Author: Ryan Compeau

4-H Horse Show Takes Over Take Lake County Fair

Some of the best Northland horse riders took center stage Saturday afternoon

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The Lake County Fair brings out thousands of organizations to the region and Saturday was 4-H day. Boys and girls of the Northland took center stage with their horses. Riders and their horses raced around the fairgrounds Saturday competing against some of the best the Northland has to offer. Obstacles and tight turns were just two of…

Japanese Students Visit The Northland

Duluth Sister Cities International brings twelve middle school aged kids to explore the Northland

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth and Isumi-City, Japan may be far away from one another geographically, but one local program has been finding ways to connect these two special cities for almost thirty years. Duluth Sister Cities International brought twelve middle school aged kids from Japan to spend the next week here in Duluth. The students will be exploring the North Shore,…

Diverse Art Shown Off In Duluth

Two local artists showed off their creative paintings and sculptural works

DULUTH, Minn.- Friday, two Wisconsin artists premiered their creative art exhibits featuring a variety of paintings and sculptural works completed in the past. The work, intentionally diverse and colorful shows off their cultural heritage one of the artists we spoke with says when he paints, he paints his feelings. “I like to paint my feelings. What comes out in my…

Four New Superior Firefighters Sworn In

The Superior Fire Department swore in four new members Friday afternoon

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s something they have been waiting weeks for as four new firefighters were sworn in to the Superior Fire Department Friday. One of the newest firefighters sworn in has a long family connection. Charlee Edwards joins her father, brother, and cousin as fire officials. Edwards says this was something she was bound to do. “I’ve always grown up…

UMD Shows Off New Science Building

The almost $45 million dollar building had it's grand opening Friday after 18 months of construction

DULUTH, Minn.- The new Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building at UMD allows students more collaboration opportunities with interior and exterior glass to add transparency to the building. The building was actually completed back in January for students. It offers more study space since the Swenson College of Science and Engineering Building maxed out capacity. It features three floors,…

Busy Weekend Ahead For Duluth Waterfront

The Blues Festival and Festival of Sail will keep Duluth busy this weekend

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth waterfront is going to be packed with Northlanders this weekend as the Blues Festival and Festival of Sail are both being held, with the crossover of the events happening Sunday. And with that, Blues Fest organizers will be opening the gates early on Sunday, so those in attendance can get the spot they want, and also…

Tips on Stress-Free Ways To Track Down Ancestors

Northlanders received tools on time saving ways to look for ancestors

DULUTH, Minn.- Often times, people don’t even know where to begin when it comes to searching for ancestors or looking up who they may be related too. But Thursday, some help was provided to those looking for answers during a genealogy workshop at the Depot. Participants learned what to search for when looking for ancestors, including how to sort through…

Future Of Clean And Safe Team In Property Owners Hands

City Council wants property owners to continue paying a combined total of $400,000 annually, with another $220,000 coming from the city

DULUTH, Minn.- In the coming weeks, the future of the Duluth’s Clean and Safe Team which works to beautify the downtown area will be decided by the City Council. Right now the council is looking at asking property owners in that area to continue paying a combined total of $400,000 annually, with another $220,000 coming from the city. They are…

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Visits UW-Superior

Baldwin got to check out a unique research hub that is protecting Lake Superior from invasive species

SUPERIOR, Wis.- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin was in Superior today checking out how a unique research hub is working to protect Lake Superior from invasive species. Senator Baldwin told us that she has a strong bipartisan agreement just introduced in place to re-authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative beginning in 2021 raising the funding from $300 million to…

A Celebration of Lighthouses

The lighthouses of Superior and Duluth were celebrated Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn.- Wednesday, the lighthouses of both Duluth and Superior were celebrated during Twin Ports Lighthouse Days. Kids got to make their own lighthouses from cups, stamp their lighthouse passport, create and color an activity book, and even check out some lighthouse films. Officials say although GPS’ are in most boats, having the lighthouse there in case of emergency is…

Gun Violence Rally Held In Duluth

Duluth City Hall was packed with those honoring the lives lost in the past week, as well as pushing for action to prevent future gun violence.

