Author: Ryan Compeau

Northland Brides Plan for the Perfect Wedding

Brides got to scout out the elements for the perfect wedding Sunday

DULUTH, Minn.- Before walking down the aisle Twin Ports brides walked down rows of vendors to scout out the elements for their perfect wedding. Dresses, cakes, and entertainment filled the Greysolon Ballroom Sunday as more than 40 vendors gave couples and brides some one-on-one time as they plan for their special days. “We have found that the peak engagement season…

St. Luke’s Employees Get Haircuts for a Cause

Northlanders donated their hair to "Children with Hair Loss"

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s the season of giving, and for one group of Northlanders, they are giving this year in a unique way. St. Luke’s workers and their family members donated their precious hair Saturday for kids in need. “I love my hair so much so I just hope someone else can love it as much as I did”, said Sarah…

Holiday Fair Invades the DECC, Raises Money for the Junior League

Thousands filled the DECC for the annual Festival of Trees event

DULUTH, Minn.- Thousands of people filled the DECC for the annual Festival of Trees to get a head start on some Christmas shopping. The weekend fair is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Junior League of Duluth. It brings in more than $50,000 and all of it goes right back into the community. Young and old filled the DECC…

Kids Train to be Santa’s Elves

Northlanders learned first hand on what it takes to be one of Santa's elves

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids around the Northland strengthened their case to be on Santa’s nice list this year. The children learned first hand on what it takes to be one of Santa’s elves by doing hands-on activities, and decorating cookies to bring home. They even get a picture with Santa, and their favorite characters from the movie ‘Frozen’. Mall management says…

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Skis with Northland Kids

Kids under the age of 18 got a once in a lifetime opportunity Saturday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- Northland skiers under the age of 18 got a once in a lifetime opportunity to ski with an Olympic athlete Saturday. Kikkan Randall, a 2018 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist in Peyongchang spent some time with young skiers at Spirit Mountain. Randall, who is also a breast cancer survivor demonstrated for the kids in attendance some helpful tips on…

Applications Being Taken for Development of Affordable Housing

The process is part of Duluth Mayor Emily Larson's State of the City initiatives

DULUTH, Minn.- Applications are being taken for the development of more affordable housing options in Duluth. The process is part of Duluth Mayor Emily Larson’s State of the City initiatives. The city and the Duluth Economic Development Authority have identified several vacant lots throughout the city for housing development. “This is not something that comes off of a template of…

Woodland Avenue Re-Opens

The road is re-open as the two year project reaches its halfway point

DULUTH, Minn.- Superior Street wasn’t the only road re-opening in Duluth on Friday. A two year project to reconstruct portions of Woodland Avenue and Calvary Road has reached its halfway point. The roads are now re-opened, and bus routes are back to normal following five month of work to install new utilities and reconstruct the the streets. Businesses in the…

Mont du Lac Resort Hills Open Earlier Than Ever Before

The early chill in the air has been the perfect recipe for snow making at Northland Resorts

DULUTH, Minn.- The early chill in the air has been the perfect recipe for snow making at Northland resorts, especially at Mont du Lac in Superior. The resort officially opened Thursday, the earliest on record. It may only be the middle of November, but it’s looking more like the middle of the ski and snowboarding season at Mont du Lac…

Small Fire at NorShor Theater Out

The building was evacuated just after noon Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- Just after noon Thursday, the NorShor Theatre in Duluth was evacuated. According to the theater, while construction crews were working on sealing the outside of the building from moisture for the street project, embers fell and landed on insulation lining the NorShor’s street front. Those embers began to smolder, smoke appeared, and the fire department was contacted. “The…

YMCA Offers Special First-Time Swimming to 12 Students

Those students are no longer fearful of swimming anymore

DULUTH, Minn.- 12 Elementary kids in Duluth aren’t fearful of swimming anymore, thanks to free lessons from the YMCA. The 6-week program for the kids was donated to Myers-Wilkins School. It allowed 4th and 5th students who had never swam before the training and skills to be basic swimmers. “Having these kids get this experience is absolutely amazing because at…

Being Prepared for Next Round of Snow

The chances of snow are increasing each day, and hardware stores are saying stock up before it's too late

