Author: Nachai Taylor

DTA Temporarily Reduces Bus Routes Due To Driver Shortage

The cutback is affecting about six routes including the new DuLooper.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority will be temporarily reducing its routes starting on Tuesday. This change is the reflection of a bus driver shortage the company is currently experiencing. DTA officials say this is due to one of their drivers testing positive for the Coronavirus and four others out for quarantine as a result of contact tracing. “We…

Losing Outdoor Dining As Winter Approaches May Create More Challenges For Restaurants

"My fear is that, come next spring, the restaurant scene could look a lot different and there may be fewer of us around," said Tony Bronson, director of business development for Grandma's Restaurant Company.

DULUTH, Minn. – Colder weather has already started showing up in the Northland, leading many restaurants to think about the challenges they face this coming winter. One major concern is outdoor dining no longer being an option for them as temperatures drop. This dining option has been a big advantage for many Northland restaurants and has helped them get through…

The Second Presidential Debate Is Officially Off

The decision comes one day after it was announced the debate would be held virtually.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden is officially being scrapped. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed Friday the October 15 faceoff is no longer happening. This decision comes one day after the commission announced the debate would take place virtually due to President Trump’s diagnoses with the Coronavirus. Trump resisted…

One Person Is Dead In An Officer-involved Shooting On I-35 In Pine County

PINE COUNTY, Minn. – One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting that happened on I-35 in Pine County around 2 p.m. on Friday. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the shooting took place in the northbound lanes nearby the Mora exit along the interstate. Autorities say at about 1:45 p.m. on Friday, law enforcement responded to a 911…

New Art Exhibit at UWS Explores Struggles With Alcoholism

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new exhibit is now showing in the Kruk Art Gallery at The University of Wisconsin-Superior. The exhibition called Aqua Vitae features the work of two artists exploring their own struggles with alcoholism. The visual imagery also looks deeper into the triggers and the problematic relationships these artists have had with alcohol. “I think it’s really fascinating…

Mike’s Western Cafe Closes After Nearly Four Decades

"I met so many nice people. I met fishing buddies, golfing buddies, and bowling buddies. It's really been a fun experience," said Mike Pracher, the owner of Mike's Western Cafe.

DULUTH, Minn. – A hometown restaurant in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is closing its doors after nearly 40 years in business. Mike’s Western Cafe has lasted through multiple generations of many in the Lincoln Park Community. Those who have come to love the local restaurant will now have to say farewell. Mike Pracher, the owner of Mike’s Western Cafe, has…

Superior Businesses React To New Mandate To Limit Capacities

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cases continue to steadily rise in Wisconsin. Starting Thursday, Governor Tony Evers is limiting the capacity for indoor places like bars, restaurants, and stores across the state to help reduce the public’s exposure to the virus. The newly issued order only allows these indoor businesses in Wisconsin to operate with 25% capacity or less. For some of…

New Cobblestone Hotel Headed For Superior Breaks Ground

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Dozens gathered to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the new Cobblestone Hotel and Suites expected to be built on Tower Avenue in Superior. The new hotel will include 60 rooms including a mixture of suites. A high-end steak house will also take residency at Cobblestone, which will serve specialty wines and craft beers from wisconsin. Cobblestone has…

Experimental COVID-19 Treatment Given To President Trump Part of Study At U of M Medical School

This study is also being conduction nationally, which will enroll about 2,000 people.

DULUTH, Minn. – The experimental treatment recently given to President Donald Trump for his diagnosis with COVID-19 will soon be part of a study being conducted at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The particular drug treatment is made up of two identical antibodies, which are created in a lab. The antibodies are expected to bind to the virus to…

Previously Furloughed Employees At The DECC Permanently Laid Off

The DECC now only has about $1 million left in its cash reserve.

DULUTH, Minn. – Roughly 400 previously furloughed employees at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center are now being permanently laid off — some who have only been employed for months and others for decades. This move comes as big economic blows to the center continue to happen during the ongoing global pandemic. The organization is now losing about $200,000 a month….