DULUTH, Minn.- After a series of recent deadly shootings across the country, the topic of gun violence getting a lot of attention. That’s why people filled the steps of City Hall in Duluth Wednesday. Duluth City Hall was packed with those honoring the lives lost in the past week, as well as pushing for action to prevent future gun violence….

New Apartment Complex Opens In Superior

P&R Properties opened their third site in three years as 320 North is the newest housing building to open their doors

SUPERIOR, Wis.- P&R Properties cut the ribbon on their third apartment complex in Superior today, and during that ceremony we could see what those in the Northland will get if they move into 320 North Apartments. The 89-unit apartment complex is located on F Street right near Lake Superior. The price falls into the luxury category, with renting starting at…

Busy Weekend Ahead For City of Duluth

The waterfront will be busy with Blues Fest and Festival of Sail happening this weekend

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth will be extremely busy come the weekend as the Blues Festival and Festival of Sail invade the waterfront. And with the Festival of Sail coming, it means the Vista Fleet will be running tours beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sunday until 10 p.m. on Tuesday which means more work for the Vista Fleet. But those with the Fleet…

St. Luke’s Partners With St. Scholastica Hosting Scrub Class For Medical Students

Students from St. Scholastica got training needed for the intimidating situation the operating room is

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Luke’s has partnered with St. Scholastica to offer a scrub class for students wanting to become a Physician Assistant. The fifteen students getting the training today were shown how to properly scrub, gown, and put gloves on before a procedure. Then, students got their chance to scrub in and even practice the sterilization techniques. Those putting on…

William A. Irvin To Begin Restoration Process

Starting Thursday, work will begin on the Irvin ten months after leaving Minnesota Slip

DULUTH, Minn.- Starting Thursday, more than ten months after the William A. Irvin was move from it’s home in the Minnesota Slip during reconstruction there, work to restore the Irvin will begin. Back in September, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center officials said the Irvin would be moving back to the Minnesota Slip this spring in time for tourism season. But, when…

Gifts To Those Fighting Cancer

Cancer patients received blankets and messages of hope Tuesday morning to offer a sign of hope

DULUTH, Minn.- Cancer patients and their family members received blankets and messages of hope Tuesday morning at both Northland hospitals. It’s all part of the program through the Miller Hill Subaru Group and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that helps those battling the disease. Local leukemia survivor Melissa Rock who was pregnant wit her daughter at the time while also dealing…

Doc “Moonlight” Graham Festival

A festival to honor what the "Field of Dreams" star did for the Community of Chisholm

CHISHOLM, Minn.- Known for his work in the baseball movie “Field of Dreams”, Chisholm native Doc “Moonlight” Grahams festival kicks off Wednesday. The festival features a parade, car cruise, and even a 5K run on Saturday. Organizers say it’s more than just honoring his fame, but what he actually did for the Community of Chisholm. “A lot of people still…

St. Louis County Announces Treatment Of Opioid Use In Jail

The program will create a plan with local healthcare providers to offer medication-assisted treatment for people in, or recently released from county jail

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s an effort designed to eliminate the high numbers of opioid addictions in St. Louis County. Recently, the county became just one of fifteen counties chose for a new program to treat opioid use disorder in jail. The program will create a plane with local health care providers to offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for people in, or recently…

Prep Work Begins For St. Louis County Fair

Rides, tents, and even food vendors begin setting up shop Monday afternoon ahead of the festival

CHISHOLM, Minn.- Preparations have begun at the Northern St. Louis County Fair as it begins on Thursday in Chisholm. Tents are being set-up, while rides for all ages are arriving, organizers of the event say their fair serves a bigger purpose than most because of all the familiar faces you will see. “It’s kind of a gathering point in summers…

Hibbing Community College Receives Upgrades

An 11 million dollar project wrapped up at the college recently

HIBBING, Minn.- Recently, Hibbing Community College completed an eleven million dollar project of much needed upgrades to buildings on campus. A project ten years in the making is finally completed to better meet the needs of those attending the college. A brand new library, a modern student service area right when you walk into the building, and even a bookstore…