DULUTH, Minn.- With the chances for significant snowfall growing every day, hardware stores are saying stock up on your snow removal tools before the big one hits. Shovels, snow blowers and salt are just some of the tools getting on the minds of Northlanders now that the first accumulating snowfall of the season has hit the Twin Ports. The General…

Adding Some Color to Your House

Flora North is offering demonstrations on how to make Windowboxes this weekend

DULUTH, Minn.- If you’re looking to add some color to your home, for the winter season, then a Windowbox may be for you. Flora North is now offering demonstrations on how to make Windowboxes. They are filled with plants using a bohemian design, with a holiday flare that includes white washed greenery. The whole process aims to make your house…

Vaping Awareness from Former X-Ray Technician

Cloquet students and parents learned more about vaping and it's effects on the bodies lungs

DULUTH, Minn.- Parents of students in Cloquet came together to learn more about vaping from a former X-Ray technician. Rob Holladay, has been speaking across the country, talking about the effects vaping has on a person’s body especially their lungs. The goal of Thursday’s nights presentation was to make parents aware of the latest nicotine trends involving our youth. “Kids…

City Working to Tackle Flooding Problems on Park Point

The City of Duluth is jumping in to relieve some of the problems by improving sanitary and sewer issues

DULUTH, Minn.- When it rains it pour for residents on Park Point who are increasingly dealing with flooding outside and inside their homes. Now the city is jumping in to relieve some of the problems by improving sanitary and sewer issues in the area. High lake levels and storms often threaten water damage to Park Point homes, but now property…

Red Kettle Kick-Off Begins

Northlanders got a sneak peak of Bentleyville USA Wednesday, while donating to a good cause

DULUTH, Minn.- Folks got a sneak peak at Bentleyville USA before their official opening. It was also the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle season kickoff and toy and food giveaway. People of all ages bundled up and got to witness America’s largest free walk through lighting display. It was also a night of getting into the holiday spirit. Roasting marsh mellows,…

Janet Kennedy Becomes First African American Council Member

History was made Tuesday night during the Duluth Election

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday night, history was made as Janet Kennedy became the first African American to be elected to the Duluth City Council. The third time was the charm for Kennedy as she had run for the District 5 seat the past two elections. Kennedy tells us, she hopes last night’s win serves as an example for young people. “As…

Voter Turnout at 34 Percent

Duluth voter turnout was pretty much the same four years ago

DULUTH, Minn.- Meanwhile, the Duluth City Clerk tells us voter turnout was pretty much the same as four years ago – at about 34%. Turnout in 2015 for the mayoral election was about 33%. City Clerk Chelsea Helmer was hoping for closer to forty. She says her office and city officials are committed to continuing to get as many voters…

UMD Students get Networking Opportunity

UMD students applying for jobs and internships met leaders in the field they're pursuing.

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD students applying for jobs and internships met leaders in the field they’re pursuing. Some students tell us they’re interested in working in music industry, with another saying they want to start their own biochemistry company. Networking with professionals to prepare for post-college careers can help students launch into the next chapter of their lives. “Networking is so…

Oswald, Kirby, Sandholm Elected Duluth School Board Members

Alanna Oswald, and David Kirby were re-elected while newcomer Paul Sandholm picked up Election night wins

DULUTH, Minn.- Alanna Oswald and David Kirby have been re-elected on the Duluth School Board, while Paul Sandholm also was victorious Tuesday night. In the At-Large race, Oswald received 10,528 votes or 54.4% defeated challenger John Schwetman who picked up 8,667 votes or 44.8%. Over in District 2, David Kirby was re-elected after knocking off Harry Welty. Kirby would receive…

Duluth Police Adding Additional Help at Bentleyville

Duluth Police Department are adding some extra patrols to the Bayfront Park area

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday night we told you about vandalism once again happening at Bentleyville, this time in the form of graffiti. And now, as Duluth Police continue investigating they are adding some extra patrols to the Bayfront Park area. To make sure the park stays protected, and Bentleyville has a great show this year, more security measures are being added….

