. Since the start of 2019 the city has already seen five fatalities. 26–year–old Jess Sprately recently died due to a heroin overdose. The tragic and unexpected loss has left those who love him in mourning. On…

Duluth International Airport Needs More Bookings For Test Flight to Nashville

Officials are hoping for people to book the flight by February 15th.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth International Airport is still looking to fill the majority of seats for a new test flight direct to Nashville this may. About three–fourths of the plane is empty right now. Officials are hoping for people to book the flight by February 15th. The package includes round-trip airfare from Duluth to Nashville, a four day, three…

Its National Plan Your Vacation Day, Freezing Temperatures are Motivating People to Get Away

Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off.

DULUTH, Minn. – Today is “National Plan Your Vacation” day. As freezing temperatures are expected to continue, Divine Destinations in Duluth is helping people get started with their travel plans. According to the U.S. Travel Association, more than 700 million vacation days went unused in 2018. On a very cold day like today people are more likely to look for…

Free Rummage Sale at the Damiano Center to Make Room In “Free” Store

Clothing for men, women, and children were available for anyone to grab.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Damiano Center is running out of room in their “free” store. Today the center hosted a free rummage sale for the community to access. Clothing for men, women, and children were available for anyone to grab. Normally Damiano’s “free” store has a limit on the amount of items a person can take in a day, but…

Cookies and Coloring at the Bong Center for Kids Enjoying a Day Off from School

"I'm pretty sure it is her great uncle"

  SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Children of all ages explored the imagination of putting color to paper at the Richard I Bong Center’s Cookies and Coloring event today. It is a day designed to give kids something fun to do with schools being closed due to cold weather stint in the Northland Drawings, crayons, cookies and icing filled the tables in…

Smoke Shops Worry Duluth’s 21-Plus Tobacco Ordinance Will Hurt Business

Nationally, more than 310 communities in 20 states have adopted a Tobacco 21 policy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Supporters of the ordinance cite research shows that increasing the tobacco purchase age to 21 would greatly reduce the tobacco use by youth, but smoke shops in the area are concerned about the potential impact on their businesses. Back in June of 2018, the city of Duluth implemented a ban on the sale of menthol and flavored…

First Official Day the IRS is Accepting Tax Filings

Tax refunds are expected to take two week to process.

DULUTH, Minn. -Today is officially day one taxes can be accepted by the IRS, after a three week reprieve was put in place to temporarily end the government shutdown. The IRS recently recalled more than 40,000 employees to help with the processing of taxes before the reprieve. During that time some tax payers were able to file, but e–filing documents…

Boy Scout Troop Hosts Blood Drive in Duluth

Three or four blood drives a year can save more than 500 lives

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the Red Cross, blood donations decrease during winter months. A local Boy Scout troop hosted a blood drive at the Northland Country Club. For every unit of blood donated, the Red Cross will give $10 to Boy Scout Troop 9. The money will fund future scout needs. Although the event is beneficial for the troop,…

Billy’s Bar Gets Ready For 35th Annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

The Beargrease is a small non-profit committed to the fans.

DULUTH, Minn. – 60 mushers will be in line and ready to go starting Sunday for the John Beargrease Sled Dog race. Crews were at Billy’s bar getting set up for the marathon festivities. The owner of the bar says he expects big crowd to watch the start of the 35th Annual race. “It’s very exciting we are the start…

Duluth Police are Fighting to Reduce Opioid Overdoses

Duluth experienced seven opioid related deaths in 2018.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth has already seen 16 opioid overdoses since the start of the year, five resulted in a death. Authorities recently apprehended 26-year-old Jacob Johnson and 49-year-old Jamie McNeary for an opioid related death, but investigators say this is just the start when it comes to cracking down on opioid distribution. In Duluth, opioid overdoses dropped from 150…

Affinity Plus Credit Union Opens In New Location

Maple Grove Road location is the only Affinity Plus branch in Duluth.

  DULUTH, Minn. – Affinity Plus Credit Union hosted a grand opening for its newly built branch after relocating to Maple Grove Road in Duluth. The Affinity Plus is excited to serve their members better with a new drive-thru, larger parking lot and new ATM. Staff at the credit union say they are dedicated to making everyone feel comfortable while…

Alternative to Exercising Outside to Stay Fit during the Winter

Miller Hill Mall welcomes more walkers.