Thomas The Train Stops In Duluth

Thomas The Train and his friend Percy are in Duluth the next two weekends

DULUTH, Minn.- The North Shore Scenic Railroad is the only place in the Midwest where you will see not only Thomas the Tank, but also his good friend Percy as the Steam Tour continues. Families and kids packed the enterance to see Thomas roll in, get pictures with him, and also play some games while waiting for his arrival. Organizers…

Hands-Free Law Effect On Bicyclists

Bicyclists and walkers hope this law will make the roadway safer for everyone

DULUTH, Minn.- Distracted driving continues to take the lives of Minnesota’s most vulnerable roadway users- people who walk and bike. And with the hands-free law going in effect next Thursday, both bikers and walkers are hoping it keep them safer. Once this new law goes in effect next Thursday, drivers can only use their phones via voice commands or activation…

Minnesota Ballet Shows Off Talents

30 students showed off their talents learned so far from their summer camps

DULUTH, Minn.- Thirty Minnesota School of Ballet students showed off their talents they learned from their summer classes in front of family and friends today outside of the main Duluth Public Library. From tap, to jazz, students from Minnesota and around the country learned all sorts of dance moves during the class. Organizers say seeing the dancers be themselves and…

Surfer And Inventor Honored In The Northland

Tom Blake, famous for his watersport inventions will be honored Friday night in Washburn

WASHBURN, Wis.- A native son of Washburn and one of the worlds most well know long board surfers will be honored Friday night as paddle boarders will travel from Memorial Park in Washburn to Houghton Falls. Tom Blake is one of the most famous inventors for water sports creating the Hollow Surfboard back in 1926 while also building the prototype…

Minnesota Preps To Go Hands-Free

We are just a week away from the hands-free law going in place

DULUTH, Minn.- We are just under a week away from Minnesota becoming a hands-free driving state. The new law takes in effect next Thursday and it allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music and get directions, but only by voice commands or single–touch activation without holding the phone. Once this law starts,…

‘Bag It Duluth’ Seeks Reusable Bag Donation Sites

They would need these businesses and organizations to be donation sites for reusable bags to handout

DULUTH, Minn.- “Bag It Duluth” is calling on businesses, and organizations to become donation sites for reusable bags to hand out to those willing to go plastic–free. Thursday, the “Unitarian Universalist Congregation” of Duluth became a donation site for the reusable bags that volunteers have made out of donated t–shirts. ‘Bag it Duluth’ says plastic fragments are now found in…

Surfer And Inventor Honored In Northland

Tom Blake will be honored Friday night in Ashland during a paddle boarding event

  ASHLAND, Wis.- A native son of Washburn and one of the world’s most well know long board surfers will be honored tomorrow night as paddle boarders will travel from memorial park in Washburn to Houghton Falls. Tom Blake…is one of the most famous inventors for watersports, creating the hollow surfboard back in 1926, while also building the prototype of…

Ashland Recognized For Downtown Success

Ashland picked as top six downtown area in entire state of Wisconsin

ASHLAND, Wis.-There are thirty–four main street communities in Wisconsin, and today Ashland was picked as a community in the top six. The state of Wisconsin’s downtown development program looks for cities that have unique announcements related artistic excellence and entrepreneurship. The day included showing off some groundbreaking events like the official opening for the cobblestone hotel property, a new home…

A Celebration of Ashland’s Downtown Success

Ashland was recognized as one of the top six downtown areas in the entire state of Wisconsin

ASHLAND, Wis.- Ashland is being recognized as one of the best downtown communities in the entire state of Wisconsin. City leaders are praising the several new downtown developments that helped earn this recognition. Downtown’s are often an important part of a city, and Ashland is being highlighted as one of just six communities in the entire state for accomplishments related…

Worker Shortage Around The Northland

Construction and nursing jobs are at an all time high so local workforce's are coming up with new creative ways to employee new workers