Christmas Assistance for those in Need

The holiday season can be tough for some, but the Salvation Army is offering some assistance

DULUTH, Minn.- The holiday season can be tough for some around the Northland, but the Salvation Army is offering some assistance for those in need. Those who need some help for holidays can now apply for Christmas dinner and gifts for families and children ages sixteen and under. When you apply, you must bring your photo ID, proof of current…

Bentleyville Vandalized Again

Bentleyville Tour of Lights founder asking for extra eyes to help patrol the Northland's biggest festival of lights

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Police are investigating vandalism at Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Bayfront Park. One of the trailers was spray painted over the weekend with graffiti. And after theft and vandalism last year, too, Bentleyville’s founder is asking for extra eyes to help patrol the Northland’s biggest festival of lights. Unfortunately the Grinch has struck again at Bentleyville, as…

Expanding Your Underwater Knowledge

The Gales of November brought those together Saturday to learn more about the Great Lakes

DULUTH, Minn.- The Gales of November occur when cold, dry air from northern Canada converges with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico over the Great Lakes. The name is inspired by the 1975 sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and with that comes an educational event here in Duluth. People filled the DECC Saturday afternoon to bring the Lake…

Fire Destroys $500,000 of Logging Equipment

St. Louis County is investigating a possible arson at a logging operation just north of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County is investigating a possible arson at a logging operation just north of Duluth. The fire destroyed $500,000 worth of equipment and is considered a total loss. The destroyed piece of equipment, the Caterpillar 521B Feller Buncher is a type of harvester used in logging. It is a motorized vehicle with an attachment that can rapidly…

Northlanders Get Spooky Indoors

Families Thursday afternoon got a head start on trick-or-treating indoors at Superior's Business District

SUPERIOR, Wis.- In Superior, families got a head start on trick-or-treating in the city’s Business District. The cold windy day forced many trick-or-treaters indoors, but that didn’t stop them from having just as much fun. Young and old filled the Superior Business District for some daytime trick-or-treating. From skeletons, to spider-man, and even dressing up as their favorite music artist,…

Pizza Luce Celebrates Co-Owner’s Birthday, Fight Against ALS

It was a night to celebrate Scott Nelson, and give to those affected by the disease

DULUTH, Minn.- ALS affects as many as 30,000 people in the United States, with 5,000 new cases diagnosed each year. And while survival rates are slim, there is hope for people with the disease. One of those people, happens to be the co-owner of Pizza Luce Restaurants. Back in 2017, Scott Nelson was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou…

Kwik Trip Opens High-Tech Car Wash in Superior

The car wash will cut your time spent in it, in half

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A new state-of-the-art car wash has opened in Superior that cuts time spent in it, in half. The new car wash is just the second of three of these new advanced car washes in the Northland. The new car wash features dual flat belts which allows four cars to be carried through the wash without stopping, which will…

William A. Irvin Undergoes a Paint Job

DULUTH, Minn.- Meanwhile, the newly refurbished William A. Irvin is looking a little shinier and brighter. DECC employees and a handful of sea cadets spent Tuesday and Wednesday giving the popular ship museum, a fresh coat of paint. The nearby anchors also got a paint job. More will will be done on the ship in the spring before a grand…

Learning More About our Planet with a Twist

Kids got a head start on trick-or-treating, while also learning more about our planet Wednesday night

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids and families in the Northland got a head start on trick-or-treating while also learning more about our planet. Displays were all over the Planetarium over at UMD for all ages to interact with. It included alien slime, stomp rockets, and even cockroaches that people got to hold. “One of the things we always hope to show with…

Prep Work Begins for Taco Bell on London Road

After sitting vacant for more than a year, the former BP Gas Station on London Road is moving to become a Taco Bell

DULUTH, Minn.- After sitting vacant for more than a year, the former BP Gas Station on London Road in Duluth is moving closer to becoming a Taco Bell. Bulldozers could be seen digging on the site at the corner of London Road and 21st Avenue West. The City of Duluth says full construction hasn’t been given the all-clear just yet,…

Quilting for a Good Cause

Members of the Northern Lights Machine Quilters Guild are giving to those in need this holiday season

DULUTH, Minn.- Since April, members of the Northern Lights Machine Quilters Guild brought a quilt block they never finished to their monthly meeting, and since then everyone has taken one home to work on. Fast forward to Tuesday, and those blocks have now become pillows, blankets, and even bags for everyday use that members of the Guild bid on for…