DULUTH, Minn. – More sub–zero temperatures and wind chills are on the way making it difficult for people to stick with their health goals. Endless loops around the Miller Hill Mall are helping people of all ages maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise. Before stores open, it is common to see people taking advantage of the opportunity to circle the…

Superior Jaycees Sits Car on Ice to Raise Money for the Community

Raffle tickets will be sold during Ice Festival at Barker's Island.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Heads up to visitors of Barker’s Island. If you see car resting on the ice, don’t panic. It’s Superior Jaycees newest fundraiser. The organization will be selling raffle tickets at Pond Hockey and A–1 movers in Superior for people to guess how long it will take the car to fall through the ice. The “Superior Sinker” has…

United Way of Carlton County Connects Residents to Local Resources

Operation Community Connect is an annual event.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The United Way of Carlton County connected residents to local resources during their Annual Operation Community Connect event at Journey Church in Cloquet. Local Service agencies were on hand to provide information to residents who are in need of energy assistance, housing assistance, and much more. Every year the goal for United Way is to offer awareness…

American Airlines Comes to Duluth Int. Airport with Direct Flights to Chicago

New service will provide affordability for Duluth travelers.

DULUTH, Minn.- American Airlines brings this new direct service to provide even more affordability to travelers in Duluth. Starting in May four daily non–stop flights will be offered two from Duluth and two returns from O’Hare in Chicago. It has been a three year process to get these American Airlines flights in motion, but airport officials are hoping this will…

Ruby’s Pantry Continues to Help Federal Employees Going Without Pay

$10 donation accepted from furloughed workers.

CLOQUET, Minn. – As the prolonged government shutdown reaches day 33, Ruby’s Pantry at the Cloquet National Guard continues to help furloughed workers provide food and supplies for their families. Federal employees, not receiving a pay check due to the shutdown, were able to pick up meat, bread, milk, toilet paper and other personal products for $10. Seeing furloughed workers…

Holiday Center Supports Local Businesses at Marketplace Tuesday

"It's very motivating and exciting."

  DULUTH, Minn.- Locally sourced foods, products and crafts were up for sale from a variety of vendors in Duluth to those walking within the Skywalk system. Guests also enjoyed food and hair demonstrations. Belle Adventure Salon owner says she appreciates the Holiday Center for hosting Marketplace Tuesday. “Its really about collaboration, but also the support they are giving us…

Opposing Groups Rally Outside Women’s Health Center on the 46th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

The 7-2 decision protected women's privacy rights under the 14th Amendment.

  DULUTH, Minn.- On January 22, 1973, a Supreme Court ruling established a woman’s legal right to choose abortion and after forty six years communities are still divided in their opinions on this controversial topic. A large cross held in the air as a pro–life group walks back and forth in front of the only abortion clinic in Duluth. Cars…

Girl Scouts Troop Raises Money for CPR Classes with a Bake Sale

Troop learns the value of earning their own money.

DULUTH, Minn.- A few girl scouts hosted a bake sale at the Holiday center in Downtown Duluth. Troop 4287 sold a variety of treats like baked cookies and brownies, to raise money for CPR and babysitting classes. Troop leader says it’s a great lesson for the six graders. “It’s a good life skill they are getting to an age where…

Local Leaders Hosts First Ever MLK Day March and Rally in Virginia

"He was the symbol that drove diversity and acceptance."

  VIRGINIA, Minn.- For the first time in Virginia, hundreds marched from city hall to Virginia High School to embrace diversity within the community in honor Dr. Martin Luther King. Cold crisp air hit the many faces of a community marching to welcome the love of humanity and the inclusion of all people. The Diversity Committee of Mesabi Range College…

Local Toy Store will Close after More Than 30 Years

"It's just something we're really going to miss."

DULUTH, Minn.- For over 30 years Explorations has been more than just a toy store to the Twin Ports community and now they are selling off their merchandise to prepare for closing. Explorations has strived to make learning fun for children of all ages, by being an educational toy and teaching store over the last three decades. More than 10,000…

Kids Spent the Day Off at UMD Kidsrock Winter Wonderland Day Camp

"It's just an overall good time."

  DULUTH, Minn.- Children of all ages celebrated their day off by sledding, ice skating, and making winter crafts. One student we spoke to was really happy with how the day was going. “It’s really exciting because we get to skate, pretty much do anything a kid wants to do,” said Lauren Dimehart Many of the children are participants of…

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is Back

The course is shortened by 125 miles.