Valentini’s Opens in Hermantown

"I think it means they like my food. I am assuming that's why they are coming here," said Owner Carol Valentini.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Valentini’s Restaurant is officially open for business in Hermantown after moving from its old location on London Road in Duluth. The bistro-style restaurant has a freshly new décor and is open for sit down dining or takeout. Many of the same items are back on the menu along with a few new additions. The owner says it…

Local Dental Office Hosts Blood Drive In Honor Of Employee

"Kathy is really a positive presence in the office. She is always so welcoming, and a really great person to have around," said Amanda Newcomb, a dental hygienist.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands are diagnosed with leukemia every year. When it hit close to home for those at Piedmont Dental in Duluth, they jumped into action to help a member of their work family. Kathy Andrews, has been a loyal employee of Piedmont Dental for more than 30 years. “Kathy is really a positive presence in the office. She…

Tuesday Marks One Month Until Presidential Election

About 4,500 ballots have already been accepted.

DULUTH, Minn – We are just about a month away from the presidential election. City officials say they are seeing a very high turnout for early voting and absentee ballots So far, 4,500 ballots have already been accepted and about 20,000 have been requested by residents in the City of Duluth. As time is winding down for the presidential election,…

A Craft Market Looks To Spread Positive Energy

DULUTH, Minn. – If you don’t believe in magic, a local pop-up craft market and garage sale might persuade you to think differently. Dozens of handcrafted items, some with magical properties, were being sold including smudging sprays, fairy terrariums, and energy cleansing kits. The crafts aren’t only about introducing people to magic. It’s more about helping create positive energy. “It…

Nice Fall Day Offers Perfect Opportunity For Taking Photos at The Rose Garden

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday was a nice fall day across the Northland. The sun was shining with temperatures in the 50s. It was even nice enough for a photoshoot at Leif Erikson’s Rose Garden in Duluth. Several people were snapping shots for graduation, family, and engagement photos. Even a bride and groom took a chance at creating lasting memories on…

A Local Church Helps Feed The Superior Community

The free meal service is offered on the first Sunday of the month.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Faith united Methodist church in Superior is looking forward to feed the community for many years to come, but right now they are focusing on helping many survive the struggle brought on by the pandemic. One member of the congregation at church has been helping the feed the community of superior since she was in middle school….

President Donald Trump’s Health is “Improving” But The Next 48 Hours Maybe “Critical” As He Fights Off COVID-19

"He is receiving outstanding, multi-disciplinary care for the state of the science for Coronavirus infection.," said Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley

BETHESDA, Md. (AP)- The next two days may be “critical” for President Donald Trump as he undergoes treatment for the Coronavirus at a military hospital. His chief of staff revealed on Saturday the President went through a “very concerning” period Friday evening. “We’re still not on a clear path yet to a full recovery,” said Mark Meadows, the President’s chief…

Former NJ Governor Chris Christie Hospitalized With Mild “Flu-like” Symptoms

NEW JERSEY (AP) – Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently tweeted he has checked himself into a hospital after testing positive for coronavirus. Christie said he has been experiencing mild symptoms. After consulting with his doctors and due to his asthma, he decided it was best to be hospitalized as a precautionary measure. He is among several other politicians…

Trump’s Campaign Manager Catches The Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Trump’s Campaign Manager Bill Stepien has also tested positive for COVID-19. A campaign spokesperson confirmed the news and stated Stepien was experiencing mild “flu-like” symptoms. Stepien joined Trump at Tuesday’s presidential debate. He is now in quarantine until he recovers Stepien is one of the numerous others who have contracted the virus including former White House…

Glensheen Mansion’s Pumpkin Hunt Returns

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Glensheen Pumpkin Hunt has returned to the popular tourist destination. Visitors taking a tour can try their luck at finding as many pumpkins as they possibly can. Tons of pumpkins are hidden within the mansion and around grounds of the estate. Many believe this family-friendly Halloween activity might be what people need during these tough…

President Trump Hospitalized After Testing Positive For Covid-19

Sources say no transfer of power is expected to happen.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sources are reporting President Donald Trump is feeling “feverish” and “fatigued” after being strickened with COVID-19. Friday night, Potus was flown to Walter Reed Military Hospital in Washington, where he is undergoing an experimental treatment. The president is expected to stay for a “few days” at the hospital and will continue to work from a presidental suite,…

Former WH Advisor Kellyanne Conway and Others Test Positive For Coronavirus

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) – Former White House Advisor Kellynne Conway announced Friday evening she tested positive for COVID-19. This diagnosis comes just days after she attended a White House Rose Garden event on Saturday with others, who also have contracted the virus. Conway later tweeted she has a “light cough” and is feeling “fine.” Some of the…

Some Folks Find Time To Make Glass Pumpkins

Later this month Lake Superior Art Glass in Duluth will be hosting a great pumpkin hunt.

