Author: Nachai Taylor

Drive-thru Testing Site Comes To Superior

Another testing event is scheduled in Solon Springs on Thursday.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Nearly 100 people in Douglas County have already tested positive for the Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. In response to the increasing number of cases, the county is partnering with the national guard to offer free drive-thru testing in Superior. The event will be able to test up to five hundred people. Anyone with any…

Aluminum Can Shortage Having Huge Impacts On Northland Breweries And Cideries

Canned beverage sales account for 90% of revenue for Bent Paddle Brewing.

DULUTH, Minn. – Breweries and cideries in the Northland are being thrown another curveball as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A national aluminum can shortage is beginning to have major impacts on those businesses, which is causing some big concerns. Many breweries and cideries are scrambling to get their hands on a supply of aluminum cans to survive the…

Congressman Pete Stauber Speaks on Legislative Session While Attending Trump Visit

DULUTH, Minn. – Eighth district Congressman Pete Stauber was also in attendance… for the signing of the Pledge to America’s Workers at Duluth Pack. Congress is back in legislative session this week after closing for the weekend. As some of the C.A.R.E.S. Act funding is set to expire, Congressman Stauber says they are taking on a variety of issues. “There’s…

Ivanka Trump Visits Duluth

Nearly 500 companies have signed the Pledge to Americas Workers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and U.S. Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt made a visit to Duluth on Monday. They toured the local manufacturing company Duluth Pack. A big part of the visit was company leaders signing what’s being called the Pledge to America’s Workers, a Trump administration initiative designed to provide more workforce opportunities….

Coin Shortage Impacting The Northland

Consumers are being asked to spend coins or use exact change when making purchases.

DULUTH, Minn. – Across the nation many communities are currently in the middle of a coin shortage. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are disrupting the circulation of coins needed to supply businesses and banks. According to the United States Mint, there is an adequate amount of coin in the economy. As many businesses shut down during the pandemic, the…

Thunderbird Mall In Virginia Gets A Name Change

Three national brands are interested in opening stores at Uptown Virginia.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Thunderbird Mall in Virginia is now going by a new name. It is now called Uptown Virginia. RockStep Capital,which owns the mall, recently announced the name change as part of a company wide rebranding initiative. Many malls across the nation are losing retailers due to bankruptcy issues. The president of RockStep says rebranding during pandemic was…

Another 1,000 Person Increase In Covid-19 Cases Hits Wisconsin For Second Day In A Row

About one-third of cases are impacting people in their 20's.

WISCONSIN – For a second day in a row more than 1,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin. This brings the state’s total number of positive cases to nearly 46,000. About one-third of those are impacting people in their 20’s. Health officials say the increase in cases is a reflection of more people attending gatherings like parties and…

Art Gallery Does Virtual Showcase

DULUTH, Minn. – The pandemic has been preventing many people from visiting local art galleries. The Joseph Nease gallery in Duluth is taking a new approach to showcasing artwork by going virtual. Art currently displayed at the gallery was supposed to debut to the public in March, but the pandemic struck the northland. All of the pieces were created by…

Thrift Stores Are Becoming Another Resource For Back-To-School Shopping

Studies show parents across the country spend an average of about $700 per child during the back to school season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The school year is quickly approaching, and many parents may be facing some challenges as they work to get their kids prepared. Many are turning to thrift stores as the pandemic continues to create financial struggles. Studies show parents across the country spend an average of about $700 per child during the back to school season. Due…

It’s National Hot Dog Day

On average Americans eat more than 5 million hot dogs between Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

CLOQUET, Minn. – If you want to relish in the joys of a good old fashion hot dog, here’s your chance because it’s National Hot Dog Day. The holiday is celebrated every year to pay homage to the popular summer fan favorite. On average Americans eat more than 5 million hot dogs between Memorial Day to Labor Day. One of the…

Cloquet Mayor Reacts To Passing Of Mask Ordinance

CLOQUET, Minn. – Less than 24 hours before Governor Tim Walz made his announcement the Cloquet City Council approved an ordinance requiring residents to wear masks while at indoor businesses. Cloquet Mayor Roger Maki initially had some concerns the vote would fail. He says although the vote was not unanimous he is grateful for the councilors who changed their minds….

