Author: Nachai Taylor

Fitger’s Bookstore Shows Support For Local Educators

Teachers can receive a discount at Fitger's Bookstore every day.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Fitger’s Bookstore is helping teachers get ready for the upcoming school year. Wednesday was dedicated specifically to show support to those educators. Twice a year the bookstore hosts a teacher’s day to help them learn more about the benefits of shopping at an independent bookstore. Some educators also had the opportunity to have a one-on-one shopping…

The Damiano Center Is In Need Of Donations

The center serves 19 meals a day to the people they serve.

DULUTH, Minn. – If you have any extra household items you no longer need, the Damiano Center in Duluth is asking to take them off your hands. The center is in need of variety of items such as men’s clothing, pots & pans, blankets, and winter coats that can be given to help the people they serve. The organization has…

Tech-Up Program Helps Give Laptops To Those In Need

The program has given out nearly 150 laptops.

DULUTH, Minn. – Community Action Duluth is hoping to narrow the technology gap one person at a time. The organization’s Community Tech-Up program aims to provide free laptops and wifi to those who may not be able to afford it. The program is geared towards giving those individuals more access to educational and employment opportunities. The digital divide has already…

City Gives Extension To Lake Superior Zoo To Pay Back Debt

Lake Superior Zoo has set a fundraising goal of 150,000 to help minimize its current deficit.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the Lake Superior Zoo continues to catch up from the impacts of COVID -19, the Duluth city council is throwing them a lifeline. The council voted on Monday to extend the deadline on a credit line that was scheduled to be repaid to the city by October. The extension will give popular tourist attraction an additional…

Local Tattoo Shop Helps Collect Donations For Toy Drive Honoring A Child That Lost His Life Too Soon

"He was the silliest funniest little boy ever. His personality was so unique. It was honestly indescribable," said Tayteaona Boykin, Baby J's mother.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Twin ports tattoo shop is giving back by helping to collect donations for a toy drive honoring the memory of a child that lost his life way too soon. 13-month-old  Jamarr Harkins Jr., also known as Baby J, was born with a congenital heart defect. In his short lifetime, he fought to survive even after having…

Hospitality Industry Businesses In The Northland Are In Need Of Workers

DULUTH, Minn.- In ordinary times, employers filling open jobs may have been an easier task, but with so much uncertainty surrounding the ongoing global pandemic, finding those job seekers has become much more difficult for many Northland hospitality businesses. The pandemic continues to force people to adjust to new normals. One of those is how businesses such as hotels and…

Tutors Are In Demand As Parents Look For Support With Homeschool

The homeschool support program will help students with reading, writing, and spelling.

Tutoring services are becoming in high demand as many Northland parents are looking for help homeschooling their kids. Duluth Core Learning is now adding homeschooling support to its list of services. The organization typically offers one-on-one therapy services to children to strengthen skills that help them function through the school year such as attention and memory processing. The need for…

Someone Drove Through Turf At GND Rec Center Causing Damage

The cost to fix the damage is estimated in the thousands.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Gary New Duluth Recreational Center, which serves a safe space for the community in that neighborhood, was recently vandalized. Someone drove their car through the turf near the center causing some damage. The Gary New Duluth Development Alliance has spent tons of money and resources revitalizing the area. A board member of the organization says it is…

Douglas County Dept. Of Public Health Face Challenges When Trying To Conduct Contact Tracing

"One of the biggest challenges is incorrect phone numbers, voicemails that are full, so you can't leave a message," said Kathy Ronchi, health officer for Douglas County Department of Public Health.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you receive a phone call from an unfamiliar number, health officials at the Douglas Department of Public Health as you may not want to ignore it. The phone call could be the one informing you may have been exposed to COVID-19. Contact tracing is a key method health experts use to help contain the spread of…

A New Ice Cream Shop Opens in Lincoln Park

Camp Creemee is open daily.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the midst of the global pandemic ice cream just might make life a little bit sweeter. A new ice cream shop in Lincoln Park helping to add that extra sugar to life. Camp Creemee, which resides inside wild state cider in Duluth, officially opened for business. The Vermont-style soft serve offers a creamier texture than most…

Apartment Where 36-Year-Old Man Dies In Fire Gets Burglarized

The items needed are hygiene products and clothing.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than a half dozen residents displaced by a fire that killed a 36-year-old man are now dealing with yet another difficulty. Duluth police confirmed to fox 21 that they responded to a burglary at that housing unit. Some of those without a home are asking for help. A friend to one of the residents posted on…

Local Insurance Company Says Thank You To Customers

DULUTH, Minn. – a local insurance company gave thanks to its loyal customers. The Patrick Shelton Insurance Agency hosted a customer appreciation event to show how much they value those they serve. The first 15 customers at the event received free lunch from Tig’s Smok’n Pig BBQ. There were also tons of giveaways and prize drawings. “You have to show…

Local Preschool Looking For Help To Raise $50,000

More than $2,000 has already been raised through a Go Fund Me page.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Northland preschool is hoping to remain open to stay a reliable resource for parents as the need for childcare in the area continues to grow. The school is now looking for help from the community to raise money to purchase the building they now use. Lakeside Early Learning in Duluth hopes to raise $50,000 for a…

New Guidelines For Long Term Care Facilities Released By MN Dept. Of Health

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health recently released new COVID-19 guidelines for longterm care facilities in the state. Long term care centers can be in either level one or level two. Each facility must factor in if they have had a case within the last 28 days before restrictions for visitation can be relaxed. Other factors such as…

Carnegie Library Looking For Tenants Before Starting Construction

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After being bought nearly two years ago by a North Carolina-based architectural company, the Carnegie Library in superior is a step closer to starting construction. The plan for the historic landmark is to turn it into a co-working space. There has been a growing need for commercial space in Superior, which has helped expand the plans for…

Static Clean Duluth Gives Back To Non-Profits

The company is planning to offer its services to the Damiano Center next month.