DULUTH, Minn.- As we inch closer to Halloween, Lake Superior Art Glass in Duluth is offering classes for those looking to get into the spirit of the holiday. Photojournalist Adam Jagunich gives a look at some people making glass pumpkins.   Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

U of M Medical School Researchers Found Traces Of COVID-19 On Beaches

DULUTH, Minn. – Researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth are reporting they have found traces of the COVID-19 virus in water from four area beaches. The group has been taking samples from eight local beaches since July. Researchers have found evidence of the genetic makeup of the COVID-19 virus at Leif Erikson, Park Point, Brighton, and 42nd…

CASDA Kicks Off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

There have been more than 700 calls for service for domestic violence-related incidents reported by the Superior Police and Douglas County Sheriff's Departments.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A local organization is speaking up for domestic violence victims all month long. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Center Against Sexual and Domestic abuse kicked off the month by place purple flags on the lawn outside of the Government Center in Superior. The flags represent all of the victims and survivors of abuse in…

DFL Leaders Speak On Trump’s Leadership Ahead Of Visit

DULUTH, Minn- Ahead of President Trump’s visit local DFL leaders joined together virtually to highlight their displeasure with the leadership from the Trump administration. Leaders such as House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, and others expressed their feelings on the recent presidential debate and confirmed their support for Joe Biden during the press conference. Those key elected…

Trump Administration Shares Vision For Northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn- The White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing joined President Trump on  his visit to Duluth on Wednesday. The administration shared their vision for the Iron Range and Northern Minnesota with Fox 21. Navarro  says the goal is to keep the Iron Range booming. The administrations vision includings building on trades like mining and manufacturing. The hope is…

Superior Fire Department Gets Donation For New Ladder Truck

The new ladder truck will be in commission for at least 15 years.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Fire Department is receiving a generous donation from Enbridge Energy. Company officials visited the fire department to present them a check for $7,500. This is the first annual donation from Enbridge’s commitment over the next 16 years to help the department lease a new ladder truck. I’ts going to be 100-foot tall and its also…

Halloween Costumes May Be In Limited Supply In Stores Due To Covid-19

DULUTH, Minn. – If you are on the hunt for your Halloween costumes, this year some of your favorite stores may not have such a large supply. Savers, one of Duluth’s popular locations to find Halloween gear, is only carrying a small selection of costumes and accessories this year. The reason for the change is to help ensure the safety…

Donations Needed To Provide Feminine Products To Young Girls In Superior Schools

The organization is halfway to reaching their goal.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior .project is looking for the community’s help with restocking supplies top provide feminine products to young girls at Superior area schools. Last year, the organization provided 400 bags filled with the necessary feminine supplies to girls at all six superior elementary schools. They are aiming for that goal again this year. A few items needed…

Public Hearing Scheduled To Discuss Plans For The Historic Old Central High School

DULUTH, Minn. – The Historic Old Central High School has been on the market for a potential buyer after the Duluth school board approved a proposal to put it up for sale back in January. Several buyers have already shown interest in purchasing the historic old central high school since it was listed for sale. If there is an offer…

Some UMD Physics Students Took A Break From Virtual Class

DULUTH, Minn. – Due to the pandemic, many students at the University of Minnesota Duluth are participating in online classes. Some professors are getting creative to help those students build more personal connections. Some students for a physics class finally had a chance to meet for a hands-on experiment at the campus football field. They tested out how far an…