Construction Of Mixed-Use Space At Board Of Trade Building Nears Completion

The housing units are about 50% full.

DULUTH, Minn. – The transformation of the historic Board of Trade building in downtown Duluth is inching closer to completion. In October, construction crews began renovating the century-old building to turn it into the next mixed-used space in the city. The building will offer more than 80 mixed-income housing units and commercial space. Nearly 20%of those are affordable units. Each…

Virginia Woman Makes Life-Sized Monopoly Game In Her Driveway

The giant copycat even has all that's needed to play including real-life game pieces like the iron and the wheelbarrow.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Who doesn’t love a good game of Monopoly? One Virginia woman created a life-size version of the popular childhood game in her driveway. The colorful board painted on the driveway is a real duplicate of the original game. The giant copycat even has all that’s needed to play including real-life game pieces like the iron and the…

Young Artists Have Art Sale To Fund Road Trip

The ladies say the road trip will also give them the inspiration to create more artwork.

DULUTH, Minn – A couple of young Northland women are selling some of their artwork to help fund their dream of going a road trip across the country after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Nya Johnson and Olivia Johnson (no relation) set up shop along London Road in the Lakeside neighborhood. Several paintings and prints of artwork created by the women…

Local Businesses Helps Community Prepare To Follow Duluth Mask Mandate

"I can hardly keep up. It's really busy. I am thinking about hiring somebody to help me out," said Jeaneth Deterling, owner of West Duluth Sewing and Design.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week the Duluth City Council passed an ordinance requiring masks in numerous indoor environments. Now some local businesses are using their services to help the community follow those rules. This new rule could be creating a need for face covering and even signage to be placed in area businesses explaining the requirement. To help people from…

Essentia Health Moves Mobile Testing Site To Old Sears Building At Miller Hill Mall

The testing site is open seven days a week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health in Duluth has moved its mobile COVID-19 testing site from West Duluth to the former Sears building at Miller Hill Mall. Hospital leaders say the mobile site has outgrown the area as testing volumes are increasing. With more people visiting the site, it caused traffic disruption for the West Duluth neighborhood, including drivers blocking a…

A Unanimous Vote For Mask Wearing In Cloquet Could Be a Longshot

Enforcement is one of the biggest issues which could cause the vote to fail.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet City Council is expected to vote on Tuesday on a proposal that could force everyone to use face coverings while indoors. The possible new rule could be shot down as some council members do not agree with implementing the proposed ordinance. Duluth is the latest Northland community to move forward with a face covering requirement….

Two Women Are In The Hospital After Their Home Exploded In Kettle River

"Everybody in town could hear the explosion and some people could even feel it," said Kyle Riel, fire chief of Kettle River Volunteer Fire Department.

KETTLE RIVER, Minn. – Two Kettle River women are being hospitalized with serious injuries after their home exploded and burned. The home that used to stand here on Korhonen Road in Kettle River no longer exists because of an explosion after those who lived her were simply trying to warm it up on a chilly night. “It was like some…

Adult Day Centers Reopen in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Adult day centers in Minnesota have now been given the green light to reopen. and return to servicing those with disabilities. Many of those utilizing those services have not been able to participate since March due to the pandemic. Choice Unlimited, in Duluth, is a community-based day program for people with disabilities. The organization provides a variety…

A New CBD Store Opens In Canal Park

The Superior Cannabis Company also has store in southern Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. –  A new CBD is store is now open in Canal Park. Superior Cannabis Company, which also has a flagship store in southern Minnesota sells a wide range of products used mainly for health and wellness. This includes CBD infused creams for body ailments and pet health products. The co-owner says opening in the middle of a pandemic…

A Morgan Park Woman Is Being Displaced After Fire Takes Her Home

The fired caused an estimated $200,000.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Morgan Park woman is without a home after an electrical fire sparked an explosion causing her home to burn. Charred debris is what remains after the fire took over the home. The owner  says she is grateful to be alive after neighbors jumped into action to save her.” “It’s unbelievable. I am still in shock. I…

Seven More People Test Positive For COVID-19 In Douglas County

This brings the county's total to 55.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis., – In the last 72 hours, seven more people, in Douglas County, have tested positive for the coronavirus. This brings the county’s total to 55. Out of those cases, 41% are in the City of Superior. County officials tell us the spike is following a continuous trend of people spending more time in public indoor spaces. Officials…

Chisholm Man Dies In Dirt Bike Accident

Authorities believe victim may have been under the influence of alcohol.