DULUTH, Minn.- There are some career paths in the Northland where the need for employees is at an all time high. With the need for nurses at an all time high, and large construction projects coming to the Northland, two local workforce’s are doing everything they can to add more employees. Some may think it is due to the lack…

Need For Nurses At All Time High

Hospitals around town are becoming more creative on ways to attract new workers

DULUTH, Minn.- And the construction industry isn’t the only workforce that is going through hiring stress. Over the last year, healthcare leaders say there are fewer people applying for jobs at both hospitals in the Northland, and it doesn’t seem to be turning around anytime soon. That is why hospitals are trying more creative methods to encourage nurses and nursing…

The Struggle To Fill Construction Jobs

With several major projects ahead, finding the right amount of workers could be hard

DULUTH, Minn.- Right now in the Northland, quite a few jobs are hard to fill. One of those industries where hiring is especially tough is construction. And with several major projects planned in the area, finding enough workers to complete them could be challenging. With that, CareerForce Center in Duluth is holding classes to help train workers to cut into…

Roses In Full Bloom

Roses of all colors are in full bloom over at Leif Erikson Park

DULUTH, Minn.- One of Duluth’s most visible and popular parks is in full bloom right now. The Rose Garden in Leif Erikson Park was filled with Northlanders checking out and even getting a smell or two of all the different roses down at the park. One visitor we talked with who had a rose garden for years, says having something…

Kids Learn First Hand Farming Experiences

Northland kids are doing chores on the farm, and harvesting peas, just like actual farmers would do on a daily basis

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday morning, Northland kids got hands on farming experience during a unique camp. From chores on the farm, to working with the chickens and sheep, and even harvesting peas. Needless to say, the kids attending the camp had a lot of tasks to complete. Those organizing the event also said they like them to think about their work…

Workforce Struggles With Big Construction Projects Looming

Major construction projects are happening in the coming years, but those workers may not

DULUTH, Minn.- A few major construction projects are slated to begin in the Northland this year, but there may not be enough construction workers in our area to actually do those jobs. That is why the CareerForce Center in Duluth is holding classes to train workers to fill the large void. Officials say just in the City of Duluth there…

Babe Ruth Visits Duluth

The Great Bambino was back in Duluth for the first time in 93 years

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Bambino was back in Duluth today, 93 years after his first visit to the Northland. Steve Folven, who is a walking encyclopedia goes around the country telling people the effect Babe Ruth had on the game of baseball. Folven even re-created Ruth’s famous ‘Called Home Run Shot’ from back in 1932. His fondest memory from his…

Connecting A Community Through A Kitten

We catch up with those first responders along with the woman fostering "Stormy"

DULUTH, Minn.- Earlier this week, we shared with you the story of a kitten saved from a storm drain by some local fire fighters. Today, we caught up with those first responders, along with the woman who is fostering the kitten for the time being. Wednesday night, the Duluth Fire Department responded to an unusual public assists request in a…

An Inside Look At A World War II Bomber

We will give you a first hand look inside one of the planes that will be up in the air this weekend

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Air Show is happening this weekend, and we got to go three thousand feet above in a B-17 to see all around Duluth. “It was just awesome. Pretty much just the way I thought it was going to be. Noisy, you could feel the power, the vibration”, said Bob Matarelli, B-17 rider. Its not all that…

Drawing Awareness For PAVSA

PAVSA held its annual Bar-B-Q and Cupcake sale in Duluth Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- In support of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault mission, the group held its annual bar-b-q and cupcake sale today in downtown Duluth. The funds gathered through donations go towards supporting services for men, women and children who are victims of sexual violence. The plaza at the Building For Women was filled with dozen of…

First Hand Battlefield Trauma Training

National Guard members from all over the country are in the Northland for trauma simulation exercises

DULUTH, Minn.- National Guard service members are in Duluth for training to ready them for what is out there on the battlefield. From burns, to assessing wounds, this event hosted at the College of St. Scholastica this week, serves as a way for them to be ready when the travel to war zones overseas. “My goal is that you develop…