Duluth Fire Department Brings Awareness To Fire Prevention

In Duluth, there were more than 30 kitchen fires in 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – October is fire prevention month. Every year members of the Duluth Fire Department visit area schools to teach students about potential fire dangers. The Duluth Fire Department is hoping by getting the message out community members and students will continue to think about fire prevention all year long. Kitchen-related incidents are one of the most common causes…

Pokegama River Launch Site Will Soon Get Needed Upgrades

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A boat launch site off of Pokegama River in Superior will soon receive some needed improvements. A grant for more than $100,000 from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration was awarded to the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve to help provide residents better access to the river. Other additions include bathrooms, a newly paved road, and a…

Voter Registration Pop-Up Helps Ex-Offenders Exercise Their Right

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Voter Registration Day and pop-up registration events across Duluth are helping ex-offenders qualify to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming presidential election. It is common for many former felons to be unaware of their legal status to vote in elections. Rules do vary from state to state, but in Minnesota, ex-offenders are entitled…

Grant Helps UMD Look Into Impacts Plastic Has On Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – A professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at UMD recently received a grant for more than $100,000 from the Minnesota Sea Grant to look further into the impacts plastic has on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Estuary. The research will provide solutions for unanswered questions such as how plastic in Lake Superior can…

University Of Minnesota Medical School Of Duluth Tests Campus Sewage For COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – Several colleges and universities have already seen a large number of COVID-19 cases hit their campuses. Now researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School of Duluth are conducting a study to further examine COVID-19 through sewage waste. A couple of times a week, wastewater from residence halls on both U of M Duluth and Twin Cities…

OB-GYN Offices Seeing Increase In Pregnant Patients

Patient visits for prenatal care are up by more than 30% at St. Luke's Hospital compared to August of 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – While more people are staying home due to the global pandemic, St. Luke’s Hospital is seeing a surge in the number of newly pregnant moms visiting for prenatal care. Patient visits are up by more than 30%  compared to August of 2019. Pregnant moms going in for regular check-ups can be very beneficial for helping to keep…

DFL Elected Officials Come Together To Shed Light On The Importance Of Early Voting

"Everybody needs to vote. Its our right to vote. Its our duty to vote. Voting matters," said Duluth City Councilor Janet Kennedy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Several Democratic elected officials banded together outside Duluth City hall to highlight the importance of early voting. Early voting in the state began on Friday. Nearly 950,000 Minnesotans have already requested absentee ballots for this year’s election compared to about 70-thousand the same time in 2018. For Duluth city councilor Janet Kennedy voting has a strong significance…

DECC, Visit Duluth Discussing Potential Merger

DULUTH, Minn. – The advisory boards for the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and Visit Duluth are starting conversations about potentially merging together as they face severe financial setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic. Both entities have assembled their own sub-committees to discuss what a merger could look like. The committees would develop an idea for an organizational structure that would serve…

Visitors Look To State Parks For Fall Activities

Visitation is up compared to last fall.

CARLTON, Minn. – Fall is typically a busy time for many state parks and Jay Cooke State Park is already seeing a spike in visitors looking to enjoy the start of the fall season. Park staff say they have seen a jump in daily park and campground visits going into the fall. In the midst of the pandemic, staff also…

Health Officials Urging People To Get Flu Shots Early

Each year, on average one in five people catch the flu.

DULUTH, Minn. – Health officials are urging people to get their flu shots early to help prevent potential impacts during the ongoing global pandemic. Both the flu and COVID-19 are illnesses that affect a person’s respiratory system. Each year, on average one in five people catch the flu. Having an outbreak of both at the same time could have major…

Wild State Cider Collects Apples For Community Cider

DULUTH, Minn. – Wild State Cider is working on creating this year batch of “Duluth People’s Cider”, which is being made from backyard apples. Community members dropped off their donations of apples on Friday. This is the second time the cidery has created this community-based beverage. Every year the flavor comes out differently due to the multiple varieties of apples….

Cloquet Airport Gets Financial Support To Build on Emerging Aviation Industry

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Carlton County-Cloquet Airport is receiving some extra financial support to help it continue to be a valuable asset to the community. The U.S. Economic Development Administrations is awarding the county a $1 million grant to establish a new aviation workforce training center. The aviation industry is rapidly growing in the region and the EDA recognizes investing…