CHISHOLM, Minn. – A 29-year-old man dead has died after suffering injuries from a dirt bike accident in Chisholm, Saturday morning. The accident happened around 2 a.m. near the intersection of Lake Street and First Avenue. Authorities say the driver was ejected from his bike after hitting a curb while riding. Chisholm police discovered the young man was not wearing…

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Receives Donation in Honor of Former K-9 Handler

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a very special donation in honor of a former K-9 officer and founder of the Arrowhead Chapter of the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club. Dick Gudowski, was better known as Scrap Iron to the biker crew. He was a K-9 handler of the sheriff’s department back in the 1980s and had been…

City Wants To Help Get People Back Into The Workforce

DULUTH, Minn. – Only 15 days remain until the $600 bonus now being added to weekly unemployment checks is scheduled to end. This is why the city of Duluth’ s Workforce Development Department wants to connect people who are unemployed with available opportunities. For many of those people out of a job, the weekly unemployment bonus has helped give them…

Duluth Public Schools Welcomes Newest Assistant Superintendent

Anthony Bonds is expected to start his new position on July 27

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools will soon welcome its newest assistant superintendent. Anthony Bonds comes to Duluth from the Anniston School District in Alabama. During his time there, he served as executive director of curriculum and instruction, where he was responsible for overseeing teaching and learning practices while in that role. Bonds is also a former assistant superintendent for…

Hills Youth And Family Services Is In Need Of Masks

The group is hoping for a donation of 100 masks.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hills Youth and Family Services in Duluth is looking for the community’s help. The organization is still in need of masks to give to the children they serve. Hills Youth is hoping to receive a donation of at least 100 of the protective wear. Each one will go to protect children and their families visiting the Neighborhood…

Northland School Districts Still Preparing For The Fall

"We are running a lot of different scenarios, but it's really based upon what the state actually tells us what we can do. We don't actually get to decide," said Wayne Whitwam, superintendent of Hermantown Schools.

NORTHLAND, Minn. – The uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis is causing school districts across the nation, including in Minnesota, to create appropriate plans for the upcoming school year. School districts in Minnesota have been given three options from the state for possible strategies to implement in the fall, but all come with their own challenges. Both Duluth and Hermantown school…

Drive Thru Job Fair Provides Northlanders Access To Career Opportunities

The event will take place at both WITC-Ashland and Northcentral Technical College in Phillips, from noon to 4 p.m.

WISCONSIN- The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board is taking a new approach to help provide more access to available jobs. Next week, the organization will be hosting a statewide drive-thru job fair. The idea was borrowed from similar events, which have taken place in Lincoln, Nebraska. Job seekers can remain safely in their cars during the career fair. Attendees will…

Rain Did Not Discourage Superior Shoppers From Visiting Farmer’s Market

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It may have been a rainy and gloomy day, but that did not discourage folks in Superior from visiting the downtown farmer’s market. More than a half of dozen vendors set up shop selling local goods. Everything from produce to baked treats was up for grabs. This year not as many vendors are participating in the farmer’s…

Shipping Decline Forces Layoffs For Nearly 100 Workers

Compared to last year the total amount of cargo entering the Duluth -Superior port has dropped by about 30%.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 100 northland shipping workers are out of a job. A big drop in business is forcing Pennsylvania-based Key Lakes, which has a facility in Duluth, to layoff dozens of its employees. Representatives from the company say the pandemic has caused unforeseeable business circumstances and a strong economic decline in the shipping industry. That’s causing the company…

CHUM Holds Annual Backpack Drive

Since 2006, CHUM has provided more than 10,000 backpacks to students in need.

DULUTH, Min. – CHUM is once again partnering with Duluth Public Schools for their annual backpack drive. Since 2006, CHUM has provided more than 10,000 backpacks to students in need. This year the goal is to give away about 1,00 bags filled with school supplies, which will go to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The upcoming academic year could…

Covid-19 Cases Spike in St. Louis County

More than half of the 15 people that tested positive are under the age of 30.

