Author: Nachai Taylor

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….

Fireworks Disturbances Creating Need To Warn About The Dangers

Duluth Police officers have answered nearly one hundred fireworks-related calls since June 1st.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeing an uptick in calls for fireworks disturbances. As those calls increase, the Duluth Fire Department is looking to remind fireworks users about the potential dangers and the importance of safety. As the Fourth of July inches closer, the use of illegal fireworks around Duluth has increased drastically compared to the same…

Virtual Driver’s Education Courses Helps Get Teens Prepared For The Road

Young drivers are required to take 30 hours of classroom instruction, but the pandemic has put limitations on in-person classes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many teens hoping to begin the process of getting their driver’s license, may have thought they lost their chance this year, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Fortunately, a local driving school is offering virtual driver’s education courses, so those teens get that opportunity. Northern Lights Driver Education is accepting sign-ups for its upcoming virtual class. The course…

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Appoints an Interim President

President Holly Sampson has lead the foundation for 30 years and is officially retiring next week.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation is welcoming an interim president until a replacement is found. Dave Montgomery, who serves on the organization’s Board of Trustees and is Chair of its investment committee, will take over for current President Holly Sampson. Sampson is officially retiring next week. Previously, Montgomery served as Chief Administrative Officer for the City…

Free Mask Giveaway Provides Protective Wear For Rural Communities

"We want to make sure we are not spreading it when we can prevent it.," said North Shore Rotary Club President Carrie Coan.

LAKE COUNTY, Minn. – The North Shore Rotary Club handed out free face masks to residents in Lake County. This was the club’s second face mask giveaway. The organization was inspired by the Duluth NAACP’s effort to continue to provide free masks to members of the Duluth community. The Rotary Club thought it was the responsible thing to help smaller…

Wilderness Health Gets An $800,000 Grant To Develop A Telehealth Program For Mental Health

"There is just a tremendous need. We have rising rates of mental health in our region. We have rising suicide rates," said Executive Director Cassandra Beardsley.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wilderness health, a collaborative of independent health providers for rural communities, was recently awarded a grant worth nearly $800,000. The grant will be used to support the development of a telehealth program to offer mental health and other services to be used within its ten health system network. The funds will also be used to provide the…

Grandmothers For Peace Take A Stand

Grandmothers for Peace plan to meet every Thursday outside Duluth City Hall.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandmothers for Peace Northland, which is an organization that fights for peace and justice in the community, is taking a stand to help end police brutality and systematic racism against minorities. On Wednesday, a group of members stood outside of Duluth City Hall to make a call for action. After hearing the outcry from many leaders in…

Ronald McDonald House Comes To Duluth

RMDH is slated to open this fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last year, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest has helped over 7,000 families with children dealing with cancer, between its four twin cities locations. The organization is expanding its reach by partnering with Essentia Health to establish the first Ronald McDonald house in the region. For the past two years, the partnership has been working to…

Twin Ports Food Shelf Continues To Offer Help To Those In Need

The agency will continue to offer the curbside service until September 30th.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency in Superior is continuing to help people in need with their week food shelf. The agency began giving out food to people at the start of the pandemic. The organization has implemented some protocols to ensure safety. They screen all employees and require them to wear masks. Also, the weekly food…

Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Division Reinstates Some Staff — For Now

Only three-quarters of staff will be brought back.

DULUTH, Minn. – In April the City of Duluth laid off nearly 100 full-time, temp and seasonal employees, including park maintenance staff. The parks and recreation division announced Wednesday some of the park maintenance crew are being partially reinstated. City staff say with more people visiting the parks and trails, it is causing a need for continuous upkeep. Only about…

A Task Force Is Being Assembled To Help Spirit Mountain Through Financial Problems

Application closes on July 8th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Mountain in Duluth has suffered many economic blows within the last year. The City of Duluth is working in partnership with spirit mountain to put together a task force to help find solutions for the tourist attraction’s financial problems. Currently, the city is accepting applications to fill up to 11 positions on the task force. It…

UWS Offers An Alternative Online Program For First-Year Students

DULUTH, Minn. –  A recent national survey discovered one out of six high school seniors are unsure about their fall college plans as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a threat to health. This statistic is pushing the University of Wisconsin Superior to create alternative options for students to begin their college education. The university is introducing planU, which is…

Subaru of America Donates Over $100,000 in Automotive Equipment to Lake Superior College

Most graduates of the automotive program typically remain in the region to fill a growing demand.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College is sending a big “thank you” to Subaru of American and Miller Hill Subaru for donating more than $100,000 worth of equipment for the automotive program. The extra equipment will help to further expand training for students to allow them to have a long-standing career. The automotive industry took a hit due to the…

UMD Moves To No Longer Require ACT Or SAT Scores For Enrollment Applications

This new admissions option is available for applicants starting in the spring and fall of 2021.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth is making an effort to help remove barriers for students applying to attend the school. The university is testing a new admissions model, which would no longer require ACT or SAT scores to be submitted. Instead, students are being given the choice to decide whether or not they want the scores to…

St. Luke’s Hospital Uses Technology To Identify Bacteria And Viruses Faster

"It allows us to deliver the right treatment and right therapy much soon than we have in the past," said Infectious Disease Physician Andrew Thompson.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s Hospital is the first healthcare facility in the region to utilize a spectrometer to help identify microorganisms much faster. Traditional methods to classify bacteria, viruses, and fungi typically take days to return results. The equipment uses a laser to break down the microorganisms for identification in a matter of minutes. “It allows us to deliver…

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar Says Get Your Kids Up-To-Date With Vaccinations

Measles vaccinations administered to children in Minnesota dropped by 70%.

DULUTH, Minn. – Recent studies show there has been a significant decrease in the number of vaccinations being given to children during the pandemic across the nation. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is pushing to address the troubling decline in the state. Doses of the measles vaccine administered in the state have dropped by 70% compared to last year. Health officials…

Wade Stadium Reopens For Small Public Events

Parties are limited to 25 people.

DULUTH, Minn- If you are looking for ideas on where to host a party, now that small gathering are allowed to take place, Wade Stadium might be the perfect location. While the Duluth Huskies are on hiatus due to the pandemic, the City of Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Division is reopening the stadium to the public for small group events….