DULUTH, Minn.- Mushers from all over the United States and Canada are gearing up for the 35th annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, next Sunday. The full marathon will start at Billy’s bar in Duluth and end in Grand Portage Two additional legs within the race will stop in Lutsen and Two Harbors. This year the course was shortened to…

New Warming Shelter Opening in Lincoln Park in February

Esther House will be the second warming center opened by Walking Victorious Ministry.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new warming center is set to open in Lincoln Park this February as temperatures continue to dip. The Superior– based ministry, Walking Victorious will open a four bedroom home known as Esther House. The center will provide daytime shelter and overnight warming during frigid cold conditions. The ministry saw a need to help those who cannot get…

Keep Your House Warm this Winter by Checking Your Furnace

Dirty filters can cause a furnace to go in to lockout mode.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- On a very cold day no one wants to return to a freezing home due to a broken furnace. Experts recommend homeowners take a few precautionary steps such as checking vents outside of your home, replacing air filters, and keeping good batteries in your thermostat. “Well it’s always a good idea to have them serviced regularly that can…

People are Still Hitting the Slopes in Frigid Temperatures

92 year old Spirit Mountain founder living life on the slopes.

DULUTH, Minn.- Low temperatures and freezing wind chills aren’t stopping people of all ages from visiting Spirit Mountain including its Founder As one of the most ideal locations for winter fun the groomed slopes of Spirit Mountain are open for all to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. On a cold brisk day, many choose to bask in the moment of…

Emergency Assistance is Available for People Affected by Shutdown

Other cash assistance programs are also available.

  DULUTH, Minn.- As the longest running government shut down continues People affected can apply for emergency assistance from St. Louis County. Emergency assistance is a cash program that can help people affected by the shutdown resolve personal financial issues including eviction notices or utility shutoffs. To qualify for the emergency benefits, applicants must meet a few qualifications. “One is…

Freezing Temperatures May Keep Your Car Off the Road

Winter inspection suggested to keep your car running.

  DULUTH, Minn.- A big winter chill is in the forecast and temperatures continue to drop across the Northland. The bitter cold is not only tough on people but also on vehicles. It’s not only uncommon for temperatures to dip well below zero this winter, but what does that mean for your vehicle? Freezing temperatures can have a major impact…

Salt is Potentially Damaging to the Environment

MPCA rallying for reduced use of chloride salt on ice.

DULUTH, Minn.- Weather conditions this winter have caused a lot of ice buildup around the Northland. Covering roads and sidewalks with salt during the winter is routine, but this process can harm to the environment. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, many of the salt and de–icers that make it on the ground will eventually end up polluting bodies…

Renovations are in Progress at Super One in Superior

Super One has a total of 30 stores within Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.

  SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Super One is remodeling its Oakes Avenue location in Superior and will now carry everything from food to hardware. The grocery chain is making room for a new Ace hardware to replace about… eight thousand square feet of the location. Other new additions include new flooring, relocation of departments, and a new salad bar. The store manager…

Enbridge Grant Awarded to Superior Fire Department for New Medical Equipment

New equipment will replace the current manual devices used by the fire department.

  SUPERIOR, Wisc.- In 2018 over 75% of calls to the Superior Fire Department were medical. Now the department is upgrading some of their medical equipment through a $2,500 grant from Enbridge. Six powered suction units were purchased with the funds. The new equipment is used to relieve airway blockages during a medical emergencies for patients. They are very easy…

Neighbors, Police React To Officer-Involved Shooting That Killed K-9

Duluth Police received about 2,000 domestic dispute calls in 2018

DULUTH, Minn.- Events of the shooting on West Skyline Parkway all began when officers responded to a domestic dispute around 6:30 Sunday night. For about an hour officers negotiated with a male suspect in a home before he fired shots at them, striking four year veteran Officer Aaron Haller and killing his K-9 partner Haas. (Click here for the procession…

TSA Employees at Duluth International Airport are Still Working Without Pay

Operations are not affected by shutdown.

  DULUTH, Minn.- The  TSA at the Duluth International Airport also continues to work without pay. Currently representatives at the airport say they have not experienced any operational disruptions with TSA The airport’s leadership say they are very grateful the employees come in everyday to continue to do their jobs. “Their morale, their attitude is the same from our standpoint,”…

Duluth Police Could Receive a Pay Raise Following Approval From City Council

A 3% increase expected for officers.

  DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Police officers could receive a pay raise if the city council approves a proposed contract on Monday. The agreement calls for a three percent increase in annual wage for 2018, 2019, and 2020. Starting salaries for rookies will also increase by $3,500. Department leaders say they have been unable to fill vacancies with suitable recruits for…

Pike Lake Elementary Students Learn about Music from the Zenith Contemporary Ensemble

Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Class Notes program comes to Duluth.

  DULUTH, Minn.- The Zenith Contemporary Ensemble gave a visit to a few third grade students at Pike Lake Elementary in Duluth today. As part of the Minnesota Public Radio’s class notes program students were participating in an impromptu music class. The class introduced students to the piano, flute, and other musical concepts. The goal of the class is to…

Fire Deaths in Minnesota Drop 47% from 2017 to 2018

36 fire deaths were recorded for 2018.

  DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reporting in 2018 fire deaths have gone down 47% percent following a shocking spike in 2017. Records also show the Minnesota’s most  fire  deaths were in 1995. Officials say there are many factors that may have helped the numbers go down. “Obviously things do fluctuate depending on what happens from…

Superior Reminds Property Owners of City Code to Remove Snow and Ice from Sidewalks

It's the law to make sidewalks safe for pedestrians.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- The city of Superior wants to make the city safe for everyone this winter. They are reminding property owners to be responsible and clear sidewalks following a snowfall. Shoveling your sidewalks is the neighborly thing to do for the safety of pedestrians, but in the city of Superior it is also the law. According to the city…

Friends Remember Hibbing Homicide Victim

"There's not a nicer person in the world I just don't really understand it."

HIBBING, Minn. – Joshua LaValley was loved by so many and his murder has left people close to him heartbroken. A life cut short for man described by his friends as having a lot character and multiple talents. Joshua loved to draw and play guitar. His funny demeanor brought joy to those who cared for him. Filled with emotion, a…

Local Church in Duluth Becomes Dementia Friendly

Hillside United Methodist Churh has shorter services for people living with Dementia.

  DULUTH, Minn.- About every 60 seconds someone in the United States develops dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Now a Duluth organization is working to make the community more aware of the disease. Dementia friendly Duluth has worked with multiple Northland organizations in the past to raise awareness for dementia They are now taking aim at local churches including…

Grant Awarded to CASDA for Victims with Pets

A 12,000 grant will cover food and vet costs for foster family.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- A grant for More than $12,000 was awarded to the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse for their Twin Ports Pet Housing Program geared towards victims with pets. Studies show about 50% of domestic violence victims reported delay leaving their abuser in fear of their pets being harmed. While the victims find permanent housing, their pets will…

Tax Refunds Will Be Processed Despite Government Shutdown

NEW YORK — The Trump administration said on Monday that despite a prolonged partial government shutdown the Internal Revenue Service would still send out tax refunds, according to FOX Business. The White House Office of Management and Budget announced the decision in order to make the shutdown as “painless as possible” for citizens, in the event it carries on into tax season….

January is Proclaimed Trafficking Awareness Month in the Northland

Minnesota ranks high in the human trafficking cases across the nation.

  DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota ranks high nationally in human trafficking cases making events like this community gathering important to build awareness. The event began with a Red Shawl ceremony to honor victims and survivors of human trafficking. It was followed by remarks from several local organizations that work to prevent trafficking in the Northland. One big goal is informing and…

Series of Burglaries Leaves 70 Year Old Victim in Critical Condition

Great Lakes Alarm & Security gives advice on how to keep your home safe.

    DULUTH, Minn.- Wednesday night a string of incidents occurred on Park Point including in two burglaries leaving residents concerned for their safety. Investigators tell us that around 6 pm one person was assaulted during a burglary on the 800 block of S. Lake Avenue. The 70 year old victim was later taken to the hospital to be treated…

Healthy Eating is Beneficial to New Year’s Resolutions

Dietian recommends adding to your diet instead of removing food.

    DULUTH, Minn.- Living a healthy lifestyle is a usual goal to achieve in the beginning of the new year for most people and eating better is a one way to improve our overall health. Several health experts say healthy eating results in glowing skin, gives you a boost of energy and even better it helps save money. A…

Uncle Loui’s Offers Free Breakfast to Unpaid Coast Guard during Shutdown

Cafe owner's generosity is helping about 90 employees.

  DULUTH, Minn.- Uncle Loui’s Café is giving back to the Coast Guard as the government shutdown continues. Now until the end of the shutdown, active Coast Guard personnel can show their ID and receive a free breakfast. So far only three employees have received a meal. Uncle Loui’s Café is proud to help the men and women that protect…

Local Artist Gives a Gift to Firefighters Who Saved His Life Years Ago

Plaque was presented to Station 10 in Gary-New Duluth.

  DULUTH, Minn.- Local artist Eric Waller presented a hand-carved, marble plaque to Station 10 to show his appreciation for the men who saved his life six years ago. On a late evening in 2012, Station 10 responded to a call of an overturned vehicle on Grand Avenue. While on the scene,  the response team found two victims unresponsive outside…

Duluth Public Library Delivers Books to People Physically Unable to Visit

Home Library Service gives options to limited mobility readers

Every year the Duluth Public Library gets over four hundred thousand visits from Duluth residents but for some who enjoy reading, it may not be an option to go in to the library and check out books. The home library service provided by the Duluth Public Library is connecting the community through books. The service is dedicated to residents who…