Author: Nachai Taylor

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…

Staying Active in Jay Cooke State Park During the Winter

Many visit for winter activities.

DULUTH, Minn.-This winter, many Minnesotans are choosing to be active by exploring nature at Jay Cooke State Park. The park has a variety of programs this upcoming year including, kids activities and Park after Dark, which is a night snowshoe hike. Trailblazers also enjoy biggest highlight, the swinging bridge. The parks naturalist says  everyone should get out this winter. You…

Annual Noon Year’s Eve at Lake Superior Zoo

Parents and children celebrate the New Year

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo hosted its annual Noon Year’s Eve event for parents and children to celebrate the New Year. Everyone enjoyed a variety of activities like a scavenger hunt and a complimentary cider toast, even a ball drop with Lana the Tiger. The event was not only fun, but a learning experience for the zoo’s visitors. “We…

Alternative to Driving Drunk this New Year’s Eve

Twin Ports Joy Ride Program

    DULUTH, Minn.- According to officials, St. Louis County is one of the deadliest counties for impaired driving, And as New Year’s Eve approaches, the risk of DUI related fatalities increase, New Year’s Eve celebrations begin this weekend, which brings the opportunity for many to drive under the influence. The Twin Ports JoyRide program is helping the community to…

North Shore One of the Heaviest Hit During Snow Storm

Towns are optimistic for tourism possiblities

SILVER BAY, Minn.- A powerful snow storm continues to push through the north shore, and one of the hardest hit areas is here in Silver Bay, with about a foot of snow. A scenic town with a population of about 1,800 is overshadowed by the plumes of snow flowing across the area. Plows are pushing through the main roads and…

Shoppers Headed Back to Stores for Exchanges and New Purchases

Duluth Pack having 40% off sale

  DULUTH, Minn.- Now that Christmas is over, stores in Duluth are busy yet again. Many people are heading back to stores to make their exchanges and returns. Some are making more purchases with gift cards received over the holiday. The Manager at Duluth Pack says they expect to be busy until the end of the year. “We really consider…

Winter Storm Preps are Underway

8-12+ inches of snow expected

  DULUTH, Minn.- Snow is expected to fall on the Northland starting this evening. Totals could reach a foot of snow or more in some places. As the impending snow storm affecting the Northland begins to roll in, state organizations are getting ready for all possibilities and local stores are helping the community get the items they need before the…

Parishioners Celebrate At St. Paul Church On Christmas Day

Celebrating the spirit of Christmas

  DULUTH, Minn.- A service was held  at St. Paul Episcopal Church on Superior Street in Duluth to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. St. Paul’s church is a diverse community made up of people of all ages and in different stages of life. One thing in common with all is the chance to celebrate Christmas with one another. Singing fills…

Wasabi Open to Public On Christmas

Many eat a non-traditional meal for the holiday.

  DULUTH, Minn.- While many restaurants across Duluth are closed today for Christmas, Wasabi is open to the public. Patrons can enjoy a variety of soups, appetizers and tasty plates. They can also indulge in all you can eat sushi. Over the years, many families have chosen to eat a non traditional meal on Christmas. One father, who is traveling…

Duluth Fire Department Spend Christmas Together

Firefighters perpare Christmas feast.

  DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire department is ready to save lives every day of the year. This Christmas is no different. While on duty today, the firefighters are sharing a holiday moment with each other. Today fox 21 stopped by the Duluth fire department’s station one in downtown Duluth. The team of “chefs”who are actually firefighters were in the…

Vigil Held At City Hall To Honor Lives Lost Due To Homelessness

Honoring 56 lives lost

  DULUTH, Minn.- Homelessness is a big issue in the Duluth community. Over the last year about 50 people lost their lives after experiencing homelessness during their lifetime. Today, the CHUM homeless shelter hosted its annual Christmas Eve Vigil, in front of Duluth City hall to honor the individuals lost. The event started with an opening prayer as dozens of…

VFW Continues Tradition With Annual Christmas Eve Dinner

Duluth community enjoys free, hot meal.

  DULUTH, Minn.- A Christmas eve dinner was served at the VFW in Duluth. The free meal was available to those who are less fortunate or just need a place celebrate the holiday. For more than 30 years the VFW organization has served the Duluth community a hot meal with all the fixings, on Christmas eve. Hundreds of men and…

Watch The Latest Blockbusters On Christmas Day At Marcus Theaters

$5 Movie Tuesday on Christmas Day

  DULUTH, Minn.- The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends and what better way than to spend it at the movies. On Christmas day  patrons can indulge in the latest blockbusters as a fun Christmas activity at Marcus Theaters in Duluth and Hermantown. This year the holiday falls on Movie Tuesday, which means tickets are sold…

Winter Solstice Celebration at Ursa Minor Brewing In Duluth

Celebration for a good cause

DULUTH, Minn.- The winter solstice was Friday and today Ursa Minor Brewing hosted a celebration to welcome the winter season and to give back to the community. The Winter Solstice Celebration is the first community event for Ursa Minor Brewing, all with the hopes of raising money for two local non–profits. All day long patrons can enjoyed food, live music,…

Skaters Out On the Ice For Skate The Bay

Bay is frozen enough for ice skating

DULUTH, Minn.- Skaters hit the ice today for Skate the Bay at Park Point in Duluth. The skaters quickly tied up their skates and headed out on the ice to enjoy the fun. For years, the bay has not been in good condition for ice skating. According to the organizer of the event it may be the one chance many…

Twin Ports Christmas Lighting Challenge Winners Announced in Duluth

Award ceremony at Bentleyville

  DULUTH, Minn.- More than 1,200 votes were cast in the 4th annual Christmas Lighting Challenge. Today in duluth eight winners were awarded for their best light display. A special ceremony was held at Bentleyville in front of the giant christmas tree. All the winners were chosen by the community and each received a gift basket filled with goodies. The…