Author: Ryan Compeau

Cloquet Fire Receives Grant For Much-Needed New Equipment

35-year-old air packs have been improved because of this nearly $400,000 grant

CLOQUET, Minn.- The Cloquet Area Fire Department has recently received a grant for nearly $400,000 to upgrade their 35-year-old air packs. Improved tracking capabilities, air monitoring, along with Bluetooth capability are some of the new additions for the 53 air packs they are purchasing. But the biggest takeaway is the large improvement of firefighting safety. “Functionally they are pretty similar…

Haunted Trail Looking To Rebuild

The money donated will help go towards a new roof, and a new maize

SAGINAW, Minn.- After a harsh winter, a Saginaw Haunted Trail is asking for the public’s help to rebuild. The money donated from the community will go towards repairing the roof of the shed the props are stored in, a maize they just built last year that is destroyed, and to replace some props that were broken. The owner says, the…

Cloquet Offering Incentives For New Brewery Or Cidery

Cloquet is looking to add a brewery or cidery to its cities West End District

CLOQUET, Minn.- One Northland community would like to add a brewery or cidery to their town, and that city is offering financial incentives for someone to make that happen. Small towns across the Northland have felt the financial impact of breweries and now the City of Cloquet is looking to add one to its cities West End District. Cloquet is…

Duluth’s Japanese Garden Ready For Delegation From Sister City

DULUTH, Minn.- In preparation for this weekend’s visit of delegates from Duluth’s Sister City in Japan, Ohara-Isumi City,  extra work is being done at Enger Park’s Japanese Garden. Raking was being done around the garden Wednesday to make sure it looks perfect for visiting delegates. Irina Haller, co-chair of the Duluth Japanese Garden Committee, says she’s excited to show off…

Graffiti Makes Its Way To Hermantown Roadway

The words "yikes" and "warning" are spray painted on Hermantown Road

  HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A unique way to let drivers know about potential hazards has popped up over in Hermantown. White graffiti can now be seen along a certain roadway to make potholes easier to spot. The words warning and yikes are sprayed with white paint across Hermantown Road. City leaders know about this, they are just happy the wording is…

Fourth of July Preparations In Full Swing

A week away from the 4th of July and firework warehouses are extremely busy

SOUTH RANGE, Wis.- With the Fourth of July just around the corner, firework businesses are ramping up. KG Fireworks Warehouse on the South Range has had customers coming in asking for some of their top sellers from sparklers, to mortar kits, and despite all the excitement that comes with fireworks, officials say being safe is always their top priority. “We…

WWII Plane Visits The Northland

Vampire Jet made a stop in Superior Wednesday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A one of a kind plane that was used in World World II landed at the Bong Airport in Superior Wednesday. The seventy year old plane has a rich history including flying 40,000 feet before any other fighter plane crossed the Atlantic. The plane will make Duluth home for the next month, as it will be on display…

Virginia’s Olcott Fountain Back In Business

After a six year hiatus, the fountain is back up and running

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Virginia’s Olcott Fountain is up and running again after a six year hiatus. In recent years, a million dollar donation came in for the project, in a park that has been a hub of activity in Virginia in years past. Park foundation members say this has been a long time coming and are thrilled the fountain is working…

Assisted Living Facility Robbed in Virginia

Virginia Police are investigating an armed robbery at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living center

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Virginia police are investigating an armed robbery at an assisted living facility. Employees say two men came into the building in the middle of the night and stole prescription narcotics. A 9-1-1 call alerted police that two younger men entered the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living center on 17th Street through the unlocked main entrance doors shortly after 3…

Knowing Your Neighbor: Fairchild Equipment

A new business has come to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a company specializing in forklifts and other warehouse supplies, and Fairchild Equipment now has a location in Duluth. Fairchild Equipment provides warehouse equipment, forklift rental and forklift parts. Now with a new brick and mortar location here in Duluth, hard to find parts are easier to locate. “A big forklift like this, if it breaks down it’s…

Nutritional Education Class For Teens

Teens were taught proper cooking tips during a class Monday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Better self preservation is on the mind of FoodWIse educators this week as teens are taught proper cooking tips during a unique class in Superior. During the event, students learn a variety of important skills including the important of hand and food washing. Students are also learning the basics of the program ‘MyPlate’ which gives kids a better…

UMD Women’s Basketball Team Hosts Camp

Some of the women's basketball team was on hand giving out pointers for high schoolers around the area

DULUTH, Minn.- Dozens of camps are happening all summer at UMD on a variety of topics from science to athletics. Monday, some Northland girls got some extra help when it comes to their basketball skills from those who they look up too. During the event, girls participated in a variety of drills, and event got the chance to be coached…

The Weekend That Was of Grandma’s Marathon

A very successful Granada's weekend due to many things

DULUTH, Minn.- The 43rd Annual Grandma’s Marathon has come and gone, and while the clean-up is still on-going, it’s time to take a final look back at just how everything went this year. Northlanders spend so long getting prepared and ready for the thousands of people that come to town for Grandma’s Marathon. And then it goes by just like…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Takes Marathon Runners to Starting Line

More than 1,100 people took the train to avoid traffic to Two Harbors

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The North Shore Scenic Railroad offered runners the most comfortable trip up to Two Harbors from Duluth today. The train filled up with runners at 5:45 Saturday morning as they looked to avoid traffic and headaches while also checking out what the North Shore has to offer. For one runner, he saw this as a perfect opportunity…

Nice Weather Pays Dividends For Grandma’s Runners

After a week of uncertainty, mother nature surprised us Saturday with sunny skies

DULUTH, Minn.- Weather plays a huge role in how runners will finish. Saturday, athletes took full advantage of the weather as many set personal records including a runner from New York who took 8th place in Saturday’s 43rd Grandma’s Marathon. “If it was raining, cold and if the wind was blowing in your face, it would have been a completely…

Food Truck Friday Kick’s Off In Front Of Duluth Public Library

This event will happen every Friday from 11-2 p.m. and run through the end of August

DULUTH, Minn.- Food Truck Friday’s kicked off Friday outside the Duluth Public Library. Those attending say it’s a great way to get out of the house to support local businesses around the Northland. “It’s great to have this going on in the summer every Friday at the library. You can have lunch and people come out, mingle and get out…

Grandma’s Marathon Route See’s Slight Change For Second Year

With Superior Street reconstruction on-going, Grandma's Marathon will use a brief detour

DULUTH, Minn.- Something to keep an eye on tomorrow, is the different route that the runners will take for the second straight year due to construction in downtown Duluth. It’s year two of three of Grandma’s Marathon route being a little different, but it’s not as complicated as you may think. As phase two of reconstruction continues on Superior Street,…

North Shore Railroad Offering Rides For Grandma’s Runners

The North Shore Scenic Railroad will take 1,100 runners to Two Harbors at 5:45 Saturday morning

DULUTH, Minn.- Moving people around the Northland is very difficult this weekend, but one local business is offering a free way for runners to get to the starting line from Duluth. The North Shore Scenic Railroad will be taking around 1,100 runners from Duluth to Two Harbors. It will leave at 5:45 in the morning from over by the DECC…

Edna G In Need of Volunteers

A tourist attraction needs help to run tours of it next month

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- A tug boat that was used in World War I, that is now a tourist attraction in Two Harbors, needs volunteers to help run tours of it. The Edna G, a tug boat that came to Two Harbors back in December of 1980 will allow people to tour it once again after a five year hiatus during…

Grandma’s Marathon Preps in Full Swing in Two Harbors

The calm before the storm as the site for the starting line is ready for thousands of runners and spectators

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- With all the people coming to the Northland, it means a lot of work is going on behind the scenes. Rain or shine, come Saturday morning, thousands of runners and spectators will gather in Two Harbor’s for the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon. Ready or not. Here they come. As the start line for Grandma’s Marathon is ready for…

Torch Run Makes Stop in Duluth

The Flame of Hope made it's way around Duluth Wednesday afternoon before heading to the Twin Cities

DULUTH, Minn.- Earlier in the week, the Flame of Hope Torch began its trip from Thunder Bay Canada to the Twin Cities, and today the torch was in Duluth starting its final leg to the Twin Cities. Seventeen bikers and runners along with law enforcement representatives made their way around Duluth today. They are celebrating the beginning of the Minnesota…

Hundreds Take Part in Day of Caring Event

Volunteers were seen up and down the railroad tracks of the North Shore Scenic Railroad

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across Duluth today for the United Way’s Day of Caring. Volunteers walked a three mile stretch along the Lakewalk on the North Shore Scenic Railroad and picked up trash and debris preventing it from getting into Lake Superior. Two volunteers we spoke to said making Duluth look clean is important, but with Grandma’s…

Lake Superior College Hosts Crash Simulation

Middle School aged kids saw the harsh reality of what could happen Wednesday when not paying attention on the roads

DULUTH, Minn.- They are not old enough to drive yet, but on Wednesday, 60 middle school aged campers saw the harsh reality of what could happen if they aren’t paying attention on the roads. Mock victims feigned injuries with cuts and bruises all over their bodies, showing young kids what distracted driving could lead to. The simulation had a dual…

A Better Understanding of Elderly Abuse

The forum Friday offered those in attendance a better understanding of how to look out for elderly abuse

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Every year, one in ten older adults experience some kind of abuse. That’s according to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine. Today, a forum at the Superior Public Library taught the community signs of elder abuse like caregiver neglect, financial exploitation, and financial harm. Attendees also learned how to stop the abuse, and get people…

New Heavy Equipment Shop Opens in Duluth

Fairchild Equipment opens it's tenth location, but first in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Today, a new heavy equipment shop opened its doors in Duluth. Fairchild Equipment provides warehouse equipment, forklift rental, and forklift parts. Company officials are excited to bring their unique style of customer service to Duluth. “When we are calling on a customer, or we are sitting with you, we want you to know you are a customer for…

Duluth Business Receives Special Recognition for Veterans Work

Veterans showed their appreciation to Kraus Anderson Construction in a special way Friday

DULUTH, Minn.- A lot of people around the Northland do great things to honor area veterans, and today a Duluth construction company is being recognized for doing that. Kraus Anderson has been involved with many projects to benefit veterans, and some area veterans showed their appreciation today by presenting the company with some special items. Kraus Anderson received plaques with…

USS Duluth Reunion See’s Flag From Ship Hung At City Hall

Thirty members of the USS Duluth gathered at City Hall today for this special recognition

DULUTH, Minn.- U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Veterans who served on board the USS Duluth decades ago are back in the Twin Ports for a reunion this week. Thursday, these crew members celebrated a flag that was on that ship for six months during World War Two. A Battle Ensign is a large flag on a ship making that ship…

Forfeited Land Auction Held in Duluth

More than 100 Northland properties went up for sale today

DULUTH, Minn.- More than one hundred Northland properties went up for sale today during St. Louis County tax forfeit land auction. Some of the top properties for sale included more than twenty houses, and some prime waterfront locations that had cabins. Those in attendance are thrilled to walk away with a new piece of property. “It’s hard to keep them…

Unique Cloquet Pool Opens for Summer Season

"The Beach" in Cloquet is open for the summer season

CLOQUET, Minn.- One of the Northland’s most unique beaches, is now open for the season in Cloquet. “The Beach” at Pinehurst Park has filtered chlorinated water, with a sandy bottom just like a real beach. There are swim lanes, and a depth of six feet with lifeguards on duty. But the fun doesn’t stop there. “We have a lot of…

Cloquet Police Hosts Unique Experience

All week long, Cloquet and Fon Du Lac Police have hosted fifty-six kids in a special police camp

STURGEON LAKE, Minn.- It’s part of a joint effort between Cloquet and Fon Du Lac Police Departments. Around sixty Northland youngsters are getting a unique experience this week. They are taking part in a special police camp. Fifty-six 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from the Northland got the once in a lifetime opportunity to go camping with Cloquet Police….

Great Outdoors: Duluth Rowing Club Offers Junior Program

An opportunity for young people to try something new this summer

DULUTH, Minn.- Summer is here for students around the Northland, and with that comes some free time. The Duluth Rowing Club is offering a two week course for those looking to get out of their shell and onto the water. The Duluth Rowing Club is hosting camp that teaches young people how to row the right way using the correct…

Cloquet Gets New City Hall Building

Coming Monday, the City of Cloquet will have a new home for its City Hall building

CLOQUET, Minn.- For the first time in 30 years, Cloquet City Hall is getting a new home. Construction is beginning to wind down on this new downtown building. The police department is joining City Hall employees in the Old Members Cooperative Credit Union building. The move takes everyone from their current eight thousand square foot building to now thirty thousand…

Beach House Opens on Park Point

A sign that summer is near

DULUTH, Minn.- There’s a sign of summer right around the corner as the Park Point Beach House has opened for the season. With the warm weather we had Tuesday, some folks spent today at the beach. We came across one beach-goer today who spent thirty years working for the City’s Public Works Department. It turns out, he played a major…

Duluth City Council Approves Changes to Minnesota Power Building

Duluth City Council Approved Monday Night's Vote for Renovations to the Minnesota Power Building

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Power building in downtown Duluth hasn’t changed much since 1970’s, but company leaders are hoping the Duluth City Council helps clear the way for some renovations by letting them close the entrance to their building from the sky walk. The vote Monday night was approved unanimously, with councilor Arik Forsman abstaining. The main goal includes…

Rowers Hit the Water for the First Time

Duluth Rowing Club begun their Junior Program Monday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- If you have a kid who wants to get out on the water this summer, the Duluth Rowing Club is hosting a camp that teaches students how to row the right way and shows them the teamwork it takes to be successful at it. “A lot of people think it is mainly upper body and your back which…

NorShor Theater Begins Summer Camp

Kids of all ages started their prep work Monday for upcoming plays

DULUTH, Minn.- Summer camps began today at the NorShor Theater as kids ages seven to nine started their prep work for their upcoming plays. The kids learned some dance moves, the characters they would be playing along with learning the lines so they are comfortable for their big performance on Friday afternoon. “So many people are afraid of public speaking….

Duluth YMCA Offering Free Memberships for Kids

Kids going into grades 8 through 12 qualify for this offer, but there are only 100 free memberships available

DULUTH, Minn.- With most Northland schools out for the year, the YMCA is offering 100 free youth memberships at their downtown location for kids entering 8th through 12th grade. The memberships are sponsored by Western Bank and help the ‘Y’ keep kids busy this summer and give them more opportunities to meet new friends. “The opportunity to allow youth to…

DNR’s Take a Kid Fishing Event Kicked-Off Today

Minnesota residents can fish without a license this weekend if their child is 15 or younger and in the boat with them

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota residents can fish without a license this weekend if they take their children 15 years or younger with them. The DNR’s ‘Take a Kid Fishing’ weekend kicked off today, and that means all weekend long Minnesota families can create memories out on the thousands of lakes in the state. While Minnesotans fifteen and younger don’t need fishing…

Better Your Understanding to Protect and Advocate for Human Trafficking

Prevention strategies and supportive services were the topic of discussion Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- A combination of awareness advocacy prevention strategies and supportive services was the topic of discussion today during a forum in Duluth looking into issues connected to human trafficking. Those in attendance received training on how they can help victims making sure they can all work together to protect survivors and advocate for change. “So our purpose is to…

Piedmont Elementary Spent The Day Outside On The Last Day Of School

Piedmont's elementary soccer field was filled with students and activities for them to participate in

DULUTH, Minn.- Students from across the area are celebrating as it’s the last day of school for many of them. That includes kids at Piedmont Elementary School in Duluth spent the day playing outside instead of being stuck in the classroom. The soccer field was busy with activities like dancing, tug of war, and relay races. The school says it’s…

Stoplights Coming to Busy London Road Intersection

Starting later this month, the intersection of London Road and 60th Avenue East will have stoplights

DULUTH, Minn.- Stoplights are coming to a busy Duluth intersection. They are being installed on London Road to help with construction of the Lester Park Bridge starting later this month. London Road and 60th Avenue East will be getting these temporary stoplights. The goal is to help with traffic during the $2 million dollar bridge rehabilitation project. “There’s over five…

City Doubles Pothole Patching Crew

There will now be six patching crew groups containing around four to six people

DULUTH, Minn.- Potholes have become so much of an issue in Duluth that the city is now doubling pothole crew response. The city says this has been a record breaking year for bad potholes. Duluth will now have six total crews divided into groups. Three on the east side, and three on the west side having four to six workers…

U.S. Army and Superior Fuel Join Forces

An incentive to join the Army and have possible employment after their stay

DULUTH, Minn.- Those interested in joining the Army are receiving a big incentive to do so, from a Northland business. Superior Fuel has announced they are partnering up with the Army in the partnership for youth success programs. What this program does is guarantees soldiers will get a job interview and possible employment after their stay in the Army. Leadership…

Zoo and DTA Announce Partnership

A partnership benefiting both parties was started Monday morning

DULUTH, Minn.- With tourist season vastly approaching, Duluth Transit Authority and the Lake Superior Zoo announced a partnership benefiting both parties of getting people to use both amenities. A new co-branded bus wrap was unveiled with the Lake Superior Zoo’s new logo and promoting the DTA’s convenient service to the area. A collaboration that helps both going into the summer….

Phase Three Of The Seawall Rehabilitation Began Monday

Phase Three hopes to be completed by Grandma's weekend June 21st.

DULUTH, Minn.- A project that was supposed to be completed last year began today in Duluth. Phase three of the Seawall rehabilitation project is now underway. As the Seawall rehabilitation project moves forward, the Minnesota Slip Bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic. That isn’t the only work being done. A storm water outfall, concrete patios, sidewalks, curbs, a bike…

Safety Tips When You Encounter A Rip Current

Beach season is vastly approaching but remaining safe is the main goal

DULUTH, Minn.- Know before you go. Beach season is coming and the more you know about rip currents the better your trip to the beach will be. With the way the waves were whipping around Monday, it wouldn’t have been a good day out on the water. That’s why making sure you know the proper tips to avoid being swept…

Northland Trail Joins Elite Company

Duluth now has a national scenic trail running right through it

DULUTH, Minn.- It has been a process for over 25 years, but now Duluth has a national scenic trail running right through it. Congress passed a massive public lands package earlier this year making Duluth part of just 11 national scenic trails in the country. What is known as the Arrowhead Re-Route, it makes the Superior hiking trail part of…

Small Explosion Causes Fire at Motel 6

The explosion happened early Friday morning

DULUTH, Minn.- This morning, a fire caused an evacuation at the Motel 6 on 27th Avenue West in Duluth. When crews arrived just after 9 a.m., they found smoke in a hallway and in multiple rooms because of a possible explosion. A utility room had a broken window and ceiling damage. A guest we spoke with, was inside the hotel…

Eskomos Softball Team Win Fourth Straight Section Title

Esko got their runs early and often against Proctor.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Sophomore pitcher Miranda Kelley held Proctor to just one run and chipped in with a two-RBI single as Esko knocked off the Rails 8-1 in the Section 7AA championship game at Braun Park in Cloquet. The Eskomos win their fourth straight section title as they advance to the state tournament. Categories: High School, Sports

Alana Young’s Walk-Off Single Sends Panthers Softball To State Tourney

The game was scoreless for six and a half innings before South Ridge was able to break through.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In bottom of the seventh inning, Alana Young singled to left field, bringing in Natalie Smith to score the lone run of the game as the South Ridge softball team gets the walk-off win over Cherry 1-0 Thursday afternoon at Braun Park in Cloquet. Panthers pitcher Malania Madill finished the 7A playoffs with 33 scoreless innings as…