Duluth International Airport Sees Large Passenger Increase

Passenger numbers have grown by 15% between July and September

DULUTH, Minn.- Leadership at the Duluth International Airport say they’ve seen passenger numbers grow by 15% between July to September. The addition of American Airlines service to Chicago helped contribute to a 14% increase this year with travelers choosing Duluth over the Twin Cities. More competition also brought the average ticket price down 5%. “It just opens up opportunities. We…

Time to Prepare for the Ice Fishing Season

The season is quickly approaching, which means it's time to stock up on all your ice fishing needs

DULUTH, Minn.- Lakes and rivers may not be frozen yet, but that isn’t stopping ice anglers from getting ready for the upcoming season. At the ice fishing expo at Black Bear Casino, people can buy everything rods, to tackle, to full ice houses. Kids can even fish in the trout pond and win prizes. While it may still be early…

An Early Halloween Celebration

Sterling Silver Dance Studio is getting spooky all week long

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A Superior dance studio is starting its Halloween celebrations early this year. Sterling Silver Dance Studio is getting spooky all week long as the students are dressing up as they prepare to show off their moves this weekend. The director tells us this isn’t the only time they dress up, that way the kids are creative throughout the…

Beer Collaboration to Help Disabled Veterans

You will soon be able to enjoy a new brew at Canal Park Brewery, for a good cause

DULUTH, Minn.- You will soon be able to enjoy a new brew in Duluth, while helping disabled military veterans in the Northland. It’s happening at Canal Park Brewery. The company has partnered with ‘Lake Superior Warriors’ to create a special craft beer. Wednesday, some local veterans worked with the master brewer, a veteran himself, to get the process going. “It’s…

Wind Gusts Don’t Stop Bayfront Tree Workers

40 mile per hour gusts wouldn't stop workers from putting lights up on the Bayfront Christmas Tree

DULUTH, Minn.- Wind gusts weren’t as bad as they were yesterday in Duluth, but gusts did exceed forty miles per hour, which didn’t stop workers from putting up the lights on the Christmas tree down in Bayfield Park Tuesday. One of the workers we spoke with who has been doing this for 11 years, the bad weather doesn’t affect him….

Life House Celebrates New Expansion

Life House opened its new Annex and Commons space

DULUTH, Minn.- Life House in Duluth which provides homeless and street youth from ages 14-24 with support, housing, and a safe alternative opened it’s doors today to it’s new space called the Annex. The future education and employment program over at Life House on West First Street in downtown Duluth has a new home. After renovations to the former Cooper’s…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Diamond Tool Reunion

25 years ago this month, Diamond Tool and Horseshoe Company in West Duluth closed its doors

DULUTH, Minn.- Twenty-five years ago this month, Diamond Tool and Horseshoe Company in West Duluth closed its doors. And last week, co-workers gathered to celebrate, and catch up with one another. Diamond Tool’s former office and factory employees gathered at Kom-On-Inn in West Duluth for a special anniversary. The local business at 4702 Grand Avenue began as Diamond Calk Horse…

Prep Football: Tigers, Spartans Ready to Begin Postseason

The Wisconsin high school football brackets were released Saturday and Northwestern and Superior will see their 2019 season continue

DULUTH, Minn.- The Wisconsin high school football brackets were released Saturday, and two local teams will see their seasons continue. Northwestern, fresh off their undefeated season for the second year in a row, will host a first round playoff game Friday night as they will take on Nekoosa in Division 5 action. The Tigers aren’t the only ones playoff bound…

UMD Men’s Basketball Team Receives High Praise From NSIC Coaches

The Bulldogs were picked to finish 1st in the North Division, and Brandon Myer pegged as the North Division Player of the Year

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference released it annual preseason coaches poll for men’s basketball, and the UMD men’s basketball team were picked to finish first in the Northern Division, and third overall in the conference. The coaches selected Minnesota-Duluh to finish first in the Northern Division with 49 points, 9 points clear of defending conference champions Northern State….

UMD Men’s Hockey Team Struggles Offensively Again Versus Wisconsin

The Bulldogs were only able to muster up a goal Saturday night against the Badgers

MADISON, Wis.- UMD men’s hockey put 58 shots on the Wisconsin goaltender, but fell 3-1 at Kohl Center. This was also the first time since last March that UMD would be swept in a weekend series when they took on St. Cloud State as they were unable to get their offensive game going, falling to Wisconsin Saturday night 3-1. After…

College Volleyball: UW-Superior victorious in Home Finale, St. Scholastica Falls at Home

The Yellowjackets picked up a sweep of Bethany Lutheran, while the Saints fell in four sets to No. 12 St. Benedict

DULUTH, Minn.- In their home finale of the 2019 campaign, the UW-Superior women’s volleyball team made quick work of Bethany Lutheran in UMAC action in straight sets Saturday afternoon. Leading the way for the Yellowjackets was Cami Sletta with 10 kills, and Yana Carrera with 18 digs. The Yellowjackets are back in UMAC play Tuesday night at Northwestern (Minn.). For…

UW-Superior Soccer Sweeps Minnesota Morris in UMAC Play

The Yellowjacket men and women would pitch shut-outs Saturday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- On the women’s side of action, the UW-Superior soccer team extended its winning streak in UMAC play to five matches thanks to a 2-0 victory over visiting Minnesota Morris. Emma Street, and Kenzie Oelherking found the back of the net and Madison Gutekunst picked up her second shut-out of the season. For the Yellowjacket men, Blake Perry would…

UMD Women’s Hockey Team Falls Short for Second Night in a Row

The Bulldogs threw plenty of pucks on net, but fell 2-1 to Bemidji State Saturday afternoon

BEMIDJI, Minn.- For the second night in a row, the No. 8 UMD women’s hockey team could not solve Beaver goaltender Lauren Bench as she turned away 27 of the 28 Bulldog shots. The opening frame would be scoreless, but Bemidji would jump out to a 2-0 lead at the midway point of the contest. Anneke Linser would pot the…

St. Scholastica Football Comeback Falls Short

The Saints trailed 20-0 at one point, but fell to Greenville in an offensive shoot-out 40-34

GREENVILLE, IL.- Saints quarterback Zach Edwards threw for over 500 yards, but wouldn’t be enough as St. Scholastica fell to Greenville 40-34. The first half was dominated by the Panthers as they built up a 20-6 lead going into the halftime break. Greenville would extend their lead to 27-6 before Edwards would lead St. Scholastica back from that deficit to…

UMD Football Struggles in Interdivisional NSIC Road Loss

No. 23 Bulldogs couldn't get offense going in 34-3 loss to Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Bulldogs would only be able to muster up a total of 133 yards in their loss Saturday afternoon to Sioux Falls. Dan Branger would provide the lone points for UMD as he nailed a 40-yard field goal just past the midway point in the opening quarter. From then on, Sioux Falls would score 27 unanswered points…

Great Outdoors: Team Duluth Ski Club Kicks Off Season

Snow may not be sticking to the ground yet, but members gathered Tuesday night getting ready for the upcoming season

DULUTH, Minn.- Snow may not be sticking to the ground yet for skiers and snowboarders, but Tuesday night was the kick off open house for the 2019 winter season for Team Duluth Ski Club. Team Duluth Ski Club Participates in competitive racing and training for alpine, freestyle, and snowboard athletes that send 6 to 18 year olds all over the…

Father of Jackson Pfister Speaks Out

Jackson's father says his son was a leader who was always looking out for others who struggled

ESKO, Minn.- Last Friday night, a 15-year-old Esko football player collapsed during a game and later died. Fox 21’s Ryan Compeau talked with Jackson Pfister’s father Matt over the phone. “Jackson was a leader who was always looking out for others who struggled and often cared more about classmates than himself”, said Pfister. Jackson died Friday night after collapsing during…

Pumpkin Giveaway and Halloween Celebration

A local Duluth realtor is hosting a pumpkin pick-up for clients, customers and friends

DULUTH, Minn.- One local Duluth realtor is hosting a pumpkin pickup for the clients, customers, and friends that they do business with on a daily basis. J.S. Realty is keeping the yearly tradition going of giving away free pumpkins to members of the community, along with giving them a home cooked meal, and just catching up with friends. “Real estate…