DULUTH, Minn. – Static Clean Duluth is giving back to local non-profits in the area to help them stay safe during the pandemic. The company uses electrostatic technology to disinfect surfaces in establishments like bars and restaurants. Each month static clean will choose one organization to receive its service free of charge. Chester Creek Academy in Duluth is the lucky…

A 36-Year-Old Man Dies In Fire In Hillside Neighborhood

"He is going to be sadly missed. I just can't believe it. It's not real to me. It just doesn't seem real," said Amy Granholm, friend of the victim.

DULUTH, Minn. – A 36-year-old Duluth man has died after an overnight fire at an apartment building in the East Hillside neighborhood. The man has been identified as Michael Simone. Fire crews responded to the fire early Tuesday morning. They found smoke coming from the first and second floors of the apartment building where the victim lived. Before the fire…

Virtual Roundtable Gives Insight On Joe Biden’s Plans For Manufacturing Industry

DULUTH, Minn. – Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tammy Baldwin for Minnesota and Wisconsin hosted a virtual roundtable discussion to speak on presidential candidate Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” initiative. It is a plan to help revitalize manufacturing in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and across the nation. In the discussion, both senators explained how this is Biden’s effort to create millions of new…

Youth Singing Camp Gives Hope

DULUTH, Minn. – Several kids in Duluth learned how to make beautiful sounds with their voices during the Lake Superior Youth Chorus’ “Summer Sing” camp. Youth singers learned basic music concepts and movement-based activities to help them develop their voices. This year students were required to wear face masks and to social distance. The theme for this week’s group of…

Safety Protocols Put In Place For Primary Elections

DULUTH, Minn. – In the midst of the uncertain times of the pandemic, the primary elections in Minnesota and Wisconsin must carry on. On Tuesday, voters will be heading to the polls for these elections. Duluth city officials are spreading the word on what to look out for as this year’s primary might look a little different. The city has…

Governor Tim Walz Sheds Light On Making Masks Available Across The State

Second Harvest will be distributing hundreds of faces masks to more than 30 food shelves in northern Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz visited the Second Harvest Food Bank in Duluth on Friday to shed light on how the state is using food distribution organizations to get thousands of reusable masks into the hands of Minnesotans in need. Mask wearing is widely considered to be one of the keys to slowing the spread of the Coronavirus….

Real Estate Company Makes Donation To Help Fight Food Insecurities

DULUTH, Minn. – Food insecurity is becoming one of the biggest disparities impacting the Northland. A local real estate agency is taking the initiative to help fight the growing number of people missing out on their next meal. today… Real Living Messina and Associates in Duluth presented the Damiano Center with a check to help its continued effort to feed…

“Black Is Beautiful” Beer Debuts At Bent Paddle

The new beer flavor is being shared to shed light on injustice impacting people of color.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bent Paddle Brewing Company in Duluth is bringing awareness to injustices impacting people of color. The brewery is collaborating with more than 1,000 other breweries in the nation by creating their own version of a beer called “Black is Beautiful.” The beer is an imperial stout with hints of chocolate and roasted coffee. The original recipe was…

UMD Prepares To Welcome Students In The Fall

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth has put new safety protocols as it prepares to welcome students back to campus. There are about three weeks remain before students can get back to in-person instruction at the university. But when student return, there will be a wide array of noticeable differences including plexiglass partitions at information desks. About 50…

St. Louis County Adds New COVID-19 Cases Faster Than Any Other County In The State

We are seeing almost 40% reporting to have visited restaurants and bars," said Amy Westbrook, public health director for St. Louis County.

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County has added new Coronavirus cases faster than any other county in the state by reaching nearly 500 total. Initially, the county had a pretty low rate of COVID-19 cases at the start of the pandemic. Most cases were found in long term facilities. Now the numbers are growing as a result of community transmission. County…

St. Louis County Wants To Help Fund Initiatives To Fight Major Community Disparities

Community-based groups can apply for between $20,000 to $100,000 to help contribute to their initiatives.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Public Health Department is looking to help financially support the efforts of local organizations as they work to address key issues affecting the community. A community health assessment conducted in St. Louis County found mental health, youth substance abuse, and food insecurities are among some of the key disparities impacting the area. The county…

The College Of St. Scholastica Offers Tuition Discount

The COVID-19 Saints Succeed award is a type of financial aid that will provide those new students with a 15% tuition discount for the upcoming academic year.

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica is offering tuition help to new students, who may have lost their job as a result of the global pandemic. The COVID-19 Saints Succeed award is a type of financial aid that will provide those new students with a 15% tuition discount for the upcoming academic year. New graduate, non-traditional undergraduate, and…

Senator Amy Klobuchar Introduces Bill To Save Independent Live Music Venues

About 90% of venue owners in the nation have reported they are at risk of closing without extra financial support.

  MINNESOTA – Independent live music and entertainment venues across the nation are continuing to feel the devastating effects of the global pandemic. As a result, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Texas Senator John Cornyn are introducing a bill to help keep those venues from going under. About 90% of venue owners in the nation have reported they are at…

Reopening Of Attractions Brings Hope For Douglas County Tourism

SUPERIOR, Wis. – More local attractions in Douglas County are beginning to reopen with precautions in place. This may be building more confidence in the future of the tourism industry. Tourism contributes a significant amount of revenue for Douglas County. Reopening attractions is another way of bringing back hope to an industry being hit hard by the global pandemic. The…

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…