DULUTH, Minn. – 15 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in St. Louis County. Officials are reporting this is the largest single-day increase, so far, in the county. St. Louis County officials say it is not surprising to see a jump in Covid-19 cases, but it is also not good news for a potential end to the pandemic. The…

DLH Airport Sets Safety Plan As Passenger Numbers Go Up

DULUTH, Minn. – More people are choosing to fly this summer as the pandemic continues. Officials from the Duluth International Airport say the number of passengers traveling through is on the rise. Due to the increase in passengers, the airport is now implementing a plan to protect everyone. That plan includes requiring all employees to wear masks and the continuous…

Chester Bowl Summer Camp Opens

DULUTH, Minn. – Chester Bowl welcomed nearly fifty kids back to summer camp this week. With the Covid-19 crisis continuing to create health concerns, this year’s summer camp program looks a little different. Campers are split up into three groups to minimize the risk of spreading the virus throughout the entire camp. When indoors everyone is required to wear masks….

Campgrounds Are Helping People Escape Impacts Of The Pandemic

"We're very pleasantly pleased and surprised that people are coming from so many places," said Penmarallter Campground's Owner Pennie Burton.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The Covid-19 crisis may still have a grip on the entire world, but campgrounds like Penmarallter in Two Harbors is giving people a chance to escape that reality. Tucked away behind a busy highway, you can find Penmarallter Campground. “This campground is absolutely beautiful and we enjoy it,” said Kit Hautamaki. It’s quiet and quaint, which…

Lifeguards Return To Park Point Beach

Lifeguards will only staff Park Point Beach from July 10th through Labor Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the city had to put a pause on the use of lifeguards at park point beach. Now the city is partnering with the Duluth Area YMCA to bring those lifeguards back. Starting from July 10 until Labor Day the lifeguards will return to Park Point Beach. The Duluth Area YMCA is in…

Homeless Rate Goes Up In St. Louis County

Last year more than 500 people in the county said they were experiencing homelessness, but this year, it's up to 600 people.

DULUTH, Minn. – A study completed by St. Louis County in January uncovered an increase in the number of people dealing with homelessness The County conducts what it calls the “Point in Time” survey every year. This year, surveyors found that homeless people living in shelters or on the streets jumped by nearly 20% compared to last year. The study…

Wild State Cider Expands

Patrons are welcome into the taproom during the process.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been more than a year since Wild State Cider in Duluth opened its doors for the first time. Now it’s expanding. The popular cidery is extending its existing space to make room for six new tanks. A new canning line has already been added and some other building upgrades are taking place. Wild State distributes its…

Emergency Ordinance Proposal Could Require Everyone To Wear Masks Indoors

As an effort to ensure mass compliance with this proposed ordinance Essentia Health has offered to donate 20,000 masks to the public.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is proposing an emergency ordinance to require everyone to wear masks while indoors From a statistical standpoint, many health officials believe wearing masks is a no brainer. As the number of Covid-19 cases keeps fluctuating daily around the nation, it can be difficult to see an end to the pandemic. Health experts believe…

Tutors Wanted For Duluth Area Schools

The deadline to apply is July 29th.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the Covid-19 crisis has already thrown a curveball in the way students receive their education there is a growing need to help students struggling with math are reading. The Math and Reading Corp of Minnesota is hoping to help fill those gaps. The organization is looking to hire nearly 2,000 tutors across the state and about…

Propane Prices Are Beginning To Go Up

In the last few months, the cost of propane has jumped by 30 cents.

DULUTH, Minn. – At the start of the pandemic, the cost for fuel and other energy resources dropped drastically. But as the world inches closer to an economic recovery those prices are steadily climbing. Fuel companies like Superior Fuel in Duluth are now urging their customers to take advantage of the low pricing while it lasts. In recent weeks, the…

ER Visits For Heart Attack, Stroke, And Diabetic Issues Drop During Pandemic

A national study found that visits for heart attack or stroke were down by at least 20% between March and May.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hospitals around the nation are experiencing declines in emergency room visits that are not Covid-19 related, but is a direct impact of the pandemic. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is showing a noticeable drop in emergency room visits for people suffering from heart attacks, strokes, and those living with uncontrolled diabetes….