Sandy Fun & Safety At The Beach

Families and kids packed Park Point Beach to learn water tips and create sand castles

DULUTH, Minn.- A morning rain shower didn’t stop hundreds of kids and families from coming out to Park Point Beach. Kids of all ages brought their shovels, pails, large and small buckets to the beach today to show off their creativity and have their sand castles judged for prizes. “Some kid picked SpongeBob and we figured that would probably be…

An Inside Look At A WWII Fighter Plane

With the Duluth Air Show just days away, the B-17 Yankee Lady was on display for media members to go inside of

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Air Show is taking off this weekend, and to help build up some hype, organizers let members of the media get an inside look at one of the planes that will be part of the show. The B-17 Yankee Lady was flown during World War II, and is just one of nine operational B-17 bombers in…

Duluth Women’s Club Home And Garden Tour

Members got to tour five homes, and six gardens in the event's 52nd year.

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of the Duluth Women’s Club took some unique tours of the Northland today. Club members got to tour five homes and three gardens around the Northland including one over at Endi Apartments that over looks Lake Superior along with having some different ideas for members on how to spruce up their homes. But a club like this…

Earth Celebration Coming to Duluth

Celebration of clear water and connecting communities is being held on Sunday

DULUTH, Minn.- A celebration of clean water and connecting communities is being held this Sunday at Bayfront Festival Park. ‘Honor The Earth’s’ “Water is Life Festival” kicks off at 2 p.m. and will feature multiple music acts featuring numerous genres including jazz, folk, and even hip-hop. Those performing at the event, say Duluth is the perfect venue for it. “This…

Construction Continues On Woodland Avenue

Businesses and visitors gave some uplifting thoughts when it comes to the heartaches of construction season

DULUTH, Minn.- A two year project to reconstruct a mile of Woodland Avenue and Calvary Road in Duluth is underway. As construction continues there are some headaches but also a lot of folks excited about the planned improvements. We caught up with a business and someone visiting who gave some uplifting thoughts on the headaches of construction season. The project…

Staying Cool At ‘The Beach’ During The Heat

CLOQUET, Minn.–  The hot and steamy day made for a busy one at “The Beach” at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet Tuesday. It’s one of the Northland’s most unique beaches with filtered chlorinated water and a sandy bottom just like a real beach. One first time beach go-er says he’s never seen anything like it. “It’s actually really fun. It gets…

Congolese Music Comes To Duluth

Kids learn and play at the same time with Duluth Library's Kaleidoscope Program

DULUTH, Minn.- The second week of Duluth Public Library’s Kaleidoscope Music and Storytelling Program for kids was also held Tuesday. Hundreds of kids and parents packed the stage area behind the main library, to learn more about the culture connected to the Congo in Africa. Those organizing the event say programs like this let kids have fun while learning at…

Lincoln Park Stabbing Update

A woman was injured in a suspected domestic assault

DULUTH, Minn.- A 33 year old woman is recovering after a suspected domestic assault in Lincoln Park. Police responded to a scene around six last night on the 500 block of 22nd Avenue West. They found the women with non-life threatening injuries. A 46 year old man was taken into custody. Police initially reported the incident as a stabbing, but…

NASA Funded Camp Comes To The Northland

As a celebration of Apollo 11, some Northland students got some in-depth space lessons

CLOQUET, Minn.- On the anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic event, some Northland students spent the day getting some in-depth lessons about space. Justin Dinger is running a week long space camp in Cloquet. He received an email back in January about hosting a NASA funded event so area kids could do some first hand learning about space. Dinger, grew up…

Tips To Avoid Extreme Heat This Week

The heat and humidity will remain high all week. Duluth Police and Fire offer some tips

DULUTH, Minn.- With the extreme heat and humidity that is lasting through the week, Duluth Police and Fire have tips on how to beat the heat. Heat indexes in some Northland hometowns almost hit 100 degrees today, and that heat isn’t going away anytime soon. Expert advice includes checking on your neighbors, and paying special attention to